Elsword is a free-to-play, online action RPG that uses classic side-scrolling game mechanics in an immersive anime inspired world.
User reviews: Very Positive (3,141 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 2, 2014

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"A Korean side scrolling, mmo, rpg, with a manga style. Very colorful, fun, with multiple characters to play, and constantly updating with new content."

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March 24

Coming Soon: Diabolic Esper!

We’re entering the home stretch, Elpeeps. The culmination of the Masters of Darkness series is just one week away! Last time we checked, Add has become the Time Tracer with brilliant chrono-twisting powers. Soon, he will move up in his time-and-space manipulating abilities.



Using the time travel equation and pure El energy on his Dynamos’ upgrade, Add is able to go back to a time when his family lives. However, he finds all his efforts wasted when he sees another one of himself, another Add in this other reality… and this other Add is actually happy. He tried many times to correct his miscalculations, to try and arrive at his own real past, but it’s no use. Realizing that his travels back in time may never lead him back to the reality he knew, Add is finally pushed to the brink. Get ready for Diabolic Esper, arriving next week!

Item Mall Goodies

By tomorrow, Elpeeps are gonna be turnin’ Japanese courtesy of the 2014 Elsword Japan Costume Contest Winners. Exquisite! Try them on, ‘mkay?



Also, Hamel Navy Officer costume hair and weapon pieces arrive in standard Ice Burners. Go find ‘em starting tomorrow!

Elpeeps, Spring Break FEVER has begun. Don’t forget to play today for your 2 hours of 2X Drops, and tomorrow for your 2 hours of 2X EXP! It doesn’t stop there—just get in the game daily until next Monday and bask in all the awesomeness to come, including an amazing package discount on Cruise Wear sets. See ya!

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March 18

Steam Only Exclusive DLC: Free from March 18 - 22

Celebrate the arrival of Time Tracer in Elsword Online with the Steam exclusive Time Tracer's DLC Package! Featuring the brand-new Time Tracer’s Hover Board, a special permanent accessory available only thru Steam. This pack also includes 1x Magic Necklace (15 days), 1x Summon Stone: Ice Hameling Mount (15 days), and 1x EXP Boost Medal 50% (3 days).

To redeem your DLC in-game simply go to the Item Mall in Elsword and proceed to the Enter Coupon button. Enter the code provided by the DLC you purchased.

Read up all about these awesome goodies:

• Time Tracer’s Hover Board - This totally rad accessory has Add the Time Tracer's crazed face on it. When equipped on your character, this goes to the Top Piece accessory slot.

• Magic Necklace (15 days) - Equip this accessory on your character to increase MP by 30% while attacking or being attacked. This item disappears after 15 days.

• Summon Stone: Ice Hameling Mount (15 days) - Right click on this item to acquire a mount, then press F to summon. The Ice Hameling is a nice little ice dragon that will carry you through the dungeons and fields, as well as lend you its impressive powers. This one disappears after 15 days.

• EXP Boost Medal 50% (3 days) - Keep this in your specific character’s inventory to gain 50% extra experience points in dungeons and level faster. It disappears after 3 days.

Valued at $20, this pack is a steal! Get Time Tracer's DLC Package today!

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Reviews

"A great experience right from the beginning — there is so little downtime that you'll find yourself pulling off combos in no time. Combat is where the game truly shines."
--Gamezone

“Winner: 2011 Best Sidescroller”
--http://www.onrpg.com/videos/first-annual-onrpg-online-gaming-awards-w-jamesbl0nde-and-dizzypw/

"Top 3 Action Games - Reader's Choice"
--MMO Site

“Beautiful, 3D stylized scenes cleverly accented with manga charm.”
--GirlGamer

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About This Game

Elsword is a free-to-play, online action RPG that uses classic side-scrolling beat ‘em up gameplay mechanics and deep customization to bring a unique manga experience to life.

In Elsword, you star in your own comic book while experiencing all the excitement of a massively multiplayer online game. Get ready for fast-paced gameplay, stunning animation, and epic bosses. Whether conquering hordes of enemies in dungeon runs or showing off your skills in the PvP arena, Elsword is the most intense free-to-play action RPG to date.

