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Received a beta weekend invite for The Secret World and thought I’d record my first hour of play.  This is actually my second playthrough; my first ended just after the subway flashback scene where I was ported back to London…naked.  And with no quests.  …And naked.

I just realized today that several posts ago, while I was ranting away about the horrible install experience I had trying to get TERA to work, I kinda glossed over what I did that fixed it.  In case anyone else comes across this issues, hopefully they can take these steps to get it corrected.

The steps I’m going to give should apply if you get the error like the one below:

C:\Program Files(x86)\TERA\TERA-Launcher.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

C:\Program Files(x86)\TERA\TERA-Launcher.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

I received this error after installing from the physical discs.  So, the most obvious solution to this error is to just download the client instead of installing it by disc.  The downside to this solution is the download process could vastly extend the install process.

The error specifically came about just after the install finished.  Although I only saw it for a second, I’m pretty sure the launcher ran at least once and downloaded an update for itself.  It was after this that the launcher wouldn’t work.  What I did notice, though, was that a new folder was created.  So, to break it down:

The game installed itself into C:\Program Files (x86)\TERA\.  You can replace this with the folder that you installed the game into.

TERA-Launcher.exe no longer works inside that folder.  However, inside there is another folder called TERA-Launcher.exe.update.

C:\Program Files (x86)\TERA\TERA-Launcher.exe.update\

And inside this folder is yet another copy of TERA-Launcher.exe.  If you try to run this one where it’s at, it will not do anything.  So, what you do is right-click and Cut the file, go back into C:\Program Files (x86)\TERA\, and then Paste it, replacing the broken launcher program.  Now, double-click it and the update folder you were in before should disappear as it’s finally updated, and then the launcher should work after that.

After I put my rant up, I noticed someone had recommended to download the client and install it on top of the regular install if it’s broken, and it should fix the launcher.  You can definitely try this method, but I don’t know if it would still require downloading the whole game or not.

I hope this helps others that have this issue.  Let me know what you think in the comments.

diablo III - installed! [1230]

diablo III – installed! [1230] (Photo credit: brianjmatis)

So…..

*watches tumbleweed roll by*

….am I the only one that isn’t playing Diablo 3?

I mean, I have it.  I downloaded it.  But…yeah.  I’m not playing it yet.  Never been that big on the Diablo scene.

But it’s all I hear about now.  So I must be in the minority in the world.

 

…*hears echo*

I’m a tank at heart.

I started playing World of Warcraft oh so long ago as a rogue, but not even a year later I desired a change of scenery.  I became tired of what seemed like the same repeated procedure over and over to maximize DPS.  So, I made a new toon, one that I never thought I’d make: an orc warrior.  This was the time of the Burning Crusade, and I made a promise to myself to learn the ropes of tanking.  And that I did.

All these many years and expansions (and games…) later,  I still normally play from a tanking perspective.  I want to be the person that goes in first, headstrong against any dangers that might come about.

I’m also a very, very, very, very, VERY logical person.  As a for-instance, when I tank in WoW, I’m always mindful of every bit of my surroundings as I can be, and mindful of not what I’m doing, but what others are doing too.  Sometimes I pay attention so much to everything else that I forget to pay attention to myself (I’m looking at you, Kel’Thuzad with your jesus portals…). I pay attention to threat whenever possible; that used to be through mods like Omen and such, but lately it’s just been, “Is it hitting me?  Good.”

So with this in mind, as you can see from the video that I posted earlier of TERA

A boss fight.

A boss fight. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

, I charged head-first into a new dungeon in a new game that I’d never tanked on before.  I honestly wasn’t sure if I would expect a threat-based system for mobs or not; I thought I would, given the types of skills that warriors gain that all have increased aggro.  My Lancer’s skills did not seem to have those additions.

In any case, tanking that instance for the trash seemed to be a hot mess.  Mobs running around everywhere, no real tried-and-true way to get them to stay on me, etc.  I think I’m going to have to adjust my skills a little bit to incorporate the area-wide aggro shout more into my routine.

