• Publisher: GameOn
  • Release Date: Mar 3, 2016
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  • Summary: Black Desert is a large scale of sandbox oriented MMORPG that provides you a variety of unique experiences with spectacular action and battle, strategy-based castle siege, sophisticated simulation contents such as trade, NPC-hiring and real estate management.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Apr 6, 2016
    90
    A beautiful and entertaining new take on the classic MMO, with a strong player driven content path. I welcome that.
  2. Mar 15, 2016
    85
    The biggest issue for me is how dense the complexity makes the game. Crafting, particularly cooking, requires a lot of experimentation or wiki-diving, and finding out the game’s systems isn’t always represented, even in the quests. There are always quests that give you reasons to gather or play the many mini-games—moving a wheel-barrow requires you keep a cursor in between two points, and the fishing system is actually rather fun.
  3. With it's massive and unique open world, Black Desert Online is inviting you to a great adventure.
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    Nov 9, 2016
    73
    Black Desert Online had potential to be ground breaking, but suffers from a monotous PVE grind and some questionable practices regarding its cash shop. [Oct 2016]
  5. Apr 11, 2016
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Apr 2, 2016
    70
    Black Desert Online is a beautiful game marred by inept tutorials and an impenetrable story.
  7. Mar 18, 2016
    50
    Black Desert Online wants to be distinct from other MMORPGs, but it isn't different enough in the ways which really matter. The game's few innovations aren't enough to make up for its myriad shortcomings, making it come across as just another MMORPG.

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  1. Apr 30, 2018
    10
    One of the hardest and most beautiful MMO today.
    The game gives you the opportunity to choose between PvE, which is not only grinding, also
    One of the hardest and most beautiful MMO today.
    The game gives you the opportunity to choose between PvE, which is not only grinding, also LIFEstyle, and PVP.
    Many Events.
    Many free Stuff.
    Economics are just perfect in game.
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  2. Mar 7, 2016
    10
    Don't listen to people who say it is pay to win, this isn't Archeage, I have yet to come across anything that makes it pay to win. EveryoneDon't listen to people who say it is pay to win, this isn't Archeage, I have yet to come across anything that makes it pay to win. Everyone has access to everything. Best MMO IMO, try it. ESO fanboys keep down voting, because their game isn't do as well. 90% of things you buy from the cash shop are skins, just like League of Legends don't do much. The other 10% is expanding inventory system, and weight limit. Expand
  3. Mar 3, 2016
    10
    Not for people who like to give up, Who dont enjoy spending 100 hours perfecting your play to the utmost and making a name for yourself in aNot for people who like to give up, Who dont enjoy spending 100 hours perfecting your play to the utmost and making a name for yourself in a game that has no limit. You will never forget the days u see your first ents walking through the forest. Or the first time u hammer on a cyclops in a far of forest. The first time u succeed in building a fishing boat and go on the hunt for whales or just see the sun rise above the islands. Cant praise this game enough but its not for people who dont like the grind. This is for people who like to work for their stuff and wait for that feeling when u finnally get that +15 upgrade on your weapon. Expand
  4. Gu5
    Nov 3, 2019
    7
    After 3 months of inactivity and actively returning into the game (with more content opened - Valencia) I'd say say that the major downsidesAfter 3 months of inactivity and actively returning into the game (with more content opened - Valencia) I'd say say that the major downsides are: "Korean typical heavy RNG" and the possible amount of power gap caused by a gear level...

    If there was an MMO like BDO with purely skill-based combat - i'd call it the best MMO out there...

    BDO is not perfect, but still it is enjoyable.
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  5. Mar 12, 2016
    4
    Edit; It has come to my attention that both an subreddit called /r/BlackDesertOnline and the Official forums participated in voteEdit; It has come to my attention that both an subreddit called /r/BlackDesertOnline and the Official forums participated in vote brigading(downvote negatives, upvote positives reviews) of Metacritic because people have different opinions then them. The saddest part was that both the moderators of each site allowed this to happen freely and seemed to support this action by not even attempting to do anything to prevent this type of thing.

