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 (3,277 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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April 29


Irvine, Calif., April 29, 2015- KOG Games, a leading developer and publisher of popular free-to-play action MMORPGs, today announces a birthday bash like no other. More than cake and candles, dungeons and Swag! Elsword pulls out all the stops for their 4th Anniversary Celebration!

KOG Games starts the party with a bang by inviting Elsword players to come down and party with them at Howie’s Game Shack in sunny Orange County, California. The folks at KOG Games have invited a handful of lucky players to partake in a pleasant stroll through some artfully executed bouts of Dungeon Crawling and PvP at Howie’s Game Shack. Then, strategy and villainy will be cordially (yeah right!) discussed over dinner, and then everyone’s off to offer up redemption and possibly even the score with some friendly *cough!*, Players vs. KOG, no-holds-barred games of lazer tag!

Now on to the in-game festivities! ~ Elsword goes all out with some major updates on this 4 year anniversary patch. Players have asked, and they will receive. Here’s the list:
• A new Party Kick System that empowers the devoted Dungeon Crawlers with the ability to vote-out any player that isn’t pulling their weight and contributing to the cause
• Keeping competitive integrity at the forefront, a large number of characters are receiving some love and receiving some needed Rebalancing
• A new Star Rank system will allow players to shine. Both PvE and PvP efforts will be rewarded with a new title and badge. This system will reward the top 100 players in both categories
• Level up faster with the new EXP Table revamp
• Massive Dungeon Upgrades! – Shorter, refined Dungeons, better Dungeon graphics and backgrounds, new result screen UI, monsters that deal more damage occupy more area with their big-damage tells and better in-Dungeon stage progression on popular dungeons gives players a more linear and fun experience
• Ereda Island, the very popular, objective-based PvP Co-op feature gets a big facelift and new challenges await, and whole slew of dedicated in-game events and rewards to go with the update. In addition, the stellar Ereda Island character chat feature “Quick Voice” to call out character-based voice commands and text in combat! Quick Voice will not only be added to Ereda Island, but players will be able to use this new feature in Dungeons, Fields and in Arena PvP!

Don’t go anywhere, the party’s just started! Players who login with a level 10+ character will receive a FREE, permanent pet, costume set and a timed Dragon Mount!

If you’re new to Elsword or you’re taking a break … You’re invited too! New players who register during the event period and players who haven’t logged in since April 1st, 2015 will receive a free +10 Enhanced Weapon!

During the event period, Elsword players will receive 2x’s EXP, 2x’s Drop rates and unlimited stamina! In addition, just logging into game and playing gets you prizes. Players will receive a daily buff, prize exchange tickets, and for those who slay big, nasty elite monsters, keep your eyes peeled for some crazy anniversary-themed loot boxes!

And finally… The Swag!
All players who create a new character, and level that character to 10 or higher during the event period (4/29/15 – 5/12/15 PDT) will be entered to win some amazing, exclusive Elsword-themed goodies. 519 players in total will win!

Cake and candles are optional for this celebration, but there ain’t no party like an Elsword party!
Come party with Elsword… Play Your Manga!

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April 28

Incoming: Battle Superstars & 4th Anniversary

Hi-ya, Elpeeps! We are looking at an exciting patch to mark Elsword’s 4th Year Anniversary, and it arrives sometime after midnight. I sure can’t wait! First off, we’ve got a huge bundle of new game features and improvements we’ve nicknamed the Battle Superstars System Update.

Who’s the superstar, you ask? Why, it’s you! The collective theme of this update is improvements that allow players to grab the spotlight and even let sheer talent shine through. Skill balancing among the different characters helps ensure fair battlegrounds, while dungeons will have shorter maps, better graphics, and tweaked monster attacks that make their moves easier for you to anticipate, among others.

An interesting new feature for randomly generated teams is Party Kick, which lets you and other party members vote an idle member off your team without foregoing your dungeon progress. This game feature will come in handy when you’re working on quests that require you to clear dungeons very quickly, for instance. Now no one would get in the way of an excellent dungeon run!

We’ve also made an unusual challenge out of Ereda Island, plus the EXP table revamp, and finally, Star Ranks, which had been slated in a previous update, are almost here! Watch out for all these as well as several related in-game events starting tomorrow!

Item Mall Goodies

Let me hear it for Skill Cut-ins! These items under the Customize tab give you a unique action pose artwork of your character for showing off when you’re using certain skills.

