Yes, that's my character. Deal with it.
(This first-impressions review is about the starting area.)
I created my character, Neko.Miko.Reimu on the Jagged Coast server at the suggestion of my friend, who had TERA since launch. I spent a decent amount of time on character creation, and although it’s not as thorough as PSO2′s customizations, it has enough flexibility to greatly decrease the chances of looking identical to another player.
You start off in a tutorial mission, where your character is level 20, with the full skillset of your selected class. It’s not a bad way to get started, since it covers all game mechanics starting from movement and ending on an epic battle with a BAM (“Big-Ass Monster”, literally).
After the tutorial mission you start the game for real at level 1, and lacking most of the spells and skills you got to mess around with in the tutorial. Although very limited at first, leveling and spell progression is fairly rapid, so you fill out the spell list quickly. There were always 2-3 quests to do at a time, and it naturally leads you around the entire area. Many of these were kill quests, but the quantities weren’t so much that it got tedious, nor too few that I couldn’t practice my new spells and skills.
Area chat, what can I say about it? As one person put it, “Barrens chat was pretty bad, but it’s everywhere here.” It’s about 5-10% actual content, with the rest being memes and insults. Every so often there’s an entertaining conversation, but usually it’s a few tryhards attempting to troll each other. My friend hides this chat, as I bet many would.
In the end, I completed the starting area in 4 hours and reached level 11 in the process. Pretty good pace, much faster than WoW (unless they altered it since I stopped playing a few years back).
Playing a Mystic is pretty fun. It’s supposed to be a balance between support and offense, so I have a variety of healing and damage spells. They’re probably not as strong as their counterparts in the Sorcerer and Priest classes, but they still work very well for me. I have yet to die to a mob, and the worst I had so far was getting knocked down to a third of my health when fighting the instance boss of the starting area. The AI party member that is provided ended up dying about halfway through the battle, but my summoned guardian spirit tanked the boss until I took it down.
I’ve put about 6 hours into the game so far, and I’m currently at level 14. Definitely looking forward to putting in several more hours.
What were your first impressions about TERA? Positive? Negative?
PS – If you’re on the Jagged Coast server, please add me as a friend!