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 (114 reviews) - 64% of the 114 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (4,889 reviews) - 81% of the 4,889 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 2, 2014

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July 27

Rose Last Path Rolls Out! Plus, Checkout the Mystery Item Mall Item!

Heya adventurers! Brace yourself, many wonderful things are here! Metal Heart and Optimus included! At last, Rose’s last path arrives! Get ready to go all-out with guns blazing and robots marching to guarantee the destruction of those who oppose you! Muahaha!

Also, just so you guys know, the Heroic Dungeon Mode is here to stay. So for those players who are trying to be hardcore, just remember, you’re not hardcore, unless you live hardcore! And what’s more hardcore than this new dungeon mode? Nothing. That’s what. Unless you have a metal heart.

As always, there’s new stuff at the Item Mall that we know you’ll definitely love so don’t forget to check it out. If you don’t come to the Item Mall, the Item Mall will come to you.

Metal Heart & Optimus Events
Machines will rise and take over with Rose in charge! Defeat your enemies as you become the robot summoner, genius mechanic. Join the events to get more rewards!
• Get Luriel’s Ice Burners once on a weekday and once on a weekend for two weeks!
• You’ll get a Metal Heart: Destiny Cube and a First Job Change Promotion Cube if you’re a Rose character that’s level 14 and jobless! Inside these cubes are very helpful items to get you started as a Metal Heart!
• Prepare for Weekend Fevers throughout the event duration! You’ll get the 300% 3 hour boost the moment you log-in so there’s really no time to dilly-dally!

Heroic Dungeon Event
Dun-dun-DUN! Here’s a challenge coming your way. Are you prepared to take this dungeon mode on?
• If you’re level 80 and up, you’ll get Heroic Invitations daily on the weekday and double on the weekend so you can keep “visiting” the dungeon mode.
• Successfully finish the Heroic Dungeon to get rewards like the [Cobo] Heroic Dungeon Support Cube and the [Cobo] Hero – Savior’s Equipment Cube.


Elsword and the gang are serving tea to the baddies. No sugar. But more than two lumps. Dress them up in Classic Maid and Servant attire with matching accessories!

More beach wear for Rose! Give her a stunning summer look that’s sure to stun enemies and take their breath away! Watch out for Rose ELS Beach Wear!

Controlling the elements to gain power is no easy feat, but with the help of Miracle Alchemist, Rose becomes energized and can beat enemies easily! Start collecting the pieces of the set!

And that’s all fo—wait a minute! What is this? What on earth could this be? A Bunny? Well, cat lovers this is definitely not for you, that’s fo’ sho’. Want to know? Check this mystery item out the Item Mall!

Again, that’s all for now folks! Be sure to check out items and join the events.

See y’all in game~

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July 19

Rose’s Last Path is on its Way! Plus, New Stuff at the Item Mall before the Summer Ends!

Hiya adventurers! The end is near! For Rose’s job paths at least. We’re rolling out her last job path next week and it’s going to be extremely exciting! We’re gonna keep our traps shut for now but the last job path has something to do with machines. That’s it, that’s all the hint we’re gonna give out for now. You just have to patiently wait for next week to arrive! And just so we can keep your mind off this update, we’ll distract you with new stuff from the Item Mall. So go check out some new Item Mall goodies. Go, go on!

NPC Vacation Event
Hey, our NPCS need a little R&R too especially in the summer! During this event, the NPCs will be giving away fun rewards for helping them out while they’re on vacation~!
• Just log-in and hang out wherever you please for 10 minutes or more to get an NPC Costume Cube and an NPC Skill Cut-in Random Cube! What could be inside? Well, you’ll have to wait to find out!
• Check out the Bulletin Board and get an NPC quest! Receive a Gift Pack after you’ve completed the quest!

Item Mall Goodies

Rose is an angel in the devil’s clothes. Literally! She may not have gone completely dark side but she wears the Archdevil’s threads for power. Complete your Archdevil set from Rose Ice Burners!

Now that you’ve got a complete beach party set with Sailor and Marine Beach Wear and Beach Chair, the time is right to start a beach party in the middle of the town square! Head on to the Item Mall tomorrow to get your own beach set!

That’s all for now, brave 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.”

New Character Update: Rose, The Empyrean Gunner

The Empyrean Gunner

From the Garden of Good and Evil
The Princess Sends Her Regards

Elsword’s newest character, Rose is now available to play. An elite marksman, and soldier of the highest honor, Rose locks iron sights on those who’ve attempted to assassinate the Princess of the Empyrean City.

