In April of 2004 I was on the precipice of graduation from High School. I still lived at home, naturally, and I was once again mentally ranting about the fact that my country upbringing ensured that I had only dial up internet. The reason for my venom? I had just learned of the release of a Massive Multiplayer Online Game by the name of City of Heroes. Thinking back on it now I still wish I’d been able to jump on board at the launch of the game. I did eventually join my friends in this incredible game world, with the release of City of Villains in October of 2005, and have loved the game ever since. With the recent news of its pending shut down I wanted to pay a little homage to this game that played a huge role in my young adult life while in college.
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Rob is an avid gamer, both on screen and on the table. When he’s not at work, he’s either at his computer, on a console, or thinking of new stories that could eventually become roleplaying adventures. He currently co-GMs a monthly Pathfinder game with his wife and wishes it would be a weekly game, and plays as a halfling rogue in an online pathfinder game with old friends that live all over the place. You can look him up on twitter @Necian01, or on XBox live and PSN as Necian.
For those that don’t like to read a novel for reviews, here’s the lowdown on TERA. I always ask myself the question: is a game worth purchasing at full price? The answer for TERA is this: Maybe. It really depends on your situation.
If you have friends that are playing, or know you can talk some of them into it, it is a great game to pick up. If you’re extremely social online, particularly in MMOs, it’s a great game to pick up. If you’re going to solo most of the content though, you’re probably better off picking up a game like Kingdoms of Amalur, which has a lot of similarity to it, but is a single player game. Playing solo means you have to skip all of the instanced areas, or at least skip them and come back when you won’t get anything good out of them. TERA is not an easy game to play solo, and even the group content can be difficult if people don’t work together (and even then it can be hard).
If you love fantasy games, and enjoy combat that requires you to actively think and react, TERA is great. It is beautifully created, the combat is challenging and fun, and there’s plenty of content to sift through as you progress through the game. Want to know more? Then on to the breakdown!
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Tagged Bam, Big Ass Monsters, Castanic, combat, Diablo, Effect Abilites, Elin, EQ2, hotbars, Kingdoms of Amalut, MMO, Necian, Real-Time Action Combat, Realm of Arborea, Rift, Rob Backstrom, TERA, World of Warcraft, WoW