Elsword is a free to play, Manga styled anime MMORPG that thrusts players into a world of side-scrolling hack 'n' slash combat. The game offers well detailed 2D graphics, various game modes and a unique combo-based combat system.
Elsword offers many ways to customize your character, apart from the typical creation system at the start of the game, you can also buy and win gear that directly alters your character's appearance. In total there are 20 equipment slots, including weapons, armor, head-piece, jewelery and pets. Combining certain items will offer set bonuses as well as making your character look really cool with collective costumes available such as Tiger, Panda and Bear.
The combat system is highly addictive, separating itself from typical MMORPG style controls by utilizing 5-button combat mechanics. Instead of typical shortcut key combat, players take direct control of each action and ability, linking moves together to perform devastating combination's. This creates highly skill based combat where players with a quick finger and a good memory can really shine after mastering their characters top ability combos.
The story mode is highly appealing when compared to other MMORPG titles, not only is your own personal character directly involved but certain parts of the story unfold in a comic book style cut-scene, creating a real sense of immersion and accomplishment. There are over 40 main story quests available, Epic Quests, spanning across 12 chapters from tutorial introduction to defeating the games main protagonist.
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Reviewed by: Kyle Barber