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 (70 reviews) - 58% of the 70 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (4,991 reviews) - 80% of the 4,991 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 2, 2014

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September 27

It’s Go Time! Break Power Barriers and Surpass Limits with Transcendence Phase 1!

Heya adventurers! Well, are you ready to know what the big thing that’s coming today is? Well? Are ya? Ok, two things: One is Transcendence. Push your heroes to their limits and they can gain new skills for that fun, hard-hitting action we know we can’t live without. The second thing is Hero Dungeon: Hell Mode! This new infernal dungeon mode guarantees your trip inside every dungeon makes you come out a changed player. Two big updates back to back to maximize and test out your newly gained Transcendence skills. No time to snooze and dilly-dally coz this ain’t no walk in the park! Don’t forget to check out the Item Mall for three items that made a comeback!

Transcendence Events
You’ll be over 9000 when you’re done with Transcendence events. Plus, think of all the awesome rewards you’ll get for finishing the quests!
  • Choose your rewards by choosing which quests to do. Choose from the 3 types of quests like Transcendence of Growth, Advanced Transcendence, and Transcendence of Power.
  • Everyone will have a chance to create a new character and have it jump levels. The highest level characters can do is 70 and you have to do a quest first otherwise you’re just creating a normal character.
  • You can also get special Equipment Cubes for every phase you finish in the Transcendence Jumping quest. The best part? Those wonderful free equips level up with you!
  • Also, characters level 10 and above who log-in for 10 minutes get a Symbol of Transcendence (7 Days). It’s pretty, it’s glow-y, and has some nice stats to boot!

Heroic Dungeon: Hell Mode Events
Gather all your friends and brave the open gates of hell. Which hell? Choose one! Are you ready to take on a more challenging Heroic Dungeon? Well, step in and find out!
  • Players level 80 and above, and 90 and above will receive an equipment cube for an accumulative connection of 10 minutes. These cubes will contain +8 weapons! How great is that? Pretty spiffy, I’d say!
  • Receive Equipment Tickets and trade them to Glave for a random but stronger equipment. Clearing quests on Normal Mode will give players [Cobo] Hero’s Equipment Exchange Ticket and clearing Hell Mode will give players [Cobo] Enhanced Hero’s Equipment Exchange Ticket to get even stronger equipment.

Item Mall Goodies
Our Heroes are cleaning up Elrios a second time around with Royal Maid. Order each other around and let your floaty friend tell you (with silence) what a great job you’re doing! Collect the set tomorrow!

From the wonderful lands of the orient where the sun rises, harness the sun’s power with Salvatore Solace. Start collecting the sun’s rays—err—pieces tomorrow!

Fans of Aquaman will definitely love the return of Salvatore Denif. With its aquatic motif you’ll be diving into the heart of the battle in no time! Hold your breaths until tomorrow, though!

And because we love you all so much we’re having a special sale at the Item Mall with these three lovely sets. Get 3 free Ice Burners when you buy 5! That’s 8 Ice Burners for the price of 5! How truly wonderful!

That’s all for now adventurers~

See y’all in game~

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September 20

We’re All About Breaking Limits and Smashing Power Ceilings in Next Week’s Update!

Hiya adventurers! We’ve got another major update coming very soon, not tomorrow, but very soon (next week) and we’re thinking of pushing your heroes to their limits with this one. It’s not that hard. Seriously. Maybe? Oh don’t worry, we know you can overcome it and become the very best that no one ever was! The teaser event tomorrow will give you a sneak peek of sorts and we’re sure it’s going to be super easy for you guys. We also have a new field opening in Elysion called Judge’s Sanctuary so get ready to explore and fight harder enemies. We believe in your abilities, adventurers! And lastly, don’t forget to check out our amazing selection at the Item Mall because we know y’all want to ~

Special Game Update’s Teaser Event
We’ve got a few stuff going on as preparation for that special game update that’s guaranteed to push the limits of your heroes’ powers.
• When you complete the condition of one quest to get a ticket, you can use that ticket to exchange for cool character summons with cool skeelz!
• If you like puzzle pieces, then we have something similar when you collect the special game update’s fragments and then craft through Ariel to get a cool box with cool stuff inside!
• You’ll also notice two new skill slots. Why? For the Special Game Update, of course! But you can’t use them yet. The anticipation is slow murder isn’t it?

