The graphics look amazing on Retina screens, the artwork for characters and battle sprites is well-done, the music and voice acting is incredible, and the controls for combat feel much more intuitive on touch screens. The game is also pretty generous with giving you the premium currency at a steady pace, but you can also purchase more if need be. The story is fairly captivating and there are plenty of other modes to keep you busy for a while, and overall the game is great for both newbies and veterans alike.
Fire Emblem Heroes is a streamlined experience that is made for mobile and it doesn't shy away from that fact. It’s the closest thing Fire Emblem has to a bite-sized experience. Don't expect a lot of depth or difficulty from Heroes, but they did make some fine compromises. It helps that it plays wonderfully on a smart device and that the amount of content here is impressive. With 45 main missions (and counting) and a host of other features, they want to continue welcoming people with open arms. The story is really the biggest bummer of the experience. It was a neat idea to bring the Fire Emblem worlds together, but they never really embrace it. That is strange, considering they gave all the characters voices and unique art. The characters still drive forward what this is free-to-play mobile game is all about, and that is gameplay.
I quit the game in July 2022, so this review does not account for more recent updates. FEH is very addictive and puts so much emphasis on AI manipulation and AI reading. This is especially the case when playing Aether Raids and Arena. It rewards smart plays to an extent I haven't seen in any other mobile games yet.
Players always complain (as is typically the case in any mobile games) about the online modes favoring "whales". Although it is necessary for supporting the game, players who spend less money or not at all can still easily challenge top players in AR due to flexibility in team builds and counterpicks, but less so in Arena due to absence of counterpicks (an issue partially solved at the time by allowing you to cancel one loss during your run). The consequence however of fighting whales using F2P account is to have to spend more time strategizing. Most of the time though, you are fighting other F2P players with no single merge on their top meta units. The number of ladders was large enough to allow for mistakes and still reach top tier levels in AR.
Last mode added before I quit was Summoner Duels, in which you fight other players live, under a time limit. Very challenging and probably stressing to some yet allowing for slick moves and strategy at times.
Metagame at the time was often criticized for not allowing for creativity. That is partly untrue. I was able to find so many different, unusual ways to clear AR without relying on broken combination such as Savior skills and multiple dancing units. Again, the consequence is that it takes more time (to learn and assimilate AI patterns) and therefore is more challenging.
Players who wish to clear AR levels quickly, easily, and by relying less on AI manipulation will disagree. But if you're looking for a good challenge and you're 100% into AI reading, FEH is exquisite. There are many players who run YouTube channels showing and explaining how they play AR, Arena and SD (including mine at the time, although I'm not playing anymore).
I merely wish the game would propose better story mode chapters. Because we complete them only for the sake of collecting orbs but not because we find these levels fantastic.
Fire Emblem Heroes is a watered down version of the traditional Fire Emblem experience. While it’s completely possible to enjoy the game without spending a single cent, it’s designed with the pay to win model in mind so that spending cash will ensure a quick and fast route to victory. Coupled with the extremely aggravating and excessive stamina system, those trying to play the game for free will encounter numerous roadblocks and turnoffs. If you’ve never tried Fire Emblem before, this is a quick and easy introduction, but if any of its concepts appeal to you, you’re better off abandoning Heroes and jumping into any of the other great entries in the series.
The game is very interesting, i liked the voice acting, how much characters are on it, is pretty addictive.
The game can be kinda pay to win, you have to buy new summons or something like that, is a gacha formula, the problem is the game keep with this formula like, very seriously and can be a trouble of addiction, the game is neat but has some troubles, and can be repetitive sometimes, the story is decent at least.
I was close to giving this a 8 out of 10, but it does have some MEH and CONS; that ultimately drag it down a bit. Ultimately, one of my most favorite mobile games. Right up there with Pokemon Shuffle.
has lots of ease of life functions.
the feh pass has a multiple auto-battle function.
you get nintendo club rewards.
a lot of micromanaging.
some features seem senseless.
eventually it will become repetitive and boring, but it has a lot of content.
its a mobile game, so it can be greedy when it comes to the money gatcha system.
should remove a lot of the level caps, so you can keep playing your favorite hero.
FEH Pass should be 5$ a month, with exact same benefits, and more; big tech does this all the time.
allow me to have more than just 4 people on my team.
add a auto-quest option; Which completes the battle instantly, but has a lower chance of success.
Terrible gacha game that ruined Fire Emblem forever.
If we let aside the minimalistic yet overcomplicated battle system, the ugly fanservice, the stupidest story ever written, the most basic and useless characters and the way the game tricks you into buying stuff, what do we have left? Nothing but an empty shell developers care more about than mainline game.
SummaryOpen the gateways between worlds, Heroes at your side. Nintendo's hit strategy-RPG Fire Emblem series is now reimagined for smart devices. Fight battles customized for touch screens and on-the-go gameplay. Summon characters from across the Fire Emblem universe. Develop your Heroes' skills, and take them to new heights. This is your adven...