BDO: A week In

Okay so it’s been around a week since I have started playing BDO and I can safely say I am none the wiser in what I’m really doing or what I’m planning to do.

And you know what?

I love it for that.

I can totally see why some people are put off instantly from the game as for all intents and purposes it is not an easy game to play or understand. It is complex and at some points downright clunky.

Certain mechanics take a while to get the hang of and I still find myself pausing and having to think about certain things. These are things however which will be learned and become more muscle memory than anything else.

The sheer expansiveness of the game and the little handholding it offers may also be a negative for some. The UI can be a nightmare and bombard you with alerts for this that and the next thing which has no relevance to you or your character .i.e. trading post sales etc. This can of course be remedied in the settings screen however I think its something which should be disabled on entry as for me it was confusing being spammed over and over with information.

All of the negatives or perceived negatives for me are eroded by the sheer depth and creative environments around me.  Make no mistake about it this game has succeeded in creating what feels like a living and breathing alternative world. It takes me an age to get anything done simply because I stop and try and take things in and really appreciate some of the world building that has been put in place.

One thing thus far is clear to me, I will never be one of the best players in this game in fact I’ll probably be an easy kill for most players and I’m fine with that. I will enjoy my time in the game and play at my own pace – I don’t feel pushed into rushing to the soft cap as I have so little understanding of what’s on offer and how to do things.

To sum it up, it has rekindled a feeling I have not had since I first logged into Vanilla WoW. A real sense of awe and wonder.  I feel excited about logging on and not knowing what I’m going to do or where my adventure will take me next.  I would say to anyone who is sitting on the fence to give BDO a go.  At its current price on steam it is a steal. My main bit of advice to new players is forget everything you know or have known about MMOs and go into it with an open mind and ready to learn, do that and you may just have found your new MMO home.

Fanboi out….

BDO: Decision, decisions, decisions

As well as trying to learn the basics of the game I’m struggling to nail down what should be the easiest decision to make……… class choice.

I don’t in general play females in MMOs as its not really my bag being male in real life so the (outdated imo) gender lock should have made my life a little easier as the majority of classes in the game are female……….sex sells I suppose.

As I have a couple of friends playing the game I try and actively avoid playing their chosen classes which stand as Warrior and Ninja.

This left me with Striker, Wizard, Musa or Berserker.

So far I’ve tried Striker and Wizard up to around level 18 and whilst both had their good points I just wasn’t feeling it and I’m loathe to invest hours and hours of playtime in either of them. Striker in theory was really cool and I did enjoy the combat more than the wizard due to more combo driven combat however the lack of weapon, which perversely I first noted as a positive, kind of wore me down a bit. I also did a bit of research in regards to awakenings and neither really floated my boat. They simply looked like buffed versions of their unawakened gameplay and didn’t offer anything new bar being a little bit more shiny and flashy.

This of course lead the Musa or Berserker.

I hummed and hawed a bit, spoke to some helpful people in chat and surfed forums and reddit to see what the general strengths and weaknesses were. It’s pretty important I get my choice right as a casual player who doesn’t always have a lot of time to play I need my play time to mean something and if I want to progress and get the most out of the game I can only really focus on one character.

Ultimately I have decided to make that character a Berserker.

The class aesthetically may not be the ‘best looking’ however they do have a charm to them and the combat looks pleasingly destructive and impactful. To me a dual wielding giant with battle axes and the addition of an arm cannon sounds a little bit more interesting than a samurai with the typical sword/bow/spear.

Fingers crossed I’ve made the right choice this time.