If you are a geek and use social media then you have no doubt seen various commercials for a mobile game called Raid: Shadow Legends. Like many mobile games aimed towards gamers, it features cool-looking warriors, scantily clad women, and obnoxious monsters. Naturally, I would swipe away knowing that it would just tempt me to purchase in-game resources to get an inch further but then I saw this commercial:
Admittedly, I laughed at the ad and decided that any company clever enough to make a humorous ad might be capable of making a decent game. So I downloaded it and sure enough, I got sucked in completely.
At the time of writing this article, I have only spent $1 and that was Google Play Credit. It gave me a powerful champion and additional resources that allowed me to play more immediately. After about 15 hours in, I feel like I have a decent idea of how the game is and it is pretty darn good, to be honest.
Raid: Shadow Legends is a turn-based combat game where you gather together a group of champions who have various abilities and fight other champions. Along the way you pick up gear that you can equip to your characters to enhance their stats. As they gain the experience they can hit a level cap which then allows them to rank up by sacrificing other champions. Ranking up makes them stronger and allows them to gain even more levels. Once they get to a certain rank, the ability to choose their masteries becomes available. There is a lot more information when it comes to champions but essentially they allow for a lot of growth so that players have to really work in order to get to the ‘end’ of the game.
PvE has various modes from fighting dungeon bosses with cool abilities to having faction wars that restrict your team to just a specific faction, and the classic story mode campaign. I enjoyed the campaign because the introduction of each chapter came with narration and artwork as a treat for beating the last chapter’s boss. Every chapter grants you a random drop chance of getting various champions and gear that makes replay a must.
There is also a clan system where groups of players can gather together and you are rewarded for participating in events and even just checking in. There are also clan bosses that are daunting for any single player but manageable when multiple members step in to deal with the damage that weakens the boss.
Raid: Shadow Legends has a lot to offer players to keep them coming back and feeling a sense of progress in their playtime. Just by doing normal actions, you get rewards to assist in getting that much stronger so you can see more of the game. The aspects that I enjoy most is how convenient it is for casual players to jump in. They have an automated button that fights for you and even a multiple battle function so you can load up the game for the day and immediately get to work without having to pay too much attention to the game.
I find the game enjoyable because it is a glorified fidget spinner for me. When I am at work and just need to take a moment to do something quiet, fun, and quick I simply whip out my phone and then watch as my champions slay monsters left and right. I feel like I accomplished something by watching the loot roll in and it didn’t take too much time or effort at all.
When I actually want to play the game, I appreciate the aesthetics, the gear set bonuses, the strategy behind some of the fights, and there is a lot of content to consume that makes me feel satisfied in my playtime. The moment I realized that I enjoyed the game was when I fought a boss during a work call and then cheered when it fell to my new team combination. I cried out in happiness and was legitimately excited to get to the next chapter of the game.
The only thing about the game that bothers me is that every single female character wears heels. EVEN IN THE DESERT. WHAT IS THIS!? But I forgive them because the rest of the game is great.
Raid: Shadow Legends is free to play and easy to learn with a lot of depth. Any gamer will have a great time picking up this game to casually play throughout your day. Find out more information on their website!