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Mixed or average reviews- based on 57 Ratings

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  • Summary: Black Desert is a living-world MMORPG. Experience fast-paced, action-packed combat, hunt monsters and huge bosses, fight with friends in a guild to siege nodes and region castles, train your life skills such as fishing, trading, crafting, cooking, and much more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 5, 2019
    85
    Black Desert won’t be to everybody’s tastes, and does little to push the MMO genre forward. With that said, it does streamline the experience into a more familiar shell, its real-time combat and impeccable UI tweaks helping it fit onto a console with the minimal of fuss. Its quest structure is lacking in variation, and it doesn’t have the complex characters of The Witcher 3, but it’s a world that is great to explore with friends, with the promise of more to come.
  2. Apr 8, 2019
    78
    Black Desert manages to surprise us with great features like its deep character editor and a very dynamic and varied combat system, with a rich world that's a pleasure to explore. On the other side, though, an overly complicated interface, some technical problems and a too repetitive mission structure keep it from reaching its full potential.
  3. Mar 13, 2019
    75
    It’s cool to be the hero you were meant to become in a pretty world, but Black Desert is lacking in the meat of other classic MMOs and requires a hefty grind.
  4. Mar 4, 2019
    70
    It is easily the best of its kind to be found on the Xbox One and thanks to the tweaking and simplification of the combat for the system, it's a game that feels right at home on consoles.
  5. Mar 11, 2019
    70
    Black Desert is a great MMORPG, but it needs more technical polish on Xbox One. Even on Xbox One X, it's far from perfect due to its lighting and performance problems. Unfortunately, it also lacks a lot of the content found on the PC version. Pearl Abyss has promised a series of updates which will bring over new regions and features, but it's unclear how long that will take.
  6. Mar 19, 2019
    70
    Black Desert could be an incredible MMO experience, but the lacklustre story, uninspiring quests, overly bland characters and the low difficulty of combat drag it down quite a bit. Should these drawbacks not deter you, then visiting its expansive and colourful world might be worth it.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 7 out of 20
  1. Apr 19, 2019
    10
    Like other reviewers have previously stated this is a MMORPG and will not be for everyone. With that being said if you are into the MMORPGLike other reviewers have previously stated this is a MMORPG and will not be for everyone. With that being said if you are into the MMORPG genre then this is by far the best MMORPG you will be able to find on the Xbox One. This game is massive and there are countless things to do in this game. Personally I have vested 192 hours into this game and I am still learning new things and have so much more to learn. The game is ever expanding with new content and playable characters I feel I will never get tired of it. You have to check this one out and with a price tag of $10 who wouldn't? Amazing game Pearl Abyss! Expand
  2. Mar 4, 2019
    10
    Best MMO to ever move to console !
    most in depth character customization in any MMO, combat is great. There is so much you can do in BDO that
    Best MMO to ever move to console !
    most in depth character customization in any MMO, combat is great. There is so much you can do in BDO that its basically a second life.
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  3. Mar 4, 2019
    10
    Great game on Xbox! If you want to grind you can, if you want to explore you can, if you want to do life skills that's cool too. Overall funGreat game on Xbox! If you want to grind you can, if you want to explore you can, if you want to do life skills that's cool too. Overall fun MMORPG experience on console! Expand
  4. Mar 19, 2019
    8
    very bad game on xbox one x...because game stands very old. graphics are too bright.
  5. Mar 18, 2019
    6
    The game as a whole is a good time, allowing you to enjoy an mmo if you can't afford a good pc. Just be weary of issues that will definitelyThe game as a whole is a good time, allowing you to enjoy an mmo if you can't afford a good pc. Just be weary of issues that will definitely occur while playing the game.

    Pros:
    -Combat is definitive, easy to learn, and unique as far as I'm concerned for an MMO
    -Graphics are stunning for an MMO on console, but is quite frankly a negative
    -GM's seem to be active and happy to help you when asked
    -Character design is very in-depth, allowing you precisely create your character
    -There is no open PVP until level 50
    -There's also life skills for those who aren't into the combat grind after level 50.
    -You can turn off chat (thank god).
    Cons:
    -FPS sits around a constant 25-30 fps in the wilderness, although in populated towns it lowers to about constant 15 fps. This low of an FPS has caused me to get up and walk around for a bit, or play another game entirely to ease the headaches I get from the stuttering.
    -The a majority of the vocal chat community is filled with trolls and crybaby's who die to better players.
    -Story and lore wise, it's just the same as every other mmo story.
    -Very grindy at level 50 and beyond.

    Overall, I was shocked by how good I believed this game was when I played the beta. Although now I'm starting to slow down and just feel bored after playing for maybe an hour or less. The devs were ambitious to release BDO for console (also a shady business practice, since the cheapest pre-order was $30 for one day early access and a free pet, along with basic cosmetic and no warning of a $10 release price), the high demanding graphics are an issue for running the game smoothly on an Xbox and can overall ruin a good experience.
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  6. Sep 22, 2020
    3
    It's weak, it's outdated and it's paid2win. I was kinda enjoying the game on the Game pass but after some hours of gameplay it makes me wannaIt's weak, it's outdated and it's paid2win. I was kinda enjoying the game on the Game pass but after some hours of gameplay it makes me wanna puke. I'll start with Quest Glitches I have like 4 Glitched quests that I can't complete in anyway, already sent a ticket to the Admins with no answer!!! Absurd!! I'm glad I didn't waste a single cent on that game. Everything is paid2win, wanna buy a cool set from the shop ? 60$ Dollars, Quests are repetitive and boring...like go there and Kill some enemies, go there talk to someone...This game is a collosal failure!!! Expand
  7. Aug 1, 2022
    0
    The game directions for quest suck like learning how to tame a horse. They don't put in all of the directions!

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