0.5 hrs last two weeks / 6,902.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 27 @ 1:39am
I have nearly 7k hours in BDO. I don’t recommend this game at the moment.
The cash shop is a complete money grab. Don’t buy this game thinking you’ll reach end game off $5 or even $50. You’re looking at a solid $200+ to be competitive in a decent amount of time. Anyone who says otherwise is lying to you. The game skirts P2W by creating massive annoyances, such as limiting weight and inventory space, to the point where players have huge incentive to fix the issues through the cash shop. Even swimming is made slow in an effort to push a $20+ swimming outift.
The game is an endless grind, gated by RNG. You might spend a month getting 5 billion silver only to blow it all in one night on Tungrad earrings and end up empty handed, with that entire month’s work completely gone. It can be incredibly demoralizing, and there isn’t a viable way around it.
The developers are currently running around with the heads cutoff. They introduced massive changes to the PvP system over three years after release. These changes increased the gear gap, makign strong players even stronger. However, they also managed to neuter many classes. Remember how I said it takes nearly $200 to be viable? A lot of those cash items are tied to a character, not the account. This means that if you want to play another class, you have to repurchase weight, inventory, and costumes. It adds up extremely fast. Therefore, you’re at the mercy of Korean developers who don’t even play the game, and who have shown that they can castrate a class on a moment’s notice.
You can look at Steam Charts to see that the playerbase is slowly dying. Even with a $5 sale, the game is losing more people than it’s gaining. Most high level PvPers like myself have abandoned the game because of the drastic changes to super armor, iframes, and crowd control. What once was fast paced game has slowed down considerably - most likely to pave the way for Xbox relase and/or compensate for their terrible, terrible netcode.
Be very wary of BDO. It’s essentially a giant scam to inconvience and annoy you into spending money. The game currently is devoid of direction, with unneeded changes coming nearly weekly."