Love It Or Hate It: TERA

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor


Some free-to-play games are more polarizing than others, with some sides taking the stance of "great, totally non-exploitative implementation" and others thinking "total pay-to-win trash." We'd like to see on what side of the spectrum the gaming public -- and by that, we mean you guys -- think of certain F2P games, and so we've invented something new called Love It Or Hate It?

Every week, we'll present a new F2P game and give you the option of passing judgment on it. Then we'll look back at it the next week and see what people thought. There are no prizes, except for the satisfaction of knowing you clicked on a button and made something happen. Really, what else do you need?

Last week, we opened up War Thunder to the voting public and... dingdingding, we have a winner! You guys overwhelmingly loved it, with 61% of the vote, versus just 9% giving it the hate. Now, if only their marketing could catch up to Wargaming's...

OK, enough WWII-style action for now. Instead, let's shift gears to a different kind of action: It's TERA time!

Pros: Action combat, beautiful visuals, Big Ass Monsters!
Cons: Dreadfully slow start, Korean and therefore grindy, that female "armor"

Tell us what you think of TERA, and leave a comment below to expound upon your views!


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About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (34)

wardemon 7 years ago
Amazing combat I feel like all mmo should look to tera for how to do combat. It makes pve completely different when you have to actually dodge and or block a bosses attacks as well as consider if the attack you are about to perform is going to leave you vulnerable to the bosses next attack because you can't execute it and get out the way in time. I enjoy dungeon runs in this game more than any other because of the combat. Then when it comes to pvp. I encourage anyone not familiar to look at group pvp vids of tera check out skyring. This type of combat brings so many different variables and techniques to pvp that you don't get in tab targeting games.
I look forward to seeing what else will be added to this game because their major updates have all added interesting game features and even if they copy features from other games I want to experience them with this combat system.
One of the best mmo out right now imo. You can play for free with mostly no roadblocks but because I liked the game so much and wanted to support it I paid subscription just to give them money.

Temp0 7 years ago
Was always kindof meh for me. It seemed like the only real highlight it had was action combat which I just don't care about in my mmos. Not that I have a problem with it but its not a draw for me.

HyeVltg3 7 years ago
Why's fem-armor a Con?
When did games have to be realistic?

TERA's a great END GAME, so much to do, lots of content. Just the horrible grind to get there can make a vast amount of newcomers dread the climb.
I fall in the mix, gave up at lv 48, just gets hella boring grinding and questing. You're even locked out of some of the crafting if you dont have the gold or a group to go BAM hunting for, (Why enmasse! why make it necessary for a craft mat, soloing a BAM takes way too long, not all of us are group friendly, theres always that one idiot that ruins the fun for us all)
Also, the crafting is pretty neat, not too simple, but not FFXIV complicated(well..its not complicated, but explaining it all to a newbie is a chore).
This isnt a dodge, but I love creative armor, be it female or male, as long as it looks amazing, I'll totally play the game.

sorry, but...just...ja'mon.

Johnson 7 years ago
I look forward to seeing Swordsman Online appear on the list. That deserves almost 100% hate in my opinion. One of the most P2W games I've ever wasted time and money on.

Dues 7 years ago
Loved Tera at first when it came out, had it on disk, after my computer fried though I had to quit playing for a while. By the time I got a new rig that could run it, it didn't take the disk anymore and I would have to download 40 GB's of the game from the site to play again. I don't have the internet speed and I was not going to leave my pc on for 28 hours to download it, loved the game but he download is too damn long.

Dave 7 years ago
Where's Trok?

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Kakalipz 7 years ago
Best F2P game that ever went F2P. Seriously....all the others have some gimmick, P2W, or advatage. This game was AMAZING for what it offered. The first wave of trolls said "Actiontargeting sucks. Gets me dizzy. Bad game". At least they admited they can't handle the game so they left out of fail. When that argument got old, they tried "Poor questing". This game has intance quet moments, great cut scenes, and if you READ, a great story. Most people do not read.
Great open "instances" that serve as questing areas. Actual instance dungeons, and nice PvE and environments.
Cons: Action combat can get tiring. Downing mobs, fighting dungeons, and questing gives you arthritis quick as everything require a dodge and strike acrobatics. I wish it was more control pad friendly. Then it would rock.
Lack of good updates. Core game was best. Last two updates ruined it. First was some Alice inWonder land crap.
Second introduced bad economy and +16 OP armor. Game over if you were into PvP (personally I prefered PvE). OTher than that everything is SOLID. MOst games can't even give you a quarter of what TERA does. 5/5. I also played Blade n Soul. An amazing game. So odd they keep that from west for marketing purposes. Sick disgusting mmorpg world we live in. Money money money

Mamson 7 years ago
Anime - HATE
its simple )

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Hantzie 7 years ago
TERA EU -> Terrible
TERA NA -> Good


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hovsep56 7 years ago
could have been much better if the pve wasn't so terribly boring. like HOOOOOLY SHIIIIIT the pve gets INSAAAANE with the grinding.

EpicTony 7 years ago
Wait female armor is a con?!?! What?!?!

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Echoless 7 years ago
Which is*:/

Echoless 7 years ago
Well, I actually love tera, but the US one is ip blocked sadly, and the eu one under gameforge is horrible!

Gahen 7 years ago
Tera, Phantom of the Video Cards...

For an unknown reason I was always unable to play this game, while some other games with the same level of graphics run smoothly, but not Tera... Constant 18 fps at the lowest graphics, 10-12 if there is at least one other player on the screen, aaaaand frequent drops to 2 fps...

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oraphel 7 years ago
I very much enjoyed my time on TERA. Decent storyline, cool graphics, sexy characters, beautiful world, innovative combat system, and that awesome feeling you get when you complete a hard dungeon with your guild. At this point, I've run out of things to do and therefore lost interest, but when I look back on it, I remember TERA as one of the best free MMOs I've played.

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