My Tera journey has drifted to a halt, mainly because the combat is the only thing the game has above the competition (IMHO). I’ll come back to my lasting impressions of the game another time, but yesterday’s game time was mostly dominated by a return to SWTOR.
I’d been duo’ing in Tera with my partner and his main complaint was the poor storytelling and “wall of text” quests. The obvious next game to try together would be SWTOR based on this alone – quest via cut scene? Yes! When I stopped SWTOR I’d hit the end game and wasn’t in the mood for a gear grind and leveling a new character so soon after finishing the first didn’t seem that attractive. Now however after a nine month break from the game I’m ready to start climbing the 1-50 ladder again (I’m ignoring the expansion’s 50-55 till it’s much nearer).
This journey will, at least for now, be done via the free to play model. I’m preferred status as an ex-subscriber and his account is currently free to play. I suspect we’ll drop the $5+ minimum to upgrade to preferred once we get to crafting and other activities that preferred status makes just that bit more convenient.
A few observations:
- The UI is very polished and fits the game well stylistically (this is a current perspective, ignoring any launch-time issues)
- The cut scenes are great if you have the time to enjoy them
- Randomly one NPC referred to our duo team in the plural during a cut scene! (Maybe this is the only NPC in the game programmed to care if you’re questing solo or duo+?)
- This game plays is such good fun as a small group game (2-4 players, companion fillers)
I’m playing a knight and he’s playing a consular so I’ll be rewatching the later story and seeing a new one myself. The pair will make a natural tank/healer combo + companions which I hope will allow us to two-man some flashpoints later in the game.