Well that didn’t last very long did it?
I put about 12 hours into Black Desert before finally deciding to call it quit with 4 days left on my 7 day free pass that I have. I just can’t seem to get myself sucked into it’s world like I do with other MMOs.
Black Desert is a beautiful game, but good graphics can only take a game so far. The PVE content in Black Desert is lacking. All you do is run around doing boring quest after boring quest while grinding mobs of random enemies while trying to level up and manage your character.
I had a lot fun roaming around the world and doing whatever I wanted to do, but I never once felt absorbed in the world of Black Desert and I can’t for the life of me find a reason to keep playing it when I have access to so many other MMOs. Is Black Desert worth $30? I think so, but right now I’m going to wait and see how the game does before I throw my money at the screen because it’s actually pretty boring to play alone.
Black Desert suffers from the exact same thing that Tera does. It has great gameplay, gorgeous graphics, but boring pve content. All you do in Tera is run around and kill monsters to level up and that’s really all you do in Black Desert too. Black Desert does offer more things then just combat. You can fish, craft boats, wagons, and a lot of other things, but that honestly doesn’t interest me at all. I don’t want to stare at my wizard fishing.
I know people will say you don’t have to stare at your wizard doing it you can just go afk and watch TV or something while he does it. What’s the point in that? I play a game to actually play the game not go AFK while my wizard catches some damn fish. I refuse to leave my laptop on all night just so I can make some quick cash by selling fish in the game. That’s just not happening and it’s not fun to me. I like the idea of trading things between towns, but the grind to get to that point isn’t something I’m looking forward to at the moment.
I don’t know if I would call Black Desert Online a huge disappointment because I had a lot of fun playing with Lunaliah the last few days. It’s just those times that I didn’t play with her that really made me see how boring it all is to experience by myself. I can play Guild Wars 2, and Star Wars The Old Republic alone for hours and have a lot of fun. I can’t do that with Black Desert and that’s one of the reasons why I uninstalled it from my computer 15 minutes ago.
Another thing I don’t like is the customization. Unless you’re willing to fork up at least $30 you won’t notice a big change in your character’s appearance as you find and equip new pieces of armor. My wizard is pushing level 20 and he still looks like a hobo. Another big problem with the customization is in the character creator itself. You can’t make a young wizard or make anyone that’s young appear old. Some of you might not mind that sort of thing, but I do. I wanted to make my wizard look like he was in his late 30’s not 50’s.
For a good part of the game you’ll be stockpiling your skill points because it’s common knowledge that you can’t just invest your points in any skill you want because you’ll struggle later on in the game. This restricts the amount of freedom that I had when I considered how to invest my points in my wizard. I ended up not spending a single skill point for 10 levels because I was saving them for the lightning spells that I wanted and they didn’t unlock until I reached level 18. It was really annoying to me, but once I did unlock them I had a blast shocking everything around me and watching them turn to dust.
If you’re looking for a big sandbox styled game that offers you things like fishing, sailing, trading, and really good gameplay you might like Black Desert, but there is a heavy focus on pvp in the end game. The questing system is a joke, the voice acting is horrible, and I never once cared about the main story that this game tried to tell. It’s a double edged sword to me because I really like the graphics, and gameplay, but don’t really care much for everything else the game has to offer and that’s my honest opinion on it.
I know I’ll eventually end up buying the game, but since it’s releasing so close to The Division I think I’ll just get that and forget all about Black Desert for the time being.