Key Features

•Co-Op Gameplay - Party-up with friends to explore over 50 unique and beautifully rendered dungeons, towns, and secret levels.
•Unique Characters, Unique Stories- Players can choose from nine customizable characters, each their own unique story, play style and special skills to develop.
•Skill-Based PVP Combat- Elsword offers intense and strategic PvP with matchmaking and multiple competitive modes. Challenge your friends in matches of up to 8 players at a time.
•Customize like Crazy- Each character features multiple job changes, dozens of skills and endless opportunities for customization. Create or discover your personal look.
•Community Support- Constant game updates, item and content expansions, and special events including GM Livestream play sessions, community contests and PVP Tournaments are all a part of the Elsword experience.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows 2000
    • Processor:Pentium 3 800MHZ
    • Memory:256 MB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce MX 400(32M)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1300 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Pentium 4 2.7 GHZ
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce FX5700/ATI Radeon 9600(128M)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
1,013 of 1,153 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2,044.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
I don't even know where to begin, but I'll try...
(Real long read, but want to make sure to steer you away from this terrible, terrible game)

EDIT: But first, if you’re here for the Steam Exclusive Deal? Dooon’t do it.
First, they’re treating you like brainless cattle. It’s NOT free DLC, you’re downloading nothing new. All it does is let you start with a level 35 Time Tracer (Very low level) and give you a bunch of TIMED cashshop goodies (They pretend that’s worth money, hence the ‘free’ part). That. Is. All. Nothing new or unique.
You’re not cattle to be milked like KOG loves to believe, don’t fall for this ‘free DLC’ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.
And back to the review….

First - Cashshop.


It's a free to play, sure, but it fails absolutely miserably at handling its cashshop. Power, not convenience, is for sale. Just take a look at what you'll want for a new character:

Want to use more than 4 skills at once? 9$
Ditto items? 6$
Want a costume (greatly boosts PVP stats)? Anywhere from 15-32$
Do you want skill notes (greatly boosts skills)? 1.50$ a piece, can use up to 6
Want an overpowered pet? 4$
Want an overpowered mount? 23$

That's 60$ for a huge power boost nearly unobtainable ingame. In other words, apparently this game is so awesome, a single character should cost more than the price of a triple A game (Surprise, it’s not). That’s not even touching the hundreds of dollars you can spend going for overpowered +11 equipment
That alone should be giving you bad vibes, but to continue…


Second - Balance.


Short version: There is none.

Long version: Sigh…

KOG's idea of new content is a new, more broken character. That way people will go "AWESOME" and pay $60+ in previously mentioned cashshop for their new broken character.
And then they release another, even more broken character, and repeat the loop for infinite money. New dungeons? Nope, halt the update and add another new character instead.

Let's look at the most recent, broken example, Add, or specifically the new Diabolic Esper class coming out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLeq6Lo2HEY (30 second clip, implore you to take a gander)
Yes, that is Crimson Avenger, -second- newest class, dying in 30 seconds while DiE literally just runs around spamming missiles. Mind you, this is SSS rank play, top tier stuff. Welcome to Elsword PVP.

Ignore the most broken cheapskate for a second, as even the basic combos are horribly unbalanced. Eve in general is incapable of looping without spamming Tesla Shock, the worst KD reset skill in the game. Ara and Add have built in infinite loops with their basic attacks. If they catch you once, you will die without manabreak. That means anytime they catch you, it's a guaranteed -100 MP for you, while Eve will end up doing scratch damage while -giving- you MP. It’s completely unbalanced at the most -basic- level, before even delving into class skills and powers.

So if KOG can’t even balance the most basic and -important- aspect of a fighting game, what hope is there for the rest of the game?


Third - Combat.


So there's PVE and PVP. Originally both took skill to be good at....
Not anymore.
With the last dungeon revamps we had ages ago, everything's been buffed with fake difficulty. Bosses ignore combos with length super armor while hitting chunks of your HP off, or get ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ like flat out invincibility/smaller hitboxes.
Even the normal mobs are getting stoic counters to break free from your combos. Because ♥♥♥♥, what is this, a fighting/combo game? Oh, it is? Well oops.
The end result is that the game is becoming more and more like a maplefest game. No skill, just button mashing and potion chugging, spam your highest damage move whenever the CD is off.

So what about PVP?

You can probably guess how this’ll go.
As should be evident with the cashshop and balance sections, PVP is ♥♥♥♥. Doesn’t matter how skilled you are, if you picked the wrong class/don’t have as much cashshop as everyone else, you lose. They only need to be slightly competent to floor you.

But assuming you're equal in everything, class, cashshop, how's it go then?
Laughably. This is a terrible excuse of a fighting game.

99% of PVP is catching, which is hitting your opponent first so you can combo them. The actual combos are brainless, you memorize a small string of button inputs and that's it. You repeat that forever and you know PVP. Catching is the only hard part, which naturally gives the edge to the players with more range. Guess who everyone picks.

