Black Desert Online: The AFK MMO
THE escapism that comes from hardcore MMO play can’t reasonably survive an Australian work week. It gets harder if you have kids, hobbies, relationships or a desire to experience the world you live in.
BDO solves that by having about half the game’s progression playable while you’re away from keyboard (AFK).
Crafting? Do it while you’re cooking dinner. Training mounts? Keep it in the background while you’re working. Fishing? Your character’s fine while you’re with your kids at the park.
BDO isn’t the best MMO I’ve ever played but it is by far the most accessible for those of us who have full-time+ jobs.
The graphics are on-par with most games of its type and keeps up the flashy, over-the-top style of the Korean family of MMOs to which it belongs.
Combat is engaging and involved, with most abilities accessed by timed key combinations instead of just hitting a number. Think half-way between Wildstar and WoW.
It’s hard to fall in love with the setting, despite the quantity of world-building involved.
It’s a one-time purchase, as opposed to a subscription, so pick it up if you crave an MMO but lack the time for hardcore play.