BFF Report - Ep 106 - TERA Online
The highly controversial game from Korea's Bluehole Studio has made it's way around the world courtesy of En Masse Entertainment and Frogster. Our own Mike B has spent the past few months in various betas collecting more information than he could squeeze into today's massive 25 minute BFF Report. Does TERA make the cut?


138BFF Report - Ep 138 - PanzarPanzar is a free-to-play, team-based, third-person action game in the spirit of modern competitive multiplayer games.137BFF Report - Ep 137 - Shootmania StormShootMania the FPS “Powered By Players” ShootMania Storm is revolutionizing the multiplayer FPS by adding a community dimension and unlimited replayability. Developed by the Nadeo studio, renowned for community racing game, TrackMania, ShootMania Storm boasts quick-fire matches and epic battles, where only your talent will distinguish...136BFF Report - Ep 136 - DefianceJoin the futuristic online open-world shooter where thousands of players scour a transformed Earth competing for alien technology. Hunt alone or with others as you improve your skills and level up, unlocking powerful weapons that will help you survive the massive battles that await.135BFF Report - Ep 135 - BioShock InfiniteA first person shooter set in 1912 where players assume the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, sent to the flying city of Columbia on a rescue mission.134BFF Report - Ep 134 - Trials Evolution Gold (PC)Trials Evolution: Gold Edition marks the Trials franchise’s triumphant return to the PC gaming platform. RedLynx’s signature franchise, the Trials series first made its mark in gaming with the 2008 release of Trials 2 SE for the PC.133BFF Report - Ep 133 - Tomb RaiderTomb Raider explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold.132BFF Report - Ep 132 - Age of WushuMike B takes a look at the latest action sandbox MMORPG from Snail Games, Age of Wushu.131BFF Report - Ep 131 - Crysis 3Crysis 3! Use the enhanced Nanosuit to Assess, Adapt, and Attack every situation and experience tactical freedom.. or.. you know.. just use stealth and bow it up for 8 hours.130BFF Report - Ep 130 - Path of ExileAre we ready for yet another ARPG? Well, Path of Exile from Grinding Gear Games just went open beta and Mike B is here to give us the breakdown.129BFF Report - Ep 129 - Warframe BetaMike B jumps into closed beta for the space-ninja PVE shooter from Digital Extremes, Warframe.128BFF Report - Ep 128 - Top 5 Most Controversial Games of 2012Mike B wraps the Top 5 Most Controversial Games of 2012, did your favorite game make the list?127BFF Report - Ep 127 - Turtle Beach SpecialMike B showcases the Turtle Beach 2012 headset line.. just in time for Christmas!126BFF Report - Ep 126 - Planetside 2Mike B revisits Planetside 2 post-launch to review the current state of the game and to give us his thoughts on the game's cash shop.125BFF Report - Ep 125 - HawkenMike B takes a look at the fast paced Mech FPS, Hawken, in today's BFF Report.124BFF Report - Ep 124 - Natural Selection 2The highly anticipated indie title, Natural Selection 2, blends RTS and FPS in a way not seen in many franchises. Did it pull it off?123BFF Report - Ep 123 - Happy WarsMike B takes a look at the first free-to-play game released on the XBox Live Arcade in this week's BFF Report.122BFF Report - Ep 122 - Torchlight 2Today on the BFF Report, Mike B checks out the latest installment in the Torchlight series and shows you how modding done right can give a game endless replay value.121BFF Report - Ep 121 - RavagedMike B takes a look at the post apocalyptic shooter, Ravaged. Funded by Kickstarter and developed by indie studio 2 Dawn Games, Ravaged brings chaotic and skill based gameplay to the FPS genre.120BFF Report - Ep 120 - Planetside 2 Beta ImpressionsMike B gives us his initial impressions and brief general overview of some of the mechanics and functions of Planetside 2.119BFF Report - Ep 119 - Gunnar GlassesMike B takes a look at, or rather, through Gunnar's Technology Eyewear. Do they deliver on the hype that surrounds them?118BFF Report - Ep 118 - AirMechMike B takes a look at the latest RTS/MOBA/Action Shooter hybrid, AirMech, and tries to pinpoint why it's yet to take off.117BFF Report - Ep 117 - Bullet RunMike B takes a look at the latest free to play shooter from SOE, Bullet Run.116BFF Report - Ep 116 - The Secret World (Part 2)In the second and final part of his coverage of The Secret World, Mike B takes a look at PvP, missions, and the dangers of wild goose chases?115BFF Report - Ep 115 - The Secret WorldThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B gets a good look at the mysterious universe of Funcom's The Secret World.114BFF Report - Ep 114 - DrakensangThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the latest browser based free to play massively multiplayer online action role playing game from Bigpoint, Drakensang.113BFF Report - Ep 113 - Quantum ConundrumMike B takes a look at Quantum Conundrum, the latest from Portal creator, Kim Swift.112BFF Report - Ep 112 - SMITEHi-Rez is taking on the MOBA genre by fusing the familiar feel of a third person RPG and the gameplay functions of the action RTS. Mike B takes the challenge to see if this combination will work in today's BFF Report.111BFF Report - Ep 111 - KraterPer the fans request, Mike B takes a look at the post-apoc squad based action role playing dungeon crawler (PASBARPDC for short), Krater.110BFF Report - Ep 110 - ARMA 2: DayZ modThis week, Mike B takes a closer look at the hottest mod out for ARMA 2, DayZ.109BFF Report - Ep 109 - Portal 2 Community MapsMike B may be on vacation, but that doesn't mean work stops! Today's BFF Report is covering the latest addon to Portal 2 community which allows the players to create their own puzzles.. you know what? Just watch..108BFF Report - Ep 108 - Family Guy OnlineEvery so often an interesting case comes across the desk of Senior Vice Detective of Internal Operations and Current Affairs Echelon Spec 7 Mike B, and Family Guy Online certainly qualifies itself as a game that might just be hitting all the right points..107BFF Report - Ep 107 - Trials EvolutionThis week Mike B takes a look at the latest couch console commander title, Trials Evolution. With the undeniably insane track customization and irresistible replay value, is there any question that this game is worth the $15?106BFF Report - Ep 106 - TERA OnlineThe highly controversial game from Korea's Bluehole Studio has made it's way around the world courtesy of En Masse Entertainment and Frogster. Our own Mike B has spent the past few months in various betas collecting more information than he could squeeze into today's massive 25 minute BFF Report. Does TERA make the cut?105BFF Report - Ep 105 - Legend of GrimrockLegend of Grimrock is bringing back the funk with it's true-to-origin dungeon crawler design. For all the fans of Might and Magic, Eye of the Beholder and that one person who played Scarab of Ra, this game might be the throwback you were looking for.104BFF Report - Ep 104 - WoW MoP: Pandas, Pandas EverywhereThis week Mike B takes an extended look at some of what is in store for players with the next expansion for World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria.103BFF Report - Ep 103 - Modern Combat 3 (Mobile MW3)Gameloft, the creators of Order and Chaos (Mobile MMORPG), have set a pretty high bar with their entry into the mobile FPS market, Modern Combat 3. Mike B gives us a breakdown of the mechanics and features available in this impressive app.102BFF Report - Ep 102 - Realm of the Mad GodWith its recent Steam debut, Realm of the Mad God is making headway in the mainstream. Mike B takes a look through it see if its worth a click.101BFF Report - Ep 101 - Mass Effect 3 Co-opWe all knew that there would be a co-op system included in Mass Effect 3, but what we didn't know was the amount of depth and progression that was going to be included. Even Mass Effect franchise fan Mike B was a skeptic, as the game had always thrived on it's single player elements. So, this week on the BFF Report, our host will be covering several of the backend elements as well as the combat system changes that Bioware will be bringing us come the 6th.100BFF Report - Ep 100 - Guild Wars 2The NDA has dropped, the green flag goes up, and Mike B delivers with his 100th episode of the BFF Report! Today he gives us two shows worth of content on Arenanet's Guild Wars 2!99BFF Report - Ep 99 - RIFT Mobile App + Valentine's Day SpecialThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the new RIFT Mobile App and then hops in-game to marry some guy to support TRION's entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.98BFF Report - Ep 98 - Turtle Beach Earforce z6a HeadsetHaving never done a BFF Report on a piece of hardware, Mike B gives a BFF style review of the latest tech from Turtle Beach, the Earforce z6a headset.97BFF Report - Ep 97 - Kingdoms of Amalur: ReckoningThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a run through Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning.96BFF Report - Ep 96 - Trine 2This week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the latest puzzle/platformer from Frozenbyte, Trine 2.95BFF Report - Top 5 Most Controversial Games of 2011Mike B aka Fony wraps up 2011 with his list of the most controversial games of the year! You may be surprised to see who made the list and more importantly, why!94BFF Report - Ep 94 - RIP Lego UniverseFrom time to time Mike B will take a look at an older game in the MMO genre, but this week we have, what was previously, a shelved episode for the soon to be shelved game, Lego Universe.93BFF Report - Ep 93 - RIFT Holiday EventsThis week Mike B is tasked with exploring the Fae Yule holiday events in RIFT.92BFF Report - Ep 92 - Star Wars: The Old Republic (part 3)This week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a final look at Bioware's first MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic. The focus of this episode will be PvP and Warzones.91BFF Report - Ep 91 - Star Wars: The Old Republic (part 2)Mike B is back to continue his coverage of the upcoming MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic. This week, he focuses on flashpoints and reflects back on his thoughts on questing.90BFF Report - Ep 90 - Star Wars: The Old Republic (part 1)The most anticipated MMO of 2011 is finally here, and our own Mike B aka Fony is here to break down his adventures in beta for us.89BFF Report - Ep 89 - Tribes Ascend (Beta)This week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the latest from Hi-Rez, Tribes: Ascend. Yes, THAT Tribes.88BFF Report - Ep 88 - DOTA 2 PreviewThis week, Mike B takes a look at Valve's latest contribution to the MOBA market, DOTA 2.87Episode 87 - WoW 4.3 PreviewThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a brief look at some of the new features/dungeons coming in 4.3!86BFF Report - Ep 86 - Mists of John MaddenHours away from heading out to Blizzcon, Mike B takes a moment to speculate on the latest "leaks" regarding the next World of Warcraft expansion..85Episode 85 - Orcs Must Die!Orcs Must Die is the latest in a short line of action tower defense games, and Mike B is here to break it down in this week's BFF Report.84Episode 84 - Dark SoulsThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B gets a last minute assignment change to cover Dark Souls. He doesn't seem too stoked about it..83Episode 83 - League of Legends (Dominion)This week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at League of Legends and their latest game mode, Dominion.82Episode 82 - Diablo 3 BetaMike B has managed to get into the Diablo 3 beta and has put together a brief overview of some of the systems currently in place. He also discovers what he considers some rather curious design flaws involving the new stat/skill system and, in true BFF Report format, demonstrates them accordingly.81Episode 81 - Quick Guide to Minecraft 1.8With 1.8 dropping at the last second, Mike B drops everything to give us a quick guide to some of the many