Look at Add, newest character. Starts match with DP mode, spams nearly undodgable homing shot, teleports into you for combo, never runs out of DP unless he kills you enough. Nothing counters it.

But even ignoring Add, this game is still a joke compared to other fighting games. There’s almost zero strategy involved beyond picking the right character.


Fourth - Content


This is probably the final nail in the coffin for me. KOG literally couldn't give less of a ♥♥♥♥ of what the players want. We haven't had real new content in almost a year now.
Our current endgame is summed up in 5 dungeons, the Secrets. You only run them to construct a Secret set, which takes at most a month. Then you have nothing else to do but PVP. Congrats, you won Elsword.
This is yet another ploy to make you make another character and spend even more on cashshop, but considering how boring it gets to play the same things over and over… that won't last long.

You could try to argue PVP is the heart of the game, but as I've tried to make clear, it’s terrible. Even the rebalances are jokes; Season 3 revamped a total of TWO out of 26 classes, and completely ignored (and even NERFED) classes desperately in need of it, like Code: Nemesis again.

Not to mention, again, the complete lack of cashshop separation from power. Expecting nerfs to costumes, +11 weapons, skill notes, etc? What is this, a balanced F2P?

So yeah, PVP is the ‘heart’ of Elsword, and it’s rotten to the core.


Fifth - Regional differences


I mentioned them a bit already, but it goes a lot deeper. If you play Elsword in KR, it might actually be somewhat better overall. Anywhere else? ♥♥♥♥ you.

So what does NA get? Summed up in a few words: Cashshop, inflated prices, worthless trinkets.

Meanwhile KR gets so many EXP boosting events, crossover events, fun little stuff like Bingo events, even a month long Harmony festival with cashshop rewards/costumes/exp boost/stamina boost/free healing items/and more all rolled into event that's still going on. We don't get anything like that anymore.

So tack that on top of the already increased EXP requirements and bland general events.

But wait, they also purposely punish our region for no reason!
In KR, Henir and Secret revamps came with new level 70 sets, could trade your old 60 sets for them.
In NA, all the work you put in the 60s? Do it again. Make 70s from scratch with the vastly inferior 60s in dungeons designed for much stronger equipment.

We can't even get voice acting yet, we're still using KR's voice overs, while even the UK managed to get English dubbing (Which was horrible in quality because KOG isn’t going to waste money when they could pocket it).

Our GMs do make an effort to have silly mini-events, but they're powerless against the greedy grubby hands of KOG.

And this is all because the MMO market anywhere else aside from KR is pretty slim. KOG can tell us to eat ♥♥♥♥ and we have to, because we don't have many other options.
Which is why I eagerly await DFO's return, KOG is about to burn their own ship with this ♥♥♥♥.


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Hopefully you’ve got the gist of that and now understand what’s wrong with Elsword. Pleeeease avoid it, KOG doesn’t deserve a penny from you. Tell your friends, too, don’t let them waste time or money on this crap.

If you want a properly handled F2P fighter MMO … Then just wait.
Dungeon Fighter will be back soon (March 24th!)
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208 of 279 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
912.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Let me list my problems with this game.

There is a significant pay-to-win issue in the game in the form of costumes and gear enhancements. Contrary to a relatively "fair" free to play game model, Elsword's costumes for some unknown ridiculous reason give stats and overall power. As a result, this results in those are willing to pay having a significant advantage over individuals who do not. More to the point, Equipment enhancements, due to their nature of increasing stats via an increasing percentage per enhancement level (From a 1% stat increase at +1, 15% stat increase at +6~9 and a +30% stat increase at +9~11) results in a ridiculous power disparity between high-enhancement weapon wielders and low-enhancement weapon wielders. With the present average enhancement at +7, people at +8 and higher will have a 15~100% stat advantage in comparison to the average player.

The PvP system of this game, contrary to most individual opinions, is genuinely well-thought out and generally well made. This game's PvP is dependent on your ability to 'catch'- i.e., hitstun your opponent and land a series of hits in the form of combos, and repeat. Hence, it is potentially possible for any character at any level to defeat any character and any level, as long as one's skill level is higher than the other. On a clean, basic flowchart, I find this highly appealing.

