The character customization leaves a lot to be desired, but I was happy with the flexibility in the face structure.
Character customization aside, I have been really enjoying this game. The first day or so was a little overwhelming, but it was overwhelming in kind of a good way. I haven't felt so much drive to learn the ins and outs of a video game in quite a while. Black Desert Online rides the line between accessibility and system-overload (EVE ONLINE) pretty successfully, I think. I might be a little reluctant to call it a true sandbox, but this game has tons of figurative sand in it. There are so many viable game play styles that it almost brings me to choice paralysis -- but I have been enjoying dipping my toes into each type of activity since the barrier to entry is usually pretty low. -- I'm growing some carrots right now and fishing.
The combat is most similar to Blade and Soul. It is fast-action combat with lots of combo potential. Unlike BnS, as far as I am aware, the combos are all free-form combos and don't have to be executed in any particular order. You can either map your attack actions on your hotbar, or you can use the built-in key-combinations to execute your special attacks. IE: Valkyrie (Backwards(s) + E) will drop a celestial spear from the heavens to deal damage and knock down enemies. Alternatively Backwards(S) + Q would throw your shield like a boomerang - like Sivir from League of Legends. I could go on, but I have at least a dozen different skills. -- On a side note, I do personally enjoy BnS's combat a little better (I played Blade Master) .. but I would say that BDO's combat is on a par.
I've already logged far too many hours into this and I could literally talk about it for hours.. but I'll cut it short here unless people are interested in hearing more.
tl;dr: BDO is a fantasy life simulator with pretty cool combat.
It's been a while (again), I thought I'd frighten some people and post something. Though It's weird seeing one of my topics still fairly close to the top of the forum after all these.. years... or months or whatever.
Hum, I don't have anything too wonderfully exciting but I did do a little photoshopping sketch doodle whatchacallit the other night for a story Idea that I hope to develop (more) .. Its a story idea but its also a game idea.. and yeah. Its really raw right now but I colorified one of my concepts and I thought I'd share.