Feb 13th 2012 3:00PM I''ve tanked in every mmo I've played in. My friend has healed in every mmo he's played in. We both know and respect that each role takes a certain amount of skill and preparation to play well and know that both of our roles are important. So of course I voted tank because I'm morer importanter than his healing is.
Feb 13th 2012 2:43PM I had my wife make a character for me (she loves character creation, probably a bit too much) and ended up playing a high elf female warrior. For those that don't like the oversized weapons, a warrior or caster is probably more suited for you. As for the art style, I like it, my wife likes it and even the armor. Yes it's over sexualized, yes it's impractical to fight and flip around wearing high heels, yes it's a bit odd having your character riding a horse side saddle yet flipping and hopping around tearing stuff up, but that's the way it is. I like it, and not in a creepy way, it's just different. It's a fantasy world where this is the norm. The suspension of disbelief is working overtime in TERA but if you let go of that it's a really fun game with it's own art style. The game is rated M appropriately since it is hyper sexualized and I'm fine with that (not just for the female characters either).
In essence the game isn't going to live or die from the art style, but rather the gameplay. What I found was that the combat was really fun, the most fun I've had in a while. It's very similar to DCUO but it doesn't have as harsh a resource restriction as DCUO does and doesn't use a laundry list of left/right click combos as long as your arm to remember. I think the combat alone makes this game worth playing. The quests can be fun at times but also very derivative at others. And that I think is it's biggest flaw.
The graphics in this game are gorgeous (character model debate aside). The architecture and terrain and objects in the world and armor sets have so much detail in them. Leather armor has visible stitching, the relief work in the leather makes it more realistic, weapon details are amazing and the texture work all over is just fantastic. I hear that they didn't have the actual HD textures in this beta version but I may be wrong about that. The first time I rode a pegasus to the main city I just wanted to ride back and forth all day. Some of the animations are a bit ridiculous, like successfully gathering something on my character resulted in her jiggling in the chest region a bit as she raised her hand in the air saying "Yes!" in a high pitched voice, though if your chest was that big it probably would do the same thing. The voice acting is very much "asian anime voice acting" but if you are playing this game, you are probably a fan of anime or other asian games and it doesn't bother you.
I haven't had a chance to run the first true instance since it's a level 20 instance and I only got to level 16 this weekend, but I saw plenty of people looking to run it and heard a lot of good things in chat (minus the obvious trolls) about the game at that point. Fighting as a warrior was fast, fluid and fun. Everything chained together nicely and the simple addition of the dodging really made things much more interesting. The only thing I wish was different was the ability to attack while jumping/falling and when you fall down from a slightly high place your character has to recover from it rather than maybe taking a bit of damage as you go.
All in all though I think this is a solid game, albeit very stylized. If you aren't a fan of the graphics and can't get over it, that's your choice. As for me, I actually kinda like it and the gameplay is more than enough to keep me excited for the next beta weekend. Probably going to start up a lancer or a slayer next.
Feb 10th 2012 2:51PM I'm excited for this! I'm going to be livestreaming my Beta playtime on http://www.own3d.tv/TheHnoskos so if you didn't get in the beta hit that up Saturday/Sunday (playing SWTOR tonight). I'm really hoping this game is every bit as good as I think it is.
Feb 2nd 2012 6:03PM I actually really like the way the conversation system works. Yeah if you want to play the silent type you can just not pick a response in group play (it's not a very long wait so you can just deal with it), but I really like the fact that I'm playing a light side sith. There have been times where an NPC just annoys me and I have the option to kill him (and would like to) or let them live and I choose let them live just for the light side points, but in truth, if my sith were real and truly light side, he would let them live. So while I personally would have just been "be done with it and end him," my light side loving sith would not.
Also, something not mentioned is affection gains for your companions. You have the option to be snide or mean but if you want to raise your affection with that companion you'd be an idiot to do that. I've started conversations over again over a -2 affection gain cause I know a different option may need me +40. I'm currently working on Ashara's affection (romance option for the light side sith inquisitor male and only the light side) and it has been pretty fun so far. There are some options that seem a bit cryptic where your option seems well intended but what you actually say ends up being rude or mean and I didn't think it was going to be but all in all I enjoy the options I get and if I wanted to I could go one way or the other or try and remain neutral. I like how some of the options are jokey or srs bzns too. Tossing out a smart aleck remark to an officer every now and again is great!
Feb 2nd 2012 4:03PM Since when was Ubisoft involved with TERA?
Feb 2nd 2012 4:00PM Yeah I'm planning on doing both PvE and PvP. This really is the first MMO that I've actually wanted to participate in PvP. I don't know what it is about it that makes me want to PvP so badly but even my friend that has an unnatural hatred for anything and everything PvP wants to PvP (Warzones though not world PvP).
I think I'm going to be happy with the end game content mostly because I got the game about a month after it came out and I'm not blitzing my way to 50. I really do hope that they keep the content rolling.
Feb 1st 2012 6:00PM If Bioware could get SWTOR to the point that they are releasing content at a similar pace to RIFT and have it maintain a high standard of quality I can see myself being subbed for a long while. I haven't hit 50 yet and I'm enjoying the game a ton but we will see how thing pan out once I reach cap. I know people say there isn't much to do but I'll make that call for myself. As for it not being different enough, I like that it has the same core of MMO's with hotkey combat though I really, REALLY want to be able to move bars around on my scree/scale them up or down. Right now I'm having issues fitting all my abilities on my main two hotbars as a Sith Assassin, there are so many that I use in many situations as a tank.
Jan 31st 2012 5:41PM No way! I'm getting every last bit of lore and story and voice acting that they put into the game. I don't think I'll skip the cut scenes even on alts cause I want to play things out differently each time. Even if the side quests are pretty much hey we need some help going and doing or getting this thing, how about it? I want to hear it and say it. The only time I skip through is if I decide to start a conversation over because I lost affection from a companion towards the end of the conversation and want to change a response.
Point in fact, last night before the servers came down I had 60 seconds to turn in a quest but I didn't skip through it at all, just made my decisions quickly. I think if you are playing this game you owe it to yourself to watch and listen.
Jan 28th 2012 3:21AM Since when has this been a new thing with Bioware games? They've just been waiting to jump on them for their new game, which doesn't even have it in the actual live game yet... Way to jump the gun there.
As far as where I stand on the matter, it's Bioware's game and it's the parents responsibility to "think of THEIR children" not everyone's child. The game (I believe) has an age limit and by the time a child reaches that ages, they aren't a "child" anymore (the Teen rating) and already are thrust into sexuality at hyperspeed (c wut I did thar). A video game that *may* allow someone to get into any sort of romantic relationship with another character *if* you play your myriad of options right just to get a black screen of romantical romancing is something I think a teen can handle whether it be gay or straight romantical romancisizing since they deal with it on a daily basis. Anywho end rant...
Jan 12th 2012 3:11PM That last section about being able to rip set bonus' from one set of gear and put them into another set is revolutionary. I can't wait till they implement that, and they better. If this is one of those things that gets scrapped last minute I will be thoroughly upset.