The boss fights, though, seemed to go more smoothly.  Well, the first one did anyway.  The mob mainly stuck to me, even the big rock…thing.  And it was so much fun to watch him bring about a great big hit and actually block it.  I’m definitely going back into that instance to at least fight that boss again.

The second boss fight kinda started before I got there (someone had accidentally pulled), but it wasn’t too huge of an issue.  The only issue I could see is it was *extremely* hard to tell if the boss was trying to hit me or one of the other melee.  Then again, considering his attacks, it wouldn’t really matter; he’d hit us all if he could.

The only real issue I found with the dungeon is that the party is formed with a round robin looting system.  The problem arose when people from another server picked up weapons and gear not meant for their class, but didn’t have any way of trading the items.  Unlike WoW, there is not a way to trade things cross-realm at all.  So in future dungeon runs, it will be better to have the party leader switch to a loot roll system.

More attempts at tanking are definitely in order.  It’ll be interesting to really get to the meat of the tanking system.  It seems familiar, but with the combat system as it is, plus collision, it’s also different.

Ran Bastion of Lok in TERA today on my level 21 Lancer.  Was pretty fun.  Typical dungeon crawl, although the two boss encounters were pretty fun. 🙂

The video is embedded below.  Enjoy. 🙂

Adventures in TERA

Adventures in TERA (Photo credit: _Chag)

From my previous post, you can probably tell that my first impression of Tera was rather piss poor.  While I did play around for about an hour that night, I decided my frustration was putting such a damper on the experience that I would go ahead, call it a night, and take a fresh look at it again tomorrow.

Tomorrow came, and I found I actually like the game.  Up to level 9, anyway.

I started off as a warrior, which said it required the most skill to play well (and I can see how; being able to know the best time to dodge an attack to keep from being splattered is often a good test of skill).  I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting.  The basic combo ability was a delight to watch and had fluid, dynamic animations.  All of the skills I gained were great to look at too.  Definitely made it more fun than to stare at action bars and cooldown timers like other MMOs.  Coming from a World of Warcraft Protection Warrior, though, it definitely took a little bit of getting used to.

Next character I created was a Lancer, so that I could play the only shield-wearing class and see how they stack up to my expectations.  Honestly, I was less than impressed.  Their basic combo move had only subtle differences between the first, second, and third press, so it just looked like I was stabbing someone with a lance most of the time.  Blocking, though, was a lot more fun than WoW and more dynamic; this is how I picture “active mitigation” whenever someone says that phrase, not “I’m going to build up resources to make me block better.”

I tried an archer as well, but I only got to level 4.  So far it seems to be spam click city, but was actually more enjoyable since you have to aim vs tab + right-click.  I did run into a slight bug, though: if you assign an ability that has a charge effect to a mouse button (let’s say, Mouse 4 that’s on the thumb side of my mouse), even if you hold the button down, the ability casts immediately instead of doing its charge effect.  For now I just use a keyboard button for those, but then again, I’m only level 4.

Overall, I’m impressed with the game.  Definitely moreso than I was with Rift, and probably on par with where I was with Star Wars: The Old Republic, but for different reasons.  The world is beautiful but slightly generic high-fantasy; the music is a step above average, but isn’t what I would consider breathtaking (it’s not bad at all, though); and the story is slightly better than I was expecting (but most people will snooze through it anyway and probably wouldn’t miss anything).  The core of the game lies in its combat system, and I’d like to think it will keep me engaged for a while.  Overall, I give the game a B, leaning towards B+ just in the little bit I’ve played.

Maybe this will apply to some of you: the one thing I kept thinking when I was playing this game was, “This is how Final Fantasy XIV should have been.”  It’s stylized in the same vein, and a Final Fantasy setting and story would have taken the game to a whole new level.  That’s about the only problem (and this doesn’t just apply to Korean MMOs, but to all MMOs that do not have an established setting): it’s hard to break it in the MMO sphere with a brand new franchise or IP unless you provide something really stunning.  I think Tera’s combat system does just that.

C:\Program Files(x86)\TERA\TERA-Launcher.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

C:\Program Files(x86)\TERA\TERA-Launcher.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

Well, as my last post suggested, I bought TERA yesterday.

