Posts Tagged ‘tera’

Have You Played…Tera?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Tera [official site] is that television program you turn on after first looking over your shoulder to make sure no one is home. No, I’m not intending that to be any sort of statement on the various states of undress all of its female characters tend to be in. I just mean that Tera is a guilty pleasure that I probably will never admit to. Except in the form a hush-hush recommendation because I think Tera is kind of great. Now pinkie-promise never to tell.

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Arise, Sir Microtransaction: TERA: Rising Has Risen

does whatever a twenty-foot spider can. I.e. whatever the hell it wants

As prophesied (well, reported) by the god among men that is Nathan ‘big dawg’ Grayson, recent MMO TERA is to hop aboard the divisive ship Free To Play. Its new version, with its free client, has now gone live. Apparently free players will have access to all the game’s content, but if you join ‘TERA Club’ you’ll get all manner of in-game boosts. Existent subscribers fall somewhere in the middle. More details on that side of things here. All and sundry, meanwhile, will find themselves paying extra for stuff like character sots.

TERA: Rising, as it is is now known, is available in Europe right now. As far as I can tell it’s already free in the US too. I’ve put a video below, but you can watch that in any country. Apart from China, probably. I hear the guys in charge over there are right dicks.
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Warbeaver Rides Again: Tera Going F2P

I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE A HUG.

I actually played a decent amount of Tera when it first launched, and I really enjoyed certain aspects. The sublimely timing-based hack ‘n’ slashery was to die for, and the war beavers easily ranked among gaming’s best. But goodness, those quests were a deal-breaker. When lumbering Big Ass Monsters weren’t involved, they epitomized MMO monotony. Go here, kill ten of these, go here, kill ten of another incredibly similar thing, THIS IS WHAT BEING A HERO FEELS LIKE YEAH. Point is, Tera’s best taken in small doses, but a looming subscription fee always made that a pretty bitter pill to swallow. So now’s the part where I conveniently tell you about that fee’s impending demise while also notifying you of promising promises like this one: “Tera will be free. No level, time, or content restrictions.”

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It’s A Smaller World, After All: Tera Merging Servers

Maybe we should stop our fighting. I think... I think we're the only ones left.

In the grand scheme of MMOs, Tera actually has quite a lot going for it. The combat’s brisk, high-flying, and surprisingly tense, there’s a fairly ambitious political machine chugging along in the background, and its selection of beaver/badger/cat/dog/catdog people is second-to-none. Unfortunately, the glue that holds it all together – a bog-standard kill/collect quest grind – isn’t so hot, and unsurprisingly, players noticed. So Tera’s world of Big-Ass Monsters and regular-size-ass everything else is getting quite a bit smaller.

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Large And In Charge (Of Lasers): Tera’s Argon Queen

We strike you down, evil queen, because you stand for subjugation, treachery, and being really fucking creepy-looking.

As an American born and raised, I naturally fear two things: monarchy and giants. Watching the trailer for Tera’s next big update, then, was quite an emotional journey for me, because it featured both in one larger-than-life, laser-firing package. Sorry, god, this queen doesn’t need saving. But she’ll totally beat you up. And your dad, too, if you don’t watch it. If, however, the very sight of that thing makes the boiling warrior blood drain from your veins as quickly as it does mine, there’s also the long-awaited introduction of PVP battlegrounds, some new skills, and raid content. Jump beyond our True Action Break for a rather impressive-looking trailer.

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Tera’s Political System: A Tale Of Ad Space And Exploits

Once upon a time, streamlined WoW-style questing, raiding, and PVP felt fresh and daring. However, like most things that begin with the phrase “once upon a time,” the very notion seems almost unbelievable in this day and age – more akin to a swords ‘n’ sorcery fairytale than actual historical fact. And so, many MMOs that were once treading water have recently realized that they were in quicksand all along. In many ways, Tera‘s easily as guilty as anyone else with its utterly tedious questing and tired world design, but the action-heavy MMO’s hardly resting on its laurels. Its province-running political system is an attempt to add a dash of EVE-style intrigue to the tried-and-true MMO formula, and the results thus far have ranged from brilliantly outside-the-box to well inside the range of the banhammer.

