First of all, everyone should be informed that Black Desert is just in its first Closed Beta phase, with the opposing gender and a couple more classes (like the Tamer and Samurai) not yet available, including in-depth character customization. With that, let’s head on to the basic content.
As a picky modern gamer who wants the first impression to count, Black Desert left me speechless the moment I first logged in. I was in my office (I have a day job) and using a rather gaming-unfriendly PC, with just a Nvidia GT630 graphics card. That definitely says a lot.
The Sorceress class was my first pick, although I was hoping the male version (below) was available. Nevertheless, she is very versatile, with spells ranging from melee to mid-range to long range. A left click will trigger close combat, while right click is reserved for the simple ranged energy balls.
Black Desert features a seamless world, meaning there is no loading of zones except during a couple of instances, such as dungeons. There are huge open world bosses as well, which you can see me die to in the videos here. Monsters do not really drop gears, and I only got less than 5 up till level 15.
There is an active day and night system, where time can be told at the top right corner. The lighting will change, along with shadows of course, but I have yet to see how this will affect the world on a bigger scale (night-exclusive monsters perhaps?). The environment is beautiful at any time, though.
Due to the language barrier (I am not Korean or Japanese despite the rumors), I have yet to try out the trading and NPC relationship systems. Still, this is only a first impression, and I am loving the open world combat part of it, together with the gorgeous graphics. More info to come!