Hey guys! I'll split this review (of sorts) into different areas discussing all the systems that are in the game, and what I feel works and does not and what uncertainties there are.
I really like the combat in BDO. All attacks have a weighty feel to them and the combo system is just slow enough that I feel I can master it quite easily. For those that have a hard time remembering or executing some of the combos, they can just put the skill on their hotbar. However doing so increasing the resource cost of the skill. Thus you can choose and easier route as far as combat is concerned but you'll be slightly penalized for it. Love that!
I also tried some dueling in arenas when I reached level 20+ and I feel the pvp is just slow enough for me. This can of course change at higher levels, but at this low level it felt you had a big chance of escaping a ganker out in the world, just by playing defensively. Bad news for those who love to successfully gank, good news for those, like me, who love the risk of getting ganked, but would rather survive to fight another day.
It took quite some tweaking to make the world look glorious, but in the end it did. I would say that you HAVE TO check both "High End Mode" and "Improved Distance" as this removed the pop in issues as well as make the view distance fabulously great! Also you need to turn off other players' lanterns. Once I tweaked these things I got a steady, albeit lowish, frame rate and I just loved the looks of the game. It's one of those games where you climb a big mountain just to stand there and enjoy the beautiful view with your falcon perched on your shoulder.
The quests are generally not at all exciting, but since all of them, except those that give you class skills and your awakened gear, are completely optional I don't feel that is a big deal for me. That said, since I found myself being Contribution Point starved I did spend quite alot of time doing non combat quests in town just to be able to continue building up my trade empire (of doom). I will say though, if you are a fan of quest based content this game will NOT be for you.
THE WORLD AND TRAVELLING
The world in BDO is quite big and sadly gated off by invisible walls that appear at the edges of the map. There is no quick travel of any kind, which I love! Instead they have and autorun feature where you select a waypoint and your character automatically moves there. I can't express how much I love this system, even though I at the outset thought that I wouldn't. The time you spend autorunning longer distances are generally spent socializing or micromanaging your trade routes or gathering workers, etc. It feels like a natural downtime in game which surely will foster a good community later on.