TERA

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
TERA Game Poster Image
Violent MMO filled with bloody monster combat, sexy outfits.
  • Windows
  • $49.99 + $14.99 monthly
  • 2012

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

While elements of TERA focus on teamwork and strategic reasoning, we don't recommend it for learning because of its graphic violence.

Positive Messages

The overall storyline is about pushing back evil and reclaiming invaded lands.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Quest Givers and Trainers generally advocate helping and doing good, albeit with violence.

Ease of Play

Players can use a mouse and keyboard or game controller to play this game, and a tutorial is available. It does take some time to get used to the controls but camera angles are well done. At character creation, the game provides a difficulty rating of each character class.

Violence

Characters have to kill to progress in this game. They use weapons such as swords, spears, hammers, and spells against enemies that include monsters and giant animals. Combat is melee-style with dramatic, over-the-top animations accompanied by sound effects of weapons hitting, cries of characters when they are hit, and blood sprays staining the ground. In some environments, players will see pools of blood and mutilated corpses in torture devices.

Sex

All female armor and outfits and some male armor and outfits are revealing, showing chest, legs, and buttocks. Female characters reveal a large amount of cleavage, which can be zoomed in on by the camera. They stand in exaggerated sexual poses. There is also an overly cute and sexual race of "Bunny" girls -- humanoids with bunny ears and sexy outfits.

Language

For all the violence, there isn't any offensive language/ swearing used in the game apart from the occasional reference to hell.

Consumerism

This game has to be purchased and there is a monthly subscription fee. There is no further advertising.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPrearistotle January 29, 2013

Not for everyone, but fun nonetheless.

I've played TERA for a few months now and I really enjoy the action combat, compared to the tab-targeting combat of World of Warcraft. Of course there is m... Continue reading
Parent of a 18+ year old Written byPotato g. December 29, 2017

Great game!

I have no idea why this is rated M. great game that's fun for everyone. No in all seriousness, great community in this game. Nice players and fun end game... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKai Wu February 28, 2013

Great

Good MMORPG I love the action combat! Does have sexy outfits but not to bad. Quite a bit of blood compared to other MMORPGs but no limbs falling off or anything... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byNathan_101 May 5, 2015

Lets be honest here,

THIS IS A WONDERFULLY FUN GAME, but that doesn't make up for the fact that it has some inappropriate content. There female players in sexy outfits but that... Continue reading

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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