We didn’t get to try Raid : Shadow Legends until late 2018, after the initial release. We love RPGs, and we are huge fans of story-based gaming. Raid is a turn-based battle video game that we love.
The game follows a fairly standard gacha format. Players collect characters and build their teams. They also take part in different types of missions and campaigns. It is a series of turn-based battles that take place in various environments. It’s worth a try if this is a genre you like.
We liked the fact that it is a story-driven, mature RPG. Think more Lord of the Rings and less Final Fantasy. The game’s goal is to travel through Teleria and build an army.
The game’s overall structure (as opposed the battle dynamics) is fairly simple. There are three main modes available to players: the campaign or story (player against environment), arena (player–vs-player), as well as dungeons. These allow players to gain experience points and obtain items such potions and gear. The addition of the dungeons zone, with its own bosses and functions well alongside the main campaign mode, is a great addition. Arena mode is great for fighting other players and improving your ranking.
Collecting crystals, or “shards”, is a way to build a team. You can exchange them for new characters. There are many types of shards. As you can probably guess the most valuable unlock rare characters.
We found the characters to be very interesting and well-thought out. They include almost every type of mythical creature. Over 300 characters are available from 16 factions. Also, the storyline, soundtrack and vocal narration are solid.
What about the gameplay?
Graphics are a major selling point of the game. Players have praised the originality and quality of its artwork. As you travel through thirteen different environments, each one will quickly make you feel lost in its beautiful and atmospheric setting.
The battle engine is turn-based and includes an auto setting which can be useful for re-running levels to gain more experience. The mechanics are simple and intuitive, and the effects are captivating. The character has the option of choosing from a variety of actions with different damage levels. These abilities change as you unlock more skills. My only complaint is that the gameplay can become repetitive after a while. However, the thrill of creating new teams and trying different ways to deal with enemies makes it worth it.
We loved that the game has a strong strategic component to choosing your team and selecting characters that will perform well in certain battle situations. You have a lot of options, including affinities, gear selection and champions. These are all important factors that will impact your decisions.
There are many clans that welcome beginners and you can join them to take part in cooperative challenges for rewards. Clan challenges are led by unique bosses that make it even more fun.
What about the downsides?
Raid is a standard gacha-based, turn-based battle format. If you are looking for something totally different, you might be disappointed. This style is a favorite of many. However, it’s hard to find a better-executed title.
You may have to spend some money if you want to be able to play with the best players. It’s unfair to call this a bad game just because it has a pay-to play element. A sub-par experience won’t help you build a loyal following with tens or thousands of players. The game’s graphics are amazing, and the characters and lore that go with each region of the world adds an additional layer of interest. Building your team is an exciting experience.
With all the above points in mind, here is our final conclusion:
Raid: Shadow Legends teams can be a great game. Although it isn’t perfect, it is definitely worth a try. It’s free and you can get a lot from it. It is well-suited for intensive gaming but the auto-battle feature makes it suitable for casual gamers. You don’t have to spend hours learning the game mechanics or features in order to progress seriously.