Elsword is a free-to-play, online action RPG that uses classic side-scrolling game mechanics in an immersive anime inspired world.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,480 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 2, 2014

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"A Korean side scrolling, mmo, rpg, with a manga style. Very colorful, fun, with multiple characters to play, and constantly updating with new content."

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October 28

Play as Mastermind - Add's New Class

Who needs muscles when you can make others fight for you!? Especially if they are Dynamo drones. It’s mind over body and wits before hits with Arc Tracer’s new 2nd job class Mastermind!

The Story

As Add’s enemies grow stronger in battle so does his concern for his Dynamos ability to keep up. In Add’s eyes the Dynamo’s capabilities should be able to function more like the android Nasod drones. After searching the Altera Core and Feita, he finds just the instrument he needs to expand and fully control his weaponry.

With his new invention found in the battlefields of Fieta he creates his tech known as the Mastermind. With this, the weapon moves as an AI according the commands of its owner.

Mastermind’s Features

One of the most attractive features of Add’s new class is his full usage of the Dynamo Factory, with 4 modes. Each custom Dynamo creating huge amounts of damage… especially Shooting Chaser. A skill so horrible and devastating every other PvP player you are up against will be throwing their keyboards at their screen.

Add also receives 10 MP each time when switching modes which can be quite advantageous for PvP players. Maybe Add’s new class should be called EVIL Mastermind… Because that’s truly diabolical.

Have you even been hit in the face by a rubix cube? This hurts a lot more… Continue Mastermind’s reign of destruction with Apocalypse. Much like Code Empress’ Ferdinand, this is a summoned AI that attacks opponents for you. What makes his skill even crazier are its homing attacks so you cannot outrun it.

ItemMall Goodies

Brand new IB set Dark Shadow plus Add gets his new Arc Devil costume.

The reaper pet will be arriving tomorrow only a few days before Halloween!

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October 14

Enter Ariel’s Nightmare – Halloween Dungeon

Halloween horror escalates! Locating Erilot was just the beginning, Elpeeps. Soon you must face the terrifying troublemaker in the event dungeon, Ariel’s Nightmare! Find out what’s been scaring Ariel sleepless in there…

First, you’ll have to fight some ghostly guards, which seems pretty easy if you can defeat them fast enough. But once they’re defeated, the nightmare warps you into another beast to face mimics of some very familiar adventurers. Awooooo…

Finally, face the creature responsible for Ariel’s troubles. The nightmare ends if you defeat the right one.

Along with this Halloween dungeon, the limited edition costumes from Halloween Monster’s Souls return, and the pieces for Ara, Elesis, and Add are in! You can earn a Halloween Monster’s Soul by conquering Ariel’s Nightmare. For those who are not familiar with it, the Halloween Monster’s Soul works much like Ice Burners—it gives out a random prize from a list of useful items and featured costume pieces. Start collecting the costumes early tomorrow!

ItemMall Goodies
While the Halloween dungeon reward item randomly gives out a piece of any character’s Halloween costume, the Shiny Halloween Monster’s Soul from the Item Mall may turn out Halloween costume pieces for just the character you’re currently playing.

For a limited time, you’ll also find a new edition of Ara’s Ice Burner in the Item Mall. Nine Tails will soon steal the spotlight decked in the magnificent Salvatore Solace outfit. Collect the set!

Get in as soon as tonight’s patch kicks in!

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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.”

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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 six 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 2000
    • Processor:Pentium 3 800MHZ
    • Memory:256 MB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce MX 400(32M)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1300 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Pentium 4 2.7 GHZ
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce FX5700/ATI Radeon 9600(128M)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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42 of 53 people (79%) found this review helpful
2,037.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
This game has just gone downhill nonstop for the longest time. I don't even know where to begin, but I'll try...
(Real long read, but want to make sure to steer you away from this terrible, terrible game)

First - Cashshop.

It's a free to play, sure, but it fails absolutely miserably at handling its cashshop. Power, not convenience, is for sale. Just take a look at what you'll want for a new character:

Do you want to use more than 4 skills at once? 9$
Same with items? 6$
Want a full costume (which greatly increases stats for PVP)? Anywhere from 15-32$
Do you want skill notes (which greatly improve certain skills)? 1.50$ a piece, can use up to 6
Want a powerful pet? 4$
Want a powerful mount? 23$

That's an instant boost to character power unobtainable in the normal game. You're looking at easily $60+ per character, and that's not even touching the subject of +11 weapons, which cost hundreds of dollars to even -attempt- for, let alone get. Also gives them twice your firepower, because they're obviously more loved by their parents' checking account than you.

