I say that partly because the worlds of some other MMORPGs feel quite real as Black Desert online. Taming horses is just the tip of what it offers. There are fantastic staples like elves here, but they are subtle, with their ears usually hidden under the luxury hairstyles. There is an (unplayable) Otter folk race, but they mix with low-fantasy atmosphere as comfortable as saguaros in Arizona. This cozy realism appears in the Witcher-esque retail world, where carefully tended vineyards stand vigil wind grass sides and tossed fenceways weatherworn. There is a price for that detail the highest settings challenged my GeForce GTX 980 in crowded areas, but I got tired of the Black Desert Online path uses to create a believable world where humble Tuscan chalets are held in castles bizarre that we usually see in this genre.
But as with the domestication of the horse, that realism is also born of wealth and depth of its many side systems. Instead of the blind rush to the level limit that characterizes many of its competitors, Black Desert online develops a design loosely sandboxy. Using a secondary refundable XP system of sorts based on “contribution points”, it focuses on activities such as the establishment of trade routes with hired workers, fishing on the docks or the remains animals for profit, and even renting farmland as far as just duking it out. If I want to grow a crop like carrots for my horse, I must take into consideration factors such as humidity, the availability of groundwater, and the temperature of an area. Or you can rush to the soft capsule of level 50, if you are so inclined.
Why carrots, you might ask? Horses tired after long trips, and they need to stay nourished to maintain their speed. (I can buy from an NPC in the stables, but off-the-shelf carrots will not be as effective as home-adult.) This is particularly important because there is no quick travel here aside an autorun option along roads to a destination. Nor are there any set of banks to scale: if I have something in the warehouse Heidel, I have to gallop back to Heidel to get it. Normally, this kind of thing gets boring, but now Black Desert online no real endgame to talk share the struggle against the bosses of the world and commitment in PvP, and therefore there is no need to accelerate across anyway. For me, it creates a sense of life and meaning in the world; a reason to fight all these orcs and naga clogging the green pastures beside the roads.