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Let me tell you exactly what is going on with Blade & Soul

At some point I had a major break down with my PC so I decided to change mostly everything about it. These are the things that I bought;

Fans: 4 Noctua NF-F12PWM 120 mm
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 960 4GB
CPU: Intel Core i5 4690K (not OC)
Moba: Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5
RAM: 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport XT

I will also buy an Samsung SAM 850 250GB SSD, Corsair 650-750 PSU and Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler. You don't need anything more than this game (CPU will have to be OCed of course) and it is a perfectly fine for general gaming right now in high settings, whether it is online or not. Always avoid AMD products but that is not the point of this thread so lets talk about the game itself.

Story

Blade & Soul might as well have one of the best stories in gaming if you read it in a book but when it comes to how it said in the game, it is absolutely a passionless, Western version of "good vs bad", designed for the lowest common denominator. There is no moral ambiguity nor excitement. Things happen and appear in every single anti-climatic fashion; you talk to an NPC, you enter a specific area or a building and a cut-scene appears. There is no build-up or any immersion whatsoever; there is no mystery with the lore because you can pretty much cap in 2-3 days so all the places you have visited and the NPCs you talked to will become easily forgettable. In that respect, you cannot invest emotionally into Blade And Soul Gold. You might as well skip it as a whole and no one will criticize you for missing a grand story.

Lastly, we are still not aware though how many changes were done, how much they butchered it in comparison with the original version.

PVE

You know these MMOrpgs where PvP is a tiny fraction of the core game? That is exactly how it is in this game. On top of that Dungeons & Raids are extremely uninspiring, dull and super ugly, as if someone did a perfect paint-job. Remember the first cave you entered for the first time? Well the game will not stop reminding you of that. It is that bad.

PvP

If you do not like Arena, you might as well "fuck off" to another MMOrpg. As simple as that. This game is all about 1v1s and if someone tells you otherwise, he is a fanboy drone. The system is designed to promote Rock-Paper-Scissors so if you dreamed of balance or outplaying your opponent keep dreaming and keep walking.

Open-World PvP

The only reason aka Instanced-PvP (it is restricted to an area and an island) exists is to intervene with PvE progress as you need to run dailies and what not to upgrade further your gear/weapon. If you came here expecting open-world PvP like in Aion, Lineage and Black Desert with sieges and ganking, tactics and element of surprise, depth and complexity, you might as well call it a day.

Extra

Loading - It is like this game was build on Lego. Everything you do has a fucking loading screen multiple times, over and over again Blade & Soul Items. The first thing you should do before even playing the game is to get an SSD.
In-game Gates - What the actual fuck.
Customization (keybindings, add-ons, UI scaling) - Anti-player choice and non-existent.