Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critic Reviews

Critic 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 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.
  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 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.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 49
  2. Negative: 17 out of 49
  1. Mar 8, 2019
    9
    In Black Desert for Xbox One, traversing the map feels rewarding and most importantly enjoyable, and this in turn gives you a reason to returnIn Black Desert for Xbox One, traversing the map feels rewarding and most importantly enjoyable, and this in turn gives you a reason to return to the game over and over again. I began Black Desert on the Xbox One with a decent amount of knowledge because I had already played the game on PC. What I experienced on the PC then made me excited that it was making its way to the Xbox One and while it doesn’t have all of the content from the PC version, there’s still more than enough to keep you occupied for countless hours. At its core it's an MMO and unlike other games of this genre, it doesn’t get bogged down by too many details and this simplistic approach means newcomers and veterans can both enjoy this game to it's fullest. There’s much on the table to enjoy because traveling around the map always throws a new challenge at you, despite this it would’ve been nice to have had more variety present in the quests the combat to make up for this. I literally never got bored with the combat due to the depth within the combat system and this gives you a sense of accomplishment in defeating your foe. In terms of the presentation the game looks and sounds great which enhances the story a little just thru the superb presentation. In my opinion this was needed, because the story is a little basic. At the end of the quest, I’m looking forward to watching Black Desert grow on the Xbox One because there’s going to be a ton of content added to it in the future and they are off to a very strong start already. It does much more than enough to get a recommendation from me. I highly suggest adding this game to your library and one more question? Why aren't you playing it now? Full Review »
  2. Mar 4, 2019
    10
    Best customization in MMO ever!! Beautiful graphics and tons of things to do
  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! Full Review »