changes that went in. He also points out a few engine changes that could have adverse effects on some of you miners..80Episode 80 - Minecraft Inspired GamesThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the handful of available voxel-based sandbox, or "Minecraft inspired," titles currently available on the XBOX Indie Arcade.79Episode 79 - From DustIn this week's BFF Report, Mike B aka Fony takes a look at the Ubisoft's controversial release, From Dust.78Episode 78 - Gamescom 2011Gamescom 2011 is all the talk this week, and Mike B is going to breakdown some of highlights from the event thus far.77Episode 77 - Cthulhu Saves the WorldWhat is this 16bit throwback JRPG parody game doing in my stream? Well, according to Mike B, this is the hottest thing for less than a Big Gulp/corndog combo on the market right now..76Episode 76 - Rusty HeartsThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B checks out Rusty Hearts, a Beat'em Up MMORPG from Perfect World Entertainment.75Episode 75 - Dragon NestThis week Mike B gives a first impressions look at the latest MMO from Nexon.74Episode 74 - Age of Conan: UnchainedIn this week's BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the newest edition to the converted-to-F2P family, Age of Conan: Unchained.73Episode 73 - APB ReloadedThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes another look at the newly relaunched (beta) APB Reloaded.72Episode 72 - Team Fortress 2Team Fortress 2 is the latest F2P conversion in the Massively Multiplayer Online Hat Collection Game genre... I don't even think I need to finish this description after that, tbh.71Episode 71 - Duke Nukem ForeverThe reviews for DNF are rolling in and, for the most part, it's not good. Expecting a less than stellar release, Mike B gets his hands on the game to break down what exactly went wrong, what managed to work, and then shows us it's predecessor to draw comparisons.70Episode 70 - WoW 4.2: FirelandsThe 'big' 4.2 is right around the corner and Mike B aka Fony is here to provide us with a guide to some of the newest questlines and PvP changes.69Episode 69 - The Witcher 2In this week's BFF Report, our host breaks down the latest hack n' slash RPG, The Witcher 2. Attempting to keep the review of the M rated game as close to PG-13 as possible, he's able to give an in-depth assessment of the many unassuming assets associated with the carefully assembled assault of assorted assailants.68Episode 68 - L.A. NoireIn true BFFR fashion, Mike B steps into the latest release from Rockstar Games and pokes around the edges to see what makes this game 1940's open world adventure work, and what doesn't. (Mild) Spoilers incoming!67Episode 67 - Spiral KnightsSpiral Knights is a recently released java based hack n' slash/dungeon crawler. And while it wouldn't normally be something on Mike B's radar, you, the viewers sent in an overwhelming number of requests for an episode covering this latest installment from Three Rings and Sega.66Episode 66 - Order & Chaos (iPad MMO)Having recently rigged his iPad for outbound recording, Mike B jumps right into the latest MMORPG offerings from the mobile world, Order & Chaos. It has been mentioned by many forum-goers that this game feels 'inspired by' World of Warcraft, but do those observations have any merit? Watch and decide for yourself...65Episode 65 - RequiemIn today's episode of the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at a game that's been passed around more than.. well lets just say it has a mature rating and go from there.64Episode 64 - Portal 2The game that started off as a simple Half-Life 2 mod and earned its way to Game of the Year 2007 has just released it's follow up, Portal 2. In today's BFF Report, Mike B shows us some of the newest additions to the game, with focus primarily on the games biggest feature, co-op.63Episode 63 - Black ProphecyIn this episode of the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the latest F2P installment from Gamigo Games, Black Prophecy. The action MMORPG focuses focuses on space combat and little else, but does it have enough to maintain a solid footing against other contenders for the space MMO genre? ;62Episode 62 - Mass Effect 2: The ArrivalBioware's Mass Effect 2 has bestowed upon us it's final piece of DLC. "The Arrival" is said to be the bridge between this and the upcoming third installment in the franchise, Mass Effect 3. Is it a worthy cap to this award winning game? Let's find out...61Episode 61 - DarksporeMaxis has taken it's Spore brainstorming sketchbook and developed their co-op action-RPG title, Darkspore. At a glance it may feel like other titles currently on the market, is it though? Mike B brings us the full report... ;60Episode 60 - Gods and HeroesIt's not often you see a full blown Roman mythology based MMORPG, and Mike B seems to think that this is the angle Heatwave Interactive is going for. But, with the inclusion of old fiction and magic, wouldn't this go into the 'Fantasy MMO' bucket? With the game still in beta, Mike B dives in to see if G&H has what it takes to compete in today's crowded MMO market.59Episode 59 - EverquestIn the first special edition "classic" BFF Report, Mike B aka Fony takes us on a trip through the original Everquest. ;58Episode 58 - WoW - Zul'Gurub 2.0The first chunk of 4.1 is on the PTR and with it comes Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman. These two classic dungeons have been retooled for Cataclysm, and Fony has managed to check out the first of the two available for testing, ZG. Is this just another case of rehashing content to fill space? Watch and find out..57Episode 57 - Battlestar Galactica OnlineSeveral years ago, a guy with too much time on his hands successfully coded Quake to work within any Java enabled browser. Up to that point, the most impressive games "playable at work" ranged from N-Game to Farmville. Bigpoint is hoping to raise the bar even higher with their upcoming release, Battlestar Galactica Online. Did they pull it off?56Episode 56 - RIFT (Dungeon Guide)In the third