Raid: Shadow Legends

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Not to be confused with RAID: World War II, a 2017 FPS game published by 505 Games.

Raid: Shadow Legends
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Genre: Role-Playing
Platforms: Android
iOS
Microsoft Windows
Release Date: July 29, 2018
Developer: Plarium Games
Publisher: Plarium Games
Made in: Israel


"This title is advertised as free-to-play, which is true, I guess. But it's not free-to-play in the same way as Path of Exile or Warframe are free-to-play. It's a kinda demented pseudo-free-to-play."

Upper Echelon Gamers

Raid: Shadow Legends is a free-to-play fantasy gacha RPG developed and published by Israeli game developer Plarium Games for mobile and PC.

Why It Sucks

  1. Over-saturation: Although it claims to be one of the most "ambitious" mobile games of 2018, it's yet another gacha-based fantasy turn-based RPG that has been all but done to death. Many examples of this type of game such as Epic 7, Fate: Grand Order and Summoners War have existed on mobile platforms for a very long time and the only major difference Raid has is that it has a more western fantasy style while almost all other gachas tend to adopt an animesque style.
  2. Again, like many games of this genre, Raid may be free-to-play, but it is also blatantly pay-to-progress. It's very difficult to obtain legendary heroes and the only other option in the game is to summon them by collecting various materials, leveling, and promoting other characters. However, many of these materials are obtained from time-limited events, which are nearly impossible to win without decent heroes or something green (US)/colourful (Commonwealth and EU) and flat out of your wallet...
    • The game's underlying structure also encourages aggressive spending. Every time you head back to the main menu, it thrusts a bunch of promotional microtransaction pop-ups in your face, and even something as simple as unequipping a rune (which should be available for free) can cost large amounts of resources.
  3. Because of the pay-to-win nature of the game, making progress in it is actually quite difficult without spending money in some way, as the game keeps on tossing you useless materials.
    • While Raid claims that it has more than 400 champions, it's very hard to collect even a fraction of them due to how much the gacha system is rigged against you.
  4. False advertising: The game claims that it has "thrilling gameplay", but it's literally just like any other turn-based RPGs, just turn-based clicking. In fact, the game even included an "auto-battle function" so you can skip the "thrilling gameplay" altogether. As D'Angelo Wallace claims: "One doesn't play Raid: Shadow Legends so much as one watches Raid: Shadow Legends."
    • Speaking of the ads, there's also the over-saturation of ads. Advertisements for Raid have literally flooded every social media platform and a large number of YouTubers (JonTron and The Angry Video Game Nerd himself included) are now doing sponsorships for this game. Judging from how Plarium Games simply provides the same rigid script that provides little to no personalization, it gets very repetitive very quickly and makes it quite clear that these YouTubers have never really played the game. It ended up becoming a meme because of this.
      • According to Upper Echelon Gamers, despite the fact that he rejected the sponsorship and even dissed the game himself, Plarium Games still approached him with the offer again and again like a broken record, due to YouTube's content policy that forces YouTubers and advertisers to promote their content just to stay relevant.
      • Additionally, they also deny that their sponsorship pitches are scripted.
  5. The game also suffers from technical issues and has a rather high tendency to crash.
  6. Like many other pay-to-win games on mobile, it has been suspected that Plarium Games are using bots to either suppress bad reviews or post fake five-star reviews. Some Reddit users have also pointed out that the reason why there are not many negative reviews in the first place is that gamers only review-bomb games they care about and invested time and effort in.
  7. Even worse is the fact that Plarium loves to nerf certain characters just to give paying players an advantage. One of the patches has them nerf the character Executioner, who is rather popular amongst free-to-play players, for the sole reason that Executioner is "too competitive". Players who've spent a lot of time farming for Executioner got no compensation and those who attempted to refund or chargeback got banned from the game entirely.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The graphics are relatively decent for a mobile game at least, but it was kinda made to look inferior because Plarium claims that the graphics for this game are comparable to "console and PC games".
  2. The animations are fluid and well done.
  3. The "live-action" commercials made for the game are surprisingly very well-made, with the models of the champions being extremely good with a lot of attention to detail, and the effects and editing look decent as well.

Trivia

  1. The game's developer, Plarium Games, is currently owned by Aristocrat Leisure Limited, an Australian casino slot machine manufacturer whose CEO just so happens to also be the current head of the American Gaming Association.

Videos

Comments


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DeciduousWater534

14 months ago
Score 20
I wouldn't be surprised if there were more videos sponsoring this game than there are people who actually played it.
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WENth100

14 months ago
Score 8

Currently it's one of the most downloaded game in th Google Play Store, but I doubt that most of these players sticked to the game for more than 1 month.

