Tera gets free-to-play relaunch, adds new content

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Tera, the combat-centric fantasy MMO, has relaunched as the free-to-play Tera: Rising - suggesting the game's various worldwide publishers are hoping for a phoenix-like rebirth of the Korean made RPG. Working in this new version's favour is the generous amount of content being offered to free players, as well as the new dungeon and arena being released with the 2.0 update.

TERA going free-to-play in Europe and North America

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It's tempting to see a new year as a fresh start. New trends, new possibilities, new problems. But no, while the number at the end of our arbitrary calendar may have increased one, cars still don't hover, evil robots still aren't waging war against humanity, and struggling subscription MMOs still seek a fresh start by re-launching as free-to-play. That's exactly what's happening with Tera, last year's combat-heavy fantasy MMO.

TERA review

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Keyboard or control pad? That’s not a question I expected to be asked by a PC-only MMORPG. It’s a genre I associate with hotbars; with gradual muscle memory and shaving seconds off cooldown response times, until your number-tapping refines into a visual beat of on-screen violence. A skill, to be sure, but not one that maps to the streamlined, movement-centred input of a 360 pad.

TERA asks the question almost as a point of principle. It’s a declaration that its action combat is different. There’s no auto-targeting or autofire: unless the blows of your melee class are connecting, or your ranged class is aiming accurately, you’re not doing any damage.

TERA announces new launch features: Dungeon matcher, more instances, and reputations

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The fastest reputation shift I ever experienced was when I accidentally puked on the hottest girl in middle school. I went from neutral to hated in two seconds flat. In most games, that drastic of a shift would've taken months of questing/grinding. But TERA's developers want their action MMO coming out next month to be different. They promised today that their reputation system will feature exciting quests (no deliveries) and won't involve "killing a thousand furbolgs just to go through a tunnel." Another major highlight of today's announcements: an instanced dungeon matcher to help clean up the game's chat channels. Yay!

Seize power with TERA's intriguing political system

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Do you fancy yourself a born leader? What if you could prove it, without the fake photo smiles, baby-kissing, or mud-slinging of real world politics? With TERA's upcoming political system, you can set out on a campaign for control from the comfort of your butt-contoured chair. In this exclusive video, hear from TERA producer Chris Hager as he explains the ins-and-outs of taking office in an MMO. Whether you attain leadership through brute force or popularity, you'll have a heck of a time working to please the people and get the server population on your side. But hey—isn't that what politics are all about?

EU Giveaway: Win a bundle of Steelseries goodies

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It's that time again, the time were I offer you free stuff in exchange for making me laugh briefly at your humorous comments. Today we're giving away a bunch of lovely Steelseries and Runes of Magic goodies, including not one, but two Steelseries shift keyboards with MMO accessories to give away.

Check inside for details of how to enter.

Mythos has been released today! Win one of 50 boxed copies

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Mythos has been officially released today. That trailer was created to celebrate the occasion. Apparently, you probably shouldn't watch it if you're a noob.

You can download the MMO from the official website or, if you have any issues, via these mirrors. If you're more into your physical media you can purchase a boxed version that comes with £10 of in-game credit for a bargainous £9.97.

Even better, the kind people at Frogster have given us 50 boxed copies to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, post your own PC Gamer myth in the comments. The most legendary myths win the game.

Mythos now in open beta

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Mythos is due to go into open beta at some point today.

Frogster's hack and slash MMO won't be officially released until April 28, but anyone who wants to sample the game just needs to sign up. The level cap has been increased to 50 and the snowy region of Umbral Peaks has been unlocked. According to Frogster, there's still plenty of tuning to be done before the final release.

Mythos will eventually be available as a free download or a boxed copy that'll retail for £9.99. The latter will come with exclusive items and pets, and will let you play two days early.

Are you having fun with Mythos? Let us know in the comments.

Get exclusive 24 hour access to the Mythos closed beta

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Mythos is a new free-to-play MMO originally designed by some of the minds behind Diablo and Torchlight. It's about to enter closed beta. All PC Gamer readers will get exclusive access to the beta for 24 hours, starting at 17:00 GMT today. All you have to do to sign up and play is click the link below.

First look at TERA's achievements

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TERA is a new MMO that hopes to replace traditional taskbar and cooldown combat systems with more fast paced fighting. The eight classes are designed to be able to work together in small groups that will be able to take down hordes and boss monsters with careful teamwork and some quick reflexes.

Frogster have sent us the first details on TERA's achievement system, which will reward players for their in-game accomplishments with special titles. Some titles will be so rare that only a few people in the whole world will be able to hold them. Read on for a list of some of the new achievements, and a developer walkthrough video showing some of TERA's combat and classes.

Mythos to get European release in April

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The hack and slash MMO Mythos now has a European release date: April 28. The game will be available as a free download, and as a boxed copy for £9.99. The boxed copy comes with £10 worth of in-game items and will grant you access to the head start period kicking off on April 26. There's no news yet on plans for a US release.

The game was initially created by the creators of Diablo and Torchlight, and has been rebuilt as an MMO. You'll find plenty more information on the game on the Mythos site. If you'd like to try the game before it's released, an EU open beta starts on April 12. You can get involved by entering your details into the Mythos beta sign in page. There's a trailer below showing some in-game footage of the creatures you'll be fighting.

Gay marriage in Runes of Magic

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In Runes of Magic's upcoming 3.0.3 patch, people can have their characters marry other toons, have kids, or get adopted, and - gasp! - you can even have your male character marry another male character.