I don't like Black Desert Online as much as I'd hoped. The things I don't like about it, weren't apparent when I was watching high level characters play. I wasn't able to play on Friday due to a bug that prevented some pre-order customers from logging in. The fact that I only played a few hours on Saturday was very telling as to how much it's not an ideal fit for me. Let's start with what I did like.
What I liked
I went in with the hope that BDO would be similar to ArcheAge minus the horrible cash shop grab that was implemented several months into the formal release. Along with many others, including the vast majority of my guild, I exited stage left shortly after one too many bad decisions on the part of Trion and XL Games. Daum Games, the group publishing BDO in NA have specifically said that they didn't want to make the same mistakes as ArcheAge which was very encouraging.