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 (85 reviews) - 62% of the 85 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Jul 2, 2014

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August 23

Enter Another Dimension to Pass the Heavenly Gates of Elysion! Plus, It’s Your Last Chance to Beat Eltrion!

Hey, hey adventurers! We have two major events going on this week! Can you guess what they are? Well you really won’t have to coz I’m just going to tell you, teehee. Let’s get right into it! Elysion opens to welcome player into its heavenly, majestic gates. And in here you will start a new journey towards that may lead to the El Lady. What’s that I hear? That, my friends, is the sound of the level cap being raised. Exciting isn’t it? To help you get to 99 faster, why don’t you explore Elysion’s two new dungeons?

Need more experience to level up? We’re going to have to introduce you to the new and improved Eltrion! It’s Phase 3 now and he’s stronger than ever. He also comes in a new a stunning black color probably to intimidate you more. Lastly, we have two new items at the Item Mall coming in tomorrow that will definitely pique your interest so watch out for it!

Elysion and Level Cap Increase
The Gates to Elysion have opened and with it, new challenges await. You have to get stronger take on new enemies and bring the El Search Party closer to the El Lady.
• If you’re level 85 and above, every level up will reward you with a [Cobo] Max Level Expansion Celebratory Cube (7 Days). How awesome is that? Super awesome!
• Visiting Elysion and clearing its new dungeons (Celestial Crossroads and Adrian’s Palace) guarantees equipment and accessories.
• Want a new set of jammies? Log-in daily on the weekdays and on the weekends to get a [Cobo] Dreamy Cube that contains 1 to 5 Fantasy Dusts depending on your luck. You can exchange these with Ariel to get a cozy pajama set.

Eltrion Phase
You’ve snuck in Eltrion’s chambers and tried to subdue the mighty giant while he recuperates but you failed. Now it’s your last chance to beat this steel behemoth, can you do it?
• Getting new Eltrion accessories is easy-peasy: just log-in for 30 mins and then check your mail, yo! You’ll get a Deviated Sky Guardian’s Accessory that contains Eltrion accessories like a mask, a pair of wings, and a tail.
• If you log-in daily for 30 minutes, you’ll get a Luriel’s Amnesia Ticket to conquer that raid one more time!
• When you clear the raid twice you’ll get an Eltrion MK2 Nasod Treasure Chest and an Eltrion Gateways Trophy from Ariel.


No one comes close to the Phantom of the Opera’s swag when wearing masks and acting all mysterious – that is, until now. Beat that phantom fashion back into the sewers with your Masquerade set. Flaunt your masks and your wings! Get it tomorrow!

Japan’s costume design winners finally get to showcase their proud work! Just check out all these unique designs for each characters! Watch out for these amazing designs tomorrow at the Item Mall!

Well, that’s it for now, folks.

See y’all in game!

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August 16

Bid the Summer Farewell by Hoarding All the Swimsuits and Getting to Know the NPCs

Heya adventurers! School is almost here for some of our players and for some of you it may have already started. Tell me dear players, is it yay or nay? Nevertheless, no matter what your feelings about school may be, Elsword and the gang is here to make it all better. There are no failing grades in this world *winkwink*. But remember, only when you work hard, can you play hard. That said, we got your back when it comes to playing hard. We’ve got tons of new content, new events and a never ending barrage of items from our favorite shopping place – the Item Mall. So don’t forget to check those out tomorrow!

Summer Harmony Festival
The Summer Harmony Festival continues with more fun in the sun activities! This is one last summer festivity before the summer ends so enjoy it!
• You will receive a 2nd Summer Harmony Festival Celebratory Swimsuit Exchange Ticket so you can exchange these to Ariel and get some very cute swimsuits.
• You can get all the permanent swimsuits you want when you collect Summer Harmony Festival Beach Wear Cloths! You can use these to craft your desired swimwear from Ariel’s list! So you can hoard all the cloth to make ALL the swimsuits you can dream of!

