|"This adventure ends sour this failure. Too bad. This adventurer was nice. In their benevolence badge, the ancient gods were bearing the body of Marcel in a sanctuary..."|
I got to the point last night where I started writing my first blog entry for Wizardry IV, but then I sat back and thought, "CRPG Addict, people read your blog specifically to hear about games they might otherwise not play. And, honestly, how many of your readers are likely ever to play Tera?"
So I went back to Tera, and wandered around some more. I came across the city of Kronopolis, which looks huge in the screenshot but actually has only three shops, apparently. Fortunately, the first two items need no translation. Unfortunately, I got an error every time I tried to buy something.
Ultimately, I wandered into the wrong place and ran into some sorcerers. The list of commands led me to believe that "C" was the way to engage in combatte, but everything I tried led to the game asking me things like "êtes-vous un idiot?!" and "essayer autre chose" before I quickly died.
Look, I'm man enough for a challenge, like playing a game without any instructions, or playing a game in a foreign language. Just not together at the same time. And here's the other thing: I'm not entirely sure that Tera isn't really stupid. I mean, like Ultima II stupid.
So I'm going to move on to Wizardry IV for now, but I'll think about giving Tera another try if someone comes up with a manual (one that doesn't require telechargement, thanks, Murlock) or if any reader who has played it can give me some advice.
I know this is a short, lame posting, so I promise one for Wizardry IV in a couple hours.
[Note from 2017: My adventures with Tera continued, more successfully, nearly 7 years later. Check out the updated coverage starting here.]