The Three Best Things About Black Desert Online
Black Desert Online is on course to be one of 2016′s biggest MMORPG releases. Months of peering into various Korean sourced gameplay videos and streams has intensified the hype. Depending on which circles you’re a part of, Black Desert is either just another Korean MMO or the next big thing. After taking part in the closed Beta back in late 2015 three things stood out the most.
It’s impossible to mention Black Desert without covering its character creation tool. When the first few videos of the creation process hit Youtube, people went crazy. The sheer level of scope is staggering. Nearly every aspect of a character can be altered in some way. Faces can be sculpted to the point of becoming something total different. From top, to bottom, the player is free to play around with the tool.
The only restriction in place is classes are gender locked, like most Korean MMOs. A quick Youtube search provides plenty of evidence of how powerful the creation tool is. Feeling like unique, at least cosmetically, is a hugely unappreciated element of successful MMOs. Having the ability to look completely different from another player is a powerful feature. Black Desert Online understands this, allowing players imaginations to run wild.
MMORPG games tend to get a fair bit of stick for their visuals. Black Desert Online is set to change that. Its visual finesse blows the competitors out of the water. Character models boast detail and smooth animations Environments drip with beautiful imagery. The most cynical of critics will concede that Black Desert Online looks fantastic, not just for an MMO either.
Combat is littered with wonderful animations and flashes of colour. Enemies avoid that ‘copy and paste’ look that many MMOs suffer from. Loading into the starting area is a visual treat. The sun shines down, the lush grass feeds into a sprawling town, it’s genuinely impressive. Even on lower settings, Black Desert Online still packs a fair visual punch.
The days of static hidden dice roll combat are coming to a close. Black Desert Online goes for the jugular. Fast paced action based combat, with a flurry of class skills, is the games bread and butter. It’s closer to that of a hack and slash than it is to anything else. Button combos are matched with skill use to produce the most effective attacks.
Black Desert Online doesn’t feature the typical Holy Trinity of Tank/Damage/Healer, forcing players to be active. Dodging attacks, blocking and using potions is essential. This is a much more immerse style of combat. Itrequires the players constant attention, forcing them to vary things up. In the case of the playing the Berserker, the combat system shines. Pulling off solid combos provides such a rush, unlike most other MMORPGs version of combat. Engaging and rewarding, Black Deserts combat system is fantastic.