BDO: A Little Peaky

A few days ago IGGPPC published a First Look at BDO and it was really good, but I felt like maybe some of the info give was just a little off, and gave the wrong idea of the game. So I wanted to share their post & my response. Please feel free to go over to IGGPPC and check out their blog it’s a good read any day of the week.

From the IGGPPC blog:

“The world of MMORPGs has always been one of my favourites. These games give us the opportunity to venture through amazing places and meet new people from all over the world we would never encounter without them.  While some games focus on storylines and gameplay, others venture more towards battling and making a player-driven economy. Anything is possible, and now with Black Desert, the gaming landscape’s become a lot more interesting.

Black Desert Character Customisation

First off, I have to discuss the character customisation. If you’re like me and adore this feature in any game, you will be extremely pleased with the amount of options you get in Black Desert. Not only can you reshape the face of your character in sections to make them as unique as possible, you can even move the selected hairstyle in small sections to make it longer, shorter, wider or straight. It’s unbelievable. I personally favour the eye settings, since you can alter the pupil, the iris and the surrounding ring of the eyes. For anyone who enjoys a good customisation tool, Black Desert wins this gen.

Black Desert’s Overall Feel

Now, when it comes to the overall feel of the MMO, it isn’t a simple one. You don’t just go into raids or dungeons and hit things, which is fine for that kind of MMO; instead BD uses a lot of aspects similar to Runescape and Albion Online. So if you adored these, you’ll adore BD even more due to the beautiful landscapes and the amount of freedom you get, from fishing to breeding horses, and to raising plants or livestock to sell at the player-driven marketplace.

Black Desert and Game Mechanics

The game mechanics for Black Desert are similar to Skyforge, which in my opinion became an unrefined MMO, but has a lot of potential if it had the backings that BD has. You combine combos using the movement keys instead of clicking around and using the number keys to activate certain moves. It makes the movement and battles more fluid, and they appear less robotic in the style. However, I believe that this may annoy a small minority of MMO fans who prefer the styles of World of Warcraft, as they are used to the more traditional MMO mechanics.

Tiers are what mark the quality of pretty much everything you can gather or farm or use as tools in BD, 1 being the lowest. You start out only getting the lowest tier, and the idea is that you level up specific skills such as gathering or trading, etc, to increase the tier of things you can use. Personally, I really enjoy this aspect as it encourages players to work hard for the items they get later on.

Economy is what drives this beautiful creation. If you go to any lake, river or side of the sea, you will always encounter people fishing. If you walk around the roads long enough, you will pass people going about with trade items from one town to the other to make profit. Farming and gathering, refining items such as ore or planks of wood: any of these will get you a profit, as well as increase your skills so that you may then create even better items. It’s a big circle that you follow, but it’s so fulfilling when you successfully do these things that it feels like you’ll never tire of it.

The classes you can be are gender orientated. If you want to be a certain class, it will come with either female or male, not both. So if you wish to become a wizard, you will be male, whereas if you want to be a witch, you will be female. I find this a little outdated and feel that all classes should come with both gender options, but it seems that both genders have similar classes to each other, making it less of an issue in the long run.

Black Desert in Summary

Overall, I find Black Desert to be a landmark in MMO history. The vast content along with the gorgeous aesthetics of the world as well as the size of it, make this game one to play for hours and hours. I recommend it to all MMO fans, and as a female gamer, I enjoy the idea that you don’t have to battle endless mobs to get ahead. I adore the side of it where you can run your own farm and own many many houses that you can decorate to your pleasure, or use them as lodging for workers or refineries for your craft. It’s truly a game to cherish and I feel I will be playing it for many a year.

Have you played Black Desert? If so, what are your thoughts?” – IGGPPC blog post

My Response (which is also on the blog post):

Hi! I love BDO! I’ve played the CBTs & Head Start, so much fun! + It’s been really interesting to see how the game is changing from CBT to launch. The character creating definitely what drew me in, the detail, and depth you can go into is even more advanced in some ways the B&S (Blade & Soul) which also has a very in depth character creation.

I hadn’t thought of the Skyforge comparison but it’s super good! However I seriously disagree with you statement of “However, I believe that this may annoy a small minority of MMO fans who prefer the styles of World of Warcraft, as they are used to the more traditional MMO mechanics.” That style of play is not a minority at all, WoW & FFXIV Online has the biggest player bases of all MMO’s. That game style is also referred to as “Theme Park” where as BDO, EVE Online, and Tree of Life are “Sandbox” those are two totally different types of styles, and have two different player bases. If you like theme parks are your life then your not going to like sandboxes and that cool, to each their own! 🙂

The classes at launch are gender locked with the exception of Witch/Wizard. They are the same class, if you want to be a mage you just choose your gender and you are called one or the other. Like in Harry Potter, Harry is a wizard while Ginny is a witch, but they have the same potential to learn the same magic. Same idea. In the KR version they have gender equals for all classes just different names. The NA/EU versions should be getting them in the coming patches.

Also if you want to do “end” game content then grinding mobs out is how you level. Yes, you can level through crafting, fishing, farming, and economy, however the xp rewards are much lower and slower, you also are depending upon your energy pool for this style of play (cap of 500 I believe). Not to mention the game is large scale PVP focused with economy being secondary. Such as the whale hunting that is in the game, those drop some awesome gear, and guilds are going to be fighting over it. Another example are Node wars that will be happening, like for the catfish nod, everyone has to grind those out for 50-55 leveling, but if your guild controls the node (through weekly guild PVP) then your guild gets the benefits.

Also if anyone is thinking about getting the game you should be aware of the cash shop right now. As so many games are having a cash shop right now, and are being questionable about it all. BDO, in my opinion it tip toeing the line of being pay to win. The main examples of this are; the pets that are only available in the shop and not in the game (the pets auto loot + can be leveled, and eventually breed, + have perks to them) and the Gilly Suit that hides your name and guild alliance from other players when worn. This is a huge advantage in PVP and there are no counters to it at this time nor is there a way to gain the suit in game through crafting. I really don’t want to see BDO become another ArchAge, not with all the potential that is there. I believe the KR version went super pay to win, but they also have it as F2P (free to play) not B2P (buy to play). Another general concern are the prices of the cash shop, a lot of the player base is in agreeance that the cash shop in general is over priced by 30%-40% and hopefully we will see a price reduction in coming patches. (Example is that a costume with weapon skins is $29.00, on “sale” it’s $25.00, the game is $30 min/ $50 max to buy and play.)

I love BDO, it’s a great game, and it’s totally ground breaking for what we as gamers should expect for a Sandbox MMO. I’m really, really glad to see it on the IGGPPC site, and I hope others will join in the game! If anyone does jump in, you should think about joining the guild I’m in! We’re recruiting!! ❤

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