TERA is the worst possible example you can add as a performance/optimization comparison to any MMO, including B&S.
To put it bluntly, unless your system 100% fully clicks
with TERA, the game will perform absolutely terrible.
TERA is simply put, optimized to run on all systems but it will do so on subpar levels.
My system in specific runs B&S at a constant 45+ FPS (Average) with the highest being 90+ FPS and lowest 35+ FPS.
The same system runs TERA at random FPS depending on location, whether my UI is open or not, among some other things. For instance, in the open world, I get 40 FPS with UI on. If I turn the UI off, my FPS shoots up to 70+ FPS.
In crowded areas I get 30+ FPS with UI on. UI off and it shoots to 50+ FPS. (Lets not talk about Nexus; but to give you an idea: 15 FPS or less).
There are many, many factors and I could go into the details.
But the main issue is that Unreal Engine 3 is not intended to be used for MMO and yet, both B&S and TERA use the same engine. Fortunately, B&S has harnessed and optimized the engine better.
Don't think of me as bashing TERA for the sake of bashing it. I love a lot of aspects about the game and play it every now and then; this is just not one of them.
Yes, B&S is well optimized but it still requires a decent CPU and GPU if you wish to experience the best the game has to offer, graphically and performance wise.
As Aari mentioned above, it's not perfect, but it's well above decent/good.
This post has been edited by Tashigi: Feb 24, 2013 - 9:37 PM
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