Rose is a combat ace of the highest order, and she literally carries an entire loadout of small arms into battle. From muskets, revolvers and semi-auto pistols to plate armor popping hand cannons, Rose covers the breadth of in-your-face close quarters to long range tactical strikes with poise and dignity. Rose brings the all new ECP combat system to Elsword. ECP is a new system that enables Rose to switch between the four weapon types, utilizing a measured casting bar that upon exhausting, triggers her damage boosting Over Strike mode.

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

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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Mixed (114 reviews)
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( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Made me question my life's existence.

download this game if u like midget porn and moaning.
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ash (K.O.T.T.C)
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
i feel the game is great but lacks real goals
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
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Jurassic Bark (Server DJ)
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26

10 out of 10
would kill my familty again
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( 5,175.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Honestly this game is trash, the recent events just ruined the whole game with pretty much everyone having a +11. Extreme pay to win game. Dont believe me? Find out yourself.
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( 131.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
As you all may know, this game is the fine definition of P2W, and the worse type of P2W. The f*cking store in the game has cosmetics that dramatically increase your stats... but to be totally honest, this game is actually really fun, but with major flaws. If the cosmetics in this game had no stats and you can actually get the full skill slots without paying $9, it would be much better. The classes are also really unbalanced and the pvp is broken as a direct impact. If they can fix this and maybe put like a price tag on this game, like maybe $20 for the full experience, it would literally be perfect.

*As a side note, most people that I talk to about this game, they say they don't like it because of it's extreme P2W style of F2P, so fix your sh*t KOG*
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( 121.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Awesome Game!
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( 223.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Brother: You need to stop playing that game.
Me: I can't.
Brother: Why?
Me: It's like this for everyone that plays this game. They took my money.

10/10 would play again and would waste more money on this game just to play for a couple hours and get bored again!
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Archangel Michael
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 24
Twice Mina anyone?
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
50 of 67 people (75%) found this review helpful
70 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
63.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I don't need to get married, this game already takes all my money.
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30 of 40 people (75%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
334.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This game made me go outside.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2,023.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
If you want a fun dungeon brawling game, sure, this is your kind of game.
If you want a fair balanced PvP system, go ♥♥♥♥ yourself.
Those last three words is a summary of the entire "balancing" system of the game, in which they have weakened some characters beyond belief (and might I add you'll still be hated for playing them) and strengthened some to be god's smiting fist. and as of now, with this collab cash grab, Rose, or female gunner from DFO, youll be given hell after hell with the rediculously overpowered class changes they present, and are presented.

Key features of Elsword online (positive)
Good visuals during attacks and combat
(i personally was never interested in the story but)
pretty good story for anyone who actually cares to read
and leveling feels rewarding.

Cons. (and the cons are mainly for the bread and butter of the game- its PvP system) Oh baby, here we go.
starting with non PvP
1. Stamina bar- but can easily be exploited through events that give off alot of stamina potions. still annoying.
2. What is balance? baby dont hurt me!
3. "I have an army!" "We have a laggy elsword!"
4. ^ the following characters and/or specific classes lag. not even salty, i played them myself just to test it
4.1 symptoms of these are: jumping out of or hitting you through your own attack and on a rarer case, hitstunning you while super armored***
4.2 These classes/characters are: Elsword-All, but infinity sword is a little less like its counterparts.
Ara-All. thats it, no balance, just lag.
Add-Diabolic Esper class, but really, were you actually planning on hitting him?
and mainly, Rose the cashgrab- All and will most likely always be all. no balance, no logic, no effort.

*** For those who don't know (new or interested players) there is an effect called super armor gained through using certain command skills/skills and they make the player grow bright red around the outline of the sprite, signifying that you'll take less damage and be able to take hits without hitstun.

My part of this review will talk about KOG games inability to balance characters.
when they did revamps earler this year they made 2 characters at a time so ridiculously overpowered. after all characters were released, they finally "balanced" the classes.
and when KOG "balances" they weaken whoever the players ♥♥♥♥♥ about, and strengthen the ones everyone loves. so that means more cocky players.
with more updates and "revamps" they seem to love calling them, the game started killing itself from within, now if you dont have a laggy or unfair match, I'll be really surprised.

This is my non-biased review, the things i have mentioned in this game, are things I have come across on both ends of playing as- and have had played against in this games PvP system. The game would be Highly Recommended by me if the imbalance didnt kill the fun. Maybe one day it will be fixed. but not anytime soon it seems! ^-^'
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
403.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
It looks cool and the story's good. That's it.

And now for the bigger list. Just saying, don't let my hours spent playing fool you.
- Counter-intuitive mid to late-game combat goes completely against what you were taught before. If you're a newcomer to any dungeon past Feita, forget about winning without an OP party that barely gives you any opportunity to do anything.
Have fun losing your revives to a massively difficulty-spiked boss and being made fun of rather than helped.

