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This is Game8's review of Pokemon UNITE on the Nintendo Switch. Read on to see our rating for the game as we review about all the advantages and disadvantages it has over other MOBAs. For our full review of TENCENT's Pokemon MOBA, read on.

Pokemon UNITE Review Score

Overall Score
28/40
Gameplay Accessibility Art & Graphics Fun
7/10 6/10 8/10 7/10
Rating Explanations
Overall: The total rating of the game. The scores available range from 1-10 with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest.
  • Gameplay: How we rate the mechanics and systems designed and put in the game.
  • Accessibility: How we rate Pokemon UNITE's barrier of entry and the general new player experience. This also includes how the entirety of the game is accessible both for F2P players and money spenders (or whales).
  • Art: Rating how beautiful and appropriate the game's graphics are.
  • Fun: At the end of the day, a game needs to be fun! This is our rating for how well Pokemon UNITE excels at providing a fun and enjoyable experience for players in general.

You'll Like Pokemon UNITE If

  • You're a new MOBA player.
  • A fan of the Pokemon franchise
  • You want a casual MOBA game.

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Pokemon UNITE Full Game Review

Pros Cons




Pro: A New Take to MOBA Games

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Pokemon UNITE offers a completely new game experience. As opposed to other MOBA games where you take turrets, push waves, and eventually lay siege to the enemy's base, Pokemon UNITE focuses on scoring goals by collecting points from enemies and Wild Pokemon then dunking it on enemy goal posts.

Pro: An easy to pick up game

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Pokemon UNITE is possibly, the simplest MOBA game you can pick up at this current time. As mentioned about other MOBA games, you'll have waves and items so learning about all of these and mastering the use of each strategy and skill you learn is necessary to be a better player. In UNITE, the game is focused more on just collecting points and dunking them to the enemy goalposts so the game design itself is pretty simple that even non-MOBA players can pick it up with ease.

Beginner's Guide: How To Play Pokemon UNITE and Best Strategies

Con: Game Gives Advantages to Spenders

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Paid gameplay features can work in a non-competitive game where everyone can enjoy it in their own style, however, in a competitive game, players have no choice but to be paired against opponents with a paid advantage and thus, limiting the competitive viability of the game.

Is Pokemon UNITE Pay to Win? Free vs. Premium Features

Con: Overly Teamwork-Centric Game

A single knowledgeable player in a MOBA like DotA or League can have a massive impact in each game which can be enough to carry your whole team to victory. Thanks to this nature, skill expression can really be felt and it's much easier to identify key players in a game. In UNITE, however, this is only partly true. Since the game is score-based, you can eliminate several players but if your team does not attempt to score or take objectives with you, these leads will still turn to losses since you can only carry a limited amount of points yourself. Carrying a team is still completely possible but is less effective compared to other snowball-centric MOBA games.

Pro: A Less Toxic MOBA game

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Compared to other MOBA games where toxicity in chat is prevalent, intentional feeding, and trolling is a normal occurrence, in Pokemon UNITE, this is rarely present. The absence of the chat feature and being replaced by pings removes verbal toxicity which makes Pokemon UNITE a much more peaceful MOBA game.

What Happens When You Go AFK

Con: Lack of Depth Compared to Existing MOBAs

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In Other MOBAs, the depth of the game is massive. You have starter items to work with, managing a second unit to handle items for you, rotating through farming your lanes and the jungle. Compared to all of these, Pokemon UNITE is much simpler. You simply choose a lane, stay there, get points, and dunk your scores. The lack of depth makes learning the game feel unrewarding and its simplistic nature makes retaining your interest in the game quite difficult.

Pokemon UNITE Game Info

Price Free to play with in-game purchases
Developer The Pokemon Company / TiMi Studios
Genre MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena)
Supported Languages English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Simplified/Traditional)
French, Italian, Spanish to be added late 2021.
Number of Players 10 Players (5 vs. 5)
Japanese Title ポケモンユナイト(Pokemon UNITE)
Official Site Pokemon UNITE Official Website
Official Twitter Pokemon UNITE Official Twitter

Official Release Trailer

Pokemon UNITE Related Links

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Latest News

Updates and Patch Notes

Patch Notes List
Version 1.1.1.3
(July 28, 2021)
Version 1.1.1.4
(August 4, 2021)
Version 1.1.1.5
(August 6, 2021)
Version 1.1.1.6
(August 18, 2021)
Version 1.1.1.7
(September 1, 2021)
Version 1.1.1.8
(September 8, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.3
(September 22, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.4
(September 27, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.5
(September 29, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.6
(October 08, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.7
(October 13, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.8
(October 20, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.10
(October 26, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.11
(November 10, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.12
(November 16, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.13
(November 18, 2021)
Version 1.2.1.14
(November 30, 2021)
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Updates and Patch Notes

Latest Maintenances and End Times

Patch End Time and Date
Mobile Release Maintenance September 21, 2021
12:00AM PT

Maintenance Schedules and End Times

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