Just wanted to post this in case anyone here was actually considering getting this game. Good god its a trap avoid at all costs. I had EXTREMELY low expectations for Tera. Looked like a typical mass-produced korean MMO that will probably be F2P in 2 months so I passed completely on the open beta. Then all of my friends started bugging me to get it since release at the beginning of the month so I decided what the hell I'll pick it up and have fun with them for a couple months to pass some time until GW2 comes out...everyone made it seem like the combat was loads of fun and the environments were so gorgeous and blah blah blah...still had low expectations but hey at least the combat was supposed to great.
Anyway, I picked it up yesterday.. couldn't stomach more than an hour of it. It far surpassed any low expectations I had. I had the bar set waaaay too high. It's touted as being a "true action MMO" just because they got rid of locked on targeting in favor of an FPS style crosshair with highly mobile combat and dodging/blocking types of mechanics...from what I understood it was supposed to play more like God of War or Devil May Cry than an MMO. This all sounds great until you get in to the game and realize you have to stop moving to use any of your abilities. Like...literally any of them. I rolled an archer because I thought it would fun and mobile kind of like playing an FPS...yeah no you can't even use your basic physical attack without standing still. If I'm running and left click to use my physical 'auto-attack' my character stops and I have to wait for the !@#$ing 2 second animation to finish before I can move again. Same with every ability for every class. Can't even queue abilities. You jump and you can't even attack until the entire jump animation in finished. Not only that but each class is locked in to using one type of weapon for the entire game (the one you start with) This %^-* makes WoW combat feel like white-knuckle edge of your seat action.
Furthermore, the graphics that look so pretty in the trailers are rendered completely obsolete by the fact that the max view distance possible in the game (maxed graphic settings) is like 10 yards in front of you even on a monster gaming rig. This game has worse pop-up than PC racing games from 1999. Please do not buy this game. I wasn't entirely thrilled with how D3 turned out but after playing Tera I'm an even bigger blizzard fanboy than I ever was. DO NOT BUY.
Yeah I'm sure I'll get flamed for even buying it. I deserve it entirely.
EDIT: added paragraphs!!!!
another edit: people seem to be coming to the conclusion that i don't like it because it actually takes skill. What I was expecting based on what my friends were saying is that it actually would take a HUGE amount of skill. Now keep in mind I don't care about this MMO so I don't have anything invested in it (other than my $50!!) From what I've seen (from my play and watching level 60 hard mode dungeons on youtube) it takes absolutely no more skill then any other MMO on the market, which is next to nothing. It's just another slow, boring, gear-based combat system. So you dodge an attack every few seconds...hooray. The enemy winds up the attack for like 6 seconds..I'm sorry that doesn't seem very 'action-combat' to me. I thought it was going to be extremely fast and twitch-based combat that actually had a high skill ceiling. That's sort of what the entire game was sold on.....From what I've seen this is completely false. But again this is my opinion.