- Community is among the worst I've seen in my life with regards to how they handle new players. They'll badger you for lucky pulls from boxes (which will come few and far between unless you open your wallet like some ♥♥♥♥♥♥), but that's about it. Hate is tossed around between players a lot, especially where the bullsh~~ PvP is involved.

- Unholy-bad problem with class balance. This, in a nutshell, is why I quit taking PvP seriously and only do it for sh~~s and giggles with friends. While some characters are built very well, there are others such as Eve that can barely do a god-darned thing on her own and others still that are so godlike compared to everyone else that they just crush all opposition with little to no resistance (Add, Elesis, Lu/Ciel, etc).

- Unless you figure out every little trick and trigger in the book like a tryhard who has nothing better to do with their time, I'm fairly certain even going by so-called "Pay2Win" will not help you. The mid to late game will take just about every opportunity to punish you by chopping off around half your health simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time once (which, more often than not, newcomers will not be able to tell when that is), and it doesn't help that there are way too many windows for that to happen with how long it takes to kill things later unless you have those stupid +11 weapons that are next to impossible to build anyway with how low enhancement success rates are.

- Don't play solo when aiming for levels. EVER. It takes way too freaking long, and even with a party in tow you'll find yourself repeating segments of the game way more than any sane person should.

- Annoying notifications about who did what 24/7, which by the way get in the way of your experience and stamina bars so you can't see them.

- Storage space is too small, and you have to pay to expand it. The amount of times I've had to sell, dismantle, or throw away useless armor and weapons well below my level is downright disgusting.

- I mentioned this before, but the equipment enhancement system is hands-down the WORST I have seen in ANY game. I'm convinced I could play against FF12's infamous superboss Yiazmat and (somehow) beat it, and it would not take nearly as long as it would to get a decent late-game weapon in this game because of how low enhancement success rates are, and the consequences for LUCK-BASED FAILURE are ridiculous; sometimes nothing will happen, others your equipment will LOSE a grade or even drop all the way back down to a +0, or it will outright break for no good reason.

- Same goes for enchanting effects time-wise. It takes way too long to get just one necessary material, and if you're looking for anything specific then good luck because all of the in-game ways to get them are completely random and few and far between (some of which will have you again chancing death).

I could go on for hours about how many sloppy design choices this game made. Yes, it is free to play and some things can be fun THE FIRST TIME, but with how much of a stupid grind-fest it quickly becomes and how asininely and increasingly unfair and unforgiving it becomes to newer players (Dark Souls and classic NES games are more forgiving than this game is), even if you're looking for some kind of time waster I would ultimately say... look somewhere else. This game will not do new guys any favors unless they're prepared to pour out their wallets (and I can't guarantee even that will help you). Do I find it fun? Kinda, but I'm highly doubtful you will.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
562.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
dont mind my hours in this game, its just all the more reason to beleive me. Its not very good. The community is cancer and so are most of the characters. The gameplay is repetitive, and i wanted it to be a good game I really did...... but it wasnt. Go play smash bros instead.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
I personally dont recommend this, for one, it fails to launch most of the time, and i have to go through uneeded methods just to play most of the time. Another thing is, everything in the items shop is too expensive, where 10 dollars could get you a pretty decent game here on steam hardly gets you jack squat in the items shop. Sure, you COULD get stuff from events but theres no garuntee that you'll have those forever. Not even the clothes you first start out with stick with you forever so basically you're gonna probablly be walking around in your character's undergarments if, say, you come back to it 15 days later then poof! Its gone, not to mention if you want to actually BUY a costume to stick with you forever if you get one of their packages, can cost you up to 25 dollars or so, sure you could go for the 30 day option but that makes it so its pretty much not worth it to get it that long. Hell, the best costumes are locked behind ice burners and god knows how much money THAT could take just to get the full suit, same goes for mounts but worse, you cant even really buy them, and fossil readers dont garuntee you a mount either. Basically and eventually the game is going to make you feel, pathetically weak even if youre the highest level available unless you cough up some cash just to feel justifiably strong. Not to mention drop rates are horrid, most of the time youll be picking up equipment that wont even help you so you just end up selling it all the time till you magically just happen to pick up ONE item thatll benifit you. I could go on, but, i feel this has gone long enough. Overall if you REALLY want to play this game, go to Void elsword, everthing is more reasonable cash items wise and such and it overall feels more fun and is more functional than the official game overall save for some bugs and etc.

(Apologies if this is bad, its my first review ever.)
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
128.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
too many glitches.
pvp is unfair.
all you do is spam. it doesnt take much skill at all
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
721.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5,175.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Honestly this game is trash, the recent events just ruined the whole game with pretty much everyone having a +11. Extreme pay to win game. Dont believe me? Find out yourself.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
There was an event about 2 months ago called "Create A New Character And Get Level Boost To 80" ..
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