However, there are several significant issues with this PvP system.
First and foremost, there is a signicant balancing issue between the many classes and characters you can choose in the game, particularly with the more recently released character/classes. For those interested in said balance issues the PvP forums are the place to go.
Secondly, due to this game's frame rate being directly tied to your computer's performance (i.e. Frame Rate or FPS), and because your frame rate is directly tied to your character's input response speed (e.g. Attack/Movement/Jump speed) anyone with an inferior computing experience compared to the opponent will have several issues.
Thirdly, this game's matching system is a peer-to-peer system, which directly connects your IP to the opponent's IP. As I am an Australian and this game is based in America, naturally most of my opponents are individuals across the whole pacific ocean, resulting in horrible latency between us. This results in delayed response times and hits and actions on your screen not registering on the opponent's screen. This results in a horrible PvP experience for both you and your opponent.
Finally and most importantly, the above enhancement system comes into play in PvP as well. As in PvP, you can be matched up with anybody and anyone regardless of level/class/enhancement level, anyone with a high-enhancement weapon will find themselves extremely advantaged over those who do not. As a result, the gear discrepancy between players are ridiculously high, as one player with a +7 could hit for 3-digit damage on their normal hits whilst the opponents hits three times as much with 4-digit damages. This is one of the most significant issues which results in PvP being heavily discouraged by most players below this review.

The PvE system of this game serves as several dungeons in which you clear stages after stages of monsters, culminating to a generally difficult last-stage boss. However, after a while these bosses become walkovers, and it becomes boring to grind these after a while. Challenges exist in the form of solo Secret Dungeons and Henir Challenge modes. These however also become walkovers with sufficient enhancements.

Would I recommend this game? No. really, no. It's genuinely fun, yes. However, that's only once you reach the end game and you have sufficiently invested enough time and money in order to establish your character's power and place in the Elsword world. I genuinely do not recommend this game for anyone with insufficient time on their hands. I genuinely do not recommend this game for anyone young or with a volatile personality as this game will induce salt and rage at times, especially in PvP.
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100 of 140 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
48.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Pay to win :)
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89 of 131 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
941.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
I've played this game for god knows how long (roughly 3 years). I feel I should post a review.

Jist:
Play one of 9 (soon to be 10) characters, with 3 different and slightly-to-very unique playstyles on each. With gameplay that is a mix between Smash Bro's, a traditional fighter, and traditional MMO.

So lets hit hard with the Pros and cons.

Pros:
•Core gameplay is extremely enjoyable
•Variety variety variety
•The aesthetic is very pleasing, even though the whole "play your manga" original tagline is nowhere to be seen

Cons:
•Pay2win
•Pay2win
•there is very little actual content
•there is very little actual balancing. With the arrival of PvP Season 3 proving it in spades, good luck if you arent 70 and dont have a weapon +8 or above.

Pay2win

Final word:
I love this game, I really do. I've spent minimal actual dollars on it, and made tons of friends. which is nice when you're a casual, but if you want to be a competative-to-hardcore player, have fun dropping several hundred++ dollars in this game.
Please bare in mind, I still play this game, and love it. But I cannot recommend it due to flaws which are out of our hands.

Even though I gave this game a thumbs down, I hope to see you in Elrios one day.
-ign: fetishfox
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60 of 90 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
873.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
As a veteran of this game for almost four years, i can safely say this game does indeed have potential, but wastes it in alot of areas, the game requires necessary grinding for a good amount of skills, and the pay wall in this game is ENORMOUS. Unlike other games, Elsword locks both four skill slots off, and extra pages in the skill tree, both of which are nearly 20$ apiece. The game also does indeed have a problem with class balancing, and the developers refuse to listen to the american playerbase for opinions regarding buffs/nerfs, listening only to the korean playerbase. This game is indeed fun, but that will only last at most a few weeks before you start to become bored with the game or play with friends. If you do indeed like grinding, forced halting of your gaming due to the stamina system that is implemented, and severe balancing issues, than this is for you. Otherwise, i say skip out on Elsword, and look for some other game.
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
pvp is just really unfair if someone has more money then you they get abunch of unfair buffs not to mention that the combo system is so broken just spam the same buttons over and over untill you win
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
125.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Terrible and a waste of time. Don't bother spending any money on it because you won't stop after. PvP is flat out unbalanced and bad. There's potential but that'll never happen because KoG won't ever listen. Now if you excuse me, I'll be uninstalling for trash like this for some space that's worth having. :^3
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25 of 37 people (68%) found this review helpful
169.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Probably not worth your time.
If you like anime, some fan-service, sidescrollers, and grinding you'll be fine.
The Elwiki is a great resource if you're going to play.

I've been playing on and off for a long time.

