Title: Black Desert
Status: Released; Shifted to buy-to-play Graphics: 3D
Developer: Pearl Abyss
Publisher: Daum Communications
- Astounding Graphics
- Robust Character Creator
- Seamless Open World
Black Desert is an upcoming open world, sandbox MMORPG from Korean developer Pearl Abyss. Black Desert features incredibly life-like graphics thanks to the developer’s proprietary “Black Desert” engine, which boasts seasonal dynamic weather and day/night cycles. Once fully released, the MMO will contain 9 playable classes. Classes are currently gender-locked, but Black Desert gives players arguably the best character creation tools currently available. Players have full control over their character’s slightest details, all the way down to the placement of individual strands of hair.
Black Desert features an active combat system, similar to those found in MMO’s such as TERA. Many of Black Desert’s abilities however, require players to pull off intricate key combos while dodging attacks, instead of merely pressing a skill icon. Mounted combat also exists, with players taming wild mounts to then ride into battle. Outside of combat, Black Desert even features an active parkour system, giving players the ability to leap over obstacles and climb to the tallest vantage points atop buildings.
Unlike many MMO’s whose towns are filled with static NPC’s, Black Desert’s cities seem to team with life. NPC’s go to and fro, performing daily chores and errands while the player goes about their business. NPC’s even return home at night, making some available to interact with only during certain hours of the day. Players may purchase instanced houses of varying sizes within a city and then proceed to decorate them with a wide variety of goods.
Black Desert features a death penalty and offers players the opportunity to opt into open world PvP, meaning players must keep on their toes or face losing character progress. Outside of open world PvP, the MMO also features Castle Sieges, where guilds can face off against one another in a bid to control a castle. These castles then supply the owners with control over the local economy and taxes from the region. Players may siege castles with cannons or scale their walls using ladders.
OS: Windows 8/Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core I5
Memory Ram: 6GB
Hard Disk Space: At least 14GB of free Space
Video Card: GTX 650 / GTX 550ti / Radeon HD 7770 / Radeon HD 6770
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