OK now that CBT for NA/EU is done and it's almost time for CBT2 I guess it's time to update this post.
What separates Black Desert from other games?
Action Combat - The combat in Black Desert is action oriented. What I mean by this is, you can not Tab Target or lock on to target. This means you have to manually face and aim at what ever you are attacking.
Expansive World - Many games boast a large world map, but in Black Desert the world is immersive. You cannot simply teleport from one location to another, or fly over the map to your destination. Instead you must walk, run, sail or ride. Each city you visit has its own bank, stable, dock; these places are not magically link to each other.
Graphics - The game engine support Black Desert was made for Black Desert. Without going too deep into specifications, suffice it to say that the graphics are on par with any mmo on the market with as light of a load as possible. For some pros and cons, vist the rest of /u/Devoire's post over on BDO Tome.
What are the minimum PC spec requirements?
32 bit Windows 7 or 8
Intel Core i3-530 2.9GHz
GTS 250 / GeForce 9800 GTX / Radeon HD 6770
Recommended (For Medium to High graphic settings):
64 bit Windows 7, 8.1, or 10
Intel Core i5-650 3.2GHz
GTX 650 / GTX 550ti / Radeon HD7770 / Radeon HD 6770.
While the game is F2P in KR, JP, RU it will be B2P here in NA. LIke GuildWars.
There will be a cash shop, but no details on what will be on it has been released yet.
After looking at some of the items from the other versions i suspect we'll see pets, and consumables for things like resetting skill points, and cosutmes.
The following classes (sexes are locked in) are slated to be available for launch with others coming a month or so after launch:
Ninja/Konoichi (male/female versions of Ninja)
Blader/Plum (male/female versions of Samurai)
I recommend anyone interested in playing spend the time and go through these basic videos. While this game has all the normal systems you'd expect in a MMO they're very unique in how they implement them, and there's a LOT of content available. So it's easy to get lost or confused. (thanks to maladen pointing them out)
End Game, Guilds, PvP, World Bosses:
Workers, Housing, Nodes:
Socketing, Enchanting, Upgrading Gear:
Horse Taming and Breeding:
Commerce, Trading, Crafting:
Horse Taming locations: