Today the Open Beta Test for Tera started up for those who have pre-ordered already. We’ve spent a few hours with it, are off the Isle of Dawn, and are just starting the Lumbertown quest lines. This is all stuff we’ve seen before so little of it has really been surprising, but there have been changes since my last Tera Beta Review that are worth mentioning.
First impression: Oh, Tera. What have you done?
Instead of starting out at level 1 on the Isle of Dawn — “noob island” as it is probably better known — your brand new character is born onto some dark, dismal beach as a level 20 weighed down by a general feeling of dread and misery that Tera calls a Prologue. You have a handful of spells in your bars that you cannot move. It felt as though someone had tied both arms behind my back and told me to play with just my nose.
Throughout the bits of Closed Beta that we did play, Travis and I both set our characters up in just the particular ways we wanted them to that point. We even took screenshots of our bars so we could put our spells back in the right places. You know, just in case. But for this ridiculous introduction to the game, we were forced to struggle through with the way the game wanted us to play. Oh, and I should point out that you can’t group for this little “adventure.”
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not comfortable with change. I’ll also be the first to admit that my attitude regressed to that of a toddler whose juice was just taken away by some big meanie head. I sulked. And pouted. And whined. Frankly, I was useless. I knew it would be annoying, but it was worse than I’d anticipated. I started ranting about how I was going to cancel our pre-orders.
“They can’t make me play alone! They can’t make me fight things if I don’t want to! They can’t make me push 3 when I want to push 4!”
It was very mature.
But, really. The whole experience was just miserable. And confusing! Throughout our time playing through the Isle of Dawn tonight, even on our very-low populated server, people continually asked what the point of “that level 20 bit” was.
Everything was much more comfortable once we got back to what we knew Tera to be though. After some basic movement tutorial points (Jump over those platforms, climb up this ladder, talk to this questgiver) and solo fighting a few waves of boring enemies and a BAM, some movies played, which I diligently escaped out of, and we were back at level 1 on the Isle of Dawn, right where we were supposed to be.
And, boy, was I still grumpy. There were some tense moments there where I just about packed up and canceled the pre-orders.
It took a break from the game for me to separate from the Prologue and get back to enjoying the game for what it is.
Parting Impressions: Tera is still enjoyable. Combat is still fun and a refreshing change from the hotkey MMOs like WoW or SWTOR. I’m looking forward to getting higher level again and fighting BAMs with my husband. If you’re looking for a more general review, check out my review from Tera’s Closed Beta tests.
There are some other subtle changes from the early Closed Beta Tests that don’t greatly impact playability: change to the currency model, the chat box seems to be a little larger than it used to be, and a couple of the quests have been moved around or altered slightly. The currency change is mostly cosmetic westernization, changing from large numbers to small numbers.
The pre-order bonuses from retailers are already available. To claim your items, push Alt to bring up your menu, click the Activities menu, and select the Item Claim option. Pro Tip: Check the speed of your pre-order mount. Ours from Amazon was 255, a fair bit higher than the 240 speed mount that the Velika quest awards. That got me a free 2 gold for selling the mount I had no need for.
Open Beta characters will not be wiped, so any progress made in Open Beta or Head Start will stay on the servers come Launch time. You won’t lose any progress from here on out.
Looking to skip the Prologue in Tera? I’ve heard whispers that if you log out of your new character and back in, you’ll be presented with an option to skip the Prologue. I’ve also heard that starting new characters should allow you to skip the Prologue, but the North American OBT is limited to one character slot per server at this point.