installment of the BFF Report's coverage of Trion's debut title, Mike B gives us a walkthrough style first look at the first 3 dungeons available in RIFT. Are you RIFTing br0?55Episode 55 - StarCraft 2 Custom MapsWhat do you get when you mix Bejeweled, Left4Dead, Iron Chef, and a ChinHawk with Starcraft 2? A pretty sweet set of official custom maps and today's episode of the BFF Report!54Episode 54 - RIFT: Warfronts (PVP)Player vs. player combat in any MMO is a complicated system to balance for developers. Besides the various character classes, there is the meticulous, and crucial element of the board itself in which the combat takes place. In today's episode, Mike B gives us the run down on RIFT's own PvP battleground system: Warfronts.53Episode 53 - DC Universe Online (part 2)In the highly anticipated follow up to part 1 of Mike B's DC Universe Online coverage, we get an in depth look at the game's various facets of gameplay: questing, pvp, co-op instances, and.. Black Dynamite?52Episode 52 - RIFT (part 1)In today's episode of the BFF Report, Mike B gives us the basics on how to get going in the world of Telara. With RIFT scheduled for release on March 1st, 2011, there is plenty of time to get as much information out there as possible, and it seems that Fony is planning on doing just that. Is RIFT on your radar?51Episode 51 - DC Universe OnlineWe are quickly approaching DC Universe Online's release date, and luckily Mike B was able to get into the beta to get the full report! What's that? It's not a full report? What happ...uh oh..50Episode 50 - Top 5 Controversial Games of 2010Fifty episodes of the BFF Report and it just happens to arrive just in time for a good ol' 2010 wrap up! In today's episode, Mike B goes over some of the games he's reviewed in the past and picks out some of the most controversial pieces in this year capping countdown. Did your favorite make the list?49Episode 49 - Bloodline ChampionsIn this week's episode of the BFF Report, Mike B takes a closer look at one of the more unique additions to the Massively Online Battle Arena genre, Bloodline Champions. Will the latest from Funcom provide the twist that gamers are looking for in a genre with such deep running roots? Does Mike B really do the show with no pants on? Watch and find out...48Episode 48 - Cataclysm - Beyond 80 (part 2)Last week Mike B brought you coverage of one of the newest Cataclysm zones, Vashj'ir. This week, he brings you highlights from his journey through the center of the world (of Warcraft), Deepholm. Yes, there will be more Neverending Story references, but we can blame Blizzard for that. ;47Episode 47 - Cataclysm - Beyond 80 (part 1)The Shattering is live, and Old Blanchy is dead. Millions of players in Azeroth are adapting to the world reshaped by the black wyrm, Deathwing. The ability to experience the new leveling zones, previously covered in the BFF Report, is available for play, but what about what lies beyond the cap? ;46Episode 46 - Cataclysm - Horde Starting ZonesFollowing up on last week's Alliance starting zone review, Fony has delivered a shiny new BFF Report FOR THE HORDE (cwutidid?). In this episode, we get the inside scoop on each race, some funky beta bugs and the best FREE companion pet.. Darnell. ;45Episode 45 - Cataclysm - Alliance Starting ZonesWe know that the decision to re-roll is a tough one, and unless there's an OP racial involved, or some shiny new race, having to grind through the same old content is rough. The expansion is a month out, the leveling experience has been almost completely revamped, but where do you start? Thankfully Mike B is here to do all the grunt work and assist you in making that decision..44Episode 44 - World of TanksOn his way out to BlizzCon 2010, Fony was kind enough to drop us this week's BFF Report covering WORLD OF TANKS. He got a chance to sample some of the vehicle classes and also breaks down the gameplay and progression aspect for us. Does this game deliver in the "OMGFREAKINTANKSWOOO" department? Yes, but does it deliver in fun and replayability? Let's find out...43Episode 43 - WoW 4.0.1Fresh off the GDC boat, Fony is slammed with the sudden release of 4.0.1 on the live servers. So, to help you prepare for Cataclysm, he has put together a video checklist of some of the basic changes that have been implemented. He also brings to light some of the gameplay oddities that this patch has introduced, points out unintended symbolism, and does it all while making a sandwich.42Episode 42 - Warhammer OnlineWarhammer Online is largely considered the premiere PvP oriented MMO amongst players in the genre. Having recently hit it's 2 year mark, and per your suggestions, Mike B utilizes the game's "Endless Free Trial" feature to bring back his thoughts on Mythic's take on the Warhammer IP. After two years, does this game still deliver? Let's find out...41Episode 41 - Final Fantasy XIVSquare Enix's latest creation could quite possibly be the most polarizing release in recent MMO history. However, love it or hate it, the Final Fantasy lineage has a devoted following, and then there's Mike B. It's no secret that he is not the biggest fan of XIV, but with the NDA lifted, we finally get to see if he has good reason.40Episode 40 - Lord of the Rings Online (F2P)Several subscription based games have been making the switch to the free-to-play model recently, LotRO being one of them. Unfortunately for Mike B, he wasn't able to experience (afford) the game during it's sub-days, but there really couldn't be a better time to jump into some nasty hairy flip-flops and take on Middle Earth. Let's see what he thought...39Episode 39 - MineCraft (Alpha)Most of the time when games go to open beta, the NDA takes a walk. Unfortunately, this was not the case this week with Square Enix's latest release, Final Fantasy XIV. As a last minute request, and with the assistance from a fan, Mike B was able to jump into the latest buzz-worthy game, MineCraft. Could this game be the next massively successful independent IP to hit the underground? You tell us!


