Black Desert Online Thoughts (Xbox One)

So this won’t be an overly long post or anything, I just wanted to briefly talk about Black Desert Online a little bit more. As of this point in time, I’ve played the game for what I would say is a substantial amount.  First of all, I find the game to quite nice graphically wise, but, I can find that it’s hard to keep track of what’s going on. Comparing it to another MMO, take Final Fantasy XIV, for example. Maybe it’s my own personal perception, but, I feel that that game is easier to keep track of what’s going on. In Final Fantasy XIV, I find it easier to keep track of the monsters and everything that’s going on. The menus aren’t overly cluttered, and everything seems to be easier to navigate. In Black Desert Online, even after playing for a little over week now, I still feel overwhelmed. That has generally been my overall feel thus far.
It has been pretty okay, for the most part, I’m happy to be able to play it on console. But I feel that a better menus could have gone a long way. It’s just so incredibly hard to navigate. One annoying situation that had occurred during my time was mapping potions. For the life of me, I could not figure out how to set new health potions to the controller map. You have several menus and this thing was buried under an option to set the hot key ring. This is something that should have been simplified more.
Another annoyance came from random things, like, a message repeatedly popping up that my horse was taking damage even though my horse was in the stable. This is something that actually had occurred to a friend of mine as well. I’m not entirely sure if this is a bug or a glitch or something, but the only thing that seemed to fix this was logging out of the game.

So that’s really all that I can think about for now. I’ll probably spend a bit more time in Black Desert Online when I have the chance. I do enjoy things like that combat, it can be pretty fun. Overall, however, I think that a simplification of certain things like the menus would have gone a long way. It can be relatively painful to navigate. So, I’ll get back with more as I can.

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