Thursday, May 31, 2012

Status Update

If anyone has been checking regularly, you will know that I've been pretty quiet for the past couple weeks.  This is due to the fact that I'm a teacher, and this time of year is incredibly busy for me as I wrap up the last of grades, exams, etc. all leading up to graduation.  I thought it would be good to stop in just long enough to give everyone an update and let you all know that I'm still here.

As for MMO activity, I haven't had a ton of time to play, but when I have, I find myself, more often than not, continuing to level my two characters in TERA.  I started with an archer, but I've recently found a lot of enjoyment with a warrior.  Both are around level 40 now, and my first priority this summer with the extra time I'll have will be to get both these characters to 60.  I still maintain that TERA is an amazing game with graphics that continually impress me and combat that is a load of fun. 

Not only that, but I really feel like TERA is making me a better player.  I was feeling a bit nostalgic the other evening and decided I wanted to play WoW some.  I really haven't been playing much WoW since there isn't really anything I'm interested in doing there at the moment.  I am excited about the new x-pac, and I'm sure I'll be back playing hot and heavy once that drops, but for now I have a hard time building up much enthusiasm for it.  Anyway, I decided I would do a LFR run of the first four bosses in Dragon Soul, since I could still use a shoulder upgrade on my warrior.

The first thing I noticed was that the combat was not nearly as inter-active as I had gotten used to in TERA.  Obviously, I didn't have to worry about my target since WoW has targetting.  Also, I noticed that the mobs in WoW don't move very much at all as a general rule.  In TERA, everything moves . . . a lot.  The second thing I noticed was that my rotation was a bit tighter resulting in a DPS increase in general.  I was really surprised at the difference since I felt like I was playing much like I always had, but I think TERA has forced me to play with more focus while keeping up with more things at the same time.  I can remember lots of times playing WoW without actually ever looking at the center of the screen, but now I was able to watch meters and warnings while also keeping an eye on the boss we were fighting.  Overall, I ended up 1st on the damage meters with the next closest over 8k dps lower.  I can only conclude that TERA has helped me to become a better player in general.

I'm sure I'll be posting more frequently once summer comes.  Until then, have fun in whatever game you choose to play.

1 comment:

  1. The combat in TERA does sound interesting. I'd be tempted to do a trial just to get a feel for it.

    Unfortunately my MMO plate is pretty full right now. If I decide to clear off space for anything it will likely be the Secret World when it comes out at the end of June.