I’m admittedly a day late and a dollar short with this one, considering Heroes came out on February 2, 2017… But I wanted to put out my Comm 436 post first before the week was out, so I figured this would still be relevant as long as the anniversary celebration is still ongoing.
That being said, Fire Emblem Heroes is a year old this weekend! I still distinctly remember the day I started playing, going through the tutorial as I rode down an elevator in College Park while thinking over what I would say for a review. I also remember sitting out in front of the room where my honors history class was held in the basement of the education building, waiting for class to start as I actually wrote the thing.
Though there are a number of things I might not still mesh with from my original examination of the game, I still think it’s worth a read as a in-depth look at the basics for beginners.
It’s a little hard to believe we’re now a full rotation around the sun since then, and frankly I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised that I’m still as hooked on the mobile title that sparked my interest in mobile titles as I was that first day.
Hell, just last night I finally got my very first completely merged unit.
Good old Cecilia. She and Reinhardt still make a wonderful team.
I don’t plan to go too in-depth with this, it’s mostly just a small congratulations to the game for making it where it is today while still going strong.
Though while I’m here, I also figured I would go over the stuff Intelligent Systems are doing for the anniversary, since there’s a nice amount going on.
Okay, so I’m probably not going to show off what’s happening so much as I’m just going to show off what they said, given that I probably couldn’t sum it up any better than this.
The great thing about this little anniversary celebration is how the developers know to give us exactly what we want: Orbs.
50 free orbs right off the bat.
Daily missions that are going to keep us coming back for a while and give us an extra 50 orbs in the long run.
Add to that a daily log-in bonus and some more Tempest Trial grinding and hoo boy is there a lot to be excited about. Orbs go away in this game pretty fast, after all.
Especially when there are multiple big, special summoning events happening at once.
Yeah… That’s a hell of a cash grab if I’ve ever seen one. Especially considering there seems to be another special banner coming around for Valentine’s Day.
Luckily, I already have all the heroes from the Hero Fest this time around and I got a special unit from the Legendary Banner.
She’s no Ike, but she is a nice addition to my horde.
I’m not planning on spending any more orbs on these, so hopefully whatever comes down the pipeline is worth the wait.
Speaking of down the pipeline, it’s also probably worth mentioning the big future special hero events that have been happening.
For instance, the second Choose Your Legends event ended recently, and we got a… Well… Expected top choices list.
Come on guys, I like these characters and all, but I was really banking on you all helping me get Neimi up on the list.
Anyway, while I suppose I am looking forward to seeing a Brave Ephraim coming one day, there’s also a more novel event happening as we speak (if you read this the day it comes out, of course).
Yeah, basically everyone gets a few votes on every hero that has been in the game thus far, and whichever unit wins will be given out for free.
That includes the special holiday heroes, legendary heroes and all the rest.
It’s a cool idea, and I’m pretty interested to see who comes out on top.
If you want to vote for your favorite, the site is here. May the best hero win.
That’s all I have to say for now, however, since I’ve got to go to bed in a hurry. Tomorrow morning (this morning when this is posted because time shenanigans) I’m going to be out in Fullerton helping to cover the homeless situation along the Santa Ana river. Ironically enough a topic I was also enmeshed in about a year ago for Bonnie’s Investigative Reporting class.
Anyway, that’s a story for another day. In the meantime, let me know: What are some of your favorite memories with Fire Emblem Heroes one year in?
Personally, I don’t think I’ll ever forget how this game had become a cementing point that keeps a lot of my high school friend group talking and playing together consistently.
Tell me about some of your favorite things in the comments below! Here’s looking forward to more and more content down the line.