TERA is a brand new MMORPG from En Masse Entertainment that has quickly garnered a ton of industry attention. It was developed by Bluehole Studio and released in South Korea back in January of this year but made its debut this week here in North America and Europe. You can download Tera by purchasing the software on the official game website for a price of $49.99 for the standard edition with $10 more giving you the Collector’s Edition which offers you a free mount and two necklaces.
TERA, while making controversial waves in headlines thanks to various legal battles, has garnered a ton of buzz thanks to some sick graphics and change-of-pace action-centric gameplay. Early impressions around the industry have been fairly positive so far and we’re hoping in the next two weeks to release our own first-impressions review. In the meantime, let’s introduce you to this new MMO, the lore behind it, the race and classes, plus figure out what makes TERA different than the rest.The backstory hasn’t really been getting a ton of the attention on some of the other sites just yet, but the idea here is that once upon a time there were two all-powerful titans who fell asleep and started to dream. The dream took form and became known as TERA and the first beings there were god-like and started fighting each other. As the dream continued on new creatures showed up as mortals who were less powerful than gods but more plentiful. One of the titans dreamed of Elves, Humans, Amani, Giants, Devas and Poporis. The other titan dreamed of Sikandari, Gulas, Vampires, Wendigos, Faeries and Nagas. The mortals went to war and killed off the gods or left them lesser beings, with some of the races having incurred great cost for the victory. Some (the Sikandari) were wiped out with others (Giants) left close to extinction. Now the gods are gone and there are seven races left that must band together to fight off a new enemy – a metallic race from the underworld known as the Aragons. They aim to take over Tera and wake the titans to end their dreams and destroy TERA.
There are seven races to play from in TERA. The most noticeable are probably the Popori which are cute little fuzzy animal people that are rotund balls of cuteness. From there you’ll see two standard races in Humans and Elves. Past that there’s the Elins, who love nature, and the Castanics which are a demon race that offer customizable horns. Finally, there are the Baraka who are said to be a giant race of intelligent beings and finally the Aman who are a race of draconian humanoids. The Baraka, Elin and Popori are all gender locked.
There are a total of eight different classes in Tera: Archer (Ranged Damage Class), Berserker (Melee Damage), Lancer (Blocking Tank), Mystic (Support Healer), Priest (Primary Healer), Slayer (Melee Damage), Sorcerer (Ranged Magic Damage) and Warrior (Evasive Tank / Melee Damage). Some of the early impressions say that the Berserker might be one of the most fun classes to play as these folks use two-handed axes and wear heavy armor. While the Berserkers in Tera are the slowest in the game, they are also the heaviest hitters. They are said to be unreliable sources of damage and struggle to perform well in a highly mobile fight but in PvP (a big element in Tera) are said to be a huge threat because they possess the possibility to have a one-hit knockout.
If you haven’t seen some of the in-game videos posted on YouTube or any of the large gaming review sites, you’ll want to check them out. The graphics of the game look pretty hot and are said to not be all that taxing on your system. In any event, Tera from En Masse Entertainment has a real good buzz about it and we’re excited to be bringing you a first impressions review as soon as we can dive in and see it for ourselves.