Black Desert Online, one of the most critiqued MMO after World of Warcraft & Final Fantasy 14.
Aside from sharing the same Buy to Play business model as the other two major players in the MMO industry. It does not have a Subscribe to play feature. Instead of subscribing, it has something called the Premium Status through Value Packs.
Just like in World of Warcraft, this can be obtained through virtual currency as opposed to buying it outright with real money.
As mentioned in the past, I played this with one of my boys SpaceGnome back during beta for a solid good year. Both reaching peak of 59 pushing 60s.
Black Desert has beautiful graphics, and amazing combat system, if you get use to/minus the desync and lag and a very very very vast ever-expanding world to explore.
The game is very very very grindy, a constant forever grind and heavily relied on Luck on all aspects, whether it comes to equipment, purchasing items on auction house or even pets, and one of the most negative comments towards this game is that money can actually buy luck.
Black Desert Online was first published by Kakao games, but as earlier late last month, Black Desert Online is published under Pearl Abyss, the developer.
Despite going Self-Published, the game is still going as strong as ever, having a 24-hour peaking at 35,994 playing from Steam Online.
So, what does Fayie think, is the game really worth playing in 2021?
The combat is very smooth, one of the best Action Combat MMORPG game I have played, and trust me, I played nearly every MMORPG that has been released. It’s one of the best ever. If we are not talking about the lag and desync that does happen at times, the combat isn’t just smooth, it also very fluid and feels like a real combo instead of random skills after each other.
However, due to being a Korean game, you can guess, its very grindy, monster heavy grind, which means, unless you love grinding, it will get very repetitive, as besides questing, lifeskilling (e.g Crafting), and PVP you are stuck monster grinding. There is no dungeons in Black Desert, it is a very open world game.
F2P Friendly ★☆☆☆☆
Black Desert is one of the games I have spent quite a bit on, this game is by far F2P friendly, as a F2P player, you can 100% get somewhere, but you will probably never work your way becoming a ranker at all. For example, pets, are just more than a convenience item, it is nearly a must have for grinding, you don’t want to pick up every loot after a monster kill, pets will do that for you, having a higher tier and multiple pets will make sure you pick up everything without even worrying about it. This game not only have a very limited slots for a Free player, it is also weighted, and $ has weight too. You can only upgrade your max weight through free means by a % and even then, it is very costly and time-consuming. While paid players can easily quadruple and above your max weight for under a hundred dollars. Thus saying, you can 100% have fun being a free player, but you will be feel the pressure to charge a bit after awhile.
Cash Shop ★★★★☆
The cash shop has everything really, from items upgrade materials, outfits to pets, house decorations to mount outfits to quality of life items such as storage and inventory slots and character slots. There is a free player cash system called Loyalty, which you get daily and it does provide a very vast range of great items for anyone who doesn’t want to play.
Note: BDO has limits on some items, such as Weight, you can only buy so many per character, and other items is per account (which they call it “Family”).
The artwork in this game is just amazing, the graphics even at medium and low are still stunning. A medieval fantasy style, gameplay. Even the fighting, combat and skills are just jaw-dropping gorgeous. You will not find another game that is this beautiful with one of the best action combat gameplay.
While my main reason to play games is to PVP, and guess what one thing BDO boasted it can do? That’s right PVP, so for me, I would rate it at 5★ for fun but, due to the grind you have to do to stay competitive to PVP, it is not fun at all.