The combat in this game is fantastic IF you like fighting games, frenetic combat, and are good at learning and mastering combos. Seriously, if you thought Blade & Soul was good but relied on 1-frame links or homing too much, BDO has that covered. The fighting is like a Musou or Sengoku Basara game turnt up to 12.
The Amity System is unique in that you don’t just go from NPC to NPC farming 100 quests per zone to move on and never come back. You gotta learn about people, know folks, finish plot lines, explore the world and learn about things the NPCs are interested in, and then they might give you the quest, if they like you. Getting NPCs to trust and like you can be grind-y but at the same time, it does make you actually put in work(and for some folks that’s TOO much) but going into a new town in wow, fast clicking through the convo and killing 8 salamanders is just too boring for me. I want to be invested.
The economy is bonkers, there are entire guilds of pirates and fisherman and fisherman pirates just out there in the ocean doing things. There is an entire mercantile industry in this game that is mind-boggling. The number inflation appears ridiculous at first because earning 100k silver is easy, earning 10 billion silver, that takes work.
It’s gorgeous too. I made a bunch of characters just to fuck around. This is my in-game daughter. Her name is “Ninjadaughter” because the stream thought it was funny.
The cons are that it can be grindy. Progression means you have to explore. Nothing is given to you. And if you like rotating through a traditional WoW-style combat scenario then you’re not going to enjoy this. But I think more people should give it a try.
It’s 7 bucks on steam sale right now.