Oof, The Hate Isn’t Valid
I love this game. I haven’t been playing Fire Emblem for long, and I started with Awakening, but even if I’m not fully familiar with all the characters, I have a lot of fun collecting them. :^)) It’s enjoyable when there are events lined up and good rewards to get, but there are break periods sometimes with nothing to do. It’s not completely perfect, as it should be. Sometimes I feel that certain maps are too difficult and are appealing to ‘whales’, the extreme Pay to Play players, and my biggest problem is certain units that are very powerful and almost unable to be killed, like Instant Regnal Astra Ayra, but I don’t encounter them often. But I believe some of the other hate isn’t valid.
THIS GAME IS ABOUT CHANCE. If you’re summoning characters, you’re taking a risk. That’s the point, it’s a gatcha, but it’s definitely easier to play as F2P than a true Japanese gatcha game. Just having a 3% starting appearance rate is a blessing, compared to a 1% offered on other games. They do provide many opportunities to get orbs, it’s just the player’s choice to save them or use them. The game is pretty fair, and I think some of the bad reviews are just salty people who didn’t get who they wanted. :^/ I do sometimes pay for orbs, and I’ve had times where I didn’t get the character I wanted, but I still continue to play. It’s fun and worth trying! Don’t be discouraged and stop playing when you don’t get who you want because there are many other opportunities! 💕
Even free to play players get good stuff.
By Emboar lover
So I have played this game when it first came out, and took a break from it for about 6 months. I decided to come back to Feh because I was getting bored with other games. Within a three or four month period I now have 28ish 5 star troops. All for free. This game doesn't have low five star summoning rates, it's all about saving those orbs and using them wisely. They give a ton of orbs to begin with, it's just periodically, like any game would. They even added the free summon when you first summon at a banner. Now, don't get me wrong, sometimes I get a tad annoyed when I get none of the tomes that I want from that summon. But, it gets outweighed by all of the good experiences I had, like getting Love Abounds Hector on my first free summon. Or getting Brave Lyn 1 hour before the banner ended. (ik, i didn't choose her when you can get the free brave hero) So give this game a chance, and if you stick with it, it continues to give events that make the game fun, and plenty of chances to summon heroes that you want.
Also, to those who say the hero challenges and such are hard, well I agree. However, if you play your troops right, and have the right combination, soon enough you will get it. The computer is slightly predictable, and if you get that, then the game opens up to you.
Too many alts
This is an amazing game. I have been a fire emblem fan for a long time and have been playing this game since it came out. I can’t get enough of this game! New modes come out quite frequently and they are good at giving plenty of orbs if you work for then. Also they are amazing at listening to their players. This is why I’m posting this because I know they look through and actually consider what players say. Which I love! So My only complaint is during this year they have changed new hero banners where only 1 or 2 are new characters and the rest are alternatives of characters already in game. This means hardly any new characters are being added. Last year there were about 4 new characters every month in a banner. I don’t know why it was changed since there are hundreds of characters who can still be added. Also a lot of banners only give about 3 characters instead of 4. So imagine you usually get 1 or 2(if lucky) new characters in a banner per month and 1 or 2 characters already in game. Plus 4 seasonal characters per month who are also alts. Plus legendary hero who is also probably an alt. Can we please keep getting more new characters? By this pace we will never get to some of the more obscure favorites of fans. But if this was changed I would easy give 5 stars.
Very poor summon rates
This game has a multitude of problems with the summoning rates of heroes and the process of drawing them. First of all, the colors of the orbs you get are completely random. And you have to spend at least 5 orbs to even see what the colors you can choose from. Which means if you’re going for a green unit, there’s a decent chance you won’t even have any green orbs to choose from, and you’re required to waste those orbs, because you can’t back out of a session. This seems to happen a lot with popular characters on banners. Say a popular character is in a banner, you’ll often see less of that color orb to choose from. This is to encourage people to spend real money on orbs.
Beyond that issue, the drop rates for 5* units are exceedingly low. The drop rate goes up (very very slowly) the more draws you do without a 5*, then goes back down after you get one. The problem here, is that you’re more likely to get some random terrible unit as a 5* instead of the featured character you actually want, ruining your drop rates. The game also doesn’t distinguish between characters you already have either, so prepare to get multiples of the same bad character you already have 10 of. Without an obscene amount of luck, it’s nearly impossible to get the units you want without paying money. And even if you do, you’re at the mercy of the minuscule drop rates and the pity breakers. You may need to spend hundreds of dollars to get even one unit that you want.
I'm shocked by many of the bad reviews. Like any gacha game, getting heroes is largely chance based, however this game is incredibly F2P friendly. The game has combatted power creep with ways to improve older heroes and has been very generous with heroes that a guaranteed through reaching very plausible mile stones in events. The game provides a plethora of orbs through login bonuses, events, and quests. Stamina potions and other items are near impossible for a majority of players to run out of, including whales (players who spend huge amounts of cash and usually play A TON). I haven't encountered a challenge yet that I couldn't beat as F2P. There are issues, but every issue I've encountered so far has been addressed in an adequate manner or has been steered in the right direction so far. The biggest issue is the massive 5star pool but with focuses, I rarely don't get the units I'm hoping for. If you can resist banners your not interested in the as FTP you can quickly stack a large sum of orbs. My FTP account may not have as many heroes as my non-FTP account but I almost always get the focus units I'm looking for. Can't get everything you want all the time. Gameplay is amazing. I could keep going with the positive but I should stop before this gets long.
