TERA is a fantasy MMORPG game by En Masse Entertainment that was released in Korea in January 2015 and in the4 Western world in May 2012. Ever since it has become a loved MMO within a large community. TERA is famously known to be one of the greater successors coming into the new era of MMOs during its time with new features a massively multiplayer RPGs had yet to implement. The said feature is mainly highlighted by TERA’s True Action Combat where it digresses from the usual locked in and button mashing sequence hurrah and instead gives more mobility and flexibility within the battles that consequently (or for the better) puts on added complexity in positioning, movement, and timing.
You can download TERA by clicking the Download button at the end of this review. The launcher size is less than 60 MB. You can also get TERA from Steam. In both cases the download is free. The game is also available online for PS4 and Xbox One.
TERA does, however, retain core commonalities with other common MMORPGs such as varied zones, endless quest errands, and a bunch of grinding. TERA also comes with its PVE and PVP arenas as it should for players to test their skills with or against others. There is also a huge collection of pets and dresses to be found in shops and game store.
And what would be an MMO without its wide variety of classes to choose from. TERA follows up with nine distinct character classes all with their own preferences and beyond but the factor that makes each one special is really due to the True Action Combat talked about earlier. Matter of fact, the combat system is beyond just a highlight and could be worth calling the pinnacle of TERA as battles themselves seem less tedious and more thrilling at times, in my own opinion. Finally, TERA boasts a growing player count of 4 million, which gives many chances for interaction through guilds, events, raids, and whatever you would think of doing with that many players together.
As for some noticeable differences, TERA does not have an artificial level cap for any of its characters that let the player reach infinite limits. En Masse Entertainment also boasts that content-wise everything can be experienced at no cost. But as always, you could buy yourself into the game given the right amount. If it weren’t already obvious enough, TERA’s combat system is definitely something new to the MMORPG. And while it may be a stretch to say that the approach to leveling is different in that it is in more favor of doing a variety of tasks for maximized EXP, it’s still a grind fest at the end of the day.
Admittedly, while I did not get to the end game, my time playing TERA was quite enjoyable especially due to the way combat worked and played. The feeling of being in full control of battles beyond the buffs I gave to myself was quite enjoyable. The different classes required different playstyles and movement mechanics that felt more satisfying to complete and thus felt rewarding to pull off a full combo that was planned for the enemy. And while grinding was not necessarily my cup of tea, TERA is by no means a bad game and I encourage anyone bored in the genre to pick it up and try it out.