Second - Balance.

Short version: There is none.

Long version: Oh boy.

KOG's idea of new content is a new, more broken character. That way people will go "AWESOME" and pay $60+ for cashshop goodies their new broken character will want.
And then they release another, even more broken character.

Right now the game is suffering from the cancer that is Add, the worst designed character ever. He's pretty much a fan-designed Mary Sue made canon, let's check out one of his moves:

Arc Tracer gets Panzer Buster: 150 MP (and 40 DP but that's nothing) for a directional damage move, enough damage to clear mobs, enough range to cover two screens, fires quickly, can be aimed.

Grand Master, slightly older character, Saber - Extinction: 200 MP, also a directional damage move, mob clearing. Half the range or less, magic damage on a physical class, can be fired quickly, can be aimed.

Code Nemesis, one of the oldest characters, Assault Spear - Judgement: 200 MP, also a directional damage move, mob clearing. Terrible damage, almost no range, fires slowly, cannot be aimed.

Examples speak for themselves, each character gets progressively better stuff while the old ones are left in the dust. There's no balance to it when the newest character gets a vastly improved version of your skill.

That sums up Elsword's balance in a nutshell. I could go on for ages and ages about the various brokenness of all the different characters, but this review would be about 20 pages long. Let's look at the combat system itself then.

Third - Combat.

So there's PVE and PVP. Originally both took skill to be good at....
Not anymore.
With the last dungeon revamps we had ages ago, everything's been buffed with fake difficulty. Bosses ignore combos with length super armor while hitting chunks of your HP off, or get ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ like flat out invincibility/smaller hitboxes.
Even the normal mobs are getting stoic counters to break free from your combos. Because ♥♥♥♥, what is this, a fighting/combo game? Oh, it is? Well ♥♥♥♥.
The end result is that the game is becoming more and more like a maplefest game. No skill, just button mashing and potion chugging, spam your highest damage move whenever the CD is off.

So what about PVP?

As should be evident with the cashshop and balance sections, PVP is ♥♥♥♥. Doesn't matter how skilled you are if you pick the wrong class and don't have as much cashshop as the other guy. They only need to be slightly competent to beat you.

But assuming you're equal in everything, class, cashshop, how's it go then?
Laughably. This is a terrible excuse of a fighting game.

99% of PVP is catching, which is hitting your opponent first so you can combo them. The actual combos are brainless, you memorize a small string of button inputs and that's it. You repeat that forever and you know PVP. Catching is the only hard part, which naturally gives the edge to the players with more range. Guess who everyone picks.

Look at Add, newest character. Starts match with DP mode, spams nearly undodgable homing shot, teleports into you for combo, never runs out of DP unless he kills you enough. Nothing counters it.

But even ignoring Add, this game is still a joke compared to real fighting games with it's massive casual approach.

Fourth - Content

This is probably the final nail in the coffin for me. Elsword and KOG either don't understand, or more likely, couldn't give less of a ♥♥♥♥ of what the players want. We haven't had real new content in almost a year now.
Our current endgame is summed up in 5 dungeons, the Secrets. You only run them to construct a Secret set, which takes at most a month. Then you have nothing else to do but PVP. Congrats, you won Elsword.
This is yet another ploy to make you make another character and spend even more on cashshop, but considering how ♥♥♥♥ing boring it gets to play the same things over and over.. that won't last long.

You could try to argue PVP is the heart of the game, but as I've tried to make clear, the PVP is ♥♥♥♥. Even the rebalances are jokes; Season 3 revamped a total of 2 out of 26 classes, and completely ignored (and even NERFED) classes desperately in need of it, like Code: Nemesis again.

Not to mention, again, the complete lack of cashshop separation from power. Nothing nerfs costumes, +11 weapons, skill notes, extra skill slots when it comes to PVP. If you didn't pay cash, you will with your losses.

So yeah, you can't call this game "PVP focused" when it's as trashy as that.

Fifth - Regional differences

I mentioned them a bit already, but it goes a lot deeper. If you play Elsword in KR, it might actually be somewhat better overall. Anywhere else? ♥♥♥♥ you.