Side-Story Quests
Is a new game feature designed to get to know the people of Elrios better. Learn more about the new photographer NPC Adams through special quests designed to open up his story or you can also discover more about an existing NPC! Check your quest UIs and game menu tomorrow!


Who says sitting on teacups are for children 10 and below? Now your character can relish the joy of sitting on a stationary teacup without judgment. Get the all-new Teacup Splash sit motion tomorrow!

From the harsh training of military school in Empyrean, Rose now becomes a student at Elrios. There’s no doubt it’ll be a breeze for the Empyrean Gunner especially when wearing their comfortable Summer Star Academy uniform. Put Rose in a learning mood when you get her uniform tomorrow!

That’s all for now adventurers~

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: Elysion - Celestial Dimensions

Elysion: Celestial Dimensions

Travel to a place that's neither here or there. A place that exists in a different dimension. Is this where
the Pillar of Light points to according to the prophecy? Will the El Lady finally reveal herself to the El Search Party?
Get ready to journey through time and space.

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
Customer reviews
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Mixed (85 reviews)
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5.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
Great game overall. Windows 10 users currently having a problem with getting into the game. Some can get in while others can't. Only problem for now and should be fixed soon.
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{sog} Val
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
♥♥♥♥ing sucks
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4.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
Very addictive and fun, story is hard to follow for people new to the genre. I appearently picked the insane character Add so... yay.
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0.1 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 25
Just play DFO...
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26.0 hrs
Posted: August 25
Amazing game you should try
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423.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
Cool I guess.
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451.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
Hello weaklings! ^u^ ... Oh.. You want my answer... Well i suggest Elsword. It's a game full of wonderful places to explore. Theres activities such as PVP, Dungeons etc. Hm? what character to choose? I suggest choose the one you'd think suit you first. Read bios and Look at classes to determin. Anyways thats all from me Cya!.... Disgusting Humans- I mean Bye!
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39.0 hrs
Posted: August 22
positive review passing through
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18.4 hrs
Posted: August 22
It is amazing, I recommend playing it if you like Side-scrolling MMORPGS with a pretty small, but unique selection of characters to pick from.
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237.8 hrs
Posted: August 22
Pay To Win game or ♥♥♥♥ your life away on the offerwall for k-ching game. been there, done that, offer wall is too time consuming and at that point you'd be wondering why am i doing half of this crap, my whole day is gone and i haven't even played the game.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
440.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
~~ My Review ~~

Hello, I have started playing this game since 2014 and this is my opinion and review of this game. I know a lot of people won't bother to read lengthy text so I will just put the information in point form.

+ Wide variety of character to choose from with each of them having their own unique skills

+ Great soundtrack from different stages and towns

+ Simple to use marketplace without the need of using real cash to open up a shop

+ A lot of the event is suprisingly great. It another way of making income in a quick way

+ The number of customization you can apply to your character is massive

+ Colorful artstyle and appealing graphics

- Pay 2 Win. You need to use real cash to upgrade your skills and inventory slots. However, you able to purchase it with in-game money. That if you are rich

- PvP is extremely unbalanced with certain characters able to dominate a wide number of character/class due to cheap skills and overpowered attack

- Repetitive and grindy gameplay. Some of the crafting items requirement is really rediculous which could take you a week or more.

- Stamina system !!! Seriously, that crap features belong to a mobile games not a MMORPG games. I understand that it used to prevent players from playing the game too long but that doesn't mean you should limit the amount of time they spend playing on the game.

- Resurrection system is horrible in my opinion. You cannot respawn within the same area you last die unless you spent real cash to buy more resurrection items. Another way is through event but it depends on what event they will put into the game.

- A character named Rose make many of the character felt obsolete especially Chung since it is a much more superior class than the other one

- Toxic community though this is just as expected when playing a MMO game

- With each update, the game is getting more worse especially the inclusion of additional stats and unbalanced equipment

- Unstable servers that kicked you out of the game even with strong internet connections. Seriously KOG, fix your servers @_@

Final Verdict
Sadly, I can't recommend you guys to play it. Sure the gameplay is quite fun but with each update Elsword is progressively getting worse and the developer is hunger for more money than actually caring more about the player.

