Hmm..how should I make an intro for Black Desert and not overreact. About a game that you can talk and talk, discus every single little feature that offers... so in the end you will miss something important. Is it good or bad I will try and cover some of the mechanics I personally think they are worth mentioning ...meaning only touching the surface what Black Desert Online can offer to a gamer.
Black Desert Online belongs in the category of action, sandbox MMORPG with large ...no huge world to be explored. Taken the point that "now" was released the new expansion called Margoria, the land mass was tripled. For those who know how huge is this game they know what I'm trying to prove here. Black Desert is enormous and with the clever design it is never a boring experience, like most of the open sandbox games. The fact that every part of the world has own story is a plus.
Right from the beginning you will be overwhelmed, this isn't typical MMORPG. The mechanics in BDO are far from what we have been experiencing in other online games. However that's not the bad thing, start slowly and you will be on the right track. I'm giving this advice cause simply rushing it even from the beginning will give you such a headache and probably you will quit this game forever, believe me Black Desert is worth of your attention.
Here comes the bad part, the tutorial in this game is not existent by me. Yes, sure you pop in the game and learn about the simple mechanics, but if you don't sped some time for reading some guides or tutorials on the net you will be lost. Maybe the intention was simply that, knowledge in this game have a huge part in the mechanics how Black Desert is played. It is confusing at moments but is rewarding in the end.
Combat feature is something I don't want to waste my time on. Explaining combat in Black Desert can be done with one word...simply awesome. Every class have variety of awesome moves and abilities it can use, and thanks the developers you will not see TAB-targeting here. What you do, whatever combo you successfully pull out is only because you manage carry out. It is a huge learning curve but rewarding as I mentioned before.
One thing is not clear for me, why the developers made nearly awesome game but they gender lock the classes. This part was the most frustrating for me, honestly I was thinking making a male ranger...half-elf with pointy ears and I'm staring at the monitor with simply the only option to make female ranger character. This was a great fallback for me until I entered the character creation part. I cannot stress this enough, how was the character creation tool made. It is by far the best feature I have ever seen and cannot be compared to other online games.
|BDO character creation tool|
|Main transportation for Valencia Desert|
So be on your guard, if you don't have enough decent pc configuration you will not be able to play this game. Even so people with high end gaming pc's are complaining about the poor optimization and huge frame drops.
Overall this game is good however some serious things need to be considered. Features like the cash shop, the lack of armor weapon variety will only draw players away from Black Desert. On first hand it looks like pay to win game but it's not. I mean c'mon you can get the game for only 10$, who cares about fashion items, or pets. OK pets are needed here a lot cause they are used for the purpose of looting the items for you. Yes Black Desert Online fells sometimes as P2W model and I can't stress enough about how they locked some things so you will be forced to spend money.
- Beautiful immersive world
- Parkour system
- Horse breeding
- Karma system ( mostly used for PVP )
- Mount combat
- Good soundtrack
- Day and night cycle
- Sailing, ocean exploration
- Large scale pvp
Negative:In the end I can only say positive about Black Desert, don't mind the pearl shop and just enjoy the game for what it is. Even so I mentioned for 10$ you get the full game and every patch and expansion in the future, so sure the developers need to make money and spending real money on pets or anything will only support them. Black Desert is not a World of Warcraft killer and never will be, however it is a masterpiece of its own.
- Bad tutorial
- Optimization can be improved greatly
- After 50lvl grinding starts to be repetitive
- Lack of Raids and PVE content
- No armor and weapon variety
- Some game designs can be improved like NPC talking and overall translation
- Pearl shop