The reason why games like Epic 7 got more negative reviews than this is because people actually care about Epic 7, not this load of bull.
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GDPRAccount

14 months ago
Score 10
Is it okay if I change the infobox caption to "Today's CGW page is sponsored by RAID: Shady Legends!" to spoof the repetitive sponsor ads for the game?
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Rath460

14 months ago
Score 3
Go ahead.
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GDPRAccount

14 months ago
Score 2
Thanks!
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WENth100

14 months ago
Score 2
Brilliant!
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Paprika

14 months ago
Score 11
If I had a dollar every time I saw an advertisement for this game shoved in my face then I wouldn't need a job.
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EnnardTrap1987

13 months ago
Score 2

Darn. I made a blog post about the game before it was added.

Oh well, its on here now; and that’s all that matters.
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Brownie the Quincy Elf

13 months ago
Score 14
This Comment is Sponsered by Raid:Shadow Legends
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Rendy4ever

7 months ago
Score -1

This reply is sponsored by RAID: Shadow Legends.



(or is it?)
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RegalHyperus18

7 months ago
Score 2
This like, meme and reply I bet are also sponsored by RAID: SHADOW LEGENDS.
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Markoman

13 months ago
Score 2
Even Marvel Future Fight is a better freemium game.
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Lsw1002

13 months ago
Score 1
yeah
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ECWWCWWWF

13 months ago
Score -1
Hold on the second!!! This game developed by a ısraeli company.But this guys sponsored so many turkish youtubers.Somethings wrong about this.
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Sedgwick2K

4 months ago
Score 1
Not at all. They even sponsored AVGN.
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DmitriLeon2000

13 months ago
Score 1
Sienduk, a Russian YouTuber and a favorite of mine, promoted this game (twice) and actually played it!
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SpazJR61

13 months ago
Score 0
I'm not surprised.
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Ramadhan1a

13 months ago
Score 9

I'd like to thank today's sponsor: RAID: Shadow Legends

RAID: Shadow Legends is an immersive online experience with everything you'd expect from a brand new RPG title. It's got an amazing storyline, awesome 3D graphics, giant boss fights, PVP battles, and hundreds of never before seen champions to collect and customize.

I never expected to get this level of performance out of a mobile game. Look how crazy the level of detail is on these champions!

RAID: Shadow Legends is getting big real fast, so you should definitely get in early. Starting now will give you a huge head start. There's also an upcoming Special Launch Tournament with crazy prizes! And not to mention, this game is absolutely free!

So go ahead and check out the video description to find out more about RAID: Shadow Legends. There, you will find a link to the store page and a special code to unlock all sorts of goodies. Using the special code, you can get 50,000 Silver immediately, and a FREE Epic Level Champion as part of the new players program, courtesy of course of the RAID: Shadow Legend

https://supe...ndsisawesome
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Maxkatzur

12 months ago
Score 2
Accurate.
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Deepthroat Ghoul

5 months ago
Score 1

This game reminds me of Poochie from The Simpsons.

Whenever Raid: Shadow Legends is not on screen, we talk about it.

And where's Raid: Shadow Legends? What might it be doing?
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Maxkatzur

13 months ago
Score 0
I really hate when advertisement campaingns go aggressive like that. If refuse form sponsoring, the developer will go mad, and if refuse again, there's gonna be an unforeseen consequences.
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Hookuai

13 months ago
Score 3

"Have you ever played RAID Shadow Legends?" I am getting sick and tired of these ads appearing.

Even if I would say, they got an award.
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SkyBlueYoshi

13 months ago
Score 4

I've seen ads for this game like fucking everywhere

I betcha a lot of these sponsored YouTubers don't actually play the game
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NoveltyMan

17 days ago
Score 0

Because they actually don't.

They advertise it only for the money.
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Nihirichan

12 months ago
Score 6
Hey, YouTubers. Stop advertising this overrated-ass game to us, I don't wanna see demons w/ pierced nipples! They make me feel uncomfortable, and I'm female!
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HunterZolomon

12 months ago
Score 2
And to think they're advertised their crappy-ass game
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Eric Cartman 2001

11 months ago
Score 2
I'm so sick of YouTubers sponsoring this shitty game.
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RegalHyperus18

10 months ago
Score 0
So am I. I skip the ads.
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Hookuai

11 months ago
Score 1
H A V E Y O U E V E R P L A Y E D R A I D S H A D O W L E G E N D S?
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Glitchedblood

11 months ago
Score 0
this is also in replies on rule34
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Eric Cartman 2001

11 months ago
Score 1
All YouTubers who sponsor this game use the same words other YouTubers have used about this game. I bet 99% haven't even played this annoying game.
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Grust

11 months ago
Score 5

I'm willing to forgive most YouTuber for sponsoring this game since YouTube sucks with monetization and some dont want their fans to sponsor them via Patreon.

