One of the best free MMORPGs versus the best buy-to-play games.
This match pits two MMORPGs against each other. Both have been around for years and both can be played without monthly fees. One of the games is part of a hugely successful franchise where the other remains one of the most innovative with some of the best combat in the entire genre. The other key differences come down to system requirements and cost. Elder Scrolls Online is ultimately less accessible than TERA because it must be bought first and the system requirements are more rigorous. For example, I can no longer play Elder Scrolls on my Alienware PC because the game requires a minimum of DirectX 11 while TERA only requires DirectX 9. In addition, although certainly not a major factor by itself, TERA is about half the file size of the Elder Scrolls Online. In the end, TERA gets the nod in an otherwise close match due to accessibility.
Tale of the Tape
Free to play.
One of the most popular MMOs on Steam.
True action combat.
Big epic battles.
No restrictions on players.
The Elder Scrolls Online
Buy to play fantasy MMORPG.
Highly anticipated when launched.
Started pay-to-play only.
No single player offline mode.
Several different races to choose from.
Improved well after a shaky start.
Listened to fan feedback.
Was in development for seven years.
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Comment: Tera online is one of the best, if not the best free mmorpg these days. It offers a variety of class picks, races and many other things. Graphic is outstanding, world looks fantastic and pvp is the best. I love this game very much.
Comment: Tired of the typical MMO? Want dynamic battles against huge monsters where the basic concept is still intact? Then Tera might just be what you’re looking for.
The MMORPG genre is often criticized for being itself. “This is exactly like World of Warcraft,” it’s said, before anyone has time to think exactly the same reasoning that could be applied to – say – the action genre. In the case of Tera, the basic concept is back from other MMORPG’s but at the same time the battles and design reveals that this is something beyond the ordinary.
Tera has been marketed as an action-oriented MMO, and this shows itself in the fact that I have to aim my attacks on my own (or healing spells) to succeed. A classic, Japanese MMO feature that have not yet established itself in the western world. By lining up my attacks I can perform combos and generally the fighting feels much deeper and more entertaining than many other MMO titles.
In Tera it feels natural to slaughter everything you see. But firstly, my items are breaking after a while and I need material to repair my stuff. Secondly, I can earn incredible buffs (positive impact) with everything I gather.
If you do not have a sufficient number of comrades to clear a particular instance, you can use the game’s built-in matchmaking system, and caves and instances is something that will require some weaning from the classic online role players side. For example, you can not pass through allies or monsters, but must run around to get where you want.
After many hours, I start to get used to the battle system, but I still have to say that I really do not recommend roles like tank or healer for someone other than someone used to MMORPG’s. Other players tend to move which complicates the critical heals when it is needed most, and the one to blame will be you. Instead, choose a class with a focus to injure the enemies and learn yours and your comrades movement patterns is, in different situations.This will help you if you later choose to play as a healer.
Even though the crafting system might be a little complicated and some side quests are really unnecessary and boring, the unique combat system, the adorable graphics, heavy sound, great story and almost an endless of things to do makes the game worth your time. You definitely don’t want to miss this game.
Select Comments for The Elder Scrolls Online
Comment: The fact that The Elder Scrolls Online is becoming an online role playing game was only a matter of time, it has always struck me as a logical evolution for the series and now the time has finally come. Even before it was released, the emotions are mixed. Many did not want to see a MMO with the fear of a generic product that would just fall on our faces as many others have done before. Fortunately, worried souls rest now – The Elder Scrolls Online looks like Skyrim, played like Skyrim and feels like Skyrim. Except that it’s online with hundreds, sometimes even thousands of players. There is quality throughout.
If you are looking for a new online role playing game, The Elder Scrolls Online is an excellent alternative. Tamriel is a huge and vibrant world with a background story that surpasses most in the industry. This is packed with engaging missions thanks to a skillful pen and relevant objectives and the battles are exciting and challenging, thanks to skilled gameplay. The Elder Scrolls Online is a successful recipe.
Comment: Finally. I have been waiting on an Elder Scrolls MMO for years.
Cheaper to Play = TERA
Better Multiplayer = TERA
More Popular = The Elder Scrolls Online
Better User Created Content = The Elder Scrolls Online
Better for Livestreams/Videos = TERA
TERA received a total score of 3
The Elder Scrolls Online received a total score of 2