Next, taking a page from Japanese history, we’re introducing these amazing Samurai inspired Warring Kingdom outfits. These I want! Waaant!

Finally, the Elgang has gathered some interesting clues about a secret party, and they’d already found out about the Gold Ice Burners. Something tells me that riddle-master only dropped some clues, and this event is actually bigger than he is letting on. Well, we’ll all find out in just a few hours. Hee-hee!

See you in-game tomorrow!

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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 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 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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269 of 361 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,022.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Let me list my problems with this game.

There is a significant pay-to-win issue in the game in the form of costumes and gear enhancements. Contrary to a relatively "fair" free to play game model, Elsword's costumes (for a reason which is easily fathomable) give stats and overall power. As a result, this results in those who are willing to pay real cash having a significant advantage over individuals who do not. More to the point, Equipment enhancements, due to their nature of increasing stats via an increasing percentage per enhancement level (From a 1% stat increase at +1, 15% stat increase at +6~9 and a +30% stat increase at +9~11) results in a ridiculous power disparity between high-enhancement weapon wielders and low-enhancement weapon wielders. With the present average enhancement at +7, people at +8 and higher will have a 15~100% base attack stat advantage in comparison to the average player.

The PvP system of this game, contrary to most individual opinions, is genuinely well-thought out and generally well made. This game's PvP is dependent on your ability to 'catch'- i.e., hitstun your opponent and land a series of hits in the form of combos, and repeat. Hence, it is potentially possible for any character at any level to defeat any character and any level, as long as one's skill level is higher than the other. On a clean, basic flowchart, I find this highly appealing.

However, there are several significant issues with this PvP system.
First and foremost, there is a signfiicant balancing issue between the many classes and characters you can choose in the game, particularly with the more recently released character/classes. For those interested in said balance issues the PvP forums are the place to go.
Secondly, due to this game's frame rate being directly tied to your computer's performance level (i.e. general graphics and CPU power) and because your frame rate is directly tied to your character's input response speed (e.g. Attack/Movement/Jump speed) anyone with an inferior computing experience compared to the opponent will find themselves severely disadvantaged due to their character's slower response time- hence opening up far more opportunities for your opponent to catch you whilst simultaneously reducing your number of opportunities to catch you opponent.
Thirdly, this game's matching system is a peer-to-peer system, which directly connects your IP to the opponent's IP. As I am an Australian and this game is based in America, naturally most of my opponents are individuals across the whole pacific ocean, resulting in horrible latency. This results in delayed response times as hits and actions on your screen may not register on the opponent's screen, as is the same for your opponent to you as well. This results in a horrible PvP experience for both parties.
Finally and most importantly, the above enhancement system comes into play in PvP as well. As in PvP, you can be matched up with anybody and anyone regardless of character level/class/equipment enhancement level, anyone with equipment of lower enhancement level will find themselves highly disadvantaged in many matches due to their equipment being inferior to their opponent's. As a result, the gear discrepancy between players becomes ridiculously high as one progresses up in PvP rank, as eventually, regardless of their skill level they will find it extremely difficult to defeat their opponents who have far superior equipment. For instance, a +7 weapon wielder may find themselves hitting for 3-digit damage on their opponents whilst they hit back for over 4~5 digit damage.

Hence, the PvP system at its present state is highly undesirable to play without significantly increasing your character's power level, which in turn requires (and will inevitably require) real cash investment, i.e. as the common phrase is, it will require you to buy power.

On the flip-side of the coin,the PvE system of this game serves as several dungeons in which you clear stages after stages of monsters, culminating to a generally difficult last-stage boss. However, after a while these bosses become walkovers, and it becomes boring to grind these after a while. Challenges exist in the form of solo Secret Dungeons and Henir Challenge modes. Although these are indeed interesting, they harshly punish you for failing in them as the former consumes rare items for entry, and the latter will only provide rewards for entry only once (i.e. if you enter and die in the first few stages, you won't be able to get any rewards for the rest of the day). This also results in significant time and power investment.

Would I recommend this game? No. really, no. It's genuinely fun, yes. However, that's only once you reach the end game and you have sufficiently invested enough time and money in order to establish your character's power and place in the Elsword world, as I have done so. I genuinely do not recommend this game for anyone with insufficient time or money on their hands.
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132 of 183 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,164.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
I've played this game for god knows how long (roughly 3 years). I feel I should post a review.