But it still annoys me.
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Sindecent exposure

10 months ago
Score 0
this comment is brought to you by raid shadow legends
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Levi191

10 months ago
Score 0
How is it gacha, it is not even anime
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Paprika

10 months ago
Score 2
Gacha has become a general term for mobile games that adopt predatory or ridiculous monetization tactics instead of just those made in Japan, I think.
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RegalHyperus18

10 months ago
Score 3

Whenever I watch a video that is sponsored by Raid: Shadow Legends:

FIRST THING I DO: Skip the ads. I know that R:SL has a page here.
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Radzz105

10 months ago
Score 1
Raid Shadow Legends is a YouTube sponsoring pandemic, literally every single of my favorite YouTuber is affected by it
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SkyBlueYoshi

9 months ago
Score 1

I know YouTube nowadays isn't a stable money maker nowadays and i don't blame them for taking the sponsorship

But come on there are better options out there

... I think
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Usea

8 months ago
Score 1
Whenever Internet Historian takes sponsorships from this game, it always seems like he is very subtly making fun of this game.
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Kringe

8 months ago
Score 3
They put more money on advertising than improve an actual game they've advertised.
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LA2002

8 months ago
Score 1
I don't know, but I think this game was made as a scam.
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Mr. Monty Mole

8 months ago
Score 2
This comment is sponsored by Raid Shadow Legends.
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Ooyama1997

8 months ago
Score 1
LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed looks much better with LEGO's
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HellLord

7 months ago
Score 0
The Fucking Idiots! Is sponsored by RAID: Shadow Legends
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ItMeansNothing

7 months ago
Score 1
This stolen joke is sponsored by R A I D: S H A D O W L E G E N D S
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ItMeansNothing

7 months ago
Score 2
Fuck Raid. All my homies hate Raid.
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RegalHyperus18

7 months ago
Score 1
Well, Fuck Raid, I ALWAYS skip its sponsorships.
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SkyBlueYoshi

7 months ago
Score 1

This comment is sponsored by Raid: Shadow Legends

But seriously skip it's sponsor's ads
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MeMeGuYWasLost

6 months ago
Score 1
This page has been sponsored by R A I D S H A D O W L E G E N D S.
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Ivan97Miraheze

5 months ago
Score 1
Oh my God, this thing is evil!
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HellLord

6 months ago
Score 0
HellLord is sponsored by Raid: Shadow Legends
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MeMeGuYWasLost

6 months ago
Score 0
My life has been sponsored by Raid: Shadow Legends.
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Championsgamer1Playz

6 months ago
Score 0
This comment is sponsored by Raid: Shadow Legends
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Url8

6 months ago
Score 1
RAID: Shadow Legends the Hedgehog
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AgentLocke

5 months ago
Score 3
Fun fact:the company that owns raid is a slot machine company
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ItMeansNothing

5 months ago
Score 1
Raid: Shat Legends
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SpazJR61

5 months ago
Score 2
Raid: Underreaction Rex
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Skyrish10

5 months ago
Score 2
Raid: Shadow Legends of World War II (Raid World War 2 is also a crappy game)
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SuperStreetKombat

5 months ago
Score 2
Y'know, I almost misread "Plarium Games" as "Platinum Games" since those names kinda spell alike, if you know what I mean.
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Ivan97Miraheze

5 months ago
Score 0
I wonder if Platinum Games will sue Plarium Games for having a similarly sounding name, like when Ion Fury was original called Ion Maiden and ended up nearly getting 3D Realms in a lawsuit with Iron Maiden over the game's name before they changed it?
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SuperStreetKombat

5 months ago
Score 1
Probably. I can totally imagine Hideki Kamiya suing Plarium since he's a very sensitive (yet loveable) guy.
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Voxelvillager

2 months ago
Score 0
Me too. I was shocked thinking that this game was made by the same people who did Bayonetta, but I just realized that I misread the company name.
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JaguarByte Productions

5 months ago
Score 1
Miraheze is officially sponsored by Raid: Shadow Legends
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SuperStreetKombat

5 months ago
Score 1
My account is officialy sponsored by "Raid: Shadow Legends".
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SkullcrawlerBuddyOfficial

4 months ago
Score 1

PAID: Expensive Microtransactions

This joke is creativity 100
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Glitchedblood

4 months ago
Score 1
Raid: Ow Edge
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SuperStreetKombat

4 months ago
Score 1
Raid: Standing on the edge.
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MrDanisyourMan

3 months ago
Score 0
Congratulations Israel, You made a monstrosity! >:O
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FightFireWithFire

3 months ago
Score 2
Angry Video Game Nerd: I can't believe that nasty fucking diarrhea ass game shit scammed me, what were they thinking?! I'll send them an asshole so rotten that zombie maggots would infest this fucking asshole!
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Fortdicted

2 months ago
Score 0
Fortdicted is sponsored by Raid: Shadow Legends.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

2 months ago
Score 0
AlvaroNovaes-BR is sponsored by Raid: Shadow Legends.
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RegalHyperus18

2 months ago
Score 0
Hyperus the Zeraora is sponsored by Raid: Shadow Legends.
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LancedSoul

one month ago
Score 0
Lego Dimensions is sponsored by Raid: Shadow Legends.
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BrutalFlare6

3 days ago
Score 0
Spore is sponsored by Raid: Shadow Legends.

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