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Black Desert Online

"BDO is very grindy"

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Black Desert Online (Korean: 검은사막) is a sandbox-oriented massively multiplayer online role-playing game by Korean video game developer Pearl Abyss. The game has been in development since 2010, and entered closed beta testing (CBT) in October 2013. Black Desert Online uses Pearl Abyss' own "Black Desert" engine specifically created to handle the fast rendering required for its seamless world and large-scale castle sieges. It was released in Korea in 2014, Japan and Russia in 2015, and North America and Europe in 2016. Black Desert Online uses a free-to-play model in Korea, Japan and Russia, while in Europe and North America the game uses a pay-to-play model.

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Most people in BDO I know were afk doing tasks like fishing all day. The game even has the option when closing it out to minimize to your task tray so it's supposedly less intense on your system but still logged in. It is a grind game. That is 98% of what the game is and what it will continue to be, which requires long time investment. If that's not up your alley I suggest you stay away from this game.

on June 27, 2017
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First of all, this game is a buy to play as well as a pay to win. Don't listen to those who said otherwise. You basically need to spend $$$ for convenience. The more the merrier.

While playing BDO I often love to play by myself and hate seeing other players in my vicinity when you're playing PVE. When I'm farming I want to be all alone. I don't want players competing with me which lead to mobs being stolen or me being ganked.

In Pve grouping you are punished flat out with an exp reduction and is all grinding. If this game were made playable offline you could have the exact same experience, unless you are a hardcore pvper endgame.

on June 14, 2017
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But the fun factor will fade again once you get tired of grinding the same mobs with the same skills again and again. At least it will be fun for a month or two.

on January 23, 2017
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The game itself is not bad at all. Graphics are nice and the combat is pretty fluid. The combat isn't better than Blade & Soul but with a truly seamless open world that feels alive, it's pretty great.

However, the game suffers from a lack of meaningful content past the awful grind be it trade skills or monster killing. You need to put in huge amount of effort to level up either of it, and be prepared to sink in considerable amount of money if you want to be "convenient".

on November 20, 2016
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It's such a waste that this game has no progression at all except grinding. Both your life skills and character levels need to be grinded for hundreds of hours in order to advance, and to improve your gear all you have to do is either have a huge amount of time for grinding money, or buy things to sell on the AH with your real money.

Playing Black Desert during the first month is such a thrill, but once you realize there's no more than meet the eye, you'll move on from this terrible grind.

on November 16, 2016
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BDO has an awesome core game and combat system. The life skills are deep. The classes are all cool, but the grind required to level up past 57 is unreal. You'll be farming the same mobs over and over and over until you cry. The fun combat soon becomes monotonous as you do the same things upon hundreds of hours.

The goal is this game is to earn enough money to buy equipment upgrades which allow you to farm faster to buy even more upgrades. The carrot on a stick only works until you realize there's not much you can do in this so-called MMO.

Furthermore, BDO is perhaps the least social MMO I've ever played. There is no content that requires you to group up outside of PVE. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, but if you really want things to do together as a group, there's very little.

on November 10, 2016
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So I have come to a point where I've lost the will to grind in this game. I could have leveled up an alt, but what's the point if I'm required to do the same thing over and over to advance? And what's the point of advancement if there's no challenging content that awaits?

I am not a life skill player, so the like of farming, fishing, etc, does not appeal to me in the slightest. Maybe that's my problem. Maybe this is not the game for me after all.

on November 5, 2016
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I'm getting conflicted report. Obviously, @Dave Blank seems to love it, but I'm hearing from other sources that this game is extremely grindy and is pay to win. I'm seriously considering getting this game to fill my MMO crave. But should I?

on October 23, 2016

Dave Blank It officially launched like a year ago. If it devaluated this this quickly, it's safe to assume that F2P is around the corner. I wouldn't buy it if I were you, but is this game worth playing? Hell yes. If you don't mind the $9 and the P2W then go for it.

Darion Ian This game should be free to play.

Dave Blank It will be, rest assured.

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I've spent more money on Black Desert Online than any other MMO save for World of Warcraft. I've spent 8 hours a day every day for the past 3 weeks playing BDO, counting the hours I simply afk fishing when I work. None of any other games has this much hold over me since WoW. I'm amazed. I'm speechless. I'm honestly blown away by the sheer scale and depth of this game.

This is the perfect MMO I've been looking for. You are not forced to party up if you want to progress. You can simply do whatever you want in this extremely detailed, realistic and beautiful sandbox. The choice is yours. The trading system in this game is nothing short of amazing.

Yes, spending money to improve your quality of life is simply required. In fact, you had better buy all the weight and inventory increase if you don't want to smash your head on the keyboard in frustration, but once you have spent around $100 USD, you'll find your life quite comfortable in the world of Black Desert.

Sadly, with the exception of pets, most of the money you spent are only for one character, so you'd better stick with one.

I wish I didn't have to buy so much on the cash shop in order to enjoy this wonderful game, but I consider it the price of admission to the best, and the one and only next-gen MMO on the market right now.

Going back to the primitive combat system in WoW feels weird now.

on October 6, 2016
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You can grind, work your ass off and pray to the RNG god for successfully upgrading your weapon, rolling a good horse and perform various RNG governed activities in the game for month on end, or dish out 200 or more USD for a quick shortcut to the top end of the players. This game is evidently P2W. Once cash shop items can be sold on the auction house, the verdict is already in. It's such a pity that the publisher cares nothing about the players protesting and threat to leave the game.

IMO, BDO will go free to play soon enough.

on October 1, 2016
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