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# May 25 2012 at 1:20 AM Rating: Decent
2,398 posts
day and night cycles.

am i the only one who noticed swtor doesn't have them?

Review DarkFall Online
# May 08 2012 at 5:11 PM Rating: Decent
15 posts
You should totally review dark fall online been saying that forever but i know you'll like it :)
Archers aren't OP btw
# May 07 2012 at 12:18 AM Rating: Decent
4 posts
Also worth noting that Archers are not overpowered, and not only that, they're considered the weakest class in the game. I play an archer myself, and I think some of this hate is unwarranted. Nevertheless, we're certainly nothing close to the most OP class, so thinking that they were (while not even making the most of the class) should tell you something. Mostly that Tera's combat (and specifically, the classes) has enough depth that even a veteran MMOer like yourself still has a lot to learn after playing the game for months: that to me is a good thing. By the way, a pretty good archer guide is stickied on the official class forums that goes beyond covering just the archer. If you want to improve, and learn a lot about the game and other classes in the process, it's a good read.
Why do you only spam one skill?
# May 06 2012 at 11:55 PM Rating: Decent
4 posts
While I agree with a lot of your points about the Island of Dawn and Tera not showing off what makes it great until later, sweet baby jesus why are you only using one skill (the worst archer skill too) with your archer? Normally I think comments like this are obnoxious, but seriously, you're doing it wrong. That penetrating arrow skill you never seem to use lets you charge it while running, does way more damage than arrow volley, and can shoot up to 10 mobs at once (arrow volley only does 5).

Simply running backwards while spamming arrow volley is incredibly inefficient so it's no wonder you found 1-20 to be a grind. If you played your class correctly (stop kiting with your worst skill: pull a group with volley, let them file into a single line while charging penetrating arrow then release to hit all of them for 4x the damage of arrow volley, then use close quarters (melee AOE) and while they're stunned from your melee AOE, if you have it put down exploding trap for more AOE and then use breakaway shot for more AOE damage. This all happens very quickly and should kill most stuff. If sh*t isn't dead by then, just fire off one more penetrating shot.

Your skill level may improve later on in the video, but seeing you just spamming your worst skill and not making use of your best ones made it too painful to watch. You would have been killing stuff literally 4x faster (or more) if you weren't using such an incredibly inefficient strategy.
Archer OP?
# May 05 2012 at 8:42 AM Rating: Decent
20 posts
The way you were playing and complaining about repetition is no surprise. Other classes don't have to kite for 3 minutes every fight and just attack with cds. You are saying archers are OP as you progressed with the speed of a dual-wielding WHM in FFXI. You can survive longer than most classes, but it takes longer to kill than most classes as well.

Btw, Archer is currently the garbage class endgame.
Archer OP?
# May 06 2012 at 11:58 PM Rating: Decent
4 posts
Archers don't have to kite mobs for 3 minutes, that's just Mike being terrible at his class. It's really hard to imagine how he thought that was some kind of efficient method of taking out groups of mobs.

"Hmm... I have all sorts of other skills that take care of multiple mobs at once that all synergize with each other, but I think I'd rather just fire off this skill that lets me not have to aim or think, repeatedly. It's also nice that I get a 3 second break to run around doing nothing inbetween shots!"
gotta pass
# May 05 2012 at 8:22 AM Rating: Decent
20 posts
I think it looks fine, I tried the beta and it's kind of fun. But, I could never get into it based on the stripper, furry, and little girl pervs that will flock to the game.
# May 03 2012 at 11:05 PM Rating: Decent
1 post
Is the reviewer wearing makeup?
# Apr 30 2012 at 11:32 PM Rating: Decent
7 posts
Guild wars 2 > Tera, agree with me mike b, and maybe we can see, how it be free.....from WoW

idk I tried bro.
dat troll....
# May 01 2012 at 11:29 AM Rating: Decent
1 post
hahahaha... troll go back to cave where you can play GW2. Even WoW had better graphic and animations 7 ( or 8 ) years ago then GW2.

