Black desert is a highly anticipated massive multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) of 2016, developed by the Korean game developer Pearl Abyss and released in Europe since march. What’s special about black desert is that the game is a partly sandbox themed role playing game. This means that as a player you can build up things giving you all freedom to do whatever you want in the game.
The world is huge and any kind of activity is rewarded. Either you level up your combat skills or you just wander around the world exploring the map, breed pets, chop some wood and build yourself a boat, invest and trade between towns to become rich, raid castles and go into war for land or go fishing and cook yourself meals in your own furnished house. It’s all up to what you want.
The world is beautiful and immersive. There’s a night and day cycle and a weather system which affects the world around you and your character in statistics and abilities to good and bad. There are things going on in every town and wars being fought out on the fields.
The game offer AFK options so even if there are times you cannot play, you could still advance on with your character. This looks like there are a lot of people playing, anytime.
The combat system is real-time, action-based and looking spectacular. This means you have to hit your enemies in flashy combos and dodge and block their attacks at the same time. There is no true healing class implemented which means you are on your own to battle through.
After level 45, the world becomes open PVP. You could start randomly fights with other players, but they can also attack you. This PVP has consequences; killing people gives you negative karma which is hard to recover. If you are in negative karma – other people can freely kill you without them to take negative karma.
There is no limit to leveling your character, but there is a soft cap at level 55. Which makes it hard to grind levels from there. The end game of the game starts leaning towards PVP, gearing up, doing guild wars over land marks and castles and getting rich, But you are all free to do what you like best.
The player can choose between 9 different kinds of classes which are all gender bound but have their own personally traits. The unique character customization is huge and could make your character look completely unlike any other character. I, personally, recommend to look up a character template from google and start from there as it can save a lot of time due the complexity of customizing a character.
- Release date:
- March 30, 2017
How to play Black Desert Online
The game is a buy – to – play model. Which means you have to buy the game first and then you download and play to all your contents. The price starts at 30 euro’s and starts with some beneficial items to use in game. There’s also a 50 euro package which gives extra items to use in the game such as a starter pet and a fast horse.
After purchasing and installing the patcher, you can start the game through the patcher which is weekly updated and create a character.
The first time you start the game you will get a small tutorial about how the main controls. The combat steps are explained by quests which you have to go through to advance in the game.
Once you reach the first town ‘Velia’ you are set free to do whatever you like. You either resume doing quests, which is recommended, or go and explore every step yourself is all up to you.
The possibilities in this game are so huge and a lot are unexplained to be found out by the player himself. Google is, therefor, very recommended to use on the side.
Black desert online is not playable for people with a visual disability. The game relies heavily on what you see in the game and does not support audio cover.
The game interface is hardly adjustable by contrast, sizes and colors which makes it difficult to use by any visually impaired person.
Sound is not a key element in the game that cannot be seen and cut scenes and quests are all subtitled. People with an auditive disability should not find any disadvantages playing this game as the sound only supports the environmental mood.
The game allows the possibility to connect an external game pad to the controls, the possibility to remap the keys is however limited, which can make it complicated to adjust it to your preferences.
The game is a very complex and requires a lot of resources outside the game to understand it. It is recommended to have guides on the side to be able to look up things you wonder.
The combat in the game requires particular combo’s which are alike as in martial arts games. You can learn and practice the combo’s in the game in a training area once you received the skills at particular levels and you can always look them up in the skills tab to see how they are done or to remind you. They feel very intuitive on different classes, it’s a matter of getting used to them to execute them automatically after a while.
The graphics contains a lot of flashes and effects but they can be turned off in the options. The user interface is quite cluttered, this however cannot be much adjusted.
Overall the game can be pretty overwhelming at first, so you need quite some dedication to get the hang of this game. But once you’re through the struggle, it gets easier to play the game as you intent to.