Elrios Schoolwear Event
Do you like school uniforms? If so, we’ve got an event just for you! You’ll get an abundance of school uniform pieces to mix and match, plus there’s a chance to turn them into permanent pieces!
• Easily get Attendance Cubes which yields either one or more Elrios School Uniform Collection Cubes, Schoolwear Combiners and a Summon Stone: Maru (15 Days) when you log-in for 10 mins for the week’s attendance check!
• The Attendance Stamp you get when you open Attendance Cubes can be exchanged with Ariel for helpful items.
• You can also get Elrios School Uniform Collection Cubes from dungeon monsters. Happy Hunting!

Item Mall Goodies

Take a seat on a hat big enough to fit not only your bunny but also three generations of bunnies in his family tree. With a flick of your wand, your bunny will start “performing” while you sit back and relax on your Great Magician’s Hat. You can finally complete your magician set tomorrow with this lovely sit motion!

Look like a total tough guy or gal when you cruise the lands of Elrios in this deadly-looking bike. There’s a reason why they call it Nightmare – Black Blood. Watch out for it tomorrow and get one or fifty!

That’s all for now ladies and gents~ Don’t forget to log-in tomorrow to check out the special pre-event!
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

Game Update
Surpass Your Limits and Rise with New Power!

Our heroes’ first set of skills are guaranteed to bring down the house! Discover their new found abilities here!

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

Learn more here: http://elsword.koggames.com/transcendence/

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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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
This game is not a good game...
1.Developers want to suck your money out of you

2.There are broken characters

3.These new events are pointless

4.Stats system dosen't feel like it works and it ends up being broken

5.Characters without defense get owned (Such as squishy characters)

6.The quests are pointless besides the job classes

7.THERE IS NO AUCTION HOUSE WTF!!! (Dungeon Fighter Online Has A Auction House)

8.Grinding Repetitive dungeons on weekends are the best way to level
This is all i have to say... you would be better off trying dungeon fighter online or trying out the new games such as closers online.

Final Verdict: 4/10
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
63.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
where to begin... the cash shop is VERY expensive, about $30+ for a costume and $10 for extra skill slots (which should be there to begin with) i would say the balancing sucks but there is no balance. they just buff whatever they want to buff and make it overpowered to one shot in PvP. as for the community it's the most toxic community in the entire history of any game i've ever played in my entire life (yeah even worse than CS:GO and every MOBA out there) and the people who run the game pay ZERO attention to what the community is saying. i swear they're just stealing KR's updates and just using those cause of how lazy they are... even though they have said they do it different than other servers which is complete BS i follow KR so i know what they do and it's EXACTLY the same. they don't do sht to their own server... my advice? don't waste your time with this game. go play B&S or DFO something i promise you'll thank me in the long run.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
333.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 7
Pay2win garbage. To start off you're going have to pay an extra 8/9 bucks just to be able to use 4 extra skills on your hotbar, and this is for each character you make.. not account shared. Overpriced cash shop, going to have to pay almost 30 bucks for a costume if you want your character to look unique. They limit you in a lot of aspects to nickel and dime you for "convenience" items... like the skill usage I mentioned above. Want more mana gain from your attacks or when you're recieving damage so you can you use more skills in a dungeon/pvp? Well you can just buy a mana necklace for 8$ more for a pernament version.

Want a nice pet? pay up. Do you want that pet to pick up all your drops from the dungeon? You got to pay even more on top of that. Anyways, the game is really repetitive/grindy.. no surprise for your typical Korean MMO. Endgame revolves around you repeating the same dungeons to complete daily quests. PVP is completely unbalanced starting from the characters and to the gear and bonuses some costumes give. The pay2win factor can really be noticed there.

Don't get me started on the economy. Due to inflation and like zero money sinks, this game's currency (ED) is pretty much considered worthless. I always wondered why Korea Elsword always had a better economy compared to their other region counterparts. It just makes me think that KOG and KOG GAMES (gamer's publisher/developer) doesn't care at all for the nonKorea servers and just sees an opportunity to squeeze as much money as possible from us. Also there's a stamina system in this game that limits how much you can play each day .