Anyway Mike.... this is your real review of game. U have good, bad options, making fun in character creation ( next time use random button and u will see how ugly ur character can be Smiley: laugh ) and not like in GW2 review where u didnt tell anything. Its like... they give u what to say just to make it better. And i saw some live streams and reviews where people says that all servers had low population and the game is disappointing.
TERA : If u want hard gameplay, try warrior! If u want max AOE and DMG burst try with sorc or zerg. Archers kinda ... sucks Smiley: grin ( really easy mod )
dat troll....
# May 10 2012 at 10:23 AM Rating: Decent
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I don't know if you are trolling or something but Guild Wars 2 has pretty much the most beatiful graphics in the upcoming mmorpg's. Mike B said this along with many, MANY other reviewers. Don't know how crappy yer monitor is or how blind or ********* you actually are but check out the Guild Wars 2 without yer head being in yer ****. Not to mention Guild Wars 2 combat is pretty much something like umm... Classic combined with a little bit of Tera''ish'' style. You don't have to aim, you just use skill and swing yer blade how you want.

Srsly now. If you wouldnt be a fanboy you'd know what i'm talking about.

Imo Tera, like mikeB said, will have it's combat system working against itself. The fact that they make the combat so epic will only do 1 thing: Helluva grind fest.

I mean atm, i have not seen one. NOT ONE mini game. Sure it's fun to gank people and do quests and all that stuff. But quests and ganking are basically grindings cousins. You kill stuff, endlessly. Seriously.

I mean a game like guild wars 2 has these bar brawls, dynamic events (weather for that matter), mini games etc. All i've seen in Tera is basically killing things. If you do that for 1 year straight. That and spamming some sort of trade chat ''WTS TROLLBLADE'' or something, the game will just be... meh in the end.

I will try out Tera but for not the Combat impresses me with its compability with PvP. Thats... about it. Everything else is something other MMO's do better. I might be wrong but i need proof about that.

Stop being a fanboy and look at things at another perspective. I've played pretty much every mmo there is right now and i, myself, like Age of Conan the most atm. Tera looks hella nice but if they won't give people something more to do than look at little anime girl boobs and pretty combat, i fear this game will result in endless standing around in cities and spamming LFG or something like that.

I require more substance than pretty graphics and good combat. I need something MORE to do. Not to mention if leveling is as horrible as mikeB says, this is just... meh already. Can't wait tho. Getting a new computer and one of the reasons for that is Tera :)
dat troll....
# May 19 2012 at 6:02 PM Rating: Decent
9 posts
Like you aren't being a fanboy for GW2...

Also, I would rather a game be fun to play itself rather than have minigames in it. If I wanted minigames, I would download them on my phone.

Tera is repetitive. They do throw 18 different types of the same monster at you constantly. It seemed like every zone just had 3 monster types in it, granted I only got to level 20 in the beta so it may get more diverse later. But I still had TONS of fun killing those 3 types of monsters because the combat system is actually fun. As for the difficulty, I never found WoW difficult outside of pvp. Leveling was easy, just time consuming. The hardest part of raiding is getting 10-25 people that aren't retarded and can follow instructions... At least Tera requires you to aim. I can remember a friend of mine from wow that plays a holy pally rolling the healer class in Tera and having lots of problems because she kept missing with the heal spells. Not that it was all her fault, as I can remember dodging out of her heals several times.
This is real Tera!
# Apr 26 2012 at 11:33 PM Rating: Decent
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This is the real Tera
Not your review. More videos of the Real Tera in my channel :)
This is real Tera!
# May 18 2012 at 12:17 PM Rating: Decent
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Half your vids are in copyright violation, and it does nothing to explain how the game works. Way to go champ.
WoW harder??
# Apr 26 2012 at 6:04 PM Rating: Decent
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Please for god's sake Mike B, go back and play 1-50 in WoW. You say it isn't easy...where is your perspective? I am not a WoW hater, but really dude, if you think WoW is harder than TERA you're on some serious crack.
your review could use some more actual playtime
# Apr 26 2012 at 5:03 PM Rating: Decent
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early wow is harder then early tera? You know that is some straight up trollin.
If you didn't pay attention to the character creator screen when selecting your class, it pretty much tells you archer is stupid easy early on because it has almost no learning curve, it is the class the FPS+dodge maneuvers were meant for. You'll still get your *** kicked by other classes when people learn how to play them, but you grabbed the no learning curve class so you start off a pro. You got almost all the range you want while other ranged classes are learning their range, you get very few skills that hit a set area in front of you so you aren't doing the sorc thing and positioning constantly for AOE, you aren't getting hit much by mobs and you make them move slower anyway.
That said, yes the first half of the levels are easy. Leveling slows down enough that 30-60 is like leveling 1-30 twice and you should have tried other classes but yeah, it isn't hard to level. Instances (from the Manor up) and pvp are where the game gets more challenging.

