Peppered with beasts and monsters that’ll make you feel like you’re playing a session of Monster Hunter fused with the fantasy world of Aion, TERA is an action MMO at its heart with a combat system that focuses more on timing and precision. It’s also one of the most gorgeous MMOs on the horizon. Making full use of the Unreal III engine, TERA sports some of the most stunning visuals of any MMO we’ve played. The land is beautiful, the characters are shamefully hot, and even the monsters are breathtaking. Well, not so much breathtaking as huge and intimidating, but you get the picture.
As mentioned earlier, TERA's combat system sets it apart from nearly every MMO on the market. Developer Bluehole Studio has ditched the tab-targeting mechanic for an action system that forces the player to engage in every encounter. Skills and spells must be aimed and dodging is key to surviving even the most trivial of fights. Even healers will have to use their twitch aim to bounce between main tank heals and ranged casters on outskirts of the action, weaving together a combat experience that feels fresh and unique to the genre.
But TERA also has one of the only political systems that allows for players to rule over entire zones. You can set up your own election campaign or muscle your way to the top in Guild vs Guild PvP for the title of Vanarch. Attaining the position allows a player to tax goods and sales within a region or decide what services are allowed. A slew of options allow Vanarchs to customize how they rule, but bi-weekly elections insure no tyrant or do-gooder stays in power long.
TERA might not be different in every aspect, but Bluehole and publisher En Masse have managed to put together a package that highlights and builds upon its differences for something that truly stands out in a sea of sameness. That’s why GamesRadar was excited to be able to giveaway closed beta keys for the most recent closed beta test phase for TERA. If you missed your chance to try TERA for yourself, or if you just want to know more, join us for highlights from our favorite moments from last weekend’s beta test event.