So, this question is maybe going to sound facetious or something, but I promise it's not. I'm asking genuinely.
Can someone summarize for me what kind of game/experience BDO is intended to be?
To elaborate on that question...
I've played a lot of MMORPGs over the years, from super linear themepark where you're on rails the whole time, to wide open sandbox where you're pretty much on your own. PvP, PvE, both, etc. In every case, I could quickly get a solid grasp of what it was the game was intended to be, with everything in the game being a cohesive extension of that. There's a clear "big picture" that I can say 'Okay, this is what this game is about, and this is how everything fits and works together." Even in the broadest sandbox, where your experience is "whatever you want it to be, man", it's still anchored to a clear central concept.
Despite trying the game several times, I have no blessed idea what BDO is trying to be. It feels like a confused mash-up of different game ideas. There's so much "noise" - so many things vying for your attention at the same time, all the time - that I honestly could not tell you what BDO is about or what it's trying to be. And, for me, that makes it very difficult to figure out how I want to approach it, what I want to focus on, what I want to ignore, or hold off on 'til later, etc. I et to Velia, realize "I have no idea what's going on in this game. This isn't fun" and uninstall.
Watching streamers or YT vids doesn't really help, 'cause it seems everyone's just farming xp or upgrading gear. I never see anyone really doing anything else.
So, could someone give me some kind of a high-level, 35,000 foot summary of what exactly it is BDO is trying to, or supposed to be? What central theme or concept are all these random - to me anyway - systems and such built around?
Again, this is a serious request lol. I'm honestly at a loss with this title.