Tera M is not friendly to free players in its Korean version

Eager to have all of the gameplay of TERA in the palm of your hand with TERA M? You might want to be a little more cautious with that excitement. Steparu has been checking the game out and has concluded that however much fun the game may be, it relies very aggressively on pursuing microtransactions, to the point that level 40 on up is largely a paywall. You’ll be in a bad place if you haven’t bought anything, and that’ll make the game difficult if not impossible to keep playing.

Comparisons are made to the gameplay of Lineage 2 Revolution, and it is of course altogether possible that the business model will be tweaked or revised before the game launches in the west. Still, while we’ve embedded some videos past the break, this may serve to temper your enthusiasm slightly. Or it might instill with you the joy of knowing you shall be an ultra-whale. We’re not going to judge.

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Vexia

I think I’ll just stick to TERA on PC. This is why I also prefer to pay up front rather than being nickel and dimed the whole way through. But I would like for both of those hairstyles from the thumbnails to appear in the PC version.

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Utakata

Yes, those pigtails would look gorgeous in pink. <3

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Knox Harrington

Korea is responsible for everything wrong in Western MMO’s. Lockboxes and microtransactions all started in the East long before they arrived in the West. #Sad. #MakeMMOsGreatAgain

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pepperzine

Bah, while they are a big part I give blame to LOTRO and DDO for being the first to transition to f2p here in the west and starting the cash shop trend over here.

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Knox Harrington

They were the first to get infected in the West but they were not Patient Zero.

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pepperzine

Definitely true, they just wanted to emulate the success maplestory had with their cash shop, and in doing so screwed up MMORPGs in the West for everyone.

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bobfish

Just so you know, micro transactions and cash shops were invented in America and loot boxes in Japan.

Korea really isn’t responsible for any of this.

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bobfish

Lineage 2 Revolution is surprisingly generous for free to players. I’ve been playing every day for a couple of weeks now and hit the soft cap of 40 no problems, and seem to be ahead of many people my level in combat power, simply through being diligent about doing the daily content.

Also, looking through the store, there isn’t anything there that will make or break your performance in the game, nothing necessary for progressing and being competitive.

However, it has loot boxes for items, which itself isn’t an issue, but it would allow you to get the best gear in the game through spending money. The issue I see here is that because of what they offer, you’d probably have to spend a thousand dollars or more to actually get a full set of top level gear. And it is clear that some people have spent that.

Gear ratings are, C, B, A, S, R, SR, from low to high. Getting to S without spending is no problem. Getting R is a challenge, you need to combine two maxed out S items of the same type to create an R, then for SR, you need to combine two R items. Given the time required to level up S and R items, I think it will probably take a week to max an S item, then about three weeks to max an R item, so you’re talking a good year to get max level R items in every slot. Which means SR is only viable right now if you spent money.

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Robert Mann

It’s mobile. $4k on MTs to progress is not that out there on the platform. Duh.

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Chosenxeno .

The people getting got deserve it. 50 big publishers making PC sequels for Mobile should have been a red flag. They are going to where the fools are. People will waste thousands and these games will be gone just like the Dragon Nest 2 Mobile(oh look a PC Sequel for Mobile:P).

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Dug From The Earth

MOBILE GAMES ARE NOT FRIENDLY TO FREE PLAYERS

There, I fixed the title for you.

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Stropp

Needs another fix…

MOBILE GAMES ARE NOT FRIENDLY TO PLAYERS

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Arktouros

I really wanna check out Black Desert Mobile when it eventually releases world wide mostly due to the novelty of playing Black Desert on my phone while I sit and AFK process in Black Desert on my PC.

I have zero plans to spend any money there either but am curious how they plan to do their offerings.

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squidgod2000

while I sit and AFK process in Black Desert on my PC

That’s why I had to quit BDO. Processing was all I was doing, and it got bad enough that I was remoting into my PC from work to keep it going. Finally asked myself why the hell I was doing that—I was just a lifeskiller, so money was largely useless.

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