I’m almost level 43, more than two-thirds through the leveling process in Tera Rising. I haven’t however, seen the same percentage of the content. I’ve noticed recently, that by doing all of the quests, we’re losing some of the combat difficulty because we’re the same level as the mobs. It’s not quite as exciting when we can pull 30 mobs and spam them down effortlessly. It might be time to start skipping quests that aren’t part of the main storyline.
Much like Rift, there’s considerably more content than what you need to level. This is a good thing if you enjoy having alts. If you’re like me and not into alts, it gives you room to skip zones and quests you don’t enjoy. I’ve never been at a loss for where to go or what to kill next, in order to progress.
There’s nothing revolutionary about Tera – it’s pretty classic Asian MMO in its questing style. You have your high body count quests, great graphics, pretty models and armor. Difficult mob encounters throughout every zone as well as the instances. And the crafting is a grind like no other. I wouldn't invest in the effort until you know you’re staying for the end game. *smile*
I enjoy the game at the casual place at which we're playing. I like the challenges of Big Ass Monsters (BAMs) in every zone. Granted some evenings it's a bit more heart thumping that I have the energy for. Doing them as a duo without a death is rewarding. Tera is action based combat where aiming is similar to FPS games. There is no tab or sticky targeting. It requires more effort and focus.
Sarzan and I are currently working our way through Essenia. Right now we’re hold up at the Tria outpost. Essenia is going down as my second favorite zone so far. It has a lush tropical forrest vibe. Not the subdued muted forrest under brush often associated with Elven zones. It's whimsical and quirky like Poporia. It’s also one of the first zones to really make use of the climb skill by incorporating upper and lower levels of outdoor content.
A compliment to Tera's content and design is that I forget I’m playing a F2P game! It’s only when I go to deposit items in the bank which is about to overflow, that I remember, oh yeah, it might be time to purchase another bank slot. I have invested in the journy by purchasing a bank slot, character slot, race change and still have cash shop coins to spend.
If I make it to level 60, this will be the first character to do reach max level in a F2P game. So far the odds are in Tera’s favor. EQ Landmark will be nipping at its heels shortly so reaching max may get stalled for a little bit.