I've been a big MMORPG fan since I can remember, dating back to the earliest years of "EverQuest" and "Diablo." Back then, MMO's were near and far between, especially with the internet being in its infancy. Now we are treated to a gigantic selection of MMO's across all platforms. With MMORPG's like "DC Universe Online," and "Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter" killing it on consoles, there was a great opportunity for other games of the genre to succeed on the platform, thus giving way to "Tera." "TERA" (short for The Exiled Realm of Arborea) is an MMORPG developed by Bluehole Studio and originally released back in 2011, before switching to a free-to-play model in 2013. Now you and your friends can experience this on PS4 and Xbox One together for free.

'TERA' critical reception and praise

"TERA" has bathed in warm reviews since its 2011 launch. Critics have praised its action-based battle system, the seamless and varied world, and unique and amazing BAM (Big A** Monster) fights.

The graphics are beautiful and detailed and critics and players alike shared their unending appreciation for the simplicity of the auction house and its ease of use.

"TERA" also received praise for its ability to be played through a console controller for those who may have been exhausted by the classic keyboard and mouse playstyle of most MMORPG's. This only made it seem blatantly obvious that there would be an eventual console release.

Gameplay and classes of 'TERA'

Play as one of seven different races, and thirteen playable classes as you battle through hordes of enemies. Each race has different skills that slightly boost traits or give minor advantages in different situations. Races include Human, High Elf, Castanic, Elin, Popori, Aman, and Baraka. Not your usual cast of Drawves, Elves, and Trolls, they try to create something different and exciting with the different characters.

The same can be said for the thirteen different classes, as some follow the classic archetypal positions like the priest and archer but most offer something new, such as the Reaper and Lancer.

Although "TERA" follows the traditional questing and killing enemy systems of most MMORPG's, this isn't something to deter you from playing. There are many great and unique aspects of the game that have been highly praised, from the musical score to the flawless and fluid movement and playability.

If you're a fan of the genre and haven't played this, now is as good a time as any.

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