I missed the old Elsword where everything is straightforward and simple. I started to quit and stopped spending on this game already. Greedy developer like KOG simply doesn't deserve my money. You want to bring back players ? Fix what is broken first otherwise more and more player start leaving.

At least Korean Elsword is much more fairer to player and still going strong to this day.

R.I.P North America Elsword = 2011-2014

Final Score
Old Elsword - 8.5/10
New Elsword - 4/10
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
433.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Free to play, pay to win Grindfest of a game with broken classes and repetitive gameplay.
A game that will Suck your wallet dry.

i regret recommending this game to others... i will make up for it with this review as a warning for anyone wanting to try out this game.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
357.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Used to be a fun game until the community went down hill. Consumers arent having fun then before, barely any new contents, literaly went from entertainement to marketing, items are over priced, pvp is 100% P2W if you're not willing to spend money to this game, dont play PvP. The only thing i enjoyed about this is the PvE and the new Hero mode, that's the only reason im playing this game. Basically new update in this game means new items in the item mall, 8$ per piece, prices doubled if you want a permanent costume PART. The ice burners are the only thing feeding the developpers with *profit*. New costumes? Get it from ice burners only, you know the item which you have ♥♥♥♥ luck / RNG even after spending 800$. Even the halloween costumes are dumb, why arent the creators that won the halloween costume contest 2016 getting the costumes they made if they won? Instead give them K-Ching (in game monney currency) that allows them to buy the costumes they made instead of giving it for free sure. I had high hopes when they started to put new game modes, but its hard to enjoy them if the servers aren't stable. Instead i see players teleporting or me getting the connection interrupted message while my internet speed is good enough to run a game without lag? They DID listen to the consumers but that was only for the balance patch.

TL:DR The game is becoming worst and worst, PvP is pure P2W (Unless you do spar with a friend), new update means that you need to spend money to get the new items, game is purely focused on marketing instead of *Entertainement*, community is not friendly at all even players in game that spam *Git Gud* or *Lagger/Runner*, used to be satisfying, pve is still fun (But now they limited the grindings you need to do to get gears).
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
31.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 11
See the potential in this game and want to play a better one that is very similar? Play DFO.

DFO has the lame fatigue system, but other than that it is amazing.

Screw the fatigue/stamina systems in general though.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
211.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 31
Elsword....if I had to describe the game in one word to represent the game itself and its community I would have to choose the word....SALT. I wish I could get my money back and note that I'm asking to get my money back from a FREE TO PLAY GAME. That game is a penny pincher and is way too savage for a new player that has no financial support to get a good headstart on the game. Even many of the BARE NECESSITIES of the game require paying up to obtain it's not even a matter of obtaining them through more painstaking means. It's purely impossible to get far in the game without paying up unless you spend a full year of suffering on the game and have the luck of every single god from smite. The gameplay isnt even bad but it's very VERY repetitive. The game is too grindy and doesn't pay out enough for all the effort put in. Getting on to the events of the game I find that they are good SOMETIMES but usually the events require paying up for something in the item mall to even benefit from them. The next thing is the cosmetics factor which is OVERLY emphisized in the game or rather due to the community the cosmetic value in the game drains your wallet more than actually playing it. For a free to play game elsword is the most overpriced game I've ever encountered. You could literally use the same amount of money it takes to get 1 full costume set on elsword to buy any 30 dollar game that you could want. Hell I bet most of the people that play elsword could have probably had cars and 4K TVs and a LIFE if they weren't spending it all on chibi korean pixels. The final and most nerve wracking and stressful part of the game is its pvp. MY GOD. Those are the first words that come to mind when looking at the salt seeping out of arena. Arena is already unbalanced because of elswords favoritism of female characters. Due to this things like ROSE were allowed to happen....elsword couldn't even make their OWN CHARACTER for that one. Guess they ran out of trollish ideas and yoinked one from DFO. Rose please....go back home... PvP is already unbalanced as is but by allowing people to bring in +11-12 lvl 85 4D Gear with Raid weapons you only mean to add fire to the flame. I believe that last point on pvp speaks enough for itself for any of those who read this and fight the good fight.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Great game overall. Windows 10 users currently having a problem with getting into the game. Some can get in while others can't. Only problem for now and should be fixed soon.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
It was fun when the game first launched in NA, it's just not worth it anymore despite it being free. Tricks you into buying crap (Keep in mind gloves in the mall is about 5 dollars!) and the server overall is bad. Many toxic players roam along with P2W players take up the majority of it. It is a VERY Grindy, and that ruined my experience in Elsword. PvP isn't fair with lag issues, Character balances, and gear advantage. Dungeoning is very boring, some of them are fun, but it's just very dull grinding the same dungeons over and over again only to get very little reward. Elsword will swallow your money, and make you feel like a total piece of crap. I'm an old player and I spent probably over 200 dollars onto this game, and it wasn't worth it AT ALL. I have nothing really positive to say other than making a couple of close friends, and the older character designs. It was much more balanced before, however with more patches buffing characters it's far too strong for unexperienced player who have never played the game from the start. KOG's new "balances" and "patches" is just lazy game design, and also very unhealthy. Pay to win with very little strategy to use unless you have had spent COUNTLESS hours practicing and perfecting one combo, only to have it crushed by a pay to win player. Who can practically almost kill you in one combo. Sure they kinda have good events, but it's not fair when everyone gets a free 60 levels..