Play one of 9 (soon to be 10) characters, with 3 different and slightly-to-very unique playstyles on each. With gameplay that is a mix between Smash Bro's, a traditional fighter, and traditional MMO.

So lets hit hard with the Pros and cons.

•Core gameplay is extremely enjoyable
•Variety variety variety
•The aesthetic is very pleasing, even though the whole "play your manga" original tagline is nowhere to be seen

•there is very little actual content
•there is very little actual balancing. With the arrival of PvP Season 3 proving it in spades, good luck if you arent 70 and dont have a weapon +8 or above.


Final word:
I love this game, I really do. I've spent minimal actual dollars on it, and made tons of friends. which is nice when you're a casual, but if you want to be a competative-to-hardcore player, have fun dropping several hundred++ dollars in this game.
Please bare in mind, I still play this game, and love it. But I cannot recommend it due to flaws which are out of our hands.

Even though I gave this game a thumbs down, I hope to see you in Elrios one day.
-ign: fetishfox
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140 of 208 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
48.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Pay to win :)
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79 of 115 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
873.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
As a veteran of this game for almost four years, i can safely say this game does indeed have potential, but wastes it in alot of areas, the game requires necessary grinding for a good amount of skills, and the pay wall in this game is ENORMOUS. Unlike other games, Elsword locks both four skill slots off, and extra pages in the skill tree, both of which are nearly 20$ apiece. The game also does indeed have a problem with class balancing, and the developers refuse to listen to the american playerbase for opinions regarding buffs/nerfs, listening only to the korean playerbase. This game is indeed fun, but that will only last at most a few weeks before you start to become bored with the game or play with friends. If you do indeed like grinding, forced halting of your gaming due to the stamina system that is implemented, and severe balancing issues, than this is for you. Otherwise, i say skip out on Elsword, and look for some other game.
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121 of 201 people (60%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
>Be invited to 6v6 by friend
>"But I'm like level 21, m80"
>he shrugs it off like nothing
>I join anyway
>he promises that his friends will go easy on me
>sudden realisation that ima be rektd
>try best at game
>did decent damage
>get slashed once
>get unfriended by friend that tells me "Get. Foking. Good."
>mfw I was then banned from his clan
>puts down Elsword
>goes back to Team Fortress 2
>Go on server
>Bunch of kids screaming
>turn off computer
>sit on bed
>curled up
>mfw I never touched the game again
11/10 Must play game to get rektd in. All Hail Raven
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39 of 58 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
90.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
This game may look friendly, but the more you delve into it,
the more you realize that it's just a façade.
It's says it's "Free to Play", but it just have enough free content to
last you a couple of dungeons. Unless you pour cash in this game,
you will have a hard time alone.
Pay to unlock the B skill set. Pay to get another skill tree setup.
And don't get me started on the bank. If you think half was bad enough, wait to see the bank deposit,
Oh, and that nice ice burner sets? Too bad, you need to be Filthy rich to collect just ONE of those. And that's
only for ONE character.
Oh yeah, you need to buy all of these things for every character you create. Funny, eh?
Oh, you want to PvP? Too bad, Equipment and Costumes stats carry over to PvP. Skill is one part of the equation, and
it's the little part. The moment you encounter an opponent with the same skill level, the one who wins is the one with the most overpowered gear. Not even kidding.
And it's not even balanced. Want to be OP? Get the latest class. 90% of the time it's OP as hell.
KoG it's not known for being great at balancing stuff.
I come from Grand Chase, and even though it's a very old game, The PvP is balanced, because the Equipment stats don't carry over to PvP. The only thing that matters it's your skill.
And Mounts? Pfffft, same as Ice Burner sets. Good Luck Trying to get that "Chocobo".
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this game, unless you have good friends to play, or if you play a couple of hours a week.
-Nice Graphics
-Aisha can be a Magic Girl
-If you don't care for PvP, Jobs are actually entertaining