So what does NA get? Summed up in a few words: Cashshop events, cashshop releases, grind 70 dungeons for a minor accessory reward.

Meanwhile KR gets so many EXP boosting events, crossover events, fun little stuff like Bingo events, even a month long Harmony festival with cashshop rewards/costumes/exp boost/stamina boost/free healing items/and more all rolled into event that's still going on. We don't get anything like that anymore.

So tack that on top of the already increased EXP requirements and bland general events.

But wait, there's more! They even ♥♥♥♥ us over with updates!
In KR, Henir and Secret revamps came with new level 70 sets, could trade your old 60 sets for them.
In NA, ♥♥♥♥ you, all the work you put in the 60s? Do it again, make 70s from scratch with the vastly inferior 60s in dungeons designed for much stronger equipment.

We can't even get voice acting yet, we're still using KR's voice overs, while even the UK managed to get English dubbing.

Our GMs do make an effort to have silly mini-events, but they're powerless against the greedy grubby hands of KOG.

And this is all because the MMO market anywhere else aside from KR is pretty slim. KOG can tell us to eat ♥♥♥♥ and we have to, because we don't have many other options.
Which is why I eagerly await DFO's return, KOG is about to burn their own ship with this ♥♥♥♥.

Sixth - Hacking

Unsurprisingly happens, but KOG also does ♥♥♥♥ to do it. Patches to take out hacks are few and far between, and it really kills the fun when you're fighting someone who takes zero damage and can spam the same move every single second.


So hopefully you've at least got the gist of that, and will now know why Elsword is so terrible and avoid it. Pleeease avoid it. KOG doesn't deserve a penny from you. Tell your friends, too, don't let people fall into their greasy little clutches.

If you want a fighter MMO that requires skill, combos, with minor cashshop influence, massive content, and is one of the top ten favorite MMOs in KR, a region FILLED with free MMOs... Then just wait.
Dungeon Fighter will be back soon.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
92.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
+Fun to play? Yes.
+Glitches? No.
+Unique characters with nice flashy skills? Yes.

-Repetitiveness later on? Yes.
-Pay to win? Yes.

Overall: Still fun to play :D
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
158.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Probably not worth your time.
If you like anime, some fan-service, sidescrollers, and grinding you'll be fine.
The Elwiki is a great resource if you're going to play.

I've been playing on and off for a long time.

The game makes a ridiculous effort to cockblock my attempts at progress. There's a stamina bar that limits how many monsters that can be killed in a day (it's manageable, especially with unlimited stamina weekends), but more importantly the EXP rates screw you over around level 45. I've been forced to grind several times in between dungeons around Velder for that reason, and it appears at the same spots on every character.

The progression itself doesn't feel very spectacular. You only get a skill every five levels which isn't too often when the cap is 70. Once you finally do get a variety of skills, you're locked to only using four at a time unless you pay $10 for an expansion. Changing jobs is what pathes the way to more skills, but it also gives you new combos to use in addition to your character's base ones. The problem here is that most of these combos can be impractical to use, so having more than one of a character can feel incredibly repetitive.

You mostly play the game by using combos. You also have to practice catching opponents in PvP and knocking them down wastes a good opportunity. Knocking down monsters reduces the damage they take and they may retaliate with a strong attack. Combos are pretty easy to do in PvE, especially since you can just obliterate the first 20 dungeons without a care. btw don't solo. Love yourself (and your stamina). Monsters tend to be more aggravating than they are challenging.

The art is pretty and the outfits have a unique style, but the characters have been driven to almost exclusively fan-service. This is most apparent in the recent customization options (cash only) that have appeared in the Korean server. Most (if not all) of the new female art is sexualized.

There haven't been many efforts to upgrade the "anime" quality to the game. They've stuck to the same assets they've had since the beginning which is ironic when I see ads saying "Play your manga!" as if that were the main appeal.

The characters weren't amazingly unique but they had their own things going for them. Effort has clearly dropped in development, however, and this is most apparent in their most recently released character, Add, a blatant ripoff of Accelerator from A Certain Magical Index. Although it makes sense to try to appeal to anime fans in this way, it exhibits the disrespect the game has for its own storyline. The character preceding was an imitation from their previous game--a callback and a bit of respectable fanservice--so it was no foul, but, to be fair, it also wasn't the pinnacle of creativity.

