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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: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. 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
  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
    Best customization in MMO ever!! Beautiful graphics and tons of things to do
  4. Mar 19, 2019
    8
    very bad game on xbox one x...because game stands very old. graphics are too bright.
  5. Jun 8, 2019
    8
    It appears they have fixed their server issues on XBox, having said that it appears that the game is now running well. Graphics are good, andIt appears they have fixed their server issues on XBox, having said that it appears that the game is now running well. Graphics are good, and plays well on the xbox. The Black Spirit character is quite a bit annoying but the flow of combat and graphics / controls make up for it if you can learn to ignore it. Expand
  6. Mar 12, 2019
    8
    Very good MMO. Looks great and very good battle system. I wish it explained all the side stuff like hiring workers and investing ( I amVery good MMO. Looks great and very good battle system. I wish it explained all the side stuff like hiring workers and investing ( I am still confused). There are a ton of quests and the game is very big. Only negatives are the frame rate can dip sometimes and the release of the game was shady in the beginning (I pre-ordered the game at 30 bucks, then found out it was 10 bucks after release), There was no option to pre-order at 10 bucks which is very shady. Nevertheless, the 30 bucks option includes a pet which picks up all the loot for you which is convenient. Expand
  7. Nov 22, 2020
    1
    The game play is great in my opinion. When it runs smoothly. However that is very rare in recent times. Since crossplay it seems theThe game play is great in my opinion. When it runs smoothly. However that is very rare in recent times. Since crossplay it seems the programming for the game is simply bugs upon bugs. Game immersion is constantly ruined from blue screening, and the gear progression system is in dire need of a massive overhaul. Without god-like RNG you will also find your gear score can stay locked for weeks on end with no progress. While the Life Skill system is one of the best crafting/gathering systems in MMOs by far, I simply cannot recommend the game until the numerous technical flaws are smoothed out at minimum. At the time of this writing the game is 90% lag, desync, and blue screens and only 10% fun. With a focus towards optimization and an overhaul of the gear system, however, Black Desert has potential to be a truly great game. But poor developer decisions regarding crossplay, optimization, and content updates along with the fully RNG dependent gear progression keep it from realizing that potential and at least in my case left me wondering why I spent money on a game that incredibly rarely functions properly in which I spend more time looking at an error screen than I actually spend playing. With all these problems you'd hope for at least helpful customer service, but the developers also fall very short on that category as well. Expand

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