It seems like an age since the last Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC came out. But alas, our patience has been rewarded with the much anticipated second half of the expansion pass – The Crown Tundra.
I typically avoid updates concerning gameplay and news about Pokémon, a long-standing tradition reaching back to Pokémon X, to make sure that everything that I experience is a surprise. So, going into this new DLC all I knew was that there was new legendary Pokémon and that there was going to be a lot of snow. And to my relief, it did not disappoint.
Going into this DLC, all I knew was that there was new legendary Pokémon and that there was going to be a lot of snow.
As you pull into the train station and step foot onto the snowy tundra, you are met by who I can only but say is one of the best characters to date within the Galar region: Peony. This lovable dad is the perfect blend of optimism and dysfunctionality that causes you blindly trust in this man. What made me smile, and really showcases the developer’s dedication to detail, was something as simple as Peony saying ‘naff’ and ‘noggin’. The simple addition of slang that anyone in Britain would know really made me connect with the game like never before, giving it a certain charm and character that I have not felt from Pokémon.
One notable feature, the Max Lair, brings a new way to approach Dynamax Lairs, combining strategy and co-op play in the pursuit for great prizes. My jaw dropped the first time I got to the end and encountered a Suicune.
The story itself is somewhat short yet engaging and will have you use your brain to solve problems as you uncover the mysteries of this snowy wonderland
The story itself is somewhat short yet engaging and will have you use your brain to solve problems as you uncover the mysteries of this snowy wonderland. The DLC makes you work a little to acquire the much-coveted legendary Pokémon, but not in a way that is laborious. All in all, it achieves a good balance between testing players and worthwhile rewards.
Another small note is the Pokémon that have been added into the game. With old favourites such as Salamence, Aggron and Metagross returning to the Pokedex, the DLC really does have you wanting to catch them all.
With an open world, interesting new features and great comedic moments, Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra offers players a fresh new experience in the Galar region. So, hop on the train, pop on your snow boots and let the ‘Adven-tour’ commence.[Featured Image: IGDB]
Last modified: 29th October 2020