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TERA is a Korean 3D action MMORPG with a real-time combat system. There is no auto-targeting here. Unless your blows connect, they won't do any damage. Gone are the days when you could just stand there, mash random buttons, hoping that you'd emerge a victor. TERA has brought something new and engaging on the table. It will be hard for you to go back to auto-targeting once you play it.
I have tried other MMORPGs and single-player games to find something similar to the profound TERA—so if you are looking for something new to play, I am sure you are going to like most, if not all, of the games on this list.
9 Games Like TERA
- Dark Souls 2
- Black Desert Online
- Dungeons & Dragons Online
- Neverwinter Online
- Dragon Nest
- Blade & Soul
- Lord of the Fallen
1. Dark Souls 2
Dark Souls 2 is the sequel to the legendarily difficult game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco. Before its release, a rumor began to circulate that the developers were going to lower the difficulty to make it more accessible to a larger audience. Of course, this turned out to be false, as I managed to die more than 10 times in my first 30 minutes of Dark Souls 2.
There is very little room for mistakes. Stay out of your enemy’s way or you’ll be crushed. There is no second chance. If you are down, you are likely to stay down.
One thing is sure, though—your constant defeat is going to frustrate you a lot. Sometimes you feel like they are being unfair to you and throw down your controller in anger only to pick it back up minutes later hoping to give it back to that hideous creature. That’s the beauty of Dark Souls 2. It humiliates you right from the beginning, yet you'll refuse to give up—it's just so good.
If you thought that this game won't be as difficult as the original, it’s time to cast aside your doubts and get ready to play one of the most difficult games ever. Granted, it’s unfair to you sometimes, but it is extremely rewarding once you get the hang of it.
Dark Souls 2 is definitely one of the best single-player games like TERA. There are dungeons to explore, souls to collects and burly creatures to fight. What’s not to like?
C9 is also known as Continent of the 9th Seal. It is a 3D action MMORPG with amazing graphics, an engaging combat system and hundreds of fascinating quests.
There are three classes in this game—Hunter, Shaman, and Fighter, with each class having its own set of unique combos and powers. I felt that the combat system is a lot in line with TERA.
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You can’t rest your hands during the fight, as there is no auto-attack system here. You’ll have to aim your attacks in order to do damage. As you level up your characters, the combat gets more dynamic as you access more combos.
C9 is not an easy game. If you have played other MMORPGs and expect C9 to be the same, you are in for a surprise. Your enemies are going to give it back to you every time you invade their area. There is a sense of immense satisfaction in conquering each and every hideous creature.
Although there are more than 2000 quests available, you don’t need to do even a single one of them to play C9. If you want to level up faster, though, you should complete them. Besides, they are surprisingly fun!
3. Black Desert Online
Have you ever wished for MMORPGs to look like their single-player counterparts? I for one have been longing for one that can give single-player games a run for their money. Black Desert Online, a free-to-play Korean MMORPG, certainly has what it takes to be one of the best action games in the genre.
It features a gorgeous large scale world free for you to explore with hundreds of monsters to defeat, castles to siege, and dungeons to raid. What’s not to like?
The real hook of Black Desert Online is its unprecedented action-oriented combat system. You can see the impact and damage of each and every blow of yours. A heavy strike, for example, may stun your enemy for a couple of seconds, giving you an opportunity to put him down while he is trying to shake it off.
You can also buy properties in the city and customize them the way you like. Unfortunately, there is no such option in the open world. However, there is still an option to rent temporarily.
All in all, it’s a beautiful game, and you shouldn’t miss out on it.
Vindictus is one of the very first MMORPGs that embraced the real-time combat system. They took an uncertain path at the time when everyone was focusing on replicating the success of WoW. Vindictus changed the way we play MMORPGs. It’s the reason why we have countless action-oriented games like TERA and Black Desert now. Credit must be given where it’s due!
Developed by DevCAT and published by Nexon, Vindictus is an action-packed MMORPG featuring thousands of quests in form of episodic releases. They release a new episode every six months, so you’d never run out of things to do here.
This game features an engaging and satisfying real-time combat system. You can grab your enemies by their collar and throw them against a wall (my personal favorite), or just hack them till death.
Combat is creative with destructible environments and items. Walls crumble and buildings fall down when you go frenzy. Your armor also breaks if it takes too much damage, leaving you in your undergarments.
Although you can go solo if you are a lone wolf, Vindictus is the most fun when playing with friends. Party play is a necessity for most of the places, though. For example, you will need your friend to distract the giant spider while you try to lock him up. Tackling huge monsters with party members is hella fun.
If you are looking for some action-oriented games like TERA, this is definitely the best one around.
5. Dungeons & Dragons Online
Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) is a 3D action-MMORPG developed by Turbine. Initially launched as a subscription-based game, they switched to the free-to-play model pretty soon. You can still subscribe to the game to get access to some exclusive features.
