TERA Classic is.. TERA-ble.
So I’d like to preface this video by giving a big thank you to whomever requested that I do TERA Classic when you found out that I loved the PC version of TERA. I’d also like to prelude this by stating that I had no clue that this game wasn’t translated up until I had it on my phone, this is going to be fun. So first and foremost, this game is available for iphones and androids alike. Originally the game TERA Classic Mobile was developed by Lantu Games but since then has been published by different regional publishers. Our version that we have here for the US was released last month and is by Black Beard Gaming and is unfortunately in Chinese. There are no plans as far as I can tell for them to translate the game, but heck, we’re going to play. So this is more of a test for me if I can somehow manage my way through a game where I understand absolutely nothing and only have the knowledge of mobile games and TERA on my side, so here we go!
Upon starting the game I can safely state right off the bat that I do recognize the classes. Albeit these classes are gender and race locked, granted the PC version also has some classes like the Reaper and Valkyrie that is gender and race locked, but overall there’s more variety on the PC version than this. There’s Slayer, which can only be a Human male. Warrior, which is a male Castanic. Archer, which is a female High Elf, and lastly Priest which is an Elin…which only has a female gender anyway. This is a shame, as I recall the race you are determines what race benefits you get for your character, but I don’t know if this is true here since I can’t really read what things say. The character customization is lacking, but to be honest the PC version wasn’t that impressive either. So for those of you who don’t know, I literally mained Priest in TERA for years until it fell out of the good graces as a healer, so I’m going to have to go with my classic choice and just kind of see what the difference is.
I can tell you up front, the one thing I’ve really liked so far in the game is that the tutorial that happens from the PC version isn’t here, and if you’re familiar with it….that thing takes like 30 minutes to get through! So I’m already pleasantly surprised. I can also tell this game is entirely auto-playable as it fights for me and takes me where I want to go. Which, in this situation since I can’t understand a darn thing it says, is appreciated! I also like the small helpful steps that occur from this strange little Elin girl in the corner of my screen showing me how to level my gear. The gear is in the Japanese grading system…so S,A,B,C, which I guess makes sense for the most part. From the looks of it, the upgrading works pretty similar to the PC version where you level, convert, and enchant your gear. As to which is which, I don’t really know, but from what I can tell the enchanting is this portion of it.
You’ll also unlock different NPCs to go into the dungeons with you from what I can tell, it wasn’t until around level 20 that I unlocked this feature for the dungeons that you unlock every ten levels or so. Seeing as I couldn’t figure out how to join actual people for a dungeon, it came in handy for more DPS. Which, as a priest, I wasn’t doing horrible in terms of DPS. There seems to be a rotation of DPS and healing skills for me on my skillset, which is nice to flick between. Overall though, the whole fighting thing didn’t feel that fluid for me. And TERA, which is known for its action combat and is widely loved by a lot of people for that, didn’t really get translated, like the language, into this mobile game. I have a dodge skill that honestly you have to slam a couple times to get your character to respond appropriately, and for big AOEs, that’s not going to work that great for me. And honestly, half the time I just let my game auto-play because I seemed to do worse in this particular game when I would take manual control, and normally that’s not something I can say about other mobile games. However, when entering into PVP, where there is no auto-play but auto lock-on is still a thing, I was totally dominating for my level, and then the game gave me a solid slice of reality check and put me up against this. Can we say one shot? So yeah, combat for me was absolutely nothing like the PC version, and having been an avid lover of Tera because of the combat, this was extremely disappointing for me.
One positive I would like to note is that at least graphically, the game is roughly as good looking as its PC counterpart. But at the same time, the PC game is almost a decade old at this point so it isn’t that large of a stretch to imagine this is possible. You get a mount, but it looks like other mounts are locked behind purchases, which again is nothing new for TERA in itself. I can tell there’s also a bit of a story to it, but I just can’t understand it, but it’s still nice to look at despite it. So I guess overall, it’s just an ok free game to pull up and play. There’s nothing that’s special about it and anything that really made TERA special has been gutted from the game. I made it to level 22, and quite honestly, I’m probably not going to go back in. Though I’d still recommend you guys give the game a try if it looks like something you’re interested in, and heck, maybe you’ll enjoy it! Anyway, this was Mrs Stix, logging off for now!