I know I said i'd give a bit of a taste of Lancer, but after doing some digging and figuring out some of the more complex bits of gameplay I finished the starting area and felt it was an infinitely cooler experience to share.
Firstly, I found the combo menu!
While not all abilities are able to be combo openers, all abilities can close a combo - and if you have several abilities that can open a combo, you can string them together as closers for even longer chains.
Another interesting feature in the game is the ability to climb. There's a jump button that's also functional for platforming.
I know alot of people bitch about fighting squirrels and other lame shit as a noobie in other MMOs - and TERA is no exception. There's some adorable piggy slaughter around level 5, but before too long, you start fighting some really cool looking stuff, like this...
As you get closer to the end of your time in the starting area, you notice a quarter of the island is shrouded in darkness with all kinds of nasty mobs.
This looks interesting...
After finishing all of your quests, you're drawn to this shrine that seems to be the epicenter of this darkness...
And right below it is the teleporter for an instanced area.
The teleporter transports me to a cave, and an AI controlled priest? This doesn't look promising. Though its hard to see in the screenshots, the walls are wet and dripping - great attention to detail.
The first chamber of this dungeon is filled with some nasty axe demons and their annoying little pets. I combo this one down into the dirt.
After clearing the antechamber, we come into the final area, a temple of some sort...
That seems to be guarded by a REALLY big monster, or what EME likes to call a B.A.M. (Big Ass Monster - how lame is that?).
And... I have aggro! The eye icon is a pretty telling sign of your degree of mob enmity.
Like any other RL priest, bucko here is too busy contemplating his ham sammich instead of preparing for the ass whopping behind him.
The big guy lays me out - thankfully I have a ground recovery attack move that he's not going to like very much...
Victoly! Damn that guy hits really hard!
It was a close fight to be perfectly honest, my AI partner was too busy healing himself and nuking - he must have been a Shadow Priest.
The electric soul animating the creature flees its failing form, but not without some chilling laughter.
Surveying the room, I can't help but notice the ceiling's resemblance to the Island's World Tree. The debris around it look hauntingly like... eyes?
For my effort, I get my first rare pair of swords. Huge damage upgrade with 3 glyph spots. Shiny!
In addition to the new cutlery, I finally get a ticket off the island via Peggy-back.
The flyby over the Island is gorgeous, if not a bit overdone.
What's this? We're heading toward the portal.
Whoa! Ludicrous Speed! Who put a jump gate overlooking my Sandals resort!?
The warp is pretty wild, and pretty long with no in-flight snack.
Finally, we arrive on the other end!
Where the hell am I?
Look! Signs of civilization. I must be going somewhere...
Sweet Jesus, look at the SIZE of this place.
Coming in for a landing. Make sure all seat backs are up and trays are stored in the upright position!
What a ride that was, with my feet finally planted of terra firma I go to check out this new location.
I guess this would be the airport lobby? Ah, I have a quest to turn in apparently.
The lady at the desk fills me in on stuff, not that I speak Martian. Korean players look on and giggle.
It looks like my blind bumbling has paid off. I gots me a new set of threads! The quest for pants continues!
The sheer size of this place is astonishing.
I look back at where I flew in, reminds me of the White House a lil bit.
Heading into the main city, I check out some of the local shoppes.
I spy a player on her mount infront of the nippled goddess (no you don't get to see, this is a family website ;p). Apparently they can fly too, the mount... not Mt. Nipples.
Crickie! I'd hate to be the person who has to oil that cog.
If that's not Greco-Roman architecture, i'm a monkey's uncle.
Here's a quick and dirt map of the city.
The main path into the big cog fortress leads into this building...
Where I come to some kind of war room with some pretty decked out NPCs.
Sir, didn't you kick my ass in Alterac Valley many moons ago?
Ohh, cutscene. How the hell does he go to the bathroom with all that shit on?
A dramatic staredown. I know he's looking at my breasts.
What the helll?! Bitch pulls a sword on me. Oh hellz no!
Ok, I seem to being inducted into some order of manly beef eaters. Carry on Sir Sausage, carry on.
The big man laughs, and his shingles shake. Seriously, that suit's gotta weigh a ton.
And now for the fan service... possibly NSFW.
The Elf Female.
The boob physics are... completely off the charts.
And for the ladies...
Human Male Gundam, I mean Lancer