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Black Desert Online

Rating Summary

Based on 30 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

48%

Critics Recommend

Based on 30 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCMar 3, 2016

Developer: Pearl Abyss

Genres: MMO, RPG

Black Desert Online is a sandbox MMORPG that features castle sieging, trading, crafting, player housing, parkour, and more.

Players will enjoy jaw-dropping graphics, intuitive skill-based combat, and and immersive story encased in an expansive world just waiting to be explored. Accompanied by a Black Spirit, a companion whose destiny is intertwined with their own, players will discover the secret of the Black Stones and the history of their corrupting effects.

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Mighty Head
5
Strong Head
6
Fair Head
9
Weak Head
5
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GameSpot

7 / 10
GameSpot

Much of Black Desert Online is a convoluted mess, but few games let you create a virtual life this absorbing.

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USgamer

USgamer

An absolutely beautiful MMO from developer Pearl Abyss. The beauty is backed by a complex sandbox MMO that offers a lot of freedom, but doesn't explain its systems to players all that well. If you're into starting up a second fantasy life and have the time to spend learning the mechanics, Black Desert Online might be the game for you.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun

It's exciting to play an MMO that understands the importance of building a world worth living in, not just erecting a corridor of static set pieces to run through on your quest for power.

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GamingTrend

85 / 100
GamingTrend

A gorgeous world that feels truly alive, Black Desert Online is a solid entry into the sandbox subgenre of MMOs. Benefiting from having been launched in a major market for a year before coming to the West, it offers an open world to explore, and an especially deep tradeskill and trading system mixed with an action-oriented combat scheme.

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Black Desert gets Xbox One beta later this year

Black Desert gets Xbox One beta later this year

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