The game makes a ridiculous effort to cockblock my attempts at progress. There's a stamina bar that limits how many monsters that can be killed in a day (it's manageable, especially with unlimited stamina weekends), but more importantly the EXP rates screw you over around level 45. I've been forced to grind several times in between dungeons around Velder for that reason, and it appears at the same spots on every character.

The progression itself doesn't feel very spectacular. You only get a skill every five levels which isn't too often when the cap is 70. Once you finally do get a variety of skills, you're locked to only using four at a time unless you pay $10 for an expansion. Changing jobs is what pathes the way to more skills, but it also gives you new combos to use in addition to your character's base ones. The problem here is that most of these combos can be impractical to use, so having more than one of a character can feel incredibly repetitive.

You mostly play the game by using combos. You also have to practice catching opponents in PvP and knocking them down wastes a good opportunity. Knocking down monsters reduces the damage they take and they may retaliate with a strong attack. Combos are pretty easy to do in PvE, especially since you can just obliterate the first 20 dungeons without a care. btw don't solo. Love yourself (and your stamina). Monsters tend to be more aggravating than they are challenging.

The art is pretty and the outfits have a unique style, but the characters have been driven to almost exclusively fan-service. This is most apparent in the recent customization options (cash only) that have appeared in the Korean server. Most (if not all) of the new female art is sexualized.

There haven't been many efforts to upgrade the "anime" quality to the game. They've stuck to the same assets they've had since the beginning which is ironic when I see ads saying "Play your manga!" as if that were the main appeal.

The characters weren't amazingly unique but they had their own things going for them. Effort has clearly dropped in development, however, and this is most apparent in their most recently released character, Add, a blatant ripoff of Accelerator from A Certain Magical Index. Although it makes sense to try to appeal to anime fans in this way, it exhibits the disrespect the game has for its own storyline. The character preceding was an imitation from their previous game--a callback and a bit of respectable fanservice--so it was no foul, but, to be fair, it also wasn't the pinnacle of creativity.

The worst part is I'm going to keep playing.
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26 of 39 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
89.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
This game may look friendly, but the more you delve into it,
the more you realize that it's just a façade.
It's says it's "Free to Play", but it just have enough free content to
last you a couple of dungeons. Unless you pour cash in this game,
you will have a hard time alone.
Pay to unlock the B skill set. Pay to get another skill tree setup.
They give you HALF OF THE STORAGE CAPACITY. Not even ONE PAGE. HALF.
And don't get me started on the bank. If you think half was bad enough, wait to see the bank deposit,
Oh, and that nice ice burner sets? Too bad, you need to be Filthy rich to collect just ONE of those. And that's
only for ONE character.
Oh yeah, you need to buy all of these things for every character you create. Funny, eh?
Oh, you want to PvP? Too bad, Equipment and Costumes stats carry over to PvP. Skill is one part of the equation, and
it's the little part. The moment you encounter an opponent with the same skill level, the one who wins is the one with the most overpowered gear. Not even kidding.
And it's not even balanced. Want to be OP? Get the latest class. 90% of the time it's OP as hell.
KoG it's not known for being great at balancing stuff.
I come from Grand Chase, and even though it's a very old game, The PvP is balanced, because the Equipment stats don't carry over to PvP. The only thing that matters it's your skill.
And Mounts? Pfffft, same as Ice Burner sets. Good Luck Trying to get that "Chocobo".
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this game, unless you have good friends to play, or if you play a couple of hours a week.
2/10
Pros:
-Nice Graphics
-Aisha can be a Magic Girl
-Elesis
-VICTORY SWORD, HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
-If you don't care for PvP, Jobs are actually entertaining