The worst part is I'm going to keep playing.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
79.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This game, is so bad.. I have a level 30 in this and well, its because I used to like it.. now though, this is really boring and repetitve, if you enjoy spamming attacks you should give it a try c:
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
pay to win
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
154.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
At first i love Elsword, it was a cute side scroller and the dungeons were actually pretty fun... then i got into the pvp or arena as they call it and i absolutely hated it. Elswords Arena is the most broken pvp in a online rpg i have ever experienced. The new character ADD can hit you once then constantly stun lock you until your hp drops or they fail the combo which is highly unlikely as it is just a mashing of zzzz or xxxx constantly. Add is not the only op character that they have. Aisha's Elemental Master Job can literally just teleport all over the map gaining mp constantly to spam her most powerful skills where your stuck there chasing her the entire game. Eve's Battle Seraph job is just one big spam fest. Basically this games pvp lacks fairness and is generally just made up of spamming, running, and over powered characters compared to the others. I would not recommend this game as the dungeons while they may be fun get boring super quick then your left with a lack luster arena filled with overpowered characters.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
gets repetitive
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
268.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Nah, i'm done with this game, played it since spring 2013. Sure its one of the best side Sidescroller mmorpg cause there isn't that many but...reason i'm done with this game cause its nothing but repeat(everthing you do in this game is nothing but huge repeat),to expensive(30$+ just for a full perm outfit, i'm use to playing f2p mmorpg games that give full perm outfits less then 20$ or in between the price.Also the mounts be 23$ for a sort time and to even get a mount you have to burn fossils for 70 cents each that can also lead up to over 40$ to even get good luck, the gambles for ibs and fossils isn't fair, plus the board that be selling drop rate rare items, ib sets and pets and mounts be over billion of ED, no free player could ever get that much unless they field and grind all day for rare stuff but it so much work for little things in this game) the rewarding is terrible, the game rely to much on drop rates, which is really bad(cause you to go back and fourth over and over and over in duns just to get what you want. The Ice burners sets are the worse of all. They are a doller each, you have to burn to get all 7 pieces, but the problem is your luck is really bad, plus it give you worthless stuff most of the time.(at less give stuff like a costume pieces for 7 days or rare drops from dun.(yes it give Accessorys but no weapons or gear) so cause of the low luck, you will have to burn more then 100$ of ibs just to get a set, which is Pathetic and it shows they care about money more then the players. I also feel this game is more about fashion then having fun, this game got award for fastiest updates in mmorpg but the only updates they really have which is ever 2 weeks is just more and more outfits and ib sets to waste 100$ over. I also never heard of f2pmmorpg you have to pay so much for an extra skill slot, you use to get it for just 4$ for 30 days and it use to be 6$ perm, now they rasie it for 9$. I'm just done, this game maybe free to play, but its pay to win...Aka no I don't wish for everything to be handed to me and yes you can get much as paid players can, but if you do the simple math and add up the work to even get a small simple, you relaise how Ridiculous the amount of work you have to put in to for the little things in this game, The game rewarding system is really bad in this game cause it rely to much on drop rate and luck, I would say ever positive and negative review have there fair share of there opinion, nuff said.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
it's a ok game but not as gud as minokraft 8/8
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Pretty sweet game. This is the very buff storyline. And the nice skills.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
464.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Great Awesome Game I Love It!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
550.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
The game is absolutely fantastic, but once you get to the later levels, you WILL have to level grind, up to that point the game is absolutely amazing. If you are lazy then dont bother playing this game, or play up untill that point. But if you dedicate your time and effort into playing this game, then this is most certantly the game for you.
Many people will dissagree with me, many may agree but in my Opinion, Elsword is the Greatest Game Ever.

This game is certantly One of its Kind
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
No sound for me, horrible intro, overly chibi tone, badly written dialogue, and it even has the gall to automatically boot up IE.

0/10 would not waste life on
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
120.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
personally been playing this game for a long time much longer before it even came to steam. It's a fun casual play but like most mmo nowadays if you wanna triumph in elsword you gotta cash..
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
214.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
I like it
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
play it if u like 2d feel
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
243.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Very fun game i am very addicted to it
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
This game. Just. Amazing. It changed my life. It's a wonderful game if you like MMORPGs and side-scrollers. :)
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
It's those types of games where you can play for a long period of time and be totally invested in it but after a while it starts to feel a bit repeditive that you'll stop playing. But then after some time you'll just want to play it again.
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