Tera, Tera, Tera... Every gamesite is talking about it. Yet, I have a feeling gamers care less about that game then about GW2, for example. And there is a good reason for that: Tera is a year old, many players had a chance to at least see it on Korean servers. And we do know in Korea they closed half of the initial servers after 2 months of game existence. So, it’s not very popular even in the country where it was supposed to be a bomb.
I am one of those who tried the game in Korean beta. Just could not wait for release here and very glad I did not. Cannot even call my experience “a disappointment” – I did not expect anything beyond pretty graphic. And as ridiculous as it sounds to game fans – I did not like graphic there.
I am used to Asian eclectic. They put beauty before style and way before sense. If they think night-club dress looks pretty in medieval battlefield – they will add it to the game. I made my peace with that long ago. But what we have in Tera is not a beauty, its ridiculous grotesque. The difference is like between classical statue of naked Venus and common pornography. And it’s too obvious, pornography here was a sale point.
Anything you dream of – super sexy girls and boys, boys and girls with horns, huge mountains of muscles and little girls, even cuddly fury animals if that is what turns you on. Oiled muscles, shiny strings, cute furry tales and ears - it's all there. You know, “the internet is for porn”. Well, some erotica was always there in the games, no doubts, but never before so obvious. Actually, Tera was the first game for me where I admitted – pathetic excuse “I play girl characters because I want to stare at girl’s butt during game play” is relevant, after all. Before I was always thought it’s a weak cover for loot whoring.
Add on top of this static background, inability to go anywhere you want, same skins for different mobs, animation underlining pornographic element and looking ...well... far from motion capture or typical Asian fluid beauty – and you get the picture. Oh, I am sure because of everything I said before, it will sell well. But it’s not what I am looking for in the games.
Some can say, gameplay makes it up for everything. Well, it’s not. Non-targeting system, everyone is so excited about, is negated by tons of AoE abilities. More interesting and less mentioned ability to avoid mobs attacks and counter attack them – is something you can play with. But only for a while, since it turns every single encounter in to “PvP with mobs”. Fine if you have to kill one mob, way to tiresome if you have to eliminate hundreds (which you do). Typical “collect 10 rat tales” quests do not add any joy to the game either. I was bored to tears in 2 hours.
No, Tera is not something you buy for gameplay. Aion still offers more (if you like Asian style), as any other game. The only reason to buy it is looks, and only if for you there is no such thing as, let’s call it, “too sexy”.
Not saying you have not to buy it, just be prepared.