If we talk about mobile MMORPG the first thing we usually ask if the game is pay to win and even worth playing in the long run. In this article, I will share with you my honest feedback about my experiences playing this game.
Black Desert Mobile has been around for quite a long time now and was initially released last February 28, 2018. The initial release date is not yet translated into English and is only exclusive in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Nonetheless, players across the world still attempted to play it due to the game’s captivating graphics and sophisticated gameplay mechanics. On December 11, 2019, Pearl Abyss officially released Black Desert Mobile Global with only limited classes and not adopting the current updates from Korea, Japan, and Taiwan version.
I’ve been playing Black Desert Mobile Global since its initial launch and I can immediately attest that the game is very “Free-to-play” friendly, with most (if not all) content accessible to players without needing to spend anything. The game has a unique camp feature where you can build different kinds of structures. Every structure has its own unique purpose to craft different items that will assist you on your game progress and to help you earn silver.
The main reason why I’ve played this game is due to its captivating graphics for a mobile game since the game is made with Unreal Engine 4 and optimized to be played on mobile devices, including an in-depth character customization system that you cannot find in other MMORPGs in the current market. The game also offers an auto-hunt/grind feature called black spirit mode so if you have less free time, and can no longer have to progress by grinding tons of hours on a daily basis, this feature will be handy especially if you’re playing using an emulator.
If you used to play Black Desert Online, you’ll certainly enjoy Black Desert Mobile since the game has other unique in-game features like path of glory, black sun, merchantry, node-manager, and lots of other stuff to keep you busy making the game not feeling repetitive. Black Desert Mobile is an open-world game and you might be worried that traveling from one place to another will be troublesome. Well, you don’t have to worry because the game has a teleport system that lets you travel making quests completion and world boss participation faster.
The game also has a pet system that grants you various beneficial stats. Some pets provide attack damage boosts while some pets provide life skills boosts. Enhancing pets can be achieved by fusing the same grade pets, the higher the grade of your pet the better stats it will provide your character.
Of course, we cannot exclude the guild community and the drama that goes along with it. If you’re a PvP oriented player and want to participate in the chaotic environment of the game, Black Desert Mobile can help you with that. Upon making this article, the game currently offers 4 major PVP features, in which your guild participate, these are guild war, node war, siege war, and black sun. These features are team play-oriented PVP and require strategies for a guild to be triumph against the others. On the other hand, if you’re a one-man team, and want to test your skills in a 1v1 or 3v3 skirmish, you can also try the Arena. The Arena has a 1v1 and 3v3 feature, the 1v1 arena is a straightforward battle against other users in your region, with no objectives, just straight-up skills. As for the Arena 3v3 called Ramoness, this type of arena consists of 6 participants battling out to earn points. Earning points can be obtained by securing kills or capitalizing on objectives. The team that manages to achieve the highest points within the set duration will win the match.
The enhancement system is fairly decent. Gears can be enhanced from enhancement level all the way up to awakened enhancement. On the current update, enhancing equipment is not that difficult anymore compared to the game’s initial release. Current events now provide useful resources for veteran players’ especially new adventurer’s to help them progress the game.
With all that being said, the game also has its fair share of flaws. If you’re just a casual player and just want to enjoy the PvE content of the game and want to progress from just grinding it’s fine, but if you want to play competitively with others, then you should ready your credit card because the game is heavy pay to win. Also, the game is limited to gender-locked classes just like Black Desert Online. The RNG that governs the game is everywhere and it can really hinder your progress despite going whale. Lastly, not much freedom to customize the UI settings.
So my verdict? The game is Pay-to-Win strictly for the PvP aspect. However, if you’re just a casual player and want to experience the captivating graphics, story/lore, and just want to have fun. Black Desert Mobile offers hours of entertainment for a mobile MMORPG without the need for spending.