Cons:
-Extremely overpriced stuff
-Pay for everything
-PvP is utter crap unless you pour unlimited money works
-Phorus, Banthus, and Pong can ruin your sanity
-If KoG could sell instant Lvl 70 upgrades, they would.
-Stamina (I mean, maybe in Korea it's a good idea to limit the amount of time people invest in this game, but in NA it's actually a very bad move. I mean, look at Elsword EU)
-Korean voices (If you're not a fan of asian things in general, you will hate the voices. Even though it was hinted that this could have an English Voiceover, it never materialized, AND GRAND CHASE HAD TONY OLIVER, WHY?! EVEN ELSWORD EU HAS ENGLISH VOICES)
-Elsword it's an irritating brat
-Job costumes are timed, and there's no way to buy them
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38 of 61 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
unfair pvp leveling system .. I'm level 15 and they match me with level 44 how am I supposed to win lol
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
I advise no one to play this unless you hardly get angry. You WILL get ♥♥♥♥♥ int he corner in PVP. You WILL get bored of dungeons and then go to the Arena and GET CORNER ♥♥♥♥♥. PVP IS UNBALANCED AS ♥♥♥♥ AND DUNGEONS GET BORING. PLZ BE CAREFUL IF YOU DECIDE TO PLACE THIS GAME BECAUSE YOU WILL BREAK YOUR LAPTOP!
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24 of 36 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
To be honest this game is only fun for an hour its the same quests, same moves and no challenge even of very hard
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44 of 73 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
487.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Everything in this game is so broken. The character arena gameplay is just so off balanced and the lvling of the dungeons is the same thing over and over again usualy to get boring at sometime. Everyone in the game is a butthurt little 12 year old. Arena is full of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ everywhere. Don't even waste your time with this game. It may have some good graphics and ♥♥♥♥ but it sucks...
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39 of 64 people (61%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
While interesting intially, the game quickly becomes redundant and along with the minor glitches, lack of real customization... I just couldn't keep myself interested. If you like mindlessly grinding extremely easy content, then this might be the game for you, but I personally like more customization and uniqueness in mmos. There are other mmos that do what this game does better.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Ok, i love this game. I don't use the cash shop and i don't do the pvp, i mainly just dungeon delve and feed my pet. I play this casually. So why do i not recommend this? Xtrap.
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42 of 70 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Pre-Release Review
DONT LET THOSE BIG BREASTS FOOL YOU!

The game is jsut a bunch of copy and paste side scroll dungeons.
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87 of 155 people (56%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
>Be invited to 6v6 by friend
>"But I'm like level 21, m80"
>he shrugs it off like nothing
>I join anyway
>he promises that his friends will go easy on me
>yay.jpeg
>SUDDENLYLEVEL60STRAT
>sudden realisation that ima be rektd
>try best at game
>did decent damage
>doiwinyet.avi
>get slashed once
>dies
>get unfriended by friend that tells me "Get. ♥♥♥ing. Good."
>mfw I was then banned from his clan
>puts down Elsword
>goes back to Team Fortress 2
>Go on server
>Bunch of kids screaming
>turn off computer
>sit on bed
>curled up
>crying.mp45
>mfw I never touched the game again
11/10 Must play game to get rektd in. All Hail Raven
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90 of 164 people (55%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
858.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Meh.

Pros:
+Pretty fun for the most part, espcially with a friend(s)
+Currently 9 unique characters, each with different classes
+Nice graphics
+Combos are very different from character to character
+It can be addicting once you have found a character class that you enjoy playing
+Decent and friendly customer support

Cons:
-VERY overpriced cash shop about $15-$30 for a costume (optional of cousre, but does give stats that help out slightly) or $23 for a mount, that will greatly help out in PVE
-Some costumes are only available through "Ice Burners" which are $1 each, but are not even close to guarenteed to get you a single piece of the costume set. (you could spend $50 on ice burners and get nothing useful)
-If you want more than 4 skills (which helps out alot) it's $9
-PVP is very unbalanced (incredibly gear based)
-Most characters are also broken in their own way
-Extremely grindy after level 45ish, made harder with the slow EXP gain
-Stamina system, which limits how long you can play each day (however not too much of a problem later on)
-Dreadful community- example: tons of ragers who will insult you in a very childlike manner over the stupidest of things
-Dungeons become very boring and repetitive after a while
-This version of elsword (North America) is behind with updates when compared to Korean elsword, but is ahead in updates compared to other versions at the same time
-ED (the in game currency) is pretty useless, it can not buy you costumes or any useful, unless you want to trade with another player, which will cost you millions of ED

Do i still reccommend this game? Yes and no...
This game does become highly addicting despite all of the negatives, you will always have something to work towards,which is what makes the game addicting, be it gear only obtainable through doing secret dungeons, wanting to grind your way towards level 70 or SSS rank in PVP. You could even try your luck in getting the best time in Henirs mode, which has most of the bosses from each region that you need to kill consecutively (does require good gear however.)

Finding a particular character and class that you enjoy in this will be hard to do as there are 9 characters with 3 classes each (that you can progress at later levels) and only a limited number of character slots (7 to start off with I think.) Once you do find that 1 class that you like, you will have a lot more fun because you obviously enjoy it.

