TERA Time - Rising, Buffing, and Group Hugs (Part 2)

Looking at TERA as it goes F2P, one last time. (Part 2)

This is part two of this edition of TERA Time. Click through the link to read the first part if you haven't yet. Thank you, and have fun in-game when the servers are back up at 7AM PST/10AM EST February 5.

Everyone who has played TERA -- whether on and off -- between the CBT and now has a story to tell.

World PVP battles, mountain goating up seemingly impassable terrain, triumphant victories against all odds, and just sitting around a campfire listening to the sound of your irritating Elin party members dancing in a line. In the end, we all hate each other and the game the same.

Honestly, it's not that bad.

There are some moments where I truly hate TERA (Nexus lag), but there are other times where I'm glad I joined the playerbase back in beta and came back to it after a 5 month hiatus (large-scale GvG battles in CBT; fun with friends through my entire time playing).

It's not a particularly deep game, and there isn't much to do other than rush to 60 and grind once you get there. The people you meet in-game are great, though. I'm not talking about global chat (which is terrible), but the people you meet just trying to level or sitting around in town.

I've met a lot of good people playing TERA, and I know I'll find even more. Sure, we're going to be overrun by Brazilians and Chinese gold farmers. But you know what? As long as I can keep juking chumps with my priest and having fun with friends, I don't care.

You can point to PKers and the general special-edness of global chat as examples of the game's community being garbage, but I really and truly have met some wonderful people during my time playing. I know I will meet even more once Rising launches, even if they don't speak the best English.

To the future!

En Masse looks like they're trying with the Rising patch, and I really hope they pull it off well. Over the past year I've lost a of of faith in the company and even feel that the pay-to-play period was a sort of open beta for them. In a way, I feel ripped off.

In the end of it all, I will continue to play and I will continue to support En Masse. I paid $15 to continue playing through the weekend and I don't regret it one bit. TERA isn't for everyone, but the people playing really make the game. I can deal with a little disappointment to get a lot of fun and fond memories.

It's been fun, those of you who have played with me up until now. I hope to see you in TERA: Rising! Buckle down, because it's time to see if the maintenance takes longer than the planned 24 hours.

Associate Editor

Ashley is pretty lost in most things, but not the FFXIV smol life. Oh yeah, there's someone impersonating me. Trust me: I didn't email you.

Published Feb. 4th 2013

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