Fire Emblem Heroes came out a few days ago, so I thought I’d give it a go for a bit.
I’ve been a little skeptical of “pay to win” games like Pokemon Shuffle and Tales of Link, but, from the few hours or so I played, FE Heroes doesn’t seem to bad.
Yes, you do have to use ‘orbs‘ (the things you’re supposed to buy with real money) but so far, I’ve managed to summon 5 heroes and get through Chapter 3 without even having to consider buying more. Not too bad, although, I will point out that the prices are pretty ridiculous. Call me cheap, but I’d rather not spend £1.99 on only 3 orbs…
There are also other replenishable things ‘Stamina’, and ‘Dueling Swords’ but I haven’t seemed to run out of them to the extent that it’s been a problem yet? I might have to find out what they actually do…
Other than the micro-transaction gimmicks and the summoning part (more on that later), the game pretty much runs the same way you would expect a Fire Emblem game on mobile to run. For your convenience of playing on the go, each chapter (there is a story but…¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) is split into small maps that shouldn’t take you longer than 5 minutes to complete with your four unit team, which still manages to capture the essences of playing a game from the main series (the newer games, at least).
The part where you waste all your money
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the bit you’ll probably waste all your money on summoning. If you saw the Fire Emblem Direct last month, then you already know that the more times you summon in a row, the few orbs it costs. To elaborate, summoning 5 heroes consecutively would cost you “only” 20 orbs, compared to 25 if you were to summon one on 5 separate occasions. By the way, the 6th consecutive hero starts a new summoning session and goes back up to 5 orbs.
When you summon you have to select one of the following types of orb/crystal things: red, blue, green or colourless. I can’t quite remember what’s what but even if I did I would highly recommend looking up what colour the character you want is to minimise disappointment.
For example, I selected the red crystal/orb to get my husbando Lon’qu. I ended up with a 5 star Tharja which is pretty good for my first go, but it’s not Lon’qu. (There may or may not have been a tear in my eye)
I am so glad I’m broke right now…
More technical stuff
The app itself doesn’t run offline but it doesn’t seem to eat away at your battery very much (connected to wifi, at least). But I will mention that in terms of space, it is an absolute beast! The initial download seems pretty small but after the two additional downloads it performs after you open the app for the first time take up well over 500MB, so be prepared to delete a few other games or compress your music library…
If you do have space for it, you can find Fire Emblem Heroes in the App Store and Google Play Store (sorry Windows) right now for free, as long as you don’t count the lengths you’re willing to go to get your favourite character on your team.
Overall, the experience is pretty enjoyable and I can actually see myself playing it for a bit longer than Pokemon Go or Miitomo. I mean, I didn’t even keep those on my phone for more than a week…
In a nutshell: Haven’t found any serious or unexpected disappointments that take away from my Fire Emblem on mobile experience so far, but the orbs are far too expensive and quite honestly, I rather not compress my music even more.