Pokemon Unite essentially combines Pokemon with Rocket League to create one of the year's most addictive MOBAs. The underlying premise is simple — teams of online players attempt to score goals against one another — but the strategy ramps up quickly. Your success largely depends on how in unison you are with your teammates, which makes for a highly addictive experience when you're hitting on all cylinders.
- Bryan Toporek
Freelance writer and FanSided contributor
Why you should join this fandom
If you enjoy Pokemon or a team sport like basketball or soccer, you'll feel right at home in Pokemon Unite. You don't have to worry about the rock-paper-scissors type advantages of a typical Pokemon game, so it's easy to hop right in without binge-watching YouTube livestreamers. But the more you play, the more you'll start aiming to squeeze in a five- or 10-minute battle throughout the rest of your day.
Why we needed this fandom this year
After nearly two years of pandemic life, there's something strangely satisfying about joining complete strangers online to play a Pokemon/basketball/soccer mashup. After a long day of work, it's the perfect wind-down activity to help you relax for the night. And if you're looking for something to occupy your time once you finish bingeing Ted Lasso and Squid Game, don't be surprised by how quickly Pokemon Unite gets you hooked.