Then again, Elsword is a free game and there is nothing stopping you from playing it and trying it for yourself. Most of what I said is debateable, but the only way to truly know wheter you will enjoy somethinge is like is to try it yourself. Who knows, maybe you will have a differenet opinion than I do . :)
Overall i'd say it's worth your time if you are willing to spend a little bit of money on it later on.
4.5/10... I guess
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27 of 47 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Don't let my hours fool you and my time on steam. I been playing consoles and other games for a while now and been playing non-steam version of elsword for 3 years.I just gotten me a gaming computer and gotten steam for it. Anway let me begin the review.

Pros:

*Have at least 3 friends to play this game with and you have a blast.

*The back ground and the scenarios of the game are soo beautiful.(it is anime base after all.)

*It's classic, bring back Memories to classic gamers and there isn't that many 2D side scrollers mmo's, so if your a indie gamer kind of person and into mmo's, this game is for you.

*The outfits in this game are just amazing, I love them all. You can never get tierd of changing looks and there always new ones to enjoy and like.

Cons:

*Mindless action- Meaning there no strategies,tacties or thinking needed to beat enemys and foes in elsword, it's all about rushing in and attacking as fast as you can with out letting the enemy or foe move an-inch in this game(like pvp), results of being to easy and finishing the duns and enemy off and not much of a challenge. Elsword doesn't have class roll's meaning any healers,tanks or supporters, everone bascially a offense char and all there class are to, but some class have very little support skill like TT with shield and MP giving and WS the only class that have a healing skill but no one use it but hey elsword is a to easy game and you don't need it but add-ons like this is what make team work and mmo's interesting.. but oh well.

*Not all costumes can be obtain easily, like ice burners, you can only get them through burning Ice burners, the problem is..it give you most useless stuff most of the time like magic stones,Advance magic stones, shards more. Those are the 3 it give more then the useful stuff like ib sets,high level accessory and +6 ammy's or more.So that means you could be spending 100$ and not get anything useful.

*The Economy in this game is sooo bad, Everything is expensive, the cash shop and in-game board. A Perm outfit is 33$ and skill slot B is 9$ and a mount is 23$(for a short time after the event) so you could be spending 60$ per char or more sometime just for the small things you want. As for the in-game board..it's impossiable to get anything(For NA Elsword). A lot of people said "Well, stop complaing about the game being expensive, you can just buy it off board" but elsword in-game board for costume pieces and ib sets and rare items be over 100 mil ED and you only get 2 mil Ed per run in final region of elsword duns(Sander). So trading and and having good spending friends is your best luck in elsword NA.

*The game is nothing but a RGN loot(meaning it rely to much on drop rates,random and mostly luck)there no quest in this game that just give you anything rare or worthy really...

*The game is super reapetitive...(example) beat the dun on normal, oh you beat it? Good, do it again hard, now very hard, now very hard 3 times. Once you done with the quest, your only half way there to level up, so you would have to do the duns over 10-25 times(through Feita-Sander regions) it get pretty annoying and boring pretty quickly and tiersome and it prove this game was to careless and lazy in-making for the questing system.

*pvp...is the most complan thing ever in this game, it's pretty much broken and very much un-blance and very much gear-base.But I won't go into detail much sense the community it self will tell you how bad elsword pvp is.

*Stamina system..idk what to say except it stupid and pretty tearing the players freedom of playing. Once it hit zero, all you can do is play pvp, stand around and talk with people and play on another char.

*Sound track- The sound track in this game is so bad and boring, meh, I only like 3 and pretty much it, most people had to add custom for mods but to others, most don't.

*Content- Okay they clam they have new content constantly more then other mmo's which is true, ever 2 weeks they have a new update, but reason I dislike it, cause it mostly just new ib sets, new outfits,mounts and pet to spend a lot of money on and barely anything new.

*Customization-They said in the about me."Customize like crazy"but there isn't any "real" costomization at all unless"you paid for it" and"grind for it" which ever mmo have or should have so I say it's pretty misleading what they said in there advertising and about the game section.

Do I recommend this game? Only if you don't mind it being nothing but a grind-fest(meaning to much farming and nothing but repetitive questing),can afford this game, you don't mind a mmo's of picking chars you like and not create your own character , you like small and simple game that doesn't offer much contex and got good friends that willing to take time into this game, but over all I don't recommend this game. Personally I quit this game, not even void or korean server interest me much , cause of the game play it self. But sadly I still play this game only for friends reason. But once PSO2 and BNS comes to NA(there still hope for BNS for NA btw) i'm 100% done with elsword.

Bonus:
Is this game paid to win?It's more a mixture, half paid to win and half not.

