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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that TERA is a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game that is rated "M" due to violence and suggestive themes. The game features bloody combat and suggestive costuming, especially of female characters. The game has to be purchased and requires a $14.99 monthly subscription to continue playing after the first month. Text chat, especially between players, can be uncensored. Game requirements are also on the beefy side.
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What's it about?
In the lore of TERA, the above ground races of the land of Aborea live in peace, in a federation forged to repel evil from below ground. However, a new island has risen and a new evil has appeared. Players will create characters and join together to battle in subterranean dungeons as well as outdoors on this new island.
Is it any good?
For mature players who enjoy playing MMOs, the artwork and animation in TERA is very well done and the action is fast, furious, and fun. Players have lots of options to personalize their experience as they select a race to join, choosing among seven, which include a demonic race with horns, elves, humans, a badger-like woodland race, and a child-like race. The game focuses on the player surviving in the environment, but it also supports player versus player gameplay with duels -- where one player challenges another to combat. Teams and Guilds can also battle in larger contests. However, with all of the scantily clad female characters, the game has an overtly sexual and suggestive look to its animation.
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- Platforms: Windows
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively
Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making
- Price: $49.99 + $14.99 monthly
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Atari
- Release date: May 1, 2012
- Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG)
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence
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