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Why you need to take care of Tera coming to consoles

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A single hunter, wielding a greatsword using a blade as big as their body, winds up a attack. The two battle, claws and weapons striking from one another, until the monster is felled and the hero stands tired but victorious. Sounds like a scene from Monster Hunter World, but it's really what you may expect from the fantasy MMO Tera when it goes into open beta on Xbox One and Tera Gold PS4.

I can imagine what you're thinking:"Another MMO? No thanks." Here are only a couple of reasons why you should give it a shot weekend.

Positioned as a more action-oriented MMORPG, Tera highlights aiming for long-term attacks, combos for melee attacks, evasive movement, and timing your offense with enemy wind-ups, as opposed to the slower tab-targeting and steered spells of older MMOs. In other words, attacking monsters in this game seems much more like a combat-heavy single-player game than the slower-paced battle you may think about when you listen to'MMO.'

Brief for Big-Ass Monsters (yes, they're really called that), BAMs are Tera's variant of elite foes. As you can guess from the title, they're usually fairly large (think sizes anywhere from school bus to three-story home, or sometimes even bigger) and need intense coordination and skill to take down. Should you defeat these creatures, you will be rewarded with a few of the match's greatest loot.

There is a lot of fine detail to be observed on weapons and gear, and the asymmetrical designs of many pieces of garments make the aesthetics stick out in the crowd. There are also seven races to select from, including adorable little animal people called Popori, the demonic and wicked-looking Castanic, and dragon-humanoids called Aman.

There are 13 courses to select from in Tera Gold Xbox One, every one modeled after a different type of weapon. Ninjas wield enormous shuriken (as in, bigger than their entire body), Reapers toss out scythe-like chain blades, Sorcerers station their extreme magic through a turning focus, and so on. Check out the entire list and tell me you don't want to play with an elf blowing up enemies with a cannon that looks ripped off a dream gunship.

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