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Black Desert Online: Launch Week

Black Desert Online: Launch Week

Or, as I call it, the best damned looking game ever made.

So Black Desert launched a couple of days ago for the biggest spenders. The Conqueror’s pre-order pack, which cost a whopping €100, launched for head-start access on 28th February (Sunday).

Today sees my Explorer (€50) pre-order launch date, and I’m really excited to get into it.

I’m a big BIG lover of customising my characters in a game, the main reason I’m such a big lover of the Transmog system in World of Warcraft. It’s also one of the main reasons I loved City of Heroes so much in the years I spent between Vanilla WoW and Wrath.

The reason I missed TBC in its entirety?

A brighter, more fun MMO, with a character creator filled with Superhero costumes.

No brainer really.

Anyhow, the character creator in BDO is a thing of beauty. The level of detail you can go into to customise your character is amazing. You can customise everything from cheekbone placement through to re-arranging the strands of hair on your character’s head manually!

The graphics in the game are second to none, certainly in the MMO genre, and the level of realism in the characters you can create is astounding:

Clean up on Aisle 6!

Clean up on Aisle 6!

The level of detail doesn’t stop with the characters. The world itself is astoundingly beautiful, and it will push my system to its limits. A vegetation, object-heavy world, with rich and highly detailed texturing and modelling, giving rise to realistic, busy cities and masses of NPCs.

The world map system is also superbly noteworthy. Not a 2D representation like we have in WoW, this is similar to Skyrim’s, in that it’s an accurate 3D representation of the world at large.

As for the game itself, it’s a complete departure from WoW, as it’s not a Theme Park MMO. There’s no “endgame” to speak of, and it’s more along the lines of Skyrim, or more appropriately, Elder Scrolls Online.

A world to play and exist in, with mobs to grind, quests to do, players to kill and gear to upgrade, it’s entirely open world with no instancing in sight. A far cry from WoD’s garrisonville.

All that, and a complete lack of fast travel – if you want to cross the world you’d better get running!

Luckily you can set a destination and afk-run or ride there, much like you can in the current flight-path model in WoW.

Of course, rather than go down the beauty route for your character, you can naturally go for the complete derp look:



So WoW may see a slightly lesser look-in over the next few days as I get myself into BDO, and inevitably spend hours poring over character creation…

Posted by Sar in Black Desert, Gaming, News, PvP, RPGs, Transmog, 0 comments
6.2.3 is now Live!

6.2.3 is now Live!

Well 6.2.3 went live this week, and with it several things of note:

  • Cataclysm Timewalking dungeons.
  • One additional dungeon for Timewalking during TBC and Wrath events.
  • Valor Points, for…
  • MoP-style 2/2 item upgrades boosting items in item level by 5 per upgrade at a cost of 250VP per upgrade.
  • Grove Warden Moose* & Infinite Dragon Mounts (Heroic Archi & Timewalking bosses respectively).
  • Mythic HFC is now Cross Realm.
  • Mythic 5 mans now have item levels of 685 to 725.
  • Tanaan Baleful token drops can create items that range in item level anywhere between 655 and 695.
  • Felblight drops have been increased from gathering professions by about 20%.
  • 4-15% damage buffs for DKs, Druids, Paladins, Shamans and Warriors.
  • PvP season 3.

One little oddity I noticed:

  • Mirror of the Blademaster now summon magical blades as guardians, instead of mirror images of the caster.

This is probably a log issue, as the mirror images used to be targetable and carried the caster’s name.

All in all not bad for a minor (x.x.x) patch, and on a par with the so-called “major” (x.x) patch that was 6.1, which brought Heirloom Tab & Belf Model updates and…not a lot else from memory?

Already run my 5 TW dungeons for the event quest, and got my first batch of 500VP. I used that to upgrade my gun, but as yet the armory or ingame are not updated behind the scenes to handle displaying the increase in ilevel on the item itself.

Someday Blizzard, someday…

Oh, and watch out for the Fel Reaver in Warspear/Stormshield! 

*Further post about getting this coming in a bit!

Posted by Sar in Gaming, News, Patch News, World of Warcraft, Youtube, 0 comments