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.
*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.
*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't 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 like magic stones,Advance magic stones, shards more. Those are the 3 it give more then the 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.
Is this game paid to win?It's more a mixture, half paid to win and half not.
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.