Pve:No

Pvp:Seem like it

Those costume and putting duel stones on them(expecially on ib sets) makes you un-stop-able plus the fact with the skill notes to boost your attack skills and able to get repair scrolls and have the extra skill slot for high advantage in pvp and most of all having those 6+ or more ammy's for high advantage for your SD and herir gear that cause pvp to be gear base expcially around S-SSS Rank.(seriously, what mmo charge extra for skill slot?).

Everone have there own opiouns what they think of this game, please don't assume i'm complaing about the tiniest things in this game and wish everything to be easily handed to me for all the cons I listed have been a huge issues for years in this game.

PS: If I had to reccomend better F2P anime mmo or mmorpg game's that out in Western I would say "Dragon nest, Aura Kingdom and Mabinogi" those 3 games tend to have more content and context and true "RP" and fair rate price in Both Western then Elsword does ;3.But I do have other to recommend but there not out yet but coming soon.

That is all and have a nice day.
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30 of 54 people (56%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
(TL;DR at bottom)

So I was talking to my friends one day, and they told me about "This awesome game called Elsword." So, naturally I took a look at it. At first glance, it looked like an ok game, I wasn't too into the art style as i'm not a huge anime/manga fan, but I let it slide, and was ready to try it out. So we (Me and my 2 friends) all created new characters so we could start playing at the same time. I went through the tutorial, and played a bit, and I have to say, I was frankly dissapointed. I'm just going to split this review into 2 sections, the good, and the bad.

THE GOOD -
Movement controls - I LOVE the movement system, it's fluid, it's responsive, everything a good side-srcolling game should have in a movement system! Once you take a jump, that jump is YOURS to control. You can manuever quite easily, and I'm pretty sure one or two characters might be able to fly or float!
Item management - The inventory system is nice, and the GUI is really spiffy, and nice to look at. There are different items and cosmetics that you can buy for your character for customization purposes, and you can even remove everything if you so wish :P
Skills - Each character has a plethora of different skills and abilities they can learn, with most characters having two or three different job classes to choose from, allowing for tons of customization in the way you do combat.
Graphics - The graphics are quite nice, and they don't strain your computer at all! They're very cutesy and cartoony, so if you're into that, this might just be the game for you!
Multiplayer - Any game with multiplayer makes me happy! The servers are well and good, and you very very very rarely encounter lag!

THE BAD -
Combat - The combat system, where do I begin? Honestly, the combat sucks. There are a buch of different combos you can do, and that's the first thing people argue about when it comes to this games combat "gimmick" The combos are unecessary and pointless if you ask me, not only that, but the combat system is clunky and feels very awkward to control, it really is hard to explain, so bear with me. The moves don't exactly execute on time, making it hard to pull off the combo you want to pull off, which usually results in just using the basic attack to fight. I've been able to clear certain levels just by holding down right, and mashing the basic attack. (give or take some backtracking)
Characters - This is more of a personal nit-pick then a problem persay, the characters don't feel very...character-y...I find it hard to actually feel like I AM that character, like other MMOs There is no character customization system, and instead you are given a set of characters to choose from. I like making connections and feeling like I am my character in games, and I just can't do that when there are another thousand Ravens in the same town as me, I don't feel like I AM that character, I feel like I'm CONTROLLING that character, and I just don't like that.
Story - I don't really have much to say about the story, because I skipped most of it, and that's what I want to point out. I'm a lazy guy, and I'm sure at least some of you will agree with me when I say I don't want to sit there and read text boxes for an hour. Two words. Voice. Acting. That's all I have to say regarding that.
Gameplay - So, continuing on with the me and my friends story, I was getting bored fast, and they promised me that good parts were to come. Now, I'm sure that there would be good parts! But if your player gets bored, or frustrated before they get to the good parts, that is bad game design. What if in Legend Of Zelda, they made you fight Gohma over and over and over, promising that "You'll get to the next boss eventually, and it'll be fun!" See my point? You need to get something to grab the player, and pull them in, entice them, keep them coming back to play your game! Another thing that I will add is that I didn't notice any difference between the levels albeit a different boss and layout. It was just, "Do dungeon, go back to field, do a quest that usually involved beating up a few special enemies, do another dungeon" rinse and repeat to the max.
Music - I don't have much to say about this, but the soundtrack was lackluster at best.

TL;DR:
Overall, Elsword is a slightly-worse-than-mediocre-game, it has its perks, but there is really nothing to make it stand out from anything else IMO. If i had to rate it on a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 3.5/10. Thanks for listening, and have a nice day :)

~Eathechicken
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