Holy crap is it terrible. I played it for maybe an hour before uninstalling it.
First, the good. It’s a very pretty game. The graphics are seriously excellent.
Now, the bad. Everybody says the game’s combat is revolutionary and really helps carry the game. I disagree. I think the combat is lame. Take every other MMO’s combat and add a crosshair so now you have to focus on aiming along with managing a gajillion skills and you have TERA’s combat. What’s worse, you still have a mana bar for managing power to make sure you don’t just sit there and spam your most powerful abilities. Games like this need to take a page out of the book of Guild Wars 2 and make skills situational, rather than just varying levels of powerful.
The pace is also slow. Painfully slow. It’s the same ol’ MMO problem of walking around way too long with nothing happening. The pretty landscapes are enough to hold you over for a bit, but eventually you just get sick of it.
Perhaps the crafting, grouping, etc., is enough to overcome the game’s unfathomable lameness during the first hour (though reviews elsewhere also say those things suck), but I just couldn’t bring myself to play it that long.
And by the way, don’t run a google image search for “TERA sucks” unless you’re looking for porn.