Black Desert Online – Review

Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online

By: #MCGYaBoiBoots

My Rating:
8/10
Release Date: March 4 2019
Price: $30-$99
ESRB Rating: NR
Developer: Pearl Abyss
Official Website: https://www.blackdesertonline.com/
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Modes: Massive Multiplayer Online RPG

Description: “The Beginning of a Journey/Jordine and the Secret Guards”

“Goma Naru is central city of Trading. Back when ships from Valencia would anchor in Naru, children would greet the merchants and fireworks would light the skies. Goma Naru was a thriving city of sailors and merchants and mercenaries. Little did they know what had just arrived into the harbor.

Could any of these people know about the Elision Stone? It is the mythical stone of the ancient civilization, which had long been hidden due to the dark power, but uncovered by a cult and brought to Goma Naru by ship.

A mysterious black shadowy smoke rose up over the horizon and headed straight for that merchants ship. The Elision Stone exploded in a cataclysmic event, destroying all of the city and everyone in it, wiping it from the face of the world.

In the end there was no one left and that day was long forgotten.”

Pros:

1: A very extensive player system. Crafting, gathering, Hunting. There is always something to do.

2: Every character brings a new angle to the fight – leaving room for the game to be played in different ways on each playthrough.

3. “An open world to explore” – which means very few loading screens. This leads to very little downtime while waiting to load and continue your adventures.

4. Graphics are amazing and very appealing. Makes you want to go and explore, and see what the world truly has to offer.

6.The market system is so immense that there’s always something for everybody at cheap prices.

Cons:

1. It’s another sandbox MMO. Not as point-and-click as most – but it’s still there.

2. The learning curve is drastic when trying to figure things out as a new player.

3. Monsters no longer drop silver when grinding making it harder to maintain a steady money flow. However, aggressive mobs will drop bars.

4. There is a lack of PVE content for players, leaving those that love a story line in the dark.

5. There are no dungeon crawls – making money and grinding the only way to get better gear.

Notes:

Overall, I have enjoyed Black Desert online. The immense and colorful world has made it nearly impossible to put my controller down. I’m still “learning as I go” but the community is actually very helpful when you ask questions.

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Defiance 2050 – Review

Defiance 2050
Our Rating:
Console: 9/10

Price:
Free to Play

ESRB Rating: M- Mature 17+
(Violence, Blood and Gore, Sexual Themes, Strong Language)
Developer: Trion Worlds
Publisher: Trion Worlds, Inc
Official Website: https://www.defiance2050.com

Genres: Massively multiplayer, Shooter, Adventure

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Description:

Originally Join your friends and become an Ark Hunter in a massive cooperative online shooter like no other. Choose from an array of fully customizable weapons and classes, explore a unique futuristic open world, and engage in epic fast-paced third-person shooter combat.

Pros:
* Engaging with dynamic role based gameplay
* Well designed inventory management
* Heavy emphasis on co-operative gameplay, yet still playable solo
* Weapon customization
* Leveling is fun and engaging, it does not feel like a grind
* Best graphics I have seen in a console based MMO.
* Huge open world map
* Classes feel different and relevant, the class system gives a completely individual feel with each class you play.
* Smoothest launch/ prerelease I have seen in many years

Cons:
* Server connectivity a bit buggy
* At initial release, enemies and quests glitched out quite a bit. This rendered the game almost unplayable. This has since been fixed.
* Randomly crashing when in the bigger events, or when near a large group of players.
* 4 player instance REQUIRED to continue progression through the storyline
* vehicles are quite hard to control properly

Gameplay features:
– 5 classes (Assault, Combat Medic, Assassin, demolitionist, and guardian) that bring the true MMO feel.
– The classes are completely hot swappable on one character.
– Clans allow for another level of progression and immersion into this title
– Co-op maps and PvP maps also give the player get another way to play
– Arkfalls and random events keep the player on thier toes and break up the questing
– Scavenging – search the world for the guns, melee weapons, tools, armor, clothing, and more.

Again this is the most promising MMO on console I have seen to date. This is the first MMO that has come even close to capturing the magic of the PC MMO culture that I grew up with. I see a bright future ahead for this title and definitely recommend checking it out upon release on 7/10!

Additional Note: Many of the glitches and disconnects were repaired – it seems – in a hotfix update overnight.

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