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Black Desert is a Korean fantasy MMORPG developed by Pearl Abyss that is currently in its closed beta testing stage. It takes place in a fantasy world where two rival nations are constantly in conflict, the Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom of Valencia. There are three confirmed races, the Elves, Humans, and Giants; and two races coming soon, the Dwarves and Hobbits. The characters of each respective race are beautifully designed and very detailed to fit seamlessly into the crowded contemporary medieval cities, towns, villages, and overall environment of Black Desert Online.

This game thrives due to its arsenal of features. The weather system is true to life creating realistic environments where players are affected by climate conditions. This system goes hand in hand with the farming, fishing, and breeding features available in-game. A player cannot fish in the desert or grow fruits because it's unnatural to the environment and climate, but it is possible to raise camels there because the conditions are appropriate. The day and night system in Black Desert works in cycles, where shopkeepers and civilians go about their business in the day and many return to their homes at night. The transition from day to night is progressive, with dawn and dusk visible as the dates transition.

Black Desert is building hype quickly and with good reason. It's currently unavailable in the U.S., but this is one of the games you must look out for if you're looking for an immersive and cutting-edge MMORPG.

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Reviewed by: Jestaneda