It isn’t hard to see why Black Desert Online is so popular, given that it does many of the key elements for MMORPGs very well. Sadly, like many games of that style, it is somewhat held back by the whole pay-to-win thing. In fact, there are a lot of instances in which BDO is pay-to-win, though some of the hate for it is actually quite misdirected.
We’ve seen a lot of complaints regarding the pearl speed up changes as of late, and although any form of P2W is open to criticism anyway, in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t anywhere near as bad. There are a number of examples where the P2W feature is far more frustrating and prominent, such as Artisan memories, which many consider this most pay-to-win feature of the whole game, given that it has the highest money to pearl ratio in the entire game. Pets are monetized, and it gets pretty difficult trying to progress without them. Then there’s the whole issue with weight and inventory slots, where you are more or less forced to buy slots if you don’t want to be at max weight all the time, or if you fish, max inventory space.
Sure, there are other little pieces here and there, such as outfits offering 10% XP or a swimsuit that helps out with the Pirate/Margoria questline. So not all of it is essential, but Black Desert Online is guilty, like others, of forcing players to be reliant on P2W in certain cases.
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