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TERA aka The Exiled Realm of Arborea

version: pal (de) - year: 2012 - developer: bluehole studio - publisher: ubisoft, gameforge - format: win, dvdrom - condition: mint - rarity: uncommon

The European physical Collector's Edition includes Art of TERA: an awesome 100 Page Art Book, a very nice OST, a set of Trading Cards, a T-shirt, and a cloth Map

 

Tera is turning from subscription-based to Fremium from February 2013 onwards

 

When you first set foot into TERA, it's impossible not to be amazed by the quality of the graphics

 

The architecture of the cities and buildings is especially noteworthy

 

You can move around by horse for free...

 

...or flying for a small fee. You can also use teleport scrolls although they are more expensive.

 

Armors in this game are awesome...

 

...and the attention to detail is amazing :D

 

The shadow of your horse is super detailed

 

Enemies are imaginative and generally look cool. They are also nicely animated.

 

It's possible to use the X-Box 360 controller for the real-time combat. Iuse a combination of controller+mouse & keyboard for best results!

 

Cut-scenes are a bit weak

 

The flora is simply breathtaking...

 

Look at this blossoming tree!

 

Dungeons are varied and always fun

 

It's important to find decent people to party with though or else it could turn into a chore!

 

Taking some time off at the beach

 

Review - The Exiled Realm of Arborea (or TERA for short) is my first MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) and the only reason why I actually decided to give this one ago is the artwork which I found truly unique and engrossing.

I really only intended to play the game for 1 month only (it is the amount of time included when purchasing the game) because I was always against the idea of paying a monthly fee for a game I already paid for!

Needless to say, the mix of beautiful artwork, gorgeous game world (powered by the Unreal Engine 3) and cool international communities playing on the English Euro servers made me renew my subscription for 3 extra months. Interestingly, my current subscription will expire as the game turns to F2P (Free-To-Play).

Anyways, I have been spending a little over two weeks in total of actual game time in TERA and I learned my way around the wonderful but at times also nerdy world of on-line RPGs.

TERA has been tailored to accommodate a number of different playing styles, be it solo or in a couple, in a 5-people party and up to a full raid of 10 players.

Graphically, Tera is nothing short of breathtaking with the attention to detail being particularly pushed and visible in the huge variety of fauna, flora and settings. Blossoming trees exploding with colors, sun-drenched deserts, beautiful white-sand beaches, exotic jungles disseminated with ancient temples, you name it, Tera has it!

The character design is also extremely well done, although I did find the level of customization to be a bit lacking with the risk of running across many look-alike characters in the game.

The music gets the job done and is generally pleasing while dialogues aren't very impressive and kept to a minimum.

Cut-scenes look a bit grainy and generally unimpressive while the story is really an uninspired mess which you won't really care about.

Quests tend also to be very simplistic and uninteresting but the redeeming quality of Tera is to be found elsewhere and specifically:
- in its wonderfully designed dungeons which often require teamwork and prior knowledge of strategies and
- in the general social aspect of the game which works really well, from the chat to the ease of forming and disbanding parties.

The real-time combat works really well too and the cool-down period of most attacks will force you to do some thinking instead of attempting to button-mash your way to victory.

Recent additions such as Nexus and Nexus Traverse gather huge crowds of players to fight against powerful monsters in some kind of insane all out war. Problem is the frame rate drops to unacceptable levels and the only reason why people keep on playing Nexus is to grind and get loot. This addition to Tera sounds a lot better on paper than in practice and I think it actually deters from the overall experience.

The ability to enchant weapons is also a very useful thing which can unfortunately result in a pure grind-fest as there isn't exactly a rule to successfully enchant your gear to the highest levels, just a lot of attempts, luck, gold, and time are required.

Tera is certainly a very good game in its own right and with the transition to F2P, it will hopefully get introduced to a wider audience.

Bottom line: Despite some of its simplistic traits, Tera provides an unforgettable adventure that will sure amaze and fulfill. A must try! 9/10


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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