TERA Exclusive Updated Hands-On - Archery

We rain down death from afar as a scantily clad archer in the world of TERA.

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Times are tough in the world of TERA. Female clothing is disappearing at an alarming rate, and gorgeous ladies across the globe are losing shirt sleeves, pant legs, and waist covers by the dozen. Not even the lovely Finny, our level-8 female archer, was spared. Slightly embarrassed, we set off across the countryside--alongside a few of our guides from En Masse--for some hands-on adventure and excitement in this upcoming massively multiplayer online action role-playing game.

Finny may have lost most of her pants, but her combat stilettos are still intact.

For the uninitiated, TERA is has already been released in Korea and is currently being localized for Western shores. It tweaks the genre by forcing you to actively line up shots and perform combos, rather than just leaning on the auto-attack key. TERA itself is beautifully detailed, epically when it comes to the character models. TERA has a great variety of different character classes to accommodate your style of play, including sorcerers and berserkers. Today we're an archer, a ranged specialist well versed in the art of dispensing death from afar.

Let's talk skills, because our hero isn't a hero unless she has some nifty abilities. Our first ability was penetrating shot. This ability was a charged up version of our basic attack and, since you have to aim everything manually in TERA, it was always a bit embarrassing when we missed with this high-damage projectile. Next up was slow trap. Like the name suggests, this deployable trap slowed enemies who tripped it. We used this to great effect in a player-versus-player round we played against one of our in-game guides. After he tripped our trap, we were able to line up penetrating shots with ease and ultimately came out the victor.

Moving right along, close quarters was the next ability. As our lone melee ability, it came in handy we had our backs to the wall and a sharp-toothed monster bearing down on us. The skill unleashed a quick two-hit combo and had a chance to stun the target. Finally, there was skirmish running. When regular running just didn't cut it, skirmish running was there to pick up the slack and put some distance between us and our targets.

Piercing shot can be tricky to line up, unless you're at point-blank range .

Our ultimate goal during our time with the game was to reach Karascha's Lair. But, as we all know, you don't simply walk into Karascha's Lair. First, we had to complete a number of kill-and-collect quests for the locals before we could gain access. True to form, we slayed enemies five to ten at a time and brought back bits of their bodies in exchange for gold and experience. But instead of hunting adorable foxes and bunnies, we were slaying the metallic and malformed "Disk Reapers" and other fiendish foes.

When we finally reached Karascha's Lair, it was a smaller, low-level dungeon. The first room had roughly five groups of enemies for us to cleave through. The second housed the hulking Karascha itself. Adorned in full plate armor, this giant easily dwarfed our entire party. He also had a taste for archers, since he repeatedly leaped across the room and tried to squish our frail heroine. The major monsters in TERA all have "tells" so that you can know when to attack and when to get out of the way. With Karascha, who was a living pile of spikes and pain, we knew that when he was getting ready to jump we needed to get ready to dodge.

Karascha wasn't able to withstand our fabulous jazz hands.

Compared to our time with the sorcerer and berserker classes, the archer was much easier to control. Her attacks came out fast and she had numerous tools for making enemies easier to hit. She may not do as much raw damage as the other classes, but the archer makes up for this with speed. We'll continue to keep an eye on TERA as it approaches its release later this year.

Discussion

79 comments
Albaficas
Albaficas

The questing might be same old same old but the combat/pvp,graphics,art makes up for it

 

a true sleeper right here...

very good mmo

Franco438
Franco438

I'm playing this game and all i can say is... It's very good! Since wow i didnt got so addicted to anything. This one is beautiful, and the best thing: the combat is perfect, you really feel like ur playing a game, and not just typing a sequence of skills to win. Of course it has some flaws, but when wow lauched 7 years ago not even a polymorph spell worked. Still dont know about endgame, but so far, I'm lovin it!

godsend1989
godsend1989

No auto-aim but still dull quests and wow clone

MegamanX2011
MegamanX2011

another wow clone and strong candidate for F2P

inuyasha31405
inuyasha31405

Tera definitely looks like a game worth getting. I used to play wow back in the day before the burning crusade expansion and etc, and this game seems to take the mmorpg to where it should be. Actually player skill combined with the abilities of the class to succeed in solo and party play. Instanced dungeons or pvp areas are good for everyone so there's not a huge wait on the chance to fight the bosses. PvP can go both ways though.. They can make zoned areas for pvp or instanced pvp areas. Either or would be good. I want a good story as well as a steady character growth through the game. (not too fast but not insanely difficult either) Definitely on my list of games to play so far!