I spent four hours afterwards trying to get it to work.  That includes reinstalling it twice, talking to a technician for an hour (including wait time), and grasping at straws until finally figuring out the answer.

I bought the physical copy because I didn’t want to wait for a download.  And besides, I was near a Game Stop, so I wasn’t going out of my way.

I get home, I put in the first disc, I install, everything goes smooth, I tell it to launch TERA, and…..nothing.

I go to my Start menu, go to click on the TERA Launcher icon, and…apparently it can’t find the link.

I go to the program folder, manually launch the TERA Launcher, and I get: “C:\Program Files (x86)\TERA\TERA-Launcher.exe is not a valid Win32 application.”

I get frustrated.

At this point, I tried everything under the sun: made sure that Windows was up to date, followed a post about installing VeriSign root certificates, played with every single .exe file in the folder (with and without “run as admin”), and nothing worked.  This included talking to a support rep through live chat who gave even more advice.

Last ditch effort: I uninstall and delete everything out of every temp folder I could find.

I install it again.  This time, to a different folder.  I also temporarily disabled my antivirus.  I also told it *not* to launch Tera at first.

I checked the start menu and tried launching it from there.  Success!  The launcher starts.  It patches itself super quick and restarts.  …Then nothing.  Failure!

At this point I’m back to where I was, except this time the launcher has created its own folder back in the same place I originally installed the game even though the new install was into a completely different folder.

All hope being lost, I tried one last thing.  I found a folder called TERA-Launcher.exe.update, and another TERA-Launcher.exe file.  I took that file, cut and pasted it into the main folder, and tried it again.  Success!  And now I can play.

I write this article for those of you having this same issue.  I assume that the issue has to do with the launcher that was placed on the retail discs and doesn’t apply to the downloaded copy.  This really is a stupid bug that should never have been put on a disc.  TERA, you need to warn your customer base about this as I didn’t see anything relevant to this issue on your site.

The Exiled Realm of Arborea

The Exiled Realm of Arborea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes I hate being an MMO addict.

I’ve played WoW for almost 7 years now.  Of course I’ve had my fair share of times where I took breaks from the game, but I would always get a hankering to play again.  This time around, it’s nowhere near as strong as it used to be.

I tried other MMOs over the years.  Played EVE Online, The Old Republic, Guild Wars (this was my gateway drug into MMOs, and I played it so much I burned out four months after release and couldn’t play it again), Lord of the Rings Online, RIFT, and some others that I can’t think of right now.  Aside from EVE (which just got boring after a while), all of the rest of them played the same way and began to look very very similar.

As some of you may know, though, Tera recently came out.  I began eyeing it a week ago just before release; it seems like the answer to my drought.  A new, refined combat system that’s different than other MMOs would be right up my alley.  Alas, though, I’m going to have to wait for a paycheck or two to get it, but I’m kind of afraid to.  The last MMO I bought was The Old Republic; don’t get me wrong, I liked it well enough, but when it came down to it the gameplay just didn’t stand out enough to keep me playing.  The story was good…but there were enough lull spots that I lost interest.  And I hate investing money into an MMO that I’m not going to play for long.  I did the same thing with Rift.

From looking at the world, graphics, and whatnot, it’s hard for me to decide if I would like Tera that much.  Sure, a change of gameplay will be refreshing, but that’s not the only thing that keeps me hooked.  The storyline and plot have to be intriguing, and the game has to show a lot of polish.  And so far, Tera looks like someone took Rift and Aion and smashed them together.  I don’t even know what the story’s like.

Then, there’s Guild Wars 2 on the horizon.  I’m really excited about it, but I don’t want the same thing that happened to me in the first one happen again in the second.  It wasn’t all my fault I burned out like I did.  There just wasn’t enough content to keep me entertained, so I had to make alts or redo missions several times, and all of the repetitiveness got to me.

Oh, the fate of an MMO gamer.  Decisions, decisions.

 

EDIT: Yeah…….I broke down and bought it on my way home from work.  I’ll write something about it in the coming days.

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