Black Desert Online screenshot of a knight fighting against a dragon

If you ever wanted to give Black Desert Online a try, but were put off by the rather high initial price, you'll be glad to hear that there is now a 7 day free trial available. Simply head on over to the official website, create your account, and you'll be free to roam around the world with no restrictions of any kind. And naturally, if you do decide to buy it afterwards your progress will carry over to the full version.

And for those of you that have no idea what Black Desert Online is even all about, you'll find a brief trailer video down below. It doesn't feature much in terms of gameplay, but it should give you the general idea. Have a look:

As for whether Black Desert Online is even worth your time, that's a difficult question to answer. You can find my detailed thoughts by heading over here, but long story short, it suffers from some incredibly grindy gameplay and a cash shop that will attempt to squeeze you dry if you ever try to upgrade from the "homeless person" armor set into something a bit fancier. The gameplay itself, and this goes doubly so for the crafting, is perfectly solid, so if the above mentioned flaws are things you're willing to overlook, then you might just find enjoyment in Black Desert Online.

And as a final note, if you decide to grab Black Desert Online make sure you do so before January 4th as there is currently a 50% sale going on. Have fun!