Lately, I’ve been captivated with a certain MMORPG, so much so that I consistently get back on to play and join raids. The game I’m talking about is Tera, and not the PC version, but the Tera PS4 version.
Don’t get me wrong, I know people say that the PC version is amazing, but for people with a horrible (and I mean utter horrible) computer like mine, having this on the PS4 is absolute blissful — with the exception that the PS4 version hasn’t received the flying Ironman-like suit mounts yet.
Tera PS4 isn’t a crappy port
Tera is one of the few free MMOs on PS4 that I actually enjoy! It’s well-flowing landscapes, impressive graphics, fluid combat and movement controls have got me hooked. That last part is especially important, with games that come from the computer to the PS4. Many people feel that they are losing many key bindings, and that it ruins the flow of the game’s fight sequences. Not here! On the PS4 version, the combat and movement work beautifully like I’m playing on a PC game. It’s downright comforting to know that Bluehole Studio cares about the game and the player base. Now, just to get you all into the spirit of things I’ll delve into various parts of the game and explain.
Yes, like all free MMOs the story can be a little lacking. Tera revolves around the Valkyon Federation bringing together many other factions to combat weird metallic enemies called the Argon. I won’t give away too much. The tutorial shows the meat of the story, and the reason why the Argons are bringing chaos to the world. Seriously… look at the picture above. How weird do these things look? Weird, but cool at the same time. My feelings are all mixed up! Should I see a doctor?
Woo! Guilds! Yeah! Some of the best parts of an MMO is getting together with guild buddies, dueling each other, and then going on raids to get the best gear you can possibly find. The guild system in Tera PS4 reminds me of the game Neverwinter, but without the gigantic Guild Base it has. Although, I will say that if they ever include that into Tera PS4, I’ll probably never leave.
It’s very easy to make a guild. If you have your friends in the same group, and have enough money, that’s all you’ll need to make the guild. Simple as that. As of right now, I’m having a blast with my own guild as we fight to out level each other. That’s right guys, I’ll be waiting for you at the top of the leaderboards with my Castanic sorcerer (for those who don’t know, Castanic is a race I’ll go into later on).
RAIDS & GEAR
The gear system can be compared to the one found in Diablo III. Maybe that’s the reason why I like it so much? Whenever something legendary or shiny drops, it makes a little sound, and a beam of light erupts from its location. Most of the things that players collect are called Relics. They’re pieces that you have to put together to create new epic weapons. You can get Relic pieces outside of raids and dungeons. Raiding is the optimal way to gather Relic pieces.
A couple of nights ago, I was in a raid called the Necromancer’s Tomb (yes it had a lot of undead enemies, who would’ve known?). I accidentally over-leveled my character, and some of my abilities were one-shotting the enemies. I got around two new Relic pieces, in large part to the amount of enemies I defeated. Those Relic pieces, and everything else you acquire, add to something called item level. If you’ve played World of Warcraft before, you’ll know that the main level and item level must never be above one another. That’s why raids in Tera PS4 are beneficial; they help balance both levels admirably. Also, raid bosses are entertaining! Each boss has players strategizing and paying close attention to their movement paths. Luckily, my sorcerer doesn’t have to be close. He deals damage comfortably out of range, perhaps drinking a margarita health potion. Want some?
First, I’ll start off with the humans. The basic people in the game. They can be anyone or anything (for the most part, some classes only work for some races). The bread and butter, so to speak.
Next is my favorite, the Castanics. Basically, they are demon people! They’re humanoids with large horns on their head. Their backstory is that they were treated poorly as a race due to their previous alliance with an evil god. The god eventually betrayed them, and killed a lot of people. These events led to the Castanics fighting for redemption.
My second favorite race is the Baraka — large stone people who are the gentle giants of Tera PS4. Since they are so large, and look so sturdy, I had to roll one as a tank. I have to say they look so good. The Barakas have the best looking faces.
A lot of people love this next race because they look badass. The Aman are basically Dragonkin or Dragonborn. Large humanoid dragons with elongated snouts, horns, and scales — the whole works. One of my guild members has an Aman character, and I have to say that he loves flaunting it. He knows he’s got it.
I have yet to determine if the Popori are dogs or pandas… I still don’t know, but they are small and cute, and frankly, I wouldn’t want to PVP them. Who would wanna hurt something so cute!? The High Elves are, of course, like every single other fantasy game. “Oh! We are the most pure and beeeeeautiful creatures in all of the land.” Yea, no, it’s like shut up, even the stone Barakas look more badass than you! And the Popori are cuter. So no. Next please.
I won’t delve too deep into the character customization, but I can confidently say that it’s amazing. Players can make their characters look fantastic, and tailor-make them to their liking.
Loli lovers rejoice?
We have reached the area of controversy, the Elins. They’re little girls with bunny ears. You read exactly what I typed, little girls with bunny ears. The only way to play as the Reaper class is rolling Elin. So if you wanna be a death-dealing badass, you’ll need to be a little girl with bunny ears.
We’ll go through this one quick, mainly because classes are really up to the user and their play-style. There are thirteen classes in Tera PS4 (as of the writing of this article). The classes are: Archer, Berserker, Lancer, Mystic, Priest, Slayer, Sorcerer, Warrior, Valkyrie, Ninja, Reaper, Brawler, and Gunner (recently introduced). From my research, these are the best classes to roll; Sorcerer, Lancer, Priest, Warrior, and Brawler. As always, the top-tier classes are subject to change.
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I hope this little guide to Tera PS4 has successfully given you a reason to check it out. Who knows? Perhaps I’ll see you in the game!