-Extremely overpriced stuff
-Pay for everything
-PvP is utter crap unless you pour unlimited money works
-Phorus, Banthus, and Pong can ruin your sanity
-If KoG could sell instant Lvl 70 upgrades, they would.
-Stamina (I mean, maybe in Korea it's a good idea to limit the amount of time people invest in this game, but in NA it's actually a very bad move. I mean, look at Elsword EU)
-Korean voices (If you're not a fan of asian things in general, you will hate the voices. Even though it was hinted that this could have an English Voiceover, it never materialized, AND GRAND CHASE HAD TONY OLIVER, WHY?! EVEN ELSWORD EU HAS ENGLISH VOICES)
-Elsword it's an irritating brat
-Job costumes are timed, and there's no way to buy them
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30 of 43 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
125.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Terrible and a waste of time. Don't bother spending any money on it because you won't stop after. PvP is flat out unbalanced and bad. There's potential but that'll never happen because KoG won't ever listen. Now if you excuse me, I'll be uninstalling for trash like this for some space that's worth having. :^3
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26 of 36 people (72%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
393.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
I love this game.. cute characters, nice combos, fun pass time.. But if you hate it, then.. Here~ Make an apple pie instead :3


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening

4 to 6 tablespoons cold water


1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (8 medium)

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

1) In medium bowl, mix 2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).

2) Gather pastry into a ball. Divide in half; shape into 2 flattened rounds on lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer, let pastry soften slightly before rolling.

3) Heat oven to 425°F. With floured rolling pin, roll one pastry round into round 2 inches larger than upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side.

4) In large bowl, mix sugar, 1/4 cup flour, the cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir in apples until well mixed. Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate. Cut butter into small pieces; sprinkle over filling. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1/2 inch from rim of plate.

5) Roll other round of pastry into 10-inch round. Fold into fourths and cut slits so steam can escape. Unfold top pastry over filling; trim overhanging edge 1 inch from rim of plate. Fold and roll top edge under lower edge, pressing on rim to seal; flute as desired. Cover edge with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning.

6) Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust, removing foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Serve warm if desired.
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24 of 37 people (65%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
pvp is just really unfair if someone has more money then you they get abunch of unfair buffs not to mention that the combo system is so broken just spam the same buttons over and over untill you win
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42 of 71 people (59%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
While interesting intially, the game quickly becomes redundant and along with the minor glitches, lack of real customization... I just couldn't keep myself interested. If you like mindlessly grinding extremely easy content, then this might be the game for you, but I personally like more customization and uniqueness in mmos. There are other mmos that do what this game does better.
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29 of 47 people (62%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
To be honest this game is only fun for an hour its the same quests, same moves and no challenge even of very hard
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46 of 80 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
487.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Everything in this game is so broken. The character arena gameplay is just so off balanced and the lvling of the dungeons is the same thing over and over again usualy to get boring at sometime. Everyone in the game is a butthurt little 12 year old. Arena is full of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ everywhere. Don't even waste your time with this game. It may have some good graphics and ♥♥♥♥ but it sucks...
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97 of 177 people (55%) found this review helpful
858.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014

+Pretty fun for the most part, espcially with a friend(s)
+Currently 9 unique characters, each with different classes
+Nice graphics
+Combos are very different from character to character
+It can be addicting once you have found a character class that you enjoy playing
+Decent and friendly customer support

-VERY overpriced cash shop about $15-$30 for a costume (optional of cousre, but does give stats that help out slightly) or $23 for a mount, that will greatly help out in PVE
-Some costumes are only available through "Ice Burners" which are $1 each, but are not even close to guarenteed to get you a single piece of the costume set. (you could spend $50 on ice burners and get nothing useful)
-If you want more than 4 skills (which helps out alot) it's $9
-PVP is very unbalanced (incredibly gear based)
-Most characters are also broken in their own way
-Extremely grindy after level 45ish, made harder with the slow EXP gain
-Stamina system, which limits how long you can play each day (however not too much of a problem later on)
-Dreadful community- example: tons of ragers who will insult you in a very childlike manner over the stupidest of things
-Dungeons become very boring and repetitive after a while
-This version of elsword (North America) is behind with updates when compared to Korean elsword, but is ahead in updates compared to other versions at the same time
-ED (the in game currency) is pretty useless, it can not buy you costumes or any useful, unless you want to trade with another player, which will cost you millions of ED

Do i still reccommend this game? Yes and no...
This game does become highly addicting despite all of the negatives, you will always have something to work towards,which is what makes the game addicting, be it gear only obtainable through doing secret dungeons, wanting to grind your way towards level 70 or SSS rank in PVP. You could even try your luck in getting the best time in Henirs mode, which has most of the bosses from each region that you need to kill consecutively (does require good gear however.)

