TERA

Common Sense Media says

Violent MMO filled with bloody monster combat, sexy outfits.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Creates privacy and safety concerns. This online game has open chat and players can also opt for unmoderated voice chat. The game fosters cooperation as some encounters can only be defeated by a large number of players. There are features in the game that assist players in forming groups or guilds, and a certain amount of information exchange is often expected. Players might be exposed to unwanted conversations.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Carolyn Koh

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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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Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$49.99 + $14.99 monthly
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Atari
Release date:May 1, 2012
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence (Windows)

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  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Adult Written byPrearistotle January 29, 2013
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

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 mild violence in the game (killing monsters and "bad guys"). As a female, the only downside is most of the women are extremely scantily clad and have ridiculous "jiggly physics," but there are character options that provide less revealing and more realistic looking women. By the time you get to level 20 or so, and you start getting cooler armor, you stop noticing these things though. Would recommend this game to any mature adult or teen.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byKai Wu February 28, 2013
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

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 like that!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 14 years old Written byNathan_101 May 5, 2015
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

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 is only by choice. If you make a female player you have to go out of your way to make her revealing, and sometimes you have to even pay real $$$ for some cosmetic items of the sort. Other than the lack of clothes there is not any other sexual content at all. Just know thatif you see a sexy outfit player in Tera on the other side of that player's screen is a perverted 35 year old living in his mom's basement, which kinda creeps me out. The violence in Tera is way over advertised, it's cheesey and unrealistic. Unless you have a mature teen, (like myself)yoo should be fine. :D
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex

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