I'm going to try Black Desert I guess?

I'm going to try Black Desert I guess?

Alright, look.

I know that Black Desert AKA Black Desert Online is infamous for being a grindy monster that really wants you to spend lots of money…

But I also think the visuals look amazing and I played over 100 hours of other recent grind-monster Dynasty Warriors 9 which looked not so great. And enjoyed about 95 percent of those hours. In fact, I’m still playing that game.

I can’t get enough of games where you have a sword and run around a big place fighting lots of things and then some numbers go up. Action RPGs have long been a favorite genre, and now that basically every single game is an Action RPG in one way or another, it’s harder and harder for me to focus on just one. In fact, I’m already trying to play a few other games in this space, so why would I go and plop another one onto my hopelessly full plate?

I recently finished Far Cry New Dawn. I’m still planning to write a review of it. I fired Path of Exile back up again and started a new character. I bought a practically-free copy of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War…but that game is so self-serious I’m not sure it’s going to grab me. I have Assassin’s Creed Odyssey waiting for me to get past its first four hours. And yes, I’m still playing Dynasty Warriors 9.

But man, have you seen Black Desert’s visuals? In spite of the fact that it first launched in 2015, I still think it looks incredible. And not that long ago, in addition to launching on Xbox One, Black Desert’s visuals got an overhaul, going from best-in-class to still-best-in-class.

The game looks simply remarkable, for an MMO or otherwise, and I didn’t mind paying the 10 dollar base price just to try it out. Even if I end up hating it, I can play around with its impressive character creator and run around a few pretty areas.

I’ve never totally fallen into an MMO. The closest I came was with Earth and Beyond. That weird ahead-of-its-time thing was a lot of fun. It was a little like Eve and a little like Star Trek Online, both games I’ve tried and enjoyed but didn’t stick with. But something about Earth and Beyond appealed to me.

Sadly, my family moved right as I got way into it, and we had DSL at the time. Our new apartment complex had an exclusivity contract with Comcast, so it was either get dial-up or get cable. For a few months, my family decided to get dial-up…and that pretty much killed any hope that I could play Earth and Beyond, hahaha. Shortly after we did get cable, the game got shut down.

I realize that’s a silly thing to complain about, but it was a strangely big deal to me when I was 18.

Anyway yes. Black Desert. I’ve got the Xbox version downloading as I write this, and assuming that I don’t bounce off of it after a few minutes, I should have some thoughts on it and a review of Far Cry New Dawn coming soon. You’ve…you’ve probably already decided if you wanted to buy Far Cry New Dawn, but on the off-chance you haven’t…it’s pretty good.

Black Desert AKA "Graphics: The Video Game"

Black Desert AKA "Graphics: The Video Game"

My Favorite Feature of Bethesda's Creation Engine

My Favorite Feature of Bethesda's Creation Engine