PewPewNinja
PewPewNinja

@Kooken58 I think that both can be great (zerg fest, Instance pvp) for example Guild Wars did it right with their instanced pvp, no gear dependence and balanced. "formed rivalries with other players, made countless friends...i knew ppl on my realm." Yeah new mmo are missing that group play that old mmo focused on, that's why i like ncsoft games, they still encourage Group, zerg, drama...but their next game will probably hit in 2013 here (Blade & Soul)..so im looking for tera, the politic system in tera interest me still don't know alots about it, but it give me good L2 vibe.

Albaficas
Albaficas

i played korean beta and it has nothing to do with WoW clone its a really fresh mmo comparing to everything is out at this time,the pvp can be very addictive since now that u manualy aim and no more lock on a target u need to "think before acting and actualy use a brain before approaching the other player and also skills >gear unlike any other mmo's out there where gear >skills ...if u searching a REAL WoW clone then try RIFT.

Kooken58
Kooken58

@PewPewNinja never played L2, but DAoC had ffa pvp as well...my favorite server, but I didnt play it all the time cuz FFA could get frustrating lol. PvP now days though is the same old crap...Join a BG from anywhere, get thrown into the same old set of maps with random ppl you dont know or never will see again and do the same old thing...til you get some piece of pvp gear...that pvp gear is NEEDED to do any good in pvp...but once you got the full set, you were sick of BGs already and BGs being the only viable option to pvp, you just give up. In DAoC on the other hand, 4 constant years of pvp'n, formed rivalries with other players, made countless friends...i knew ppl on my realm.

Soniel1
Soniel1

oh its rift... wait aion?... hmm tera? im confused they all look the same :p

GetafixOz
GetafixOz

Is there anyone left out there NOT over the standard MMO model yet ? Everything since 1999 has been EQ with new skins... I fail to see the point

PewPewNinja
PewPewNinja

@Kooken58 "Older MMOs did it right, with the right mix of hardcore and casual" Sure Lineage was REALLY casual, btw FFA PvP > Faction PvP (The best pvp mmo is L2 by far)

epik183
epik183

I can't wait for this game to come out XD

epik183
epik183

I can't wait for this game to come out XD

toximin
toximin

@Yams1980 certainly it is, i mean look at those thongs...ehmmm...armors...

666NightsInHell
666NightsInHell

Not interested, its pay to play game, no point to pay for game when you can find tonns of similar games in web,simple mmo without anything extraordinary

Solatrus
Solatrus

@jeffbordonaro Uh, no... It's like saying GW2 is a diamond over a giant pillow, while all the oranges are gathering around it in order to receive some light from its radiance. What you don't get it that NC West is the pillow (since they're a new branch, a new vision, innovation), while ArenaNet and GW2 make up the diamond (which is the center piece of what GW2 is destined to be).

y3ivan
y3ivan

lol, love the first sentence

Kooken58
Kooken58

Let me know when a good MMO similar to DAoC comes out...with features older MMOs had. Ill pass on korean MMOs, I tried Aion didnt care for it...seems like all these new mmo players think the game starts at the lvl cap yet all they want is to grind instances over and over and then complain that they are bored....Older MMOs did it right, with the right mix of hardcore and casual...having 3 factions instead of 2 and each faction having their own set of land and unique classes.

FedCom
FedCom

A scantly clad archer missing a pant leg and wear stiletto heels on a grassy hill. That's refreshing! Doesn't look bad though visually. Not exactly cream of the DX11 crop, but not terrible.

jemoedr
jemoedr

It really sucks for a stolen game. Funny you hear nothing here about the fact that they paid NC soft quiet a sum of money to stop sewing them. Just check the blade & soul trailers... looks much better then this.

BenFireFox
BenFireFox

well graphics look really cool in my opinion but you always need to play the game innovation is pretty rare in morpgs so maybe another clone with different face of something already existing but i will have a look at it

Slayerduckie
Slayerduckie

Lineage clone doesnt mean its bad, actually its much better than all the carebear pve wow-clones that are coming out lately, which are catered to the liking of casual and mainstream gamers, thus restricting pvp and simlpifying everything.

