Gunplay is just as vital as treasure hunting in the various colorful worlds begging to be explored in Tabula Rasa. While the user interface for the game might be familiar to MMO players, the controls are much more in line with shooters. Moving the mouse aims, clicking the left mouse button shoots your gun, and clicking the right mouse button unleashes a special power or item. For the easily intimidated RPG nuts, a simple lock-on feature allows you to blast away at enemies without having to worry about your questionable targeting skills.
Once you master the FPS style in the well-scripted tutorial zone, the game gels into the regular kill-gain experience and weapon/armor upgrades-level up-kill more cycle. While some might see this as a failure of what the game set out to do - wiping the slate clean and all - it feels genuinely different due to the fast pace of gameplay. Even the smallest details build towards a more action-oriented feel for the game; no more looting enemies in clunky windows, just run over their dead bodies and move on to the next encounter.