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  • Summary: Open 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,Open 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 adventure—a Fire Emblem that's like nothing you've seen before. This application is free to download and offers some optional in-app purchases. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Feb 3, 2017
    90
    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.
  2. Feb 8, 2017
    80
    This is Nintendo’s best mobile effort yet.
  3. Feb 13, 2017
    80
    This is not the Fire Emblem you know, though the strategic fights, characters and bizarre music are still there. This is a game that seems simpler, but will make it for the long haul.
  4. Feb 6, 2017
    75
    A free-to-play game ideal for quick matches. The simplified gameplay makes it even more accessible for new fans to try and get into the series.
  5. Feb 14, 2017
    70
    The great controls and superb illustrations of the characters, as well as good sound don't make it up for the dull plot and repetitive gameplay. It's a good way to get in contact with the world of Fire Emblem, but will leave players wanting the real thing instead of this watered down version.
  6. Feb 2, 2017
    70
    It might not be the Fire Emblem game you wanted on mobile, but it's the one that we've got, and it's pretty solid.
  7. Mar 12, 2017
    50
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27
  1. Feb 2, 2017
    10
    The game take the better from Fire Emblem's mechanics(weapon triangle, statistics, etc) and gameplay(tactics turn battles, lots of character)The game take the better from Fire Emblem's mechanics(weapon triangle, statistics, etc) and gameplay(tactics turn battles, lots of character) and from portable casual mobile games() and make a very enjoyable and fun videogame. It has a good history(no so deep like other FE but good enough), and you can use character for every past FE, and well that matter, specially for fans of the series. personally i don't like the chibi art style(big head and cute) but at least in portraits and conversations they look with classic art style.

    cons: not relationship between characters, no permanent death(if your hero dies you can use it later)
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  2. May 15, 2018
    10
    If you want a good opener to the basics of Fire Emblem (aside from permadeath), then Fire Emblem Heroes is a good place to start, while beingIf you want a good opener to the basics of Fire Emblem (aside from permadeath), then Fire Emblem Heroes is a good place to start, while being a good Gacha game on its own rights.

    Design: One of the things that captivated me the most. When you think of a gacha, you usually think of overbloated screens which don't leave your eyes rest. Surprisingly enough Fire Emblem Heroes' menus are beautiful, compact and tell you everything you need about the character on a single screen in the most organised way possible. Furthermore, the characters' art is really great, and the voice actors chosen for the older games' roster are marvelous (Xander Mobus as Arvis, Patrick Seitz as Hector, Brina Palencia as Ayra and Lute and Griffin Burns as Julius are my favourites). It shows they care for the characters because they could've just picked the original artwork and call it a day, but even with more recent characters they went through the hassle of hiring an artist to do an unique artwork. Besides, the chibi models in the maps and battles look great, even for "serious" characters.

    Gameplay: The gameplay is a quite watered-down version of what most Fire Emblem games have, but it accomplishes to introduce its fair share of mechanics, with emphasis in positioning and team synergy, once more, diverting from the usual flashy effects with gazillion numbers that most gachas tend to have. Regarding to your units, FEH manages to allow you to make every unit viable with the proper investment.

    F2P aspect: Again, FEH separates itself from most pay-to-win gachas with a really F2P-friendly structure. The premium currency is pretty easy to gain and rack up, there are maps which give you units which for the most part are decent and the summonings, while they can have their moments of bad luck (because, you know, RNG happens), they have the decency to show you the chances to gain certain rarities of units and you can get a hefty amount of 5* units (highest rarity) without paying. However, the in-game cost (in-game items, not money) to promote a unit from 4* to 5* is quite high,

    Story: Not the biggest point in the game. The Book 1 is forgettable but Book 2 amped up the story to high degrees, with the inclusion of brand new characters mainly as enemies, such as Laegjarn, a cunning and smart leader or Helbindi, a general who breaks the archetype that the main antagonist Surtr represents (axe-wielding blood-thirsty berserker) being a caring person who does not follow Surtr through and through but withstands his position to ensure the welfare of his own family.

    Conclusion: FEH is a really tame gacha, but it manages to break some of the gacha stereotypes and feels like a completely functional Fire Emblem game, which i recommend to pick up if you want to see what Fire Emblem, on its surface, has to offer. What's more, the characters' portrayal is so well-made it can interest you in other games in the franchise. If there is something that I'd complain about is that sometimes the game can have times with nothing to do.
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  3. Feb 3, 2017
    9
    Fire Emblem Heroes is the best way to introduce you to the saga itself. This games take the better from Fire Emblem: Combats, strategys,Fire Emblem Heroes is the best way to introduce you to the saga itself. This games take the better from Fire Emblem: Combats, strategys, statistics, no permanent Death (This is good because you can think a better strategy) and more. It has decent story, really generic in my opinion but at least is good. Maybe the chibi art is not compatible with the series, in my opinion, but at least in portraits and conversations they look with the classic art style, I really like it. Of you course if you don't like this type of games please GET OUT, we don't need 'posers' and haters.
    It's a good year to be a Fire Emblem Fan. Peace.It's a good year to be a Fire Emblem Fan. Peace.
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  4. Feb 28, 2017
    8
    Heroes is probably the closest thing to a "dream match" crossover Fire Emblem title we'll ever get and it's given us some interestingHeroes is probably the closest thing to a "dream match" crossover Fire Emblem title we'll ever get and it's given us some interesting matchups. If you want to get a taste of what the series is about or want to experience some nostalgia, I recommend downloading this game onto your mobile device. But if you’re one of those people who don’t enjoy turn-based strategy games, then Fire Emblem Heroes is probably not for you. For a more detailed breakdown of the game, check out the Fire Emblem Heroes review at Breaking Canon. Expand
  5. Jan 9, 2018
    8
    A very well-done mobile adaptation. The game offers a very pleasing way to pass the time. However, it may be weeks before you finally summon aA very well-done mobile adaptation. The game offers a very pleasing way to pass the time. However, it may be weeks before you finally summon a new hero. Many banners and free summons counters this, though. Expand
  6. Feb 7, 2017
    5
    It's serviceable I guess. The idea of people giving it a 10 is laughable. Gacha mobile game with a very dumb downed version of normal FireIt's serviceable I guess. The idea of people giving it a 10 is laughable. Gacha mobile game with a very dumb downed version of normal Fire Emblem games. Takes a few hours to get through the story, tons of grinding, non-existent story, and there you go. Expand
  7. Feb 4, 2017
    0
    Had great hopes for Fire Emblem Heroes. Actually liked its gameplay, which is rare in mobile games.

    Sadly i can only warn away from it. It
    Had great hopes for Fire Emblem Heroes. Actually liked its gameplay, which is rare in mobile games.

    Sadly i can only warn away from it. It truly follows the template for psych warfare and abuse aimed at emptying wallets set by all previous mobile F2P games.

    Missions require Stamina, half-way through the story a mission costs 6, though i've also seen missions costing 10.

    Max is 50. Recharge time is 4 hours. Of course it can be recharged with stamina potions, which cost an orb, which costs 2$.

    Very disappointed to see Nintendo stoop to holding their own gameplay hostage in exchange for the player's wallet indefinitely. Never would've expected that from them.

    So hey, if you see your friends playing it, at least give them a warning that this won't be like a usual game you buy, own and play; but one that will happily take all you can give, because it can, and because human brains are weak and easily exploited.
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