E3 2010: TERA Online Brings Action to MMOPosted 4:28 pm on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 by John 'Spartan' Nguyen
During E3 2010, En Masse Entertainment thrust us into The Exiled Realm of Arborea (TERA), an MMO that focuses on player’s action rather than the character’s action. TERA brings more action/adventure into MMOs where You’re in control of aiming, evading, and attacking in real time.
During the demo, we had a total of 5 players on a demo quest, each player having a different class, Berserker, Warrior, Slayer, Sorcerer, and Priest. Berserkers can block and have a wide swing. The warrior has fast attacks and the dodge ability. The slayer has a big sword and the ability to dodge. The priest has the task of taking care of the other players by getting into good positions while healing. I was playing the sorcerer character, like the red-haired one below. They’re in charge of attack spells and ranged attacks.
My sorcerer’s magic is pretty powerful, but her health and defense are really weak, meaning that one strike from tough bosses can kill me instantly. The cool thing about this game is that to shoot spells at an enemy, I have to constantly aim with the reticule, just like a third person shooter, always keeping me concentrated on the action and on my toes. When doing a more powerful magic spell, you have to ensure that the enemy is inside the circle on the field in order for it to get hit. Doing these powerful spells take time, and you have to hold onto the button until they perform their spells, or else your spell will reset and you’ll have to start over again. The strong spells are very powerful, from which my character was able to deliver the final blow to the last boss of the demo.
The visuals in this game are gorgeous, especially the female character design. But graphics aren’t everything, since WoW, a game that’s been released ages ago, is still going on strong. TERA Online is going to have to need more than pretty looking graphics to win over the WoW market. As it stands and from what I’ve played, they look to be a strong contender. Either way, I’m eagerly anticipating the release of the game.
Expect to wait until next year, 2011, for TERA to come out for the PC (I’m hoping it’s also coming to home consoles).
Check out the E3 demo below.
John “Spartan” Nguyen is the editor-in-chief at Nerd Reactor and is based in Orange County, CA. He is a graphic designer and illustrator.