"Black Desert: Prestige Edition" is a staggeringly large and disarmingly ambitious MMORPG.
The dev team at Pearl Abyss is filled its realms up with monsters to slay, loot to cobble together and resources to craft. You're never far from conflict, with aggressive -- if often easily dispatchable -- enemies looming around you at every turn.
The game seems to be geared toward high-end PCs, and tends to chug a little on the Xbox One. It's not game-breaking, but frustrating and awkward at times.
The bombardment of microtransactions is also off-putting, but expected for a persistent online experience.
Taking on "Black Desert" often feels like a chore-filled grind-fest, but the act of collecting goods and button-mashing through battles tends to be more satisfying than rote.
A sizable fanbase has seemingly gathered around "Black Desert," making its world feel lush and alive. That's likely due in part from crossplay functionality between the PS4 and Xbox One communities.
Console players looking for a fresh MMO addiction will be grudgingly satisfied, but may find themselves with PC envy.
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