Roughly a week and a half ago, one of the largest played MMO’s in Korea came to North America and Europe. The game was so desired here that people were actually buying Korean’s social security numbers in order to register an account to play since it was not allowed to play over there unless you were from Korea. This game, called Black Desert, has had my attention for the past 2 weeks roughly and I am loving it as well.
The graphics on this game are truly amazing. If you decide to purchase this game, do yourself a favor and turn your graphics as high as your processor will allow you to. One of the best decisions they made was to make the game beautiful and feel almost real through the quality of the picture you see. Not only is the game visually satisfying, but it also has amazing sound reproduction in certain areas. Albeit, in some areas, the sounds get a little annoying. However, on the whole, the graphics and sound quality are a 4 out of 5. Large towns like Calpheon are hard to render for some as it is the most popular city for everyone above level 30 in North America until Mediah and Valencia are released. This means that the lag in those cities is hard for some computers to handle and you might want to adjust accordingly.
For game play, which is the most important, it has adopted a unique strategy on class roles. There is not a designated healer at all in Black Desert and they have not announced a plan to make or add one. Healing is taken care of by all classes on their own. You heal a set amount of your HP when you use MP or stamina abilities, and you recover a set amount of MP when using basic attacks. I personally use a Tamer, or Beast master, which uses a combination of MP and stamina for attacks very frequently. The skill cap isn’t extremely high for Tamer if you are able to press the buttons on the keyboard or controller in the right order. Tamer has an extremely fast regeneration of MP and health as her attacks all come at an extremely fast rate of time. It seems the regeneration is based on the amount of hits that you land which would make sense as opposed to the damage you are doing. Game play, I give a 4 out of 5.
There are eight playable classes in Black Desert with the promise of adding more in the future. Without a healer, there are still roles such as DPS, tank, and crowd-control, yet everything is a little different in Black Desert. The usual damage outputs of Black Desert seem to be the Sorceress, Ranger, Blader, and Tamer. The tanks literally are just Giants. The crowd-control supports are the wizard and the witch. The off-tank support is the Valkyrie. These may not be the main way to play these roles and I still consider myself new to the game having only played for almost 2 weeks. I am going to have to give classes a 3 out of 5 only for the fact that there are not enough as of right now.
As with any game, there are downsides to it. The game seems to fall in the same pitfall that most MMOs do being that the end of the game is basically all grinding for the same gear that everyone else is wearing. Speaking of gear, almost every class at the end of the game uses the same gear, save the obvious differences in weapons and even those have the same name on them. The lack of variety appalls me. You would think that with this much effort put into the game, there would be more variety in armor and weapons. It makes the build choices very limited as well which puts an overall hamper onto the experience. I separated this from game play for the sole reason that the rest of the game is the actual game play is awesome and should not be brought down by a score of 2 out of 5 for lack of variety.
On the whole I give an overall satisfaction rating of 3.5 out of 5. I will admit that the hype is definitely there for the game with the potential to increase my interest as time goes on. This is definitely a game worth picking up for the 30$ that it costs as this is only a one-time payment for life. There is a cash shop in game for those of you who want to spend a little more on the game for some small benefits in game such as pets that pick up your items and increased durability on weapons and the sort.