It's difficult to know whether most large-scale games are worth playing so allow me to explain what Black Desert Online is all about.
What is Black Desert Online?
Simply put, Black Desert Online is a huge MMORPG that's been around since 2015 and only recently made its debut on console. Unlike a lot of games in the genre, its combat is quite action-intense complete with fast-paced melee combos, manual aiming, and an array of skills for each character class. Speaking of which, there are a ton in Black Desert but I'll get into that in a bit. For now, I just wanted to give a general overview. As someone who's usually intimidated by MMORPGs, I'm very happy with how accessible and action-packed Black Desert is so if you're curious about the genre then it makes for a great excuse to finally dive in.
One of Black Desert's greatest features is its character creation and progression systems. For starters, you can choose from a ton of character classes including Dark Knight, Striker, Mystic, Warrior, Sorceress, Ranger, Berserker, Tamer, Ninja, Musa, Maehwa, Valkyrie, Wizard, Witch, Kunoichi, Lahn, and Archer. I chose a Striker as I enjoy melee combat and this character class attacks with their feet and fists so it's perfect for me. Of course, there are plenty of options to change your character's appearance as well. Although I'm not one for diving deep into this aspect, I definitely saw some impressive-looking characters throughout my travels so far.
The gameplay changes drastically according to which character class you choose and the skills that you decide to purchase and use can change things up a great deal, too. For example, I learned skills that allow my character to flip around as he performs a series of kicks as well as grapple with his foes. I imagine that if you had a spellcaster or archer, your skill set would be very different. When you combine this with the ability to level up and acquire stronger equipment, watching your character grow is exceptionally rewarding.
Black Desert Online features a very cool Guild system where you can join a Guild in order to partake in epic wars. Firstly, Node Wars task you with claiming areas within the world map. If your Guild wins, you and your Guild chums will collect the land's taxes for a week which is quite an appealing prize. Next, Conquest Wars have you try and conquer castles and are much larger in scale to Node Wars as the fate of an entire continent is at stake. These wars can only be fought within a specific timeframe each week so clear your schedule!
Other notable features
Before wrapping this up, I should mention a few features that I found to be particularly noteworthy. One of the coolest aspects is the Knowledge system where the more you fight enemies, talk to NPCs, complete quests, and traverse the world, the more Energy you'll earn which can be used for many handy things like gathering resources. Also, learning about enemies lets you see their health bars which is helpful. Another awesome mechanic is that you can tame, ride, breed, and sell horses and befriend other kinds of animals. I currently have a dog named Bailey following me around. Last but not least, you can craft boats in order to sail the ocean where you can fish and battle sea monsters. These are only a few examples so you can expect much more once you play Black Desert for yourself.
If you were on the fence about playing Black Desert Online for Xbox One, I hope this overview helped you make a decision. Of course, I only scratched the surface but I'm having a ton of fun in its expansive world so far. I hope to see you there!