Black Desert Mobile: First Impressions
Black Desert Mobile is finally nearing release, and we couldn’t be more excited to play an MMORPG developed in Korea. Seriously, Korea pumps out half-MMORPGs like they’re discount candy, but Black Desert Mobile looks to be a serious attempt at creating a quality product for the West that isn’t just a cash grab.
That brings us to Black Desert Mobile, a port for Black Desert Online that’s been teased since 2017. The port was released out East in 2018, but it’s finally coming to iOS and Android out West soon in 2019. Figures the West always gets everything late. While it may not have had the best reviews on critic websites, it’s been a relatively commercial success with millions of active players. Games that are a commercial success are always a hilarious slap in the face to those writing negative reviews.
As it is a port, you, unfortunately, won’t be able to bring your characters over from either the PC or consoles. This isn’t a problem for those who are alt-aholics who love creating new characters for the sake of creating characters. They spent more time in character creation than playing the actual game. However, you will find a more simplified version of the game compared to what you’ve been running on a PC or a console. Fortunately, you’ll still have the beautiful graphics that the game has flaunted since its development. The game also looks to take the questing and combat system and streamline it for the mobile platform.
Unfortunately, because it is a mobile game, it’s not going to have a lot of classes to start with, as the PC version of Black Desert does. There are only going to be five classes available with no word yet on if there’s going to be any of the PC classes such as Mystic, Lahn, or Tamer. You’re only going to be able to choose from the Valkyrie, Witch, Giant, Ranger, or Warrior. Not a very fun collection, but we’re hoping there’s more to come.
As far as the gameplay is concerned, you’re going to find the same fast-paced battle system but on a more simplified interface. Of course, being a mobile game, the HUD had to be simplified to make it for easy button-pressing on a mobile screen. At least you don’t have to worry about tab-targeting as you would in different games. Black Desert Mobile essentially follows the same questing system that brings you from one set of quest hubs to another so you won’t find yourself mindlessly running around the world like a chicken with your head cut off.
Black Desert Mobile looks to fill a void that other MMORPGs have attempted to do on mobile, but ultimately just became cash grabs. One of the ways it’s planning on standing out is through its character creation. You’re not just going to get your normal run-of-the-mill character select screen. It won’t just be blocky looking characters and some novice animator’s attempt at what body parts look like. You’re going to get stunning visuals with a very a wealth of options for the character creator. If you’ve seen the character creation for the original Black Desert game on PC, then you’ll know what you’re getting into.
After you’ve spent hours creating your character, and we suggest you do if you want absolute perfection, then you’re going to immediately dive into the beautifully immersive world that Black Desert has flaunted for years. You won’t exactly get the best high-definition visuals and draw distance that you would on higher-end gaming PCs, but the character movement is as fluid as they come. It’s not like other Korean MMORPGs where you’re sliding around on the screen. It’s like other games put absolutely no effort into physics (or even knows what it is). Fortunately, it looks like Black Desert Mobile will put that extra effort into making you feel like you’re immersed in the world. Even the combat seems fluid and immersive with simplified controls.
Black Desert Mobile looks to be an exciting mobile MMORPG with a lot of potentials. Having this mobile port opens up an entire audience who wasn’t able to play because they didn’t have a decent computer or doesn’t own any consoles. Black Desert Mobile is expected to release in December of 2019. Those looking to join a mobile gaming community where you can find other Black Desert Mobile players can visit Eden of Gaming.