So, Pokemon Unite came out two days ago and I spent some time with the game, and I have to say, for a lite-version of the Moba genre, it’s incredibly fun and addictive.
Pokémon Unite is a free-to-play, multiplayer online battle arena video game developed by TiMi Studio Group and published by The Pokémon Company for Android and iOS, and by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. As someone who plays League of Legends on occasion, I thought that this game wouldn’t be as fun or compelling to keep me around but I was wrong. As soon as I pick up my Switch I found it difficult to put it down.
The overall premise of Pokemon Unite is straightforward. You’ll play as one of the available Pokemon and collect points by defeating wild Pokémon scattered throughout the area, or by beating members of the opposing team. Once you collect points, you then go to designated zones in the opposing team’s side of the course to add points to your team’s overall score. You score by collecting up the points into a glowing ball of energy and then slam-dunking into a basketball hoop-like goal. It’s unorthodox for a MOBA game but it works. The game is available on mobile and on the Switch but I wasn’t able to test the mobile version to see how it ran but if you ask me, the best way to play the game is on the Switch for the controls.
As I’ve said before, Pokemon Unite is a lite experience of the MOBA genre however you can get quite deep into it and build a custom character with items and a skin. They call the HOLO. Speaking of skins, as you can imagine, there’s microtransaction in the game, however, most of what you’ll need to play the game can be earned by simply playing the game and grinding. How much grinding depends on what you want. The grind experience for me seems a bit on the slow side but that’s my own opinion on it.
Each standard base Pokemon doesn’t impact play all that much aside for Zeraora, that beast is broken as hell, and I had no problem winning matches with the included Pokémon.
Overall, there’s not much else to say, other than giving it a shot. It’s free so you got nothing to lose!