So I was just commenting yesterday that I wanted to talk in more detail about TERA but didn't have the opportunity to review all the available information. Well, it's almost as if someone was listening as shortly thereafter I took a trip over to Massively and discovered that they were giving away keys to the next weekend test. Talk about a timely opportunity. So I quickly scooted over to En Masse's website, signed up for an account, and put the key in to get access to the beta test. If this is a game that has been on the periphery of your gaming radar as well, this sounds like a great opportunity to get some hands on experience with what looks to be a bit more non-traditional of an MMO.
I have to say I am actually pretty excited about this opportunity. That said, I have chosen to approach this a bit differently than I have beta tests in the past. Before, I would scour the web and absorb everything I could about the game beforehand. Well this time I am not going to seek out any more information about TERA until I get into the game. I want to get as open and honest a feel for the game as I possibly can, and I think I can do that best by not "contaminating" myself with preconceived notions before I see it first hand. Now since this next test is not until the weekend of March 23rd, that means I am not going to post on TERA next week as I had planned.
This feels like a pretty good opportunity to me. I have never taken this perspective on a beta test before. Always in the past when I signed up for a beta, or actually gotten into one, it was already with knowledge and expectations of the game. It was a game I wanted to play. TERA is a game that, while it piqued my interest, was not a game I saw myself committing the funds to play. And I really have no idea what to expect from the game itself. I knew what I expected from Star Wars: The Old Republic, and I know what I expect from The Secret World were I to get into that beta. But this is a different sort of animal, and I am looking forward to it. TERA may impress me, but it can't disappoint me. If it turns out to not be something I like, I have lost nothing as I was never fully committed to it in the first place. That makes for a much more relaxed feeling. Hopefully I will get to enjoy a fresh take on a new game.