DDO puts you in battles with full control over your special attacks and character’s movement. While the combat is action-oriented, it’s nowhere near like TERA. There are some real-time strategy elements in this system.
A complex character customization system ensures that you have your own unique identity as a player. The world is gorgeous and massive with tons of quests to do and puzzles to solve. What’s not to like?
6. Neverwinter Online
Developed by Cryptic Studios, Neverwinter is a 3D action MMORPG based on the Dungeons & Dragons Universe. You are put in the shoes of one of the heroes of the city that must finish off those who conspire to see the lands of Neverwinter destroyed.
You’d be disappointed if you expect a lot from the lore, as it’s pretty much in line with other MMORPGs. Neverwinter more than makes up for its dismaying story with its colorful world and an engaging combat system though.
You begin your journey by choosing from one of the twelve available races—Human, Drow, Dwarf, Half-Elf, Half-Orc, Halfling, Menzoberranzan Renegade, Moon Elf, Sun Elf, Wood Elf, and Dragonborn, with each one having a unique lore-filled background. The number of choices are a bit overwhelming!
If you are a creative player, you can design your own quests and share them with others. Similarly, you can try countless user-created quests for fun. Granted, some of them offer nothing good, but you’d surprised to see how fun most of the quests turn out to be.
If you are looking for some games like TERA that are set in Dungeons & Dragons universe, you would definitely like what Neverwinter has to offer.
7. Dragon Nest
Dragon Next is a real-time combat MMORPG developed by Eyedentity Games and published by Nexon. You play as a hero who is on a quest to find an antidote to save the poisoned Goddess Altea. The treacherous path to an antidote is teeming with maniacs, deadly dragons and other countless threats. Do you have what it takes to protect the lands and save the goddess?
You will have to choose from the four classes—Warrior, Cleric, Archer, and Sorcerer, before embarking upon your journey. Each of these classes has unique abilities and perks, which will significantly change your combat tactics. While the Warrior relies more on his sword, Cleric is an expert in melee fights. Choose Sorcerer or Archer if you prefer long-range combat.
Dragon Nest is one of the best anime-inspired games like TERA, as it features a similar unforgiving combat system where you will have to aim each strike to do damage. Auto-targeting is quickly becoming a thing of the past now. Using a small cursor, you will line up your arrows, fists, and fireballs to decimate your enemies.
Dragon Nest might look like a game with low production values at first glance, but when you get your hands on it, you realize that you were totally wrong about it. While you will be doing a lot of quests repeatedly, things will never get boring as you’ll always be inclined to try the new combo on your enemies to see how quickly they fall this time around.
If you are not the type of person who likes repeating the same quests, you could always put your fighting abilities to test in Dragon Nest’s skill-based PvP arenas, which features up to 16 players. You don’t have to worry about being overpowered or underpowered as you will only be pitted against similarly skilled players.
8. Blade & Soul
Blade & Soul is a Korean Martial Arts fantasy MMORPG developed and published by NCsoft. Although they announced that a western version will release soon, there is still no sign of it. Rest assured, it’s still on the way.
Blade & Soul combines martial arts-inspired combat with Quing Gong which makes for really engaging gameplay that never gets boring. I am not exaggerating when I say that it’s the best combat system I have ever seen in an MMORPG. Although I am yet to get my hands on this game, I have seen it in action. Just have a look at the gameplay footage I have embedded here. Isn’t it the prettiest game ever?
9. Lords of the Fallen
Forty-five minutes passed in Lords of the Fallen before I died for the first time. That's a bit of a surprise for a game that has made no secret in professing its love for the ultra-punishing Dark Souls series. It is definitely one of the best hardcore games around.
Don’t mistake it for an easy game though—not by a long shot. You will be dodging, parrying, and slashing all the way through your journey in Lords of the Fallen. The game is designed for the hardcore player while making it easier for casual plays to get into it.
Granted, it struggles to maintain the balance between accessibility and hardcore level on many occasions, its arcade-style combat mechanics with a tempting risk and reward system more than makes up for it.
You play as Harkyn, a criminal who’s has been released from the bars to do a job that no one else can do—saving the world from creatures called "Rhogars." They never mention the nature of his crimes, and I didn’t care to be honest. A bland, emotionless story makes it hard for anyone to care about Harkyn’s fate.
Don’t let the mediocre story stop you from playing on of the best RPGs of 2014 though. This game packs some solid punches where it matters.
If you are looking for some single-player games like TERA, you should definitely try The Lords of the Fallen.
Your Next Adventure Awaits
If you're looking for games similar to TERA, any game on this list will take you on a fantastical adventure that you can sink dozens of hours into.
Rann on August 25, 2016:
IslamWashia on December 25, 2014:
A very useful article that will lead many players to what they need without trying many games, Thank you.