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  • Summary: Black Desert is an expansive MMORPG sprawling across vast and various regions. Jump into fast-paced action combat, hunt monsters and huge bosses, fight with friends in seige warfare, or fish, trade and craft your way to riches.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 75
    Black Desert does a lot right but a lot of it is hard to experience with little to no tutorial and technical issues that never really let up. It's clear that the current generation of console just isn't quite up to handling a game of this magnitude, but even so Black Desert provides an epic and frequently beautiful MMORPG experience.
  2. Aug 27, 2019
    60
    Black Desert is rougher than a badger's behind, and the simple combat won't blow anyone's skirt up, but the game does have upsides. The world is fleshed out and fun to explore, the side activities are more amusing than the campaign, and the character creation is superb. This is the sort of game that will undoubtedly appeal to a small subset of people who are more than happy to accept the uglier technical issues as the admission price to a well realised world full of things to do.
  3. Aug 29, 2019
    60
    Ultimately, Black Desert on PS4 is very user-friendly, and looks fantastic when running at a premium performance level. But while Black Desert’s aesthetic prowess and customizable sandbox experience is an achievement in the world of MMOs, it’s not a game that offers enough enticement in the minute-to-minute gameplay — or even in the grander, month-to-month scope of things — to leave me thirsty for more.
  4. 60
    There are neat bits and pieces here, but it all feels messy and undercooked.
  5. Nov 18, 2019
    50
    Black Desert successfully ticks all the requisite boxes expected from an MMORPG, but it doesn't really push the envelope forward in any meaningful way. While there are a number of jarring performance issues that tarnish the overall experience, it can still deliver an enjoyable, if slightly hollow, time-filler when consumed in small doses. However Pearl Abyss has failed to sidestep the common concerns that tend to plague the genre as a whole. It just feels like a lot of needless, repetitive busy time, designed to prolong user engagement and drive micro-transactions which ultimately, leads to an unavoidable feeling of ennui.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 14 out of 22
  1. Nov 30, 2019
    10
    Black Desert for ps4 is a great mmo. For about 2 years I have been waiting for the perfect console mmorpg and finally was pulled in by blackBlack Desert for ps4 is a great mmo. For about 2 years I have been waiting for the perfect console mmorpg and finally was pulled in by black desert. Its hack and slash fighting makes it easy to level up. Although the controls are a bit tough to get used to because it's not like a traditional mmo it really sucks you in once you get the hang of it. You can do a lot more than what I've seen in other games as far as farming and objectives you can set your self instead of just grinding quests. Farming supplies and being a "merchant" with a cart is actually something which makes the game more immersive. It's not necessarily "pay to win" as most of the micro transactions just make it more convenient to progress a little faster and most the stuff you have to pay for is really just cosmetic. I used to play WoW for about 10 years but as I have gotten older my body couldnt take long gaming sessions sitting at a desk playing in 1 position for much longer. Then came along Elder Scrolls Online for console and I was immersed in that from the time it came out to about a year ago so roughly about 3 years of heavy daily playing. As with any mmo the "grind" felt more more like an obligation because I repaying a monthly subscription and finding good gear became really boring after you could easily customize any gear you had to look a certain way. Expand
  2. Sep 6, 2019
    9
    This game is amazingly beautiful, and enjoyable, but only after you get used to it. With a lack of tutorials for new players, it confuses andThis game is amazingly beautiful, and enjoyable, but only after you get used to it. With a lack of tutorials for new players, it confuses and frustrates. That is only further aggravated by a slower processing speed from the PS4 system that can't handle the game well, leaving NPC's as blacked out figures making you wait for them to load in. However, the character creation system is near limitless, and once loaded into the game, there are no loading screens to travel from one area to the next (save a select few quests that relocate you), and once you get used to it, the combat system is fun. For the PS4 performance issues, if you are willing to spend a little extra to replace the HDD drive with an SSD, the issues can be resolved, and getting used to the game just takes time, patience, and sometimes a little bit of research on your favorite search engine. Overall, the game is different from other MMORPGs in a good way, I don't feel the constant crave to power through the game to keep things interesting, but rather I can sit back and enjoy it. Expand
  3. Aug 22, 2019
    8
    The sure depth of this game is what I find most appealing. The grind is something I feel has been just passed over with so many pay to winThe sure depth of this game is what I find most appealing. The grind is something I feel has been just passed over with so many pay to win games. This game seems to have a real grind Expand
  4. Feb 16, 2020
    3
    Primero y ante todo si quieres jugarlo en PS4 es obligatorio un SSD externo para que cargue texturas correctamente , es una solución al HorrorPrimero y ante todo si quieres jugarlo en PS4 es obligatorio un SSD externo para que cargue texturas correctamente , es una solución al Horror de como corre en la PS4 da igual sea Slim o pro .
    Uno de los últimos mejores MMORPGs realmente destruido por Pearl abyss y su Codicia .
    Desde un grindeo absurdo que hace a la mayoría abandonar hasta los precios exteaorbitales de sus armas en el mercado y lo peor ....el sistema koreano de sacar dinero a base de upgrades ...solo obtuvieron mi febrero de compra del juego base ...ni un céntimo más y basta de perder el tiempo con estafadores que no siquiera lanzan un juego estable ..
    Debería retirarse de la os store por varias razones.
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  5. Jan 9, 2020
    2
    It’s very badly optimized. Runs horrid on PS4 pro, with bad graphics and frame rate. You can barely walk in a town with other players. Do notIt’s very badly optimized. Runs horrid on PS4 pro, with bad graphics and frame rate. You can barely walk in a town with other players. Do not buy this on console! Not worth it Expand
  6. Sep 8, 2019
    1
    Very bad graphics, non existent picture options, fps makes your head hurt, the colors are too dark, pop-in everywhere, npc don't render. PayVery bad graphics, non existent picture options, fps makes your head hurt, the colors are too dark, pop-in everywhere, npc don't render. Pay to win mechanics. Save the money, this game is not worth it. Sony should be ashamed to let publishers release games in this state on their platform. Expand
  7. May 28, 2020
    0
    Fishing trophy - so god dam stupid. Trophy grind fest not fun. Utterly boring trash game disappointed i wasted money on it. Lags like hell.Fishing trophy - so god dam stupid. Trophy grind fest not fun. Utterly boring trash game disappointed i wasted money on it. Lags like hell.

    The horse training is even stupider and even more trash than fishing. Avoid if your a trophy hunter.
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