Ithapher
Ithapher

@wexorian NCsoft only published GW. They had/have nothing to do with the production of the game. That is wholly left to the infinitely talented ArenaNet team. Either way, this is completely irrelevant to this article.

nescelm
nescelm

@wexorian Ncsoft did not make GW.

wexorian
wexorian

why i think that newly realeased good MMO is rift and so so DC universe, why heck stupid koreans are making same graphic style over and over again? yes i saw game mechanics, big monster some other features, and it could be hardcore raid and pvp but Change some graphic things It reminds me Aion and other NC soft games They all suck (exept GW)., WHy wow is Master IN MMO you know? because it got own style in evertyng, Outstanding raids and PVP (before next gen MMO will rise :D ) and it's not copy of other game.

darkgto
darkgto

im just interested to see how the combat is gonna be. im sick of the just "oh go over there and kill that thing and then over to kill that thing" in two clicks. i actually wanna fight something

roman30188
roman30188

it's gonna be good game ( but blade and soul gonna be batter AMMORPG game )

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

@Marscaleb It's a Korean MMO... it is entirely possible that it is, in fact, part of the plot...

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

Tera looks pretty but unfortunately that's become the main selling point of current Korean MMORPG's because much like ones before it, the innovation is absent and gimmicks prominent. Got wings? Time to move beyond digital cleavage and repetitious quests.

Marscaleb
Marscaleb

Okay, is the clothing-disappearing thing a joke, or is that an ACTUAL plot mechanic used in the game?

shnull
shnull

another mmo with the all same mechanics that doesnt let you speak freely or attack other players at will ? i'm so impressed (like , um, .. not?)

dillirgaf
dillirgaf

you can sign up for a beta on their website

Solatrus
Solatrus

Guild Wars 2 > TERA. Why? Because NCsoft West and even Korea believes in GW2 far more, hence why they've given ArenaNet millions of dollars in order to create it. TERA is like another Aion. A different move forward, innovating, but it won't be that MMORPG that we're all looking for. GW2 contains the elements of a true next-generation MMORPG and it will be the new King that everyone moves to.

Proorizo
Proorizo

MMO's should focus most around character creation and item variety. I don't mind slow, grinding quests if you got a killer, unique character....WOW failed big time on the different faces and body types, but excels in the variety of gear. I would play Age Of Conan if it had the amount of items WOW does.

kenggy
kenggy

This looks fantastic and all, but the real turn off for this is the same old slay and collect quests. Other than that this seems insanely good. I hope that mmo would stop with this type of questing as it gets really dull, hopefully GW2's dynamic event works wonders and change how an online world should really feel.

Vividnightmare
Vividnightmare

I've really been looking forward to this,it's been awhile since an MMO has held my attention. With the very sadly falling out of Huxley, TERA was a breath of fresh air in the MMO world for me. I really hope the beta gets here soon and I get a shot to try this out.

Suporex
Suporex

I have played Korean open beta, and have to tell you that this game is great... no more kids making nuker and ganking, now you can't select target and spam 2 buttons, you actualy have to target all the time and and predict where warrior will go next. + shield does proper thing now, blocks... and for those saying Lineage clone, it is made by people that created Lineage 2...

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

If it combines a mix of Elder Scrolls Oblivion (in 3rd person) and FF Xi then I might consider it a sound investment of time.

vanrok
vanrok

get us a beta for NA/EU so we can tell if its bad or not

Nodashi
Nodashi

@buzzoinks I wouldn't :P

himsaad714
himsaad714

 @godsend1989 no auto aim creates the challenge. You know WoW is not the only mmorpg right? why don't you try the game before knocking it? Its like judging an exotic fruit youve never seen or tasted yet it kinda looks like an apple. yeah it looks like an apple, but hell it may taste better than anything else youve eaten unto that point in your life. but if you never tried it, you'd never no that by your predisposition. IMO

Albaficas
Albaficas

@godsend1989

 go back to your crappy 1 pixel game

Tera has ofc better graphics,art combat ofc make wow looks like a child and the pvp put wow again to shame.

 

the only thing it does like wow is the questing nothing else.

 

Next time when u try to troll do it with brain and style or dont do it at all stupid kid kkthxbb

 

himsaad714
himsaad714

 @MegamanX2011  First off WoW was NOT the first nor the last. IMO personally I would love for this to go f2p sooner rather than later but alas im sure it wont. believe it or not but people are amped on this game and are more than willing to fork out the sub fee, especially if they add content on a regular basis. and to agree with albaficas some more, if you don't have something nice or productive to say just move on good sir. The interweb has enough trolls, lets keep them off GS.

Albaficas
Albaficas

 @MegamanX2011 WoW is EQ clone but i bet with ur lack years (probably another 12 year old kid) u didnt know that.

 

same to you...go back to that 1 pixel farmville crap game and let tera shine we dont need more stupid trollers like you...kkthxbb