Finding a particular character and class that you enjoy in this will be hard to do as there are 9 characters with 3 classes each (that you can progress at later levels) and only a limited number of character slots (7 to start off with I think.) Once you do find that 1 class that you like, you will have a lot more fun because you obviously enjoy it.

Then again, Elsword is a free game and there is nothing stopping you from playing it and trying it for yourself. Most of what I said is debateable, but the only way to truly know wheter you will enjoy somethinge is like is to try it yourself. Who knows, maybe you will have a differenet opinion than I do . :)
Overall i'd say it's worth your time if you are willing to spend a little bit of money on it later on.
4.5/10... I guess
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23 of 39 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
I advise no one to play this unless you hardly get angry. You WILL get ♥♥♥♥♥ int he corner in PVP. You WILL get bored of dungeons and then go to the Arena and GET CORNER ♥♥♥♥♥. PVP IS UNBALANCED AS ♥♥♥♥ AND DUNGEONS GET BORING. PLZ BE CAREFUL IF YOU DECIDE TO PLACE THIS GAME BECAUSE YOU WILL BREAK YOUR LAPTOP!
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46 of 83 people (55%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Pre-Release Review

The game is jsut a bunch of copy and paste side scroll dungeons.
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Ok, i love this game. I don't use the cash shop and i don't do the pvp, i mainly just dungeon delve and feed my pet. I play this casually. So why do i not recommend this? Xtrap.
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30 of 53 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Don't let my hours fool you and my time on steam. I been playing consoles and other games for a while now and been playing non-steam version of elsword for 3 years.I just gotten me a gaming computer and gotten steam for it. Anway let me begin the review.


*Have at least 3 friends to play this game with and you have a blast.

*The back ground and the scenarios of the game are soo beautiful.(it is anime base after all.)

*It's classic, bring back Memories to classic gamers and there isn't that many 2D side scrollers mmo's, so if your a indie gamer kind of person and into mmo's, this game is for you.

*The outfits in this game are just amazing, I love them all. You can never get tierd of changing looks and there always new ones to enjoy and like.


*Mindless action- Meaning there no strategies,tacties or thinking needed to beat enemys and foes in elsword, it's all about rushing in and attacking as fast as you can with out letting the enemy or foe move an-inch in this game(like pvp), results of being to easy and finishing the duns and enemy off and not much of a challenge. Elsword doesn't have class roll's meaning any healers,tanks or supporters, everone bascially a offense char and all there class are to, but some class have very little support skill like TT with shield and MP giving and WS the only class that have a healing skill but no one use it but hey elsword is a to easy game and you don't need it but add-ons like this is what make team work and mmo's interesting.. but oh well.

*Not all costumes can be obtain easily, like ice burners, you can only get them through burning Ice burners, the problem is..it give you most useless stuff most of the time like magic stones,Advance magic stones, shards more. Those are the 3 it give more then the useful stuff like ib sets,high level accessory and +6 ammy's or more.So that means you could be spending 100$ and not get anything useful.

*The Economy in this game is sooo bad, Everything is expensive, the cash shop and in-game board. A Perm outfit is 33$ and skill slot B is 9$ and a mount is 23$(for a short time after the event) so you could be spending 60$ per char or more sometime just for the small things you want. As for the in-game board..it's impossiable to get anything(For NA Elsword). A lot of people said "Well, stop complaing about the game being expensive, you can just buy it off board" but elsword in-game board for costume pieces and ib sets and rare items be over 100 mil ED and you only get 2 mil Ed per run in final region of elsword duns(Sander). So trading and and having good spending friends is your best luck in elsword NA.

*The game is nothing but a RGN loot(meaning it rely to much on drop rates,random and mostly luck)there no quest in this game that just give you anything rare or worthy really...

*The game is super reapetitive...(example) beat the dun on normal, oh you beat it? Good, do it again hard, now very hard, now very hard 3 times. Once you done with the quest, your only half way there to level up, so you would have to do the duns over 10-25 times(through Feita-Sander regions) it get pretty annoying and boring pretty quickly and tiersome and it prove this game was to careless and lazy in-making for the questing system.

