Elsword is a free-to-play, online action RPG that uses classic side-scrolling game mechanics in an immersive manga inspired world.
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Mixed (63 reviews) - 61% of the 63 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (5,036 reviews) - 80% of the 5,036 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 2, 2014

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October 25

Transcendence Phase 3 is Here! And The Thrilling Halloween Celebration Continues at Elsword!

Hiya adventurers! Halloween is only just a few days away! Why aren’t you excited yet? The dead will rise from their graves to mingle with the living, and who doesn’t find that exciting? The Halloween celebration continues in Elrios which means you can still beat up some dancing zombie horde, have a thriller night, and party till you drop dead with Dancing King Mike! Just be careful not to turn into one of them, or if that’s your thing then go for it!

The final phase of Transcendence rolls out tomorrow! You’ll get to have your last set of skills and become the ultimate warrior! Don’t forget to check out the Item Mall because we’ve something lovely for Rose coming in. Watch out for it tomorrow!

Transcendence Phase 3
The last phase of Transcendence comes around with the last set of epic skills. Destroy your enemies and become the ultimate hero in this last phase of Transcendence! We’ll help you do it!
  • Get Transcendence Random Cubes when you log-in daily and hang out for a short while during Transcendence Phase 3. You’ll receive useful items every time you open one of these babies!
  • You’ll also get Job Change Tickets for 1st Job, 2nd Job, and Transcendence just by logging in! What are you waiting for?

Item Mall Goodies
This new Ice Burner set for the Empyrean Gunner will conjure up the mighty powers of some benevolent nature spirits from the Orient. The Diamond Yaksha is not only for aesthetics, it also boosts Rose’s power immensely! Complete the pieces of this mystical set from Rose Ice Burners tomorrow!

To change the color of the any of the pieces of Diamond Yaksha from Red to Blue, players would need to craft it through Ariel.

That’s all for now folks~

Enjoy your Halloween and see y’all in-game!

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October 18

Have a Killer Halloween with Dancing Zombies and Winning Costume Designs!

Hiya adventurers! Halloween comes early to Elrios but that’s because everyone’s just so excited to call on the living dead! No need to dust off your Ouija boards or hold a séance, we’ve got a special dungeon rife with dancing zombies where players can start bustin’ out dance moves and slayin’ zombies at the same time!

Annnnd we have another big update coming out next week! What could that update be? Well, you’ll just have to find out but all we’re going to say is that we’re going to cap off something big, so stay tuned! We have a bunch of lovely Halloween stuff at the Item Mall coming out tomorrow that you will most definitely fall in love with! Most of what we have are designed by our talented players so take a look and marvel at each of their creative designs!

Spooky Zombie Night Dungeon Event
It’s time to put your dancing shoes on and jam with the living dead to avoid being turned into a zombie! You’ll also reap awesome rewards!
  • A 10-minute connection gives you a 1 Day 2016 Halloween Contest Winner Costume for your character and a 30 Day Dancing King Mike’s Wig. A 10-minute connection on the weekend gives you a special Magic Pumpkin Weapon Cube for Halloween!
  • During the event, material items called Halloween Zombie Disks will drop in the Halloween Dungeon or when you defeat normal dungeon bosses. You can exchange these for special Halloween accessory cubes that have a chance to yield permanent accessories.
  • Or if you’ve got Permanent Corrupted Accessory Exchange Tickets you can go to Ariel to craft your non-permanent accessories to permanent ones!

Halloween Chain Sales Event
If you want to get the full Halloween items (pets, costumes, and sit motions) for less, then this is your chance! For the first timers here’s how the Chain Sale works:
  • Go to the Item Mall Chain Rewards option or Luciel Chain Sale (if your character is Luciel). Choose any of the two available options to you and then buy!
  • Once the first item has been bought, the second items in the chain will now be available for purchase. The same mechanics apply for succeeding purchases.
  • The first item can be purchased again once the last item in the chain has been bought.
  • Enjoy your new Halloween items that you bought for less than their original price. Then gloat to your friends! Such fun!

Item Mall Goodies

Marvel at the creativity of our players with these magnificent costume designs. Each character gets a unique costume that’s fit for Halloween or for any occasion! Peruse through the collection tomorrow and get one while you’re at it!

Our players’ creativity doesn’t stop with just costumes, no.
Our featured pet for Halloween was thought of by one of the contest winners as well. A Rabbit and pumpkin! Whodathunk they’d go so well together? Check out the Rabbit Pumpkin pets tomorrow!

The new Fantasy and Sticky Halloween Sit Motions will definitely sweeten the day of the dead when you relax after a grueling trick or treat session. Grab this sugary seat tomorrow!

Rose may look dainty and sweet in Grace Fairy but she packs a mighty punch! You’ll never underestimate a gunner wearing fairy wings again. Complete this whimsical set from Rose Ice Burners tomorrow!

That’s all for now folks~

We hope to see y’all in game~

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"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."

“Winner: 2011 Best Sidescroller”

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

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

Major Update: Transcendence Phase 2

Game Update
Phase 2
The Battle Has Just Begun

More skills rolling out for our heroes will make for an exciting game! Raise the roof with these new epic skills!

• Transcendence will expand each character’s skill tree and will add the Transcendence skills in phases.

