By Erin Robinson
On October 22nd, 2020, the company of Nintendo launched a downloadable content (DLC) update to Pokémon Sword and Shield: a popular role-playing game released on November 15th, 2019. Nearly a year later, the second downloadable content, the Crown Tundra, was released.
While not nearly as anticipated as its previous update, the Isle of Armor, the Crown Tundra takes players into a frigid wasteland full of Pokémon from many generations prior. If you’re not familiar with how Pokémon works, you go around a specific region with different biomes to catch and train a team of mythical creatures. Said creatures depend on what game you’re playing, and in turn, the Crown Tundra varies in content with what is in Sword and Shield.
For a measly $30.00, you can have both downloadable areas put into their game, thus allowing for a new adventure. In the Isle of Armor, you are able to access the area quite early on; while in the Crown Tundra, the player has already beaten the main story of the game, and is now helping a man by the name of Peony track down his daughter. This is due to his overbearing nature and her teenage rebellion. Who can’t relate, eh? Nonetheless, the player comes across a legendary Pokémon from a well-known myth in the region and must help the Pokémon get back to its prior glory.
All in all, the DLC feels as though you’re playing an entirely new game. As you come across Pokémon that aren’t found in any other place in the game, new legendaries pop up left and right to help you complete your Pokédex: an encyclopedia of all the different types of Pokémon you’ve come across. Along with this, you’re able to bounce away from the main story at any time to go off and fight or find whatever you want, and only when you’re ready can you then go back to finish things up.
As typical in most Pokémon games, you’re able to make crucial decisions that will impact what you’re able to get in-game. For example, if you choose one Pokémon, you can’t choose the other. In the Crown Tundra, you are given the option of two very different legendaries: one being a dragon, and the other made of electricity. I highly recommend playing the actual game rather than spoiling what you yourself can encounter, especially with the switch most likely going on sale in the coming holidays.
If I had to give the Crown Tundra DLC a rating out of 10, I’d give it a solid 8. Good storytelling, a well thought out plot and intriguing new legends certainly sell it for me. I’m a sucker for all things Pokémon, and this is no exception. However, the stale and boring means of adventuring, as well as few new normal Pokémon, is quite disheartening—thus I must dock a few points. But if you’re interested at all in the new Pokémon game and what it has to offer, it is available at most retailers.