*pvp...is the most complan thing ever in this game, it's pretty much broken and very much un-blance and very much gear-base.But I won't go into detail much sense the community it self will tell you how bad elsword pvp is.

*Stamina system..idk what to say except it stupid and pretty tearing the players freedom of playing. Once it hit zero, all you can do is play pvp, stand around and talk with people and play on another char.

*Sound track- The sound track in this game is so bad and boring, meh, I only like 3 and pretty much it, most people had to add custom for mods but to others, most don't.

*Content- Okay they clam they have new content constantly more then other mmo's which is true, ever 2 weeks they have a new update, but reason I dislike it, cause it mostly just new ib sets, new outfits,mounts and pet to spend a lot of money on and barely anything new.

*Customization-They said in the about me."Customize like crazy"but there isn't any "real" costomization at all unless"you paid for it" and"grind for it" which ever mmo have or should have so I say it's pretty misleading what they said in there advertising and about the game section.

Do I recommend this game? Only if you don't mind it being nothing but a grind-fest(meaning to much farming and nothing but repetitive questing),can afford this game, you don't mind a mmo's of picking chars you like and not create your own character , you like small and simple game that doesn't offer much contex and got good friends that willing to take time into this game, but over all I don't recommend this game. Personally I quit this game, not even void or korean server interest me much , cause of the game play it self. But sadly I still play this game only for friends reason. But once PSO2 and BNS comes to NA(there still hope for BNS for NA btw) i'm 100% done with elsword.

Is this game paid to win?It's more a mixture, half paid to win and half not.


Pvp:Seem like it

Those costume and putting duel stones on them(expecially on ib sets) makes you un-stop-able plus the fact with the skill notes to boost your attack skills and able to get repair scrolls and have the extra skill slot for high advantage in pvp and most of all having those 6+ or more ammy's for high advantage for your SD and herir gear that cause pvp to be gear base expcially around S-SSS Rank.(seriously, what mmo charge extra for skill slot?).

Everone have there own opiouns what they think of this game, please don't assume i'm complaing about the tiniest things in this game and wish everything to be easily handed to me for all the cons I listed have been a huge issues for years in this game.

PS: If I had to reccomend better F2P anime mmo or mmorpg game's that out in Western I would say "Dragon nest, Aura Kingdom and Mabinogi" those 3 games tend to have more content and context and true "RP" and fair rate price in Both Western then Elsword does ;3.But I do have other to recommend but there not out yet but coming soon.

That is all and have a nice day.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
I've played this game for more than 2 years, and I have well over 1500 hours in this game (because I just recently got it on Steam, my hours are very low)

Honestly, this game used to be fantastic. Nice economy, classes weren't too overpowered, paying wouldn't give a too much of an advantage.

Then came Ara, Elesis and of course Add.

Once Ara came out , the game just killed itself. What I'm saying is, the game is unbalanced. I can't even play my favorite classes such as Code Nemesis, Lord Knight, Deadly Chaser or any of the Ravens, because every match feels like I'm playing with a huge handicap. Ara, Elesis and Add are hated because they have always been strong, and have no "real" weakness.

Ara - Easy to use. Can deal large amounts of damage without using too much mp. Aras can just do the "zz loop" and spam " ^ x ", and you'll find yourself with a huge chunk of your health missing. Her attacks have long hitstuns too, which matters a lot if the match is laggy. Her movement makes her tricky to catch, and she even has skills that are nearly IMPOSSIBLE to dodge or knockdown from. Remember how I said Ara can deal alot of damage without mp? With mp, she deals staggering amounts. Not to mention, with all that spare mp, she can escape your combos by simply manabreaking. I can't say she has any real weakness, since each class can deal with it differently.

Sakra Devanam - Defensive and nimble. Has a annoying passive which gives her about a 30% chance to block your attacks, reducing their damage GREATLY. This causes characters who tend to deal more hits by nature, to suffer much more. Oh, she also has a move called Flying Kite (or Swallow Assault as they call it in NA) which is impossible to dodge if shes within range, CANNOT be manabroken from, deals HUUUUUGE AMOUNTS of damage, and get this it takes NO mp and has a 21 second cooldown. All it takes is spirit energy, the more you have, the better. Sadly, spirit energy is EXTREMELY easy to gain, and it doesn't require too much mp either. I've lost to many Sakra Devanam, because they got a few attacks on me, and let Kite do the rest. (I cried everytime)

Yama Raja - Deals massive damage, and is also quick. Also has a passive which prevents her from dying, and regenerates up to 10% of her hp. The passive doesn't have a long cooldown, so if she just runs, you'll have to kill her over and over again. She is also ranged as well, but she plays as a melee character when it comes to combos. This gives her a catching advantage, and makes her harder for melee characters.