This game is indeed fun though with its combat, and I really do love the character designs also (especially Aisha's and Ara's) .It might be fun at first, but after reaching max level and grinding dailes to craft gear... I was like what's the point if I'm struggling to play this game regularly without using my wallet frequently. If you're not going to spend money on this game especially for pvp, I wouldn't even bother playing it. The combat got boring after repeating the same dungeons over and over. And on top of the overpriced cash shop, the broken economy, unbalanced pvp, pay2win aspects, and the toxic community (at least when I played)... I would say it's better to pass on this game and play something else.
Edit: I understand that there's an extreme fear of "pay2win" when it comes to f2p mmos/mmorpgs nowadays. I also apologize if I repeated that word too much here on my review. But after playing both on the NA and Philippines(including b4 the International Merge) server for almost 2 years, I believe that this fear is true with this game and not an exaggeration.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
37.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 3
I feel that they no longer care about the player base at all, Costumer service is horrid its automated
as in bots. begginning was good but greed took over the fun of the game not only that you have GMs who are not helpful at all some already left cause how they are treated. this money sinker is what the new name should be. it plays on otaku who think this is a good game when you got plenty others worth your wallet and feel good about. this game doesnt do that, when you spend it just feels so bad.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Wanted to try out this game for fun since I lost motivation playing Tree of Saviour.

You can't play the game without having your account activated, but their automatic email system is ridiculously slow so I didn't bother until the next day.

Once I manage to activate my account and got into the game, the game started with all it's audio off with no way to turn it on until you finish the beginning of the game. I found the input unresponsive when trying to perform basic beginner combo on both my keyboard and mouse. I had to spam my keys as if I'm trying to compete with turbo mode. Sadly this is with a latency of ~72ms with their server.

Gamepad is not natively supported despite it advertise as having gamepad support on their site (so you will require third party software such as xpadder, joymotion, logitech gaming software, etc.).

They lock you out of their official forum unless you spend money on the game. I can understand that if their community is extremely toxic, but you can't even view the forums as a newcomer who will not spend money on a game that you have not played.

There's a few other problems, but overall, my first time experience was pretty disappointing.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
626.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
Used to be an awesome game , but not anymore
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
This game...
Oh, this game...
This game had me stuck in it for so long, but after i realized how ♥♥♥♥ it was, i quit. I was an Add main (The glass cannon of the game) And to get your final job change (Which is pretty much a change of skills to a class) I saw a mission. Defeat a boss 10 times. And oh boy, was it repetetive as hell. If you enjoy grinding your eyes out, then play this. But if you want to get things semi-easily without grinding 'till the cows go home, don't touch this game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I have been playing this game since 2012. Yes my steam profile doesnt say that but i downloaded it directly from the web page so it doesnt record into my steam. (i downloaded the steam version recently)

So i will tell u about this game and my experience with it

Pros: Variety of character/ classes. There are a total of 34 class with 11 different characters each have their own unique style/ play style
-Varieties of skills. Some look and work almost like another but most are unique with cool animation
-Cool dungeon design (not game play wise)
-A battle can be very cool and flashy which in my opinion never a bad thing

Also this game is not "pay to win". Well it does pay to get your character op in 1 week rather than 1 year. But overall most item mall stuff can be obtain completely free via the Board. But with a shet tons of grind

With all that said why am i not recommend this game?

Cons: The game is full with glitches. Extremely unbalance between class And the developer know absolutely nothing about their game and what their players want
-Every basic need that u need in the game u will have to pay for it. Or go and grind and lose your sanity for ED -In game currency- to buy them. Everything from pets, to Skill B slot -an item that give u 4 more skill slot- which should not be a god dam thing that u have to get because it the basic of the gameplay (skill spamming). If u dont own it u get a big disadvantage. Despite how important the item is The developer give it a cost of $9. You can see how greedy they are
-Poor dungeon design (game play wise) The dungeon is absolutely repetitive and boring. They have almost no talent in creating a good and actually challenging dungeon (well there are a few but it rare). The boss is so poorly thought out. If u want to fight against bosses that run away or go invincible for like 30 sec while attacking u with their stupid moves and u cant do jack but wait for them until they come back, then this is the game for u cuz it what alot of the dungeons are.
-It the worst grind fest game i ever play. i played alot of MMORPG and i know it a crucial part of it But this game bring it to a whole new level of grind. Im at lv 90 (when this post was made) level 99 is the max level. And if u want to lv up to max u gotta do the same stupidly made dungeon for at least 300-500 times which is absurd and REPETITIVE
-Bad developer: The developer dont care about their community at all. Result in horrible plagued community with cancerous c*nt who go around trolling and being a d*ck without any consequences. The developer also horrible at balancing and bug fixing. Nerfing a class that dont need it and buff class that is already over power. They always either over buffed a class so it become a monster or just nerfed to hell. The costumer services is horrible and unresponsive. Bad events that make me thinking why these events need to be exist. Alot of events they have usually for player who pay for the game.

