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TERA review: big monsters, small ambitions

Though it's been modified for North American release, TERA was born in South Korea, and it shows. All the tell-tale signs of a popular Korean MMO are here: the pretty but generic fantasy setting, the heavy grind to the level cap, the anime sheen over the whole production. TERA sets itself apart from previous Korean MMORPGs with its combat - you'll be hacking, slashing, casting spells, and dodging powerful blows from monsters with single button taps, and skilled players will learn to link all of the available moves together into impressive combos. While that combat system goes a long way toward making TERA worth checking out, it also illustrates just how boring everything around it is. TERA's 15 gigantic zones are spread across two continents, Arun and Shara. As the game begins,...

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TERA: Rising receiving new battleground July 2

En Masse Entertainment's free-to-play fantasy massively-multiplayer online game, TERA: Rising, will receive a new battleground called Corsairs' Stronghold, the company announced via press release. The battleground is part of a patch coming July 2. Corsairs' Stronghold will support 20-player teams with access to weapons and war machines such as tanks, airships and siege ladders as they attack strongholds. Players will either be charged with defending the stronghold or attacking it. The battleground is available to players level 30 and above. According to the press release, current players will be able to download the patch's contents early. Watch the trailer above for a first look at the battleground and the roles players will serve.


En Masse Entertainment adds cloud-based installation to TERA: Rising

TERA: Rising players will be able to access the game without a download or installation process through Happy Cloud, Inc.'s cloud-based solution, publisher En Masse Entertainment announced today via press release. According to the release, Happy Cloud's streaming services will eliminate 90 percent of the game's initial download and the entirety of its installation. The download, which contains images, video, sound and more, rounds out at about 22 GB. En Masse Entertainment's COO, Soo Min Park, said that improving this wait time has been a "priority" for the company. "Using Happy Cloud's system is an easy way for us to get more players into TERA's immersive, 3D world," Park said. "Taking a graphically rich, fast-paced game such as TERA: Rising, which contains hundreds of hours of...


Teenage cancer survivor creates social gaming network for young people in treatment

A teenage cancer survivor has started a non-profit organization aiming to help children and teenagers in treatment connect with other patients through video games, reports The Huffington Post. Founder Steven Gonzalez was inspired to start the Survivor Games group due his "love for video games" and experience being treated at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital in Texas. Gonzalez was diagnosed with a form of leukemia five years ago with a two percent chance of survival. After undergoing chemotherapy and a double cord blood transplant he had to remain in a sterile environment for 100 days. While isolated, Gonzalez would play video games, and during that time built Play Against Cancer, a video game tailored to cancer patients. Gonzalez wrote that the program will utilize the "healing...


Warren Spector: 'I'm not ready to retire yet'

Game designer Warren Spector spoke at the DICE Summit today, one week after the closure of his Disney-owned studio, Junction Point, telling attendees that he's "not ready to retire yet" and still has games he wants to make. Spector opened his speech by clarifying that he wouldn't be talking about "the elephant in the room," the closure of Junction Point, Disney Interactive or the last eight years, "other than to say I worked with an amazing team on some amazing projects." "It's all good," he said, before launching into his talk, "The Graying of Gaming," in which Spector spoke about the aging gaming population, of which he is a part. "I had a little wake-up moment last week in the wake of events," the 57-year-old game designer said, following the shuttering of the studio he...


TERA: Rising subscription-free date set for Feb. 5

TERA, Bluehole Studio's fantasy massively multiplayer online game, will no longer require pay-to-play subscriptions after Feb. 5, the company announced via press release. TERA: Rising, as the game is called, will launch in North America and Europe with new content: the Crucible of Flame, a multi-level dungeon, and three new PvP battlegrounds. Rising will also include three player status types for a customizable experience. Standard will give players full access to in-game content for up to two characters per server. Consumable, cosmetic and convenience items can be purchased from the in-game store. The Founder status grants all current subscribers additional character slots and bank tabs, as well as a special mount. Players can still get founder status after launch by buying a...


En Masse Entertainment hires Halo and Nexon veterans, promotes from within for CEO

En Masse Entertainment, publishers of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game TERA, has promoted its former vice president to CEO and added Halo and Nexon veterans to the corporate management team, according to a press release from the company. Chris Lee, En Masse's former vice president of publishing is now its CEO. Soo Min Park, a former vice president at free-to-play developer and publisher Nexon America, will serve as the company's new COO. Bryan Koski, the former group marketing manager at Microsoft for the Halo franchise, has taken the role of director of marketing. While at Microsoft, Koski also worked on the Fable and Forza franchises. "The additions to our management team are all about building the foundation for a strong future in 2013 and beyond," said new CEO...


TERA going free-to-play in Korea and Japan

TERA, the fantasy MMO from Bluehole Studio, is being turned into a free-to-play title in Korea and Japan by NHN, the game's publisher in those territories. "The industry has shifted in this direction and the Korean gaming market has always been on the forefront of this shift," explained En Masse Entertainment community manager Catherine "Minea" Park on the company's forums. Citing market differences among the various regions in which TERA is available, Park said TERA "currently remains a subscription-based game in North America and Europe," where it is published by En Masse and Frogster Interactive, respectively. According to MMO Culture, which translated the Korean announcement, TERA will become free-to-play in the country Jan. 10, while the free-to-play conversion in Japan will be...

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North America
  • Windows
    • Released 05/01/2012
    • Publisher En Masse Entertainment
    • Developer Bluehole Studio
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