Asura - Not much to say, but she is just as bad as the other classes. Balanced in all categories, but is VERY offensive, and offers safe approaches. Not too fun to fight, but she does have really cool moves.

Elesis - Think Elsword, but better in most categories. Elesis is faster, does more damage and her skills are better as well. Like Ara, you don't need to use a lot of mp. Elesis' play is simple, and most players play her the same way. Hell, if you don't play her simple, you're probably handicapping yourself, since it justs complicates things and isn't as effective. Elesis' actives and passives are EXTREMELY powerful. Examples include, Rushing Sword, Iron Body - Strong, Revenge of Blood, Condemnation, Fire Stigma, Body of Fire, Injection Stigma etc. Each Elesis class has a way to counter any of her "weaknesses", lets look at them individually.

Her Grand Master class is in my opinion, the most balanced class of Elesis in the game. Her damage could still be lowered as well as her passives, and buffs. Her Waltz of Sword passive, and Sword of Victory should definitely be nerfed. Theres not much to say, but I find Grand Masters to be the most fun to fight, use, and look at - because she is the hottest too.

Ahem...*Clears throat*

Blazing Heart doesn't even need to combo you for that long. ZZZ active, Z active, XZZ - you'll manabreak by than. Her debuffs can't be fought back with resistance, since she can ignore your fire resistance. You saw that previous combo I typed a sentence ago, right? How much mp would two actives take? Barely any. You know what that means? She will MANABREAK YOUR EVERY COMBO, or she will just SPAM IRON BODY-STRONG. I'm not a huge fan of her. She's very boring to fight, but she does have the coolest looking moves of all the Elesis classes.

Crimson Avenger - Like Blazing Heart, but much worse in every category. Her dashing combos eat away your health like FOOD. How much mp does it take for her to kill you? Barely any. However Crimson Avenger won't manabreak your combos. Instead she'll spam iron body - strong. Because she has the Condemnation passive (which I mentioned earlier), every time she uses iron body, she will take A LOT OF HEALTH OFF YOU. 4 - 5 digits worth of health. What i'm saying is that, her combos require very little skill to use. Catching with her will be your only difficultly, but catchiing with Crimson Avenger isn't too difficult. There is another class known as Veteran Commander in the game. He plays VERY similar to Crimson Avenger. Guess what. Veteran Commander got severely nerfed, and Crimson Avenger follows his playstyle UN-NERFED. You may not completely understand what I mean, but I'm just saying that previous fact pisses me off... I really, really hate this class.

Add - Personally, I love Add as a character, and I do find him fun to use. Even though I don't play him often, I can clearly see how powerful he is. Think about what I said about Ara and Elesis, and you get Add. Easy to use, powerful combos without using too much mp, cheap skills and even more. His only weakness, is supposed to be his defense. That can be overcome by:

1: Getting decent gear, and socketing properly. People in PVP don't always have great gear (you'll understand why later)
2: Well, just manabreak. Its not like he uses too much mp to begin with.
3: PLUS consider the fact that Adds are even better when you're actually talented with them. Think of a nooby Add as a monster. Think of a pro Add as a smarter and quicker monster.

I don't hate Add as much as others, but I have never fought an Add and said "That was fun".

As you can see, the game does a poor job when it comes to balance.

Economy - Thats enough about the classes, lets talk money.

The economy in this game is absolutely crazy. I saw this guy a few days ago offering over 350 DOLLARS (In K-Ching, which is currency you use in the cash shops) for a somewhat rare costume sword. Yeah...

You looking for rare stuff? A single gear piece or accessory you want to buy with in-game currency, can cost you BILLIONS. That is a lot of money. To put it into perspective, if you started from level 1, and capped your character WITHOUT spending ANY money on ANYTHING, and selling ALL the goods you grabbed along the way. I HIGHLY doubt you'd get EVEN CLOSE to 200 million, let alone 10 or 20 billion.