The reason why im still playing this game is because alot of my friend still play it so at least we can play together and do stupid stuff in game to make it actually fun. Other wise i probably never come back to this trash of a game
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
I've played this game for 10s of thousands of hours off steam. Don't play this game if you aren't willing to pay alot of money. The PvP is completely unbalanced and the PvE is boring and grindy. Lowkey tho theres tons of ♥♥♥♥♥es on this game 2 lure in of all ages so if ur lonely and ur trying 2 slide in get some niec ibs, a +9 for the niec wep effect and join guilds liek aesthetical/silience/adore/exousia or any populr group u fiend its a sea of ♥♥♥♥♥ trust mi tho most r weaboos but hey man som r ok u feel so ya try ur luq gl fam pce

or u can b like takoon and hunt female ara playrs in spar :eyes:
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3.7 hrs
Posted: September 30
I liked this game in the beginning before all the updates, when the game felt fresh and fun. But now everything that you want or need you need to pay for, some quest require hours of getting the boss to drop an item, and getting a party together to do higher level dungeons is impossible unless you know the people. I tried playing it today but all the clutter on the screen was annoying, and the lag is unreal even on servers that say they are smooth.

Right now, I woldn't recommend the game based on how much money one would need to everything wanted AND needed.
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47.0 hrs
Posted: September 27
The fan base is terrible, the exp tables are ♥♥♥♥, the voice actors are awful, the pay to win aspect ruins the game and pvp, in general NA Elsword is terrible, I'd recommend playing on one of the private servers instead.

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12.6 hrs
Posted: September 26
Greatest game I have ever played. :D
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94.9 hrs
Posted: September 26
spent alot of time on this game, but ya'know what? worth it
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21.4 hrs
Posted: September 26
My account was banned for some ungodly reason yet they still felt it was okay to take money for a game I could no longer play. This is absolutely inexcusable and totally ridiculous. Where do you get off as a publisher thinking this is okay? Aeria games, you are a disgrace to honest game publishers and developers everywhere. It's disgusting that publishers like you still exist in these modern times that still exploit players and then shed a blanket of ignorance over yourselves. These are YOUR games, these are YOUR responsibility! If something happens with an account do you not think it would be wise to notify the player of the problem, and then maybe I don't know, STOP taking their money? Where does it make sense to decide that you no longer want a player in your community but it's still okay for said player to continue making payments to your asinine company and you continue to profit? What service are you exactly providing to that individual? Or are you just so godly that you think you deserve recompense for some imagined slight? You are disgusting and I will make sure to notify everyone and anyone of your underhanded tactics and exploitations of your playerbase. Thank you Aeria Games for being a shining example of everything wrong with the gaming world and FTP companies today. Thank you for setting back the evolution of the FTP model, and not progressing towards a more streamlined and player friendly model. May god have mercy on your despicable souls...

I'm out.

PS: Your welcome for all the free money.
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depression but visual
210.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
played for few minutes. Its ok
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 25
i do enjoy this game but i would not recomend wasting your time with as i read in another revew pay2win
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49.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
Classic P2W Garbage. Combat in PVE is alright but is utterly broken in PVP (Battles are revolved around stun-locks) cash shop is overpriced, Pets are Expensive and the gameplay is utterly boring as hell.

i guess its still playable without paying a cent unlike other MMO's / F2P games but there is still better games like this out there.
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393.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
This game is fun. Best free game on steam
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2,661.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
I'd rather drill a screwdriver into my head.
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