Anyway, I think if you aren't playing for the PvP and combat system, you are missing out. I like the PvE and instances, but that isn't the draw of the game to me. It isn't the typical tab target snore, it isn't a single-player/co-op game pretending to be an MMO (looking at you GW2, aka GW1 with weapon pack mod), and it looks fantastic... easily the best looking MMO on the market so far graphically.

Edited, Apr 26th 2012 9:06pm by decoyninja
OP archer? maybe...
# Apr 26 2012 at 1:57 PM Rating: Decent
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I wish I had played an archer or you had played a sorcerer. Sorcerer was rooted during every spell animation, making dodging and kiting much less effective than I see you doing on the archer. Playing sorcerer I felt like a WoW caster in a melee action game.
it will probably get harder.
# Apr 26 2012 at 12:36 PM Rating: Decent
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As AdmiralPanda mentioned the archer is listed as one of the easiest classes. Also I would guess that you are in fact a very good players. You seem to like action oriented games like kingdom of amalure or what ever it is called. Also being good at shooters probably helps alot. I suspect that they made the beginning of the game easy so that people like me, who suck at shooters and have primarily played non action mmos would be able to get started in the game and be able to work up. If they had made it hard enough to challenge you early on, then I probably would have been screwed. My guess is that it will ramp up as the game gets to higher levels. After all, as you illustrated, if you successfully dodge things then you will win so simply giving the boss more hp or a stronger hit wont have much impact unless someone makes a mistake. So the better way for this game to ramp up difficulty would be to give higher level monsters more complex mechanics. And we already saw a hint of that in comparing combat against BAMs vs combat against regular mobs. The BAMs and Bosses were not just bigger and hit harder but they definitely had more tricks up their sleeves.
nice episode
# Apr 26 2012 at 5:42 AM Rating: Decent
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This is definitely one of your better reviews of a MMO, mike.

I've been waiting for Tera for a long time and I'm getting ready to play the collectors edtion here in Europe when the head start begins. I more or less agree with a lot of the things you said and I'm very happy to see you also enjoy the entire PvP aspect of the game.

About the difficulity of the game do I actually think it's a mix of all the 3 things you said, and by that I mean you are proberly above average in skill level as I was watching you fight that basilisk. But like you said since the game is skill based and you can active dodge all things a monster does, in theory that basically makes everything soloable unless the monster have some kind of unavoidable damage ability.

I think the issue is that it's difficult for the developers to balance the game correct, and that was also something I heard when Tera got released in Korea. Some people will be extremely good at this game but others which lower reaction time and haven't played enough Counter Strike might have a hard time playing this game. So if they make it too hard, you might end up punishing those who have slow ractions but on the other hand a Korean Pro Starcraft player might find the game way too easy :)
# Apr 25 2012 at 11:36 PM Rating: Decent
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I wasn't interested in Tera at all, especially with the other games coming out soon, but this BFF made me actually consider it. The gameplay looks great (better than the trailers made it look) and I'm the type of gamer who can deal with an early grind if the PvP and endgame are there. The whole Chronoscroll thing helps it too, though I'd be the one who ends up paying cash money for lack of time. Thanks for a thorough and fair report.

Oh, and you may want to blur out your chat window around 7:15.
# Apr 25 2012 at 8:38 PM Rating: Default
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I really don't care about Tera either way Mike B. It seems to me like a game where I just plow through levels to raid or do pvp and I'm burnt out on that with WoW and Rift. I want a MMO where leveling doesn't matter and you raid and pvp as you level up. I want a MMO that takes the "end game" out of the game, I mean these are MMOs man that is no end to them and therefore no "end game" right? And well MikeB what is next bro, okay reveiw but I really don't give two sh*ts about Tera?

Edited, Apr 25th 2012 10:39pm by EGGERS79

Edited, Apr 25th 2012 10:41pm by EGGERS79
Fixes and more challenge
# Apr 25 2012 at 6:22 PM Rating: Decent
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The biggest problem has 1-20 for TERA is the skill progression, as you get things far too slowly. The repetitive parts wouldn't be nearly as bad if you actually had fun buttons to press. WoW had this same issue until Cata came out, where they dumped a whole bunch of skills at you around 10 (which takes lots less time to get to than 10 in TERA) so you felt more heroic. TERA could use this as well.

Also, for heaven's sake, put in BAMs far earlier. IoD, BAMs. Around Lumbertown, BAMs. If they are awesome, and they are fun, put in more of them. They do get more and more complicated as you get further along, which is good.

Also, try Warrior. Want a more challenging class to play? Warrior is it. Sure, DPS isn't too bad, but it is more difficult than the other melee classes (ranged are WAY easier). Plus, for a very hard challenge, try tanking. No right-click block easy button here. I was tanking BAMs at L32, and they were my level, and I got one-shot as a Warrior tank more than once. One crucial mistake, dead.

Lastly, in terms of difficulty in both PvP and PvE, TERA grants huge bonuses if you're above someone else in level. Even just 2 levels above are huge, that also includes monsters as well. Depending on what creatures you are fighting will make all the difference on whether something scratches you, hits you, or decides you are delicious and eats you whole.