So how do people make so much money? Simple. They spend real money on ice burners in hopes of getting rare things to sell, or just sell other cash shop products for RIDICULOUS amounts. Looking for rare stuff? Spend money, hope you get lucky, and sell items for unreasonable amounts. You'll just be contributing to its terrible economy though :c .

Did you puke after reading that? Sorry, just don't play this game.

I also apologize if you don't understand most of what I've said, but I think its better that way.

Truthfully, this game will NEVER EVER be the same it was again, nor will it get close to it.
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34 of 62 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
(TL;DR at bottom)

So I was talking to my friends one day, and they told me about "This awesome game called Elsword." So, naturally I took a look at it. At first glance, it looked like an ok game, I wasn't too into the art style as i'm not a huge anime/manga fan, but I let it slide, and was ready to try it out. So we (Me and my 2 friends) all created new characters so we could start playing at the same time. I went through the tutorial, and played a bit, and I have to say, I was frankly dissapointed. I'm just going to split this review into 2 sections, the good, and the bad.

Movement controls - I LOVE the movement system, it's fluid, it's responsive, everything a good side-srcolling game should have in a movement system! Once you take a jump, that jump is YOURS to control. You can manuever quite easily, and I'm pretty sure one or two characters might be able to fly or float!
Item management - The inventory system is nice, and the GUI is really spiffy, and nice to look at. There are different items and cosmetics that you can buy for your character for customization purposes, and you can even remove everything if you so wish :P
Skills - Each character has a plethora of different skills and abilities they can learn, with most characters having two or three different job classes to choose from, allowing for tons of customization in the way you do combat.
Graphics - The graphics are quite nice, and they don't strain your computer at all! They're very cutesy and cartoony, so if you're into that, this might just be the game for you!
Multiplayer - Any game with multiplayer makes me happy! The servers are well and good, and you very very very rarely encounter lag!

Combat - The combat system, where do I begin? Honestly, the combat sucks. There are a buch of different combos you can do, and that's the first thing people argue about when it comes to this games combat "gimmick" The combos are unecessary and pointless if you ask me, not only that, but the combat system is clunky and feels very awkward to control, it really is hard to explain, so bear with me. The moves don't exactly execute on time, making it hard to pull off the combo you want to pull off, which usually results in just using the basic attack to fight. I've been able to clear certain levels just by holding down right, and mashing the basic attack. (give or take some backtracking)
Characters - This is more of a personal nit-pick then a problem persay, the characters don't feel very...character-y...I find it hard to actually feel like I AM that character, like other MMOs There is no character customization system, and instead you are given a set of characters to choose from. I like making connections and feeling like I am my character in games, and I just can't do that when there are another thousand Ravens in the same town as me, I don't feel like I AM that character, I feel like I'm CONTROLLING that character, and I just don't like that.
Story - I don't really have much to say about the story, because I skipped most of it, and that's what I want to point out. I'm a lazy guy, and I'm sure at least some of you will agree with me when I say I don't want to sit there and read text boxes for an hour. Two words. Voice. Acting. That's all I have to say regarding that.
Gameplay - So, continuing on with the me and my friends story, I was getting bored fast, and they promised me that good parts were to come. Now, I'm sure that there would be good parts! But if your player gets bored, or frustrated before they get to the good parts, that is bad game design. What if in Legend Of Zelda, they made you fight Gohma over and over and over, promising that "You'll get to the next boss eventually, and it'll be fun!" See my point? You need to get something to grab the player, and pull them in, entice them, keep them coming back to play your game! Another thing that I will add is that I didn't notice any difference between the levels albeit a different boss and layout. It was just, "Do dungeon, go back to field, do a quest that usually involved beating up a few special enemies, do another dungeon" rinse and repeat to the max.
Music - I don't have much to say about this, but the soundtrack was lackluster at best.

Overall, Elsword is a slightly-worse-than-mediocre-game, it has its perks, but there is really nothing to make it stand out from anything else IMO. If i had to rate it on a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 3.5/10. Thanks for listening, and have a nice day :)

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
First off, this game is very addicting probably for most of the people and it could be fun. But, you should only play this game if you are wiling to spend 100s of dollars and 100s of hours into it. I know most people can agree with me in that playing dungeons over and over again can get quite boring. On top of that, in order to get any almost 80% of the items you need the "K-Ching" which is impossible to obtain without spending real money. And as far as i see, there are imbalance within the game everywhere.
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