Parents' Guide to

Black Desert Online

By Franklin Rinaldi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Online fantasy world full of crafting, trading, conquest.

Game Windows 2016
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

Stealing money platform

I bought the game through Steam. They changed ownership and asked players to confirm transfer data in email. I was unable to see information about it at that time and I have lost my account with whole progress. However I have also owned a bunch of DLC's and plenty of premium of in game content worth few hundreds of euros. The company refused to give me any in game compensation. Lost money and lost lime. Any excuse is good to not to take responsibility for anything. I had bills from stem with my purchases and they had possibility to check if my request is legit. I don't recomend the game due to poor technical service. You will only loose your money
age 18+

Not Worth playing, and should be Adult Only Rating.

The Game uses very heavy monetization that is heavily revolved around gambling away items purchased with real life money, and is extremely pay to win. Progression takes Weeks if not months of time, with no meaningful impact when people buy 30$ to instantly make almost 1 billion in game currency which means absolutely nothing in this game unless you have hundreds of billions, which will cost you thousands of IRL dollars. The games community is extremely toxic, always talking about politics, always talking about sexual things with zero moderation from the Dev Team. They have a Character in the game who is essentially a child you can play as that players can just murder on site if they so choose too, and the character specializes in life skills, which is basically just Physical labor, so the devs actively promote violence on children, and Child labor, as well as predatory monetization and gambling like practices, character class the Shai. Character outfits in the game are very revealing some outfits closing in on borderline nudity, the fact you can have your character including that child like character by the way to be able to run around in their under wear. This game Deserves an Adult Only rating for those reasons. Further more the games server stability is not good, you will have a lot of instances where you have a period of full invulnerable and players and monsters can still hurt you during those periods of 100% full damage immunity, and this is a very consistent issue, also anything related too the open ocean content has high amounts of Desync and latency problems, you could be sailing out on the ocean and suddenly you die and your boat sinks seemingly for no reason, than 30 seconds later you see a boat sail past you glowing red because a player decided to kill you because they wanted too, and depending on the quality of your ship and sailors can cost you billions in repairs or 60+ USD effectively setting you back. The issues with the game do not end there the list of issues is so long, this review would take hours to fully write. In short the games monetization is predatory, and quite frankly in my honest opinion as someone with 800+ hours into the game I can say the practices in this game should be illegal. Do not play this game, it is a money sink, it is not fun.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This open-world sandbox MMO is absolutely stunning in its scope, its depth, and its customization. Black Desert Online's visual level of detail in the world and character models is simply breathtaking. What's more, the depth of the gameplay is staggering; learning how to play can be intimidating at first, but the level of complexity is actually what makes it so great. With varied activities such as fishing, boat building, or horse taming and breeding, there's no shortage of ways to play the game. While character customization can be a bit over the top, it does allow you to pretty much make your character look like anything or anyone you would like. This can allow for some overly exaggerated body parts, so fair warning that you could see all manner of characters.

Combat is a skilled-based system that requires position, choice of action, and response to situations for success. This keeps it fresh even when you're grinding mobs for money or experience. And yes, grinding is a key part for some aspects of the game, which can be a detractor for some, but the way it's done in Black Desert doesn't feel too tedious. The world's very large, allowing plenty of exploration, but there's no fast travel, so if you're not into walking, you'll definitely want to grab a horse, donkey, ship, or cart to make your way around. With the additions such as farming and home ownership, the world really draws you in and makes you feel like you're a part of it. Take your time to enjoy the sites, decorate your home, pick your best outfits, and immerse yourself in the expansive world that is Black Desert Online.

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