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10. Re: TERA Subscription-Free Next Week Jan 30, 2013, 18:35 Keilun
 
Alamar wrote on Jan 30, 2013, 16:46:
The problem with this kind of griping (that's apparently been going on for a decade), is that I don't know if it's true or not...

Mainly because you have many many levels of tolerance (or if you prefer, interest) to questing, and I can't tell if this game just has lots of typical quests, or that it's really grindy...

For example, I see the same complaints about every new MMO, including WoW expansions, and I disagree, so I don't know if the game is grindy or just has lots of quests : )

-Alamar

I played this game on NA release with my gf. I can confirm for sure that this is easily more grindy than WoW. The quests are not relevant at all and there is very little story or relevant story to them. It feels like Bluehole tried not to diverge too far from their initial Korean audience by making leveling quest driven. Instead, it's still very much a kill x monsters type game (a la Everquest). Most collect y items are really just kill x monsters type quests - except with the added monotony that drop rates are not 100%. Add to that the fact that there is no shared quest loot drops for party members and you're almost wishing you were playing solo.

WoW did a pretty good job of removing those really frustrating quests that took hours of RNG luck to get your quest drops, by implementing shared quest loot and just generally creating the 100% drop rate. You can call that easy mode or whatever, but either way it's quite a bit less grindy than Tera.

All that said, the combat was really really a ton of fun. Positioning and skill timing (and aiming) was actually relevant. In the end the most enjoyable part of the game is the BAMs (Big Ass Monsters) that are scattered across the world. These are essentially elites or mini-bosses that require a group to take down. The unfortunate part is that they don't appear consistently until about level 20 or so. We got so bored of questing that we wound up just BAM hunting which was a blast until we realized it was an ineffective method for leveling and ultimately wound up giving up because of the sheer boredom.

Perhaps there are other people who have more tolerance for this kind of grinding. Either way though, this game's going free to play, so there's not a whole lot of risk in trying it out. The combat alone is worth trying out if you haven't already, it makes you wish there were more MMOs with this level of action and pace.
 
 
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