    Also if you noted, it was even encouraged by them to create new accounts just to submit an positive review at the same time so they could get the average user score from 5.1/10. This just goes how immature the majority of the playerbase including lacking common decency.
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    This review is based on me owning the conquers pack and logging 60 hours, having access to CBT1&2 and currently having an level 51 Tamer and an level 46 Archer.

    First of all, for anyone giving this game an 10/10 please don't write an review if you're just going to follow along with the flock and try to fit in. I can see other people giving this game an 8.5/10 at best, however this is simply not an 10/10 game. This also apply's to people giving this game an 0/10, lets be honest this game is no way your worst game of the year by any standards.

    So down to the review I'll be breaking it into my basic cons and pros to help shorten this list as much as possible.

    Pros:
    - Graphics (I'd say on-par with Witcher 3 on low, however for an MMORPG is very impressive of itself)
    - Combat (Currently one of the best, if not the best combat systems in any MMORPG currently out)
    - Theme park sandbox (Plenty of things like fishing,trading,crafting,harvesting,worker management, etc)

    Neutral:
    - Parkour system (An very shoddy attempt which leaves an bad taste if you've played other great parkour systems done right like Thief, Dying Light, Sleeping Dogs, AC Series, Etc)
    - Living World (It's decent, however it requires an high activity of players to feel like its immersive)
    - Plot (Great story writing, however the voice acting really ruins what the writers have achieved)
    - Customizability (Its locked behind an paywall, sadly to say so most of the time you're going to look just like everyone else, so much for that character creation)

    Cons:
    - The Community (Read the edit at the top)
    - PvP (Mostly dead due to the Karma system and this was expected, yet Daum games chose not to address this issue so most of the great PvP will be happening in GvG and not in the world itself)
    - PvE (WAY TOO EASY, from the tutorial mobs at the beginning to the end game mobs there is virtually no difference in difficulty. We're talking about those "epic" boss summons you can do, well the fact is you can do them when you're 15 levels behind and still have an easy time)
    - No real type of raids or dungeons (because the only difference between an summoned quest boss and the open world boss for guilds is literally one soaks up way more damage. That's all the challenge)
    - General game mechanics (None of them connect into any meaningful systems, which is quite disappointing given how much time must of been put into each of them)
    - Daum themselves (After seeing them banning players on forums for pointing out their mistakes and then lying about it (If you're interested I'd suggest googling there's plenty of drama on the subject), enforcing non-existent rules,dropping all communication with the community, etc. It really shows an lack of control or caring about the players in general)
    - "P2W" (This is an very hot topic and I define anything P2W that offers anything not obtainable VIA in-game methods EXCEPT for the standard EXP boosting items that help later joiners/less time available players still be able to play reasonably well. However the fact is you have abilities, stats, customizability being locked behind an pay wall which the game itself is B2P is sickening and the defenders of this have some type of Stockholm syndrome from previous games that abused these type of cash grabbing before)

    TLDR REVIEW; The game is average, nothing more and nothing less. For $60($30 base and $30 for 3 pets) its really up to you. I'd advise you to get an 7 day guest invite and play it the game until that guest period runs out to decide if you'd play this over other MMORPGs you'd like to try out
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  6. Aug 24, 2016
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I had a number of level 50+ characters with my main being a level 58 ranger before I decided to sell my account and call it quits. The game is visually pleasing... but its designed for no lifers that play 24/7 in order to be competitive. Its a waste of time for those that have a job and families to consider. On top of this there are people using hacks and expliots to get ahead (Pyx and Others) so there fair gameplay is missing. It was kind of a dissappointment for me to be honest. I played in the NA/Europe region which is the only region that needs to buy the game in order to play it.... on top of that you have to buy cashshop items in order to be competitive. Overall a visially nice game but not very well designed against hackers and for those that have jobs... for me it was a dissappointment Expand
  7. Nov 3, 2019
    0
    this game is so bad, I Played till level 60 with only grinding, started questing and felt the pain, you have to explore a dessert without athis game is so bad, I Played till level 60 with only grinding, started questing and felt the pain, you have to explore a dessert without a map LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The Cash shop is pay to win, the whole game is pay to win, so much stuff to purchase, but gameplay allways same, you get new gear, you feel same xD
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