Pokémon Unite could be the spiritual successor to Red and Blue, but there’s a catch.
Turn-based role-playing games were still a fringe genre in North America until Pokémon. Pokémon Red and Blue gained mass appeal in the west thanks to the series’ simple game mechanics, cute monster graphics, and effective marketing campaign, and paved the door for a slew of subsequent RPGs.
MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games such as League of Legends and DOTA 2 attract millions of players around the world, but they can be intimidating to newbies. Pokémon Unite simplifies the genre’s complexities and introduces familiar characters, making it accessible to both MOBA veterans and newbies.
It has captivated me in a manner that neither League of Legends nor DOTA 2 have. What’s the catch? Microtransactions are fairly obvious in Pokémon Unite, and their prevalence is expected to worsen over time. Nonetheless, Pokémon Unite is an excellent choice for your first MOBA, and you can have a lot of fun without investing any money.
No one has ever been like you!
The MOBA genre is reduced to its most basic features in Pokémon Unite: On a vast map, two teams compete against each other. On each side, there are two lanes and a central area. Players gain Aoes energy by beating adversaries or AI-controlled Pokémon on the map. After then, players must get to one of the opposing team’s five goals and deposit the energy without being hit. At the end of ten minutes, the team with the most points wins.
This is how most MOBAs work, but Pokémon Unite makes things easier by using smaller areas and shorter matches. This means you’ll always know what you’re supposed to be doing. Players can level up by fighting opponents and wild Pokémon dispersed throughout the map. This will allow you to teach your Pokémon new moves and even cause some of them to evolve.
The game’s 20 Pokémon are divided into five battle types: Attacker, Defender, Speedster, Supporter, or All-Arounder. Attackers and Speedsters have a high damage output. Defenders such as Snorlax and Supporters like as Eldegoss are there to keep your opponents at bay.
I’m drawn to Pokémon like Pikachu, Alolan Ninetales, and Cramorant because of their strength and aggressive play, but I’ve seen every Pokémon utilized in dozens of battles. That’s a fair sign of monster balance across the board.
Furthermore, you won’t need to be familiar with sophisticated type matches or RPG viability to understand how these monsters work in Pokémon Unite. Even if someone (somehow) had no idea what Pokémon was, they may still enjoy this MOBA. The same may be said for Pokémon fans who have never played a MOBA.
It Costs a Lot of Money to Be the Best
Despite these positive aspects, the game’s unscrupulous monetization techniques should be avoided. You won’t feel compelled to spend money after a few hours of Pokémon Unite. However, the threat of microtransactions hangs over the entire experience, and it’s only going to get worse as we approach closer to launch.
That’s because Pokémon Unite features a lot of progression systems, a battle pass, trainer and Pokémon customization options, and stuff to buy. You’ll slowly acquire currency in-game that you may use for all of the above. It’ll take hours of grinding, or you can simply put in your credit card details for immediate gratification.
Unfortunately, some held things that can be used to promote Pokémon must be purchased with actual money. Before you start playing, check out the game’s practice mode to see which battle style you like. Because none of the classes have more than five Pokemon, it’s advisable to pick one and stick with it.
Microtransactions may become a necessary evil to be competitive once the game has been out for a few months and there are more Pokémon and things to collect, as well as a greater competitive ceiling. Regardless, inquiring minds should have a lot of fun with Pokémon Unite even if they don’t pay any money.
Pokémon Unite is a great way to get a taste of the free-to-play MOBA scene, flaws and all. And, because this MOBA is still in its early phases, you have the opportunity to live up to the Pokémon theme song and be the best… like no one else has ever been.
For Nintendo Switch, Pokémon Unite is now available.
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