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Dying To Try: Tera Adds Week-Long Free Trial

It's also very pretty - you know, in a giant-spike-monster-with-outside-bones type of way.

As the legends tell it, once upon a time – many mist-enshrouded moons ago – MMOs demanded consistent tributes of money every month, or else they’d destroy the world. Well, their world. For you, specifically. Now, though, all but a final bastion of behemoths who practice The Old Way have moved on to F2P. One such holdout, however, is Tera, En Masse’s swords ‘n’ sorcery to-do with a focus on bopping giant monsters and actually moving during combat. Unfortunately, its quests set the MMO level treadmill at walking pace and pipe low-volume elevator music through your headphones, so its new seven-day free trial is probably a good chance to see if enjoyable combat alone can sustain your interest.

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TERA Is Free For 30 Minutes In Your Browser


TERA is using the grainy magic of Gaikai’s cloud gaming service to bring us all the first thirty minutes of the – admittedly very pretty – fantasy MMO. Yes, it’s free and (depending on connection speed) an instant thing to try out. I’m not convinced that streaming like this is the future of gaming, but it might just be the future of demos, especially when it sidesteps the 20gb clients we have to face for the “trial” versions of MMOs. That’s pretty neat.

Vote With Your L33t: TERA Patches Political System


Oh the many ways in which games are better than the real world! MMO TERA‘s first update has fixed its political system, allowing “players with a level 50 character that also proudly serves as a guild leader will be able to run for office in 15 provinces.” The election results will be counted on May 23rd at 11 o’clock, in an election where “all characters level 20 and above will be able to decide which players will be the first Vanarchs to be immortalised in TERA‘s history books.” Interesting that a political system patch should be at the top of their priorities, but there you have it. More patch details here.

And I have to ask if any RPS readers are playing this? I know none of us have dared take a look yet. More importantly, I suppose, are any of you voting?

Tearing It Up: TERA Open Beta This Weekend, Too

Adam's natural state.
The teams behind TERA must be sighing at the news they’re going up against the Diablo III open beta this weekend, but that’s nevertheless what they’re doing. If you’re not bash skeletons in Blizzard’s forthcoming sequel, then perhaps you might want to nose at the freshly-converted “action” MMO, TERA. Converted, that is, from its natural Korean state, where it has already been running for some time. To sign up for the beta get an account here. I understand the client is a whopper too, so you might want to get downloading.

TERA’s High Elves Say Hi

I want to be able to play as the other guy.
Or perhaps “greetings” followed by a bow, a graceful flourish, and a knowing air of superiority. Something suitably elfish. I don’t really know what they say, but – thanks to a new trailer – I’ve seen them do their pointy eared thing, and I can safely say that they are, in fact, elves. You know the drill: fleet-footed battle prancing, slow-mo flips and twists, and female attire that’d prove woefully inadequate in any battle involving ordinances more powerful than bath foam. It all looks nicely fast-paced and heavy hitting, though. Check out the trailer in this post’s southern reaches, where mortal men fear to tread.
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TERA Starts A New Journey (To Monsters)

That sure is a screenshot of a monster.
Those remarkably un-froglike people at Frogster have sent over their latest story trailer for “action” MMO TERA, and by gum it looks pretty, as you can see below. I’ve also added in the most recent in-game footage for good measure, as TERA lands in Europe on 3rd May, and beta sign-ups are now taking place on the site. I suspect it will be hard pressed against the popular choice of Guild Wars 2, but it’s got a lot going for it with genuine in-game collisions, dodging and hit-detection making it quite unlike other MMOs. I’m intrigued to take a look.
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En Masse Blocks Half The World From Tera

Foreigners took my clothes!

MMO Tera is a bit less massive after the publisher have stated they’ll be blocking IPs from Asia, Africa, Russia and The Middle East from connecting to the North America servers. The ironically named En Masse said in an FAQ: “While we appreciate that there are players in these regions who would enjoy playing on En Masse servers, it’s unfortunate that the vast majority of Internet traffic we see from these regions are from cyber-criminals relating to account theft, gold-farming and other hacking behavior.” Blimey.
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NCsoft Seek To Prevent US Release Of TERA

Those are the most disturbing gaming boobies I've seen in a while.