I loved this game when I was younger and I thought it would get better, but it was ruined by KOG's greed.

Just don't
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
127.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
A review eh? Well:
- PvE is incredibly boring and easy.
- Have to pay for MORE SKILL SLOTS, giving you limited gameplay.
- Broken characters/jobs left and right.
- Winning favors the best gear in PvP.
- Terrible community and economy.
- This game DOES NOT favor new players at all.
- GG = Go die you ♥♥♥♥ing Yankie Doodle ♥♥♥♥, lagging ♥♥♥♥♥♥, noob.
- And to no surprise, the only thing that won't produce salt is the ~ incredibly boring and easy PvE.
I'd rather play MineCraft with 12 year olds.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
388.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
(Note this is a long rant about this game so I wrote a little summery about the game at the bottom of this review to save your time. If you like to see the quick summery of it just scroll to the bottom (I won’t blame you….this is long….no pun intended) if you want details on what I find bad about the game than continue ahead)
Although steam says I have w.e many hours I have I’ve played this game way before it even got to steam and when the newest character was the 4th one (Raven) and all I can say is this game is terrible (in comparison to its older version). And it’s mainly due to stupid design choices starting with
Mainly untouched by the f***ery that is until you get to the higher levels and the divines hand comes down with a smite of a difficulty spike with ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t enemies hitting with the forces of semi-trucks loaded with nukes and simply requires you to have a bunch of potions and people just to fight through one redundant dungeon to the next (btw the story is go here do it 3 times sometimes more to get a drop or some ♥♥♥♥ than move on to the next)
PvP (The bulk of my argument cause PvE is just so boring to even talk about)
Oh where do I begin....this blight on everything divine and holy is the main reason why I have issues with this game. And it starts with the claim that it’s a “Technical skill pvp" but that is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t and here’s why. let’s say you’re lvl 21 just starting to get into the ring trying to get your bearings,
First match: you'll match up with someone around your level a nice balance game
Second match: another match that’s balance what’s wrong with this again?
Third match: ♥♥♥♥ING LVL 80 now you'd think oh no big deal surely the game auto scales us to a similar level or something to keep everything equal? Well...Your ♥♥♥♥ing wrong that bastarad lvl 80 will be dealing 80 lvl damage while you’re doing your 21 level damage so you could be great at the game and be able to out play everything your opponent does but you better have the grace of a swan and the unpredictable movements of a f***ing alpaca cause the instant that lvl 80 gets you he will steam roll your ♥♥♥ in a single combo...sort of like a mouse fighting a person with a nuke launcher, sure the mouse can wiggle his way around get some bites in but the second that guy pulls that trigger you better have your last will and testament cause you won’t have enough time to type the “f*** you lvl noob!!!” in your spurt of rage. Now here’s another issue in pvp and that’s the damn lag, the pvp lag is so bad you can even tell when you’re going to have to deal with it simply wait in the pvp loading screen and if someone marinates on 30% for too long guess what you have a lagger to deal with. And the reason why this is so bad is that it breaks the fundamentals of the game which is to cause a person to flinch so you can lay down your punishment, but laggers will slip out of these combos and be able to attack you causing you to flinch and letting them to combo you instead, And after a little testing the lag isnt caused by your internet but it’s the game its self that causes it (note this applies to some). For example if I pvp with my friend whos a block or so down from me no problem if I hit him he flinches everything is alright but lord help me (Or by freyja boobs *just look them up on the wiki…seriously*) if I pvp with someone who’s not even in my f**king city