Learn more here: http://elsword.koggames.com/transcendence-phase-2/

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

    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Intel/AMD 1GHz
    • Memory:Above 1GB
    • Graphics:Nvidia GeForce 5 Series
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3GB Space in the hard disk
    • OS:Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor:Intel/AMD 2GHz or higher
    • Memory:Above 2GB
    • Graphics:Nvidia GeForce 7 Series
    • DirectX®:11 or higher
    • Hard Drive:4GB Space in the hard disk
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Don't listen to my steam hours, I've sunk almost a thousand hours on the standalone launcher, and this game has been p2w for quite a long time. Sure people may say that you can get everything simply by playing, but well, unless you wish to sink hours in it simply for skills and slots that should be there already.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
177.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This game sucks, story sucks, pve elements are boring, and arena is cancer, everyone salts, and it is not at all based on skill, only what gear you have and what title you have.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
The game is ridiculously pay-to-win like many others have said. You can have fun early on without having to pay an arm and a leg, but it will soon become obvious how repetitive the game is without dropping a chunk of change. So the hope is to draw you in big time, and get you pay even bigger to continue enjoying the experience.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
380.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
I personally like the game.
It has a pretty good gameplay and mechanics.
The game currently is pay2win, so I cannot recommend the game to everyone.
The Market store is expensive and ridiculous.
If you are not into pay2win games, I recommend to stay away from this game.
The community is so-so. It can flip either side doe.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Having issues purchasing K-Ching through the ingame item mall. Googled the problem and it appears to be a reaccuring problem and with no real solution other than "wait for it to be fixed"
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
95.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
spent alot of time on this game, but ya'know what? worth it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I really enjoy this game.
Its one of the best anime based MMO's out there!
Recommended af!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Great game overall! Perfect for a lowbudget pc like I had back in the day (obviously I played it via the official website which Is why I only have 13 hours currently) anyways this game is sooo pay to win but there are ways to enjoy the game aside from that so I recommend it to all that are looking for a good free game, people with crap pc's etc.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
118.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Where do I start... This game was great. I say "was" considering I haven't played for months, perhaps a year. The last time I played Elsword was during the final 3rd class release events and the time I decided that the community and structure of the game was at it's most unstable. Apparently I was wrong. I liked the game, I really did, but honestly, I feel the updates come way too fast to earn any event prizes. I admire their attempts at bringing old players back to the game, but the rewards don't feel like a "welcome back" gift and more of a"Come back and we'll give you things". In the old days, Elsword had a skill system where players could choose to equip any skill out of an entire tree, that includes the hyperactive. Since then they changed it approximately thrice now; in one version, the original tree was revamped so instead of dedication sp to the skill to level it up in bundles, you had to level them up one-by-one as well as there being a passive-skill tree seperated from the rest, second and third versions being the ones available today. Something that hasn't change was the pay-to-look-pretty-and-still-somehow-be-better-than-everybody-else system. Ah memories, when people who took pride in their wallet dumped it into the game to get absurd amounts of magic stones to attribute their equipment with top of the line perks. The PVP is always the same though, you end up fighting another player within your rank or level range and get completely overwhelmed because of their dexterity. To those who want to play this, don't play a PVP mode. The ranking and matchmaking system is as skewed as WarThunders'. PVE is as equally skewed, but with the players being on the same side. Since I began playing this game, I admire KoG for implimenting the individual item drop thing, but alot of the game is repetetive. Scroll right, scroll left, kill everything, move on. I used to feel alot of competetition playing in PVE like I felt in PVP because everybdyo went straight for the mobs and ythen moved on. Yada Yada Yada.

tl;dr: I used to like this game when I started out, but as the game developed, it lost that special something that hooked me in the first place. PVP sucks, PVE sucks because everybody kills something before you do, it's repetitive, Everything in the Premim+Casual market is overpriced, the updates keep changing the game that it's hard to keep up. I don't recommend it for people thinking they want to return to the game, but I do recommend it for first time players, just don't PVP.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Kinda sucks that the outfits you get with your new job choice are only temporary and not permanent.
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525.3 hrs
Posted: October 25
Too balanced for me
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695.8 hrs
Posted: October 24
meh, used to love this game, i found it fun myself.... but ever since whats her face came out, my laptop that use to run it perfectly now gets a blue screen of death, nothing on my laptop has changed.

seems like theres nothing but trolls anymore when i did get to play... make elsword great again
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361.3 hrs
Posted: October 23
Its completely broken and is destinied to be shut down very soon. Tho the dev team said to the players they wont shut down the game, but they are not the one holding the red button. Nexon just shut down one of their game because it has too low popularity and bring insuficient income.
If you are not convincing, watch this video before downloading the game.
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Agent Vinnoe
7.5 hrs
Posted: October 22
The game is very good, at least until you start getting 'No response from the server' constantly. It doesn't even try to wait or reconnect. It just closes the game. This ruins the game for me, and it would for you if this problem applies to you. Not to mention the game is pay to win. Not worth playing if you can't tolerate these.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 20
I've played it before and really liked it so i hope they made it better. if it is better than im happy.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 20
it will not let me play i do not no why
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10.7 hrs
Posted: October 19
I am very laggy while playing some areas but it is probably the least laggy and one of the most addicting games I have played. The only problem I really have is almost every time I play I get ga me guard errors or it just doesn't start.
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214.3 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 16
lol pay to win game. The game is literally broken. Many little kids play this game. A lot of ♥♥♥♥bois, catfishes, and thirsty guys. Avoid a person name Aivary that goes by the name Lucy but his real name is Joseph. He is a homosexual ♥♥♥♥♥♥ that have aids and lure little boys to his guild for some ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. Bad GM's. Expensive items. Overall, avoid this game at all cost because I was there since season 1 until now.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 16
Never sent a verification email
Sound wouldn't work in game
Somehow broke chrome while the game was running

No idea if the game is good or not since it really didn't want me to enjoy it.
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