Some bug issues
Im not sure if this is just me, but since the new update the game is boarder line frustrating to play.
The first issue isn’t that major, but during battles if I try to tap on a units skill to see the description, it flashes up for a second then disappears. Again, more so just kind as annoying as opposed to anything else.
The second problem is the more important one. Every single time I go off the app for any reason, for any amount of time (even in times when I accidentally click the home button) and then try to renter the game, not only do I have to redownload the game again, but it deletes everything I was doing when I exited. Before it would offer to put you back into your bookmark to pick up where you left off, now the only option is to delete it. This is especially bad for arena, since it kills your streaks and then you have to waste resources to get it back.
Last one, it has to deal with Arya. When I’m in arena, she’ll trigger desperation at full health, which shouldn’t happen, and even when I check her other skills there’s nothing that would allow for that. Very annoying especially when that kills your streak too.
Other than that, I love all the new things the update has done! Keep up the good work, but fix the bugs.
Fire Emblem: Heroes. Do or do not?
It’s been an entire since this game released, and I can honestly say that I still faithfully play it everyday. If you had told me I’d be playing a phone game this long before, I’d have called you crazy. If your a Fire Emblem fan, then this is could be the app for you too. Being able to mix and match your favorite characters into team match ups that would otherwise never be possible is amazing. Going up against other teams around the world and coming out on top is what really keeps me going. Trying different characters, builds, and set ups can keep you pretty busy. But getting tat 7th win against a really tough team in the arena is the greatest feeling. Now, while it has its good points, it also has some bad points (as everything does). The biggest of which is the summoning system. Yes yes, I get it... It’s meant to make money. That is not lost on me. However, when I put the 200+ orbs I’ve painstakingly saved up into a banner and get absolutely nothing good from it? Well, to put it bluntly, it’s really freakin upsetting... If you can deal with rage inducing RNG of summoning, then jump in. Even through that, though, I would still highly recommend this game to any Fire Emblem fan.
Replay value and Quality
By Carson Garrett
I have to say after a year of playing this game is good. Not Good like, after a year it will be just as fun as the first time I picked it up fun, or compete with real games. It does however have a lot of quality and love put into it. Updates come often and ftp players like myself rejoice because you can get a ton of top tier units with what IS gives us, which is a lot. Always new quests, always new summons, and a ton of content. P2P players will still flourish but any unit can be made “good” with investment. So with that nothing is out of reach for ftp players. Free summons are nice, and events that give tons of currency are awesome. Now replay value. After about a year of playing I have to say I rarely do more than long in most days of the week. Which is honestly fine by me. IS constantly gives out login bonuses and TT is something I normally look forward to. Even tho I don’t play the game as often it’s not based on the quality of said game. As I said lots of love has been put into Hero’s. This is IS’s baby. Even with the new update I’m excited and will probably play even more. It’s not the best game out there, but it’s a darn good gacha game that tries to take care of its players.
Simple yet challenging!
By Sylanaras the game dev
For competitive players yearning for battle against others in a nonstop fan service strategy playing-field deathmatch, this is for you. I have been playing this game since launch and have nearly 500 heroes with a seriously large portion of them being 5 star merged heroes, crazy skill combos, and now many appearance customizations. I rate this 4 stars because the game is heavily based on the creation of fresh heroes rather than heroes you already have (though I prefer using the same tag team forever), chance gambling with the urge to spend money every time you have that emotional connection to a really well designed character from a fe story, and because you only fight other players teams bots and not the players themselves in real time. If they made a way to challenge a friend in real time I would give this 5 stars.
As a game developer in training I have a lot of respect for the people who made this. Not only did they find a way to bring the entire franchise together, but they have also made a community that supports experienced and new artists that depict the characters we fire emblem fans know and love! (Let’s not forget experienced and newcomer voice actors as well!)
High Quality for a Free to Play Game
Most free to play games on the App Store are good at first, but later on make players progressively depend on IAPs to get anywhere. And no one likes those kinds of games. Thankfully, Fire Emblem Heroes is NOT one of those games. I’ve been playing free since release and have already amassed quite a few level 40 heroes (the top level) without paying a cent. Most of these heroes are also the highest/2nd highest rarity, which means they come with better weapons as soon as they are summoned. If you want all 5 star heroes, you can easily increase a heros’ Star ranking when they are level 20. This game gives you lots of chances to get better heroes and plenty of in game currency to improve yourself with. I knew nothing of the Fire Emblem series when I started but I still enjoy this game. There is a bit of luck involved with summons because the rarer heroes are harder to summon, but many times seasonal heroes come back in different summons so you have the chance to get them again. For example, I missed out on Summer Lissa when she first came out, but was recently able to get her in a Legendary Heroes summon. I know this was a long review but this game is well worth your time.