cause from that point lag starts to set in and it’s not your fault the game doesn’t have any dedicated servers to individual zones so your fighting people worldwide which leads to delayed reactions messing up your combos or a person would use a move a good while ago (which didn’t execute cause you hit him) but will pop out of nowhere damaging you and allowing the f**kward to roam free like a b*tch I mean bird. Oh and while we’re on the topic about breaking the fundamentals of the game, SOME OF THESE CHARACTERS ARE DESIGNED TO BREAK THEM. There are characters who have moves that put them in a super armor state which prevents flinching or it’s there damn passive (I’m looking at the damn elboy family) in conclusion screw pvp in this game period. it’s not fun to much of the time and even without the lag the laziness to not have the game scale me and my enemy to a f**king common level will ruin games that you could have won had the game stop being a lazy azz.
Pay to win?
"Oh only thing you can do is buy costumes that’s not pay to win" --the elsword loyalist to everyone
"F**k off you cheeky ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥" – me to those loyalist who say the previous statement and here’s why
Costumes in the game will give your characters stats like extra health, attack speed stuff like that.
The problem about that is they not only give you these stats which will offset the balance of pvp if the other person doesn’t have one of those costumes but these costumes can be thrown into anvil of f**kery and upgraded even more. This completely causes the costumes to have more bs stat potential than anything you can get in game (watch someone try to defend that by saying how to brought it and they deserve the stat boost and blah blah blah “"F**k off you cheeky ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥" ) putting this into perspective the average person would have about 5 pieces of equipment (not including accessories) now these pay to win masters would have about 11 a costume for each of the 5 pieces and hair now that’s without the damn enhancement stones which adds even more disgusting boost to the costume making your more powerful than the average player (and let’s not forget about the set boost you get adding even moreeeeeeee stats). and before you ask no there is no way to have a permeant costume in game you do get a costume but don’t get attach to it cause it will expire in about 10 days unless you buy the ♥♥♥♥ing thing note I didn’t put accessories into the count so that’s even more to deal with.
_____________________Summery and Conclusion_________________________________________
This game is just a mess from the PvE in late game to the PvP from the beginning, PvE is the definition of insanity doing the same ♥♥♥♥ over and over again for something different, PvP is worked against by the core of the game in total and by the way its design. And to top it off the game is boring (mainly due to the broken PvP and redundant PvE), the only reason I really play it is because of the characters which I personally like as there really interesting due to their different job changes (think of Pokémon but when it evolves you choose from 3 different evolutions or 4 for one of the characters) there different play styles always were fun and the combo system in the game is actually really fun to play around with although it does have a learning curve but after you learn it you can do some real fun combos. But I don’t think the reason why we play games is just for one thing and I honestly will not be dropping a dime for this game in anyway shape or form cause it hasn’t earned it and instead of buying things to customize my character ( ironic how the steam page says how you can customize them as much as you want which is a bull face lie cause you need real world money and will buy a set of clothes cause of the set boost it gives) and note I have several characters to waste several bundles of dollars of several different characters is disgusting and more of a cash ♥♥♥♥♥ than evolve was at launch. If you play this game play it for the characters and to see their abilities if you find something worthwhile in it enjoy it although I don’t think it will last you a very long time .
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