Rift Signature
Tera impressions
# Apr 25 2012 at 4:43 PM Rating: Decent
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Yo Mike,
I'd say I pretty much agree with you on all points.
End comment.

lol obviously from my tweets about EME's announcements before we actually got to play the prologue and replay the IoD, I was excited and looking forward to checking out the sweeping changes to the pre-20 experience. For the prologue, for some reason when I played, it skipped over the cutscenes, especially the one after it, which totally left me confused about what happened even though I technically knew what was happening. But besides that, sure it's nice that they give you an early trial of your chosen class at level 20 for it..the problem is that in my limited experience, some classes don't really shine until a later point. I play a warrior now, played it in beta as well, and they don't really start to be an awesome class until your high 20's skills when you can start making some nice chains. I played Slayer in the first CB and I think their case was similar...the class was really boring me until I hit the mid 20's and then suddenly you have a great assortment of skills. So in that aspect of the prologue, I think that needs to be tuned somehow...because if I didn't have my previous experiences with the classes before this OB weekend, I probably would've found the warrior (and slayer had I played that) underwhelming.

Moving onto the IoD...yeah...I was about as floored as you at the massive sweeping changes to that experience. Moving the mining/gathering instructor over to the other side of camp in a more populated area COMPLETELY changed up the game for me..words can't describe it. On a serious note, yes I was hoping the "prologue" they were talking about coming up to the OB meant a complete revamp of the IoD experience since they specifically said it was meant to teach you about the gameplay mechanics. And the prologue does: teaches you blocking, dodging, chaining skills, climbing, equipping, etc etc....but then it teaches you AGAIN in the IoD content. That was what really got to me...Even if they didn't completely revamp/replace the IoD, at least streamline it to remove the redundancy of teaching us most of the game's mechanics twice in the first 30 minutes of gameplay. Which leads to the next point: the sweeping changes to the pre-20 experience: broken promise. 'nuff said.

That aside, I really do enjoy the combat. Granted, most of my experience has been with warrior, and only a little with slayer, archer, and sorcerer. I think the experience for you this time through was much easier because of the archer class. It's only like a 1 or 2 star difficulty class rating..after all, you've got distance on your side most of the time with plenty of escapes, while a melee class like warrior (highest star difficulty) has to worry about every single movement the mob makes. That said, yes, most encounters are still pretty easy on warrior. Right now at lvl 32, I still only have like 2, maybe 3 escapes: dodge, a jump attack that makes me invulnerable for the short duration, and a charge attack (just would have to face cursor away)I still solo'd the lvl 20something basilisks no problem this past weekend (it probably also helped knowing all the tells). I went on to try soloing the level 30ish Basilisks in a later zone and although I knew all the tells, I did notice that their timing was much quicker between tell and execution, and even their time between actions was shorter. Ultimately I made only one attempt to solo, and could've done it had I not been caught off guard by a quick vertical jump + body slam that flattened me with around 70% hp when I had it down to around 40%.

I'm still looking forward to the end-game content...guild conflict, battlegrounds, "rift"s, etc...should be finding out what that's like in the not too distant future...though a certain game that doesn't involve the very aspect in its own title....Guildysomethingorother...could eat into that (2 days!) could some other game about beating up demons n'stuff under a church. Time will tell.

Anyways, great stuff as always, hope to see you this weekend in the Guildygame when you can tear yourself away from the family!
Holy crap that was kinda

ps. I was sad the GW2 splash screen music didn't manage to sneak its way in for a second. haha.
# Apr 25 2012 at 4:19 PM Rating: Decent
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I agree with Mikeb completely about the island of Dawn.

Otherwise, yes I think part of it is the Archer is one of the easiest classes to survive as because they can kite very easily (I was playing Archer for the holy open beta weekend event). But there isn't much difficulty regardless. I lost a lot of my health while leveling a warrior, but never died. The only time I died in the Beta weekend, was while soloing a BAM (wasn't a Basilisk) that was 2 levels higher than me. It was about a 15 minute affair, He was at about 20% health, I was at about half health, and he used an attack that I didn't dodge correctly and that one shotted me.

If that's any indication of later difficulty, great I'm all for it, but the game needs to drop the Monster Hunter feel to it. While monster hunter starts off really slow, but then picks up a pace until you reach the holy @#$% that Dragon swims though lava, I didn't really find that yet in Tera. And Tera is an MMO for crying out loud, Monster Hunter is a single player game. There was almost no compelling reason to group up in Tera except BAMS, and dungeons.

I'm hoping they can solve some of these problems, because at it's core this game reminds me of Monster Hunter and Phantasy Star Online. But it drags on like nobody's business.

Edited, Apr 25th 2012 6:32pm by CosmicKirby
# Apr 25 2012 at 4:10 PM Rating: Decent
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Very good episode, as always. agree with almost all of the points brought up.
regarding the difficulty, the archer is actually the easiest class to play in this game, they will have a harder time in pvp and maybe at endgame where bosses gain ranged damage abilities.

Edited, Apr 25th 2012 6:14pm by AdmiralPanda
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