Why can’t we all just learn to get along? With MMO TERA finally having a release date set for May this year, and the pre-release hype building up, NCsoft have leapt in and thrown a court at the proceedings. As MMO Culture reports, a dispute over the ownership of software and artwork means that the release could be scuppered as it sinks in the mire of a legal bog. I’ve taken a look at the legal filing, and explained the details of the claims.

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TERA Accepting Closed Beta Applications

A compensatory sword

TERA is an “action MMO” with a relatively complex political system, which allows players to gain control of resources through democracy or violent monster-bashing. It’s an accepted but little spoken truth that our own Nick Clegg only elevated himself to the position he fails to enjoy today by grinding rats for hours on end. Forget all that though and ask yourself one simple question: do you want the chance to join TERA’s upcoming closed beta? Applications are now open and anyone registering before 11:30 CET, 13th January will have a chance to be one of the first 1,000 entrants. That’s 10:30 in Blightlyland by my reckoning. More passes will be given out as the beta progresses. Europeans, sign up here. Americans here. Video below.

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TERA Has A “Revolutionary” Political System

Pretty! But is he also petty?
TERA‘s action-combat and overall ludicrous prettiness has caught my attention on occasional, but the way it ties guild quests to an overall political system is really quite something, as you can see in the video below, via PCG. You can rise to power through either a popular vote of actual players, or through the PvP battlegrounds, and once you are in power you can make life easier for people (or not) via your control of various resources such as shops and teleports. To perform actions with these your guild will need to be perform particularly high-end quests, fighting monsters and so forth. It all looks rather satisfying, at least within the constraints of traditional MMO systems. (Eve Online it ain’t.)
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TERA Still Coming Out, Apparently

Is it really better to fight a couple of big dudes, or a lot of smaller dudes?
A couple of days ago a friend asked me “what ever happened to that TERA game? It looked pretty.” It certainly did look pretty, and I can see why he lost track of it, because I had too. It wasn’t actually the prettiness that they were touting way back when we first looked at it in February last year, but more the “action combat”. There’s a bit of that illustrated in the second trailer, below, but I’m still not enormously convinced it’s a world away from other MMOs, and this blighter is going to be up against Guild Wars 2, which I don’t envy for it.

Anyway, it is still coming out, in Spring 2012.
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TERA To Spawn In Europe Spring 2012

She's just about to tip over.
Much-delayed “action MMO” TERA has finally got a Euro release slot, roughly speaking. It’s going to hit in Spring 2012. Frogster’s Daniel Ullrich explained: “By launching TERA in Spring 2012 we ensure that the game will not only live up to expectations, but surpass them. We’ll be unveiling various features at Gamescom and rest assured these are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what players can expect when TERA is released early next year”.

I’m not entirely sure what my expectations for this game are, but if they are surpassed then it’ll be time for a cup of tea. Hey, why not see if you can formulate expectations of your own by watching the game footage that I’ve posted below?
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En Masse Produce TERA-vision


I’m still not quite sure what to think about TERA. The promise of skill-based combat in an MMO always flickers my interest, and the world seems pretty enough, with some extraordinary characters and gigantic monsters, but it’s hard to be sure about how it will really play, how long that grind will be, whether the world has some real depth behind that prettiness. The edited PAX demonstration video (which is viewable here, as it has embedding disabled for some reason) certainly shows off some impressive scenes in what seems to be UI-free game footage and a bit of FMV. The techno-magical boss monster is really quite the thing. But still, take a look and see what you think.

TERA: Action In Your MMO?


I was just reading some stuff about forthcoming MMO Tera, and I had assumed we’d posted Brian Cox doing a walkthrough of the game at GDC, but I can’t find it. Must have been imagining things. Anyway, it’s a useful follow up to the interview we did when the project was announced, and you can see what they mean about “action” stuff being included, even if the game does look very much like a whole bunch of traditional MMOs. Also: it’s really rather pretty. That seems to be a theme. Where are the ugly, half-breed mongrel games, eh?
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