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‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ – Building a Better Gacha

Fire Emblem Heroes is celebrating its sixth month anniversary this week. Let’s look at just how far it’s come since launch.

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When Fire Emblem Heroes launched back in February of this year, it was pretty limited on content. You had a story mode, training tower, and that was about it. There was a pseudo-PvP arena, but it was dominated by the players who could afford to continually roll for new (stronger) characters. The game’s meta very quickly fell into place, and players with less disposable income found themselves without things to do once they finished the story quests. Gachalog games tend to live and die by their content, and Heroes was off to a rough start. It’s now going on 6 months since launch, and at present, the game feels rather different. A lot of these improvements and refinements to the game couldn’t take place without having a good developer behind it all, and Intelligent Systems has set the bar for quality pretty high with Heroes.

Rebalancing and Resources

One of the biggest complaints about Heroes after its first major rebalance (and honestly, even before it) was the difficulty in obtaining feathers. Feathers are used to upgrade units, and the only way to obtain them was to either win in the arena or send back summoned units. Both options felt like trash because of the measly amount of feathers they would give. Since then, the arena has been revamped to give much higher rewards, and new monthly events help keep feather stocks more manageable. Feathers are still an incredibly rare commodity, but at least upgrading 1 or 2 units to max rank is something that an average player can do every couple of weeks instead of every 2 months. Feathers are still one of the hardest items to obtain, but they’re coming at a much steadier pace now.

It’s not too hard to obtain any other item in the game, except for maybe the game-saving “Light’s Blessing,” and Intelligent Systems is pretty generous with handing things out. Orbs are the main currency in the game and used to roll for new characters. Every story mode stage rewards you with orbs on your first clear, and you can currently get just over 200 orbs from story-related content alone. This ignores things like quests, arena scores, and other monthly/weekly challenges. Other items include dueling swords (arena currency) and stamina potions (currency for every thing else), both of which are handed out like Halloween candy throughout the week.

  

Intelligent Systems (IS) has added a lot of new game modes to go with the resource overhauls. Since launch, several survival modes have been added, the biggest being a monthly event called Tempest Trials. Each trial has its own ladder of rewards and gives plenty of content for those who have maxed out some of their character’s levels. IS has also introduced Chain Challenge and Squad Assault, two modes that work similarly to Trials, but without a monthly timer on them.

Playing How You Want

Heroes is a crossover game at its core. It takes the base principles of the standard Fire Emblem formula and rebuilds them for a simpler mobile experience. Instead of rolling for criticals and facing huge armies, you use a selected set of skills and fight in small 4v4 matches against the computer. The game is mostly PvE thanks to this, and as such, you can make just about any character work with a little bit of dedication and input…albeit some need more dedication than others. Often in gacha games, there are characters that feel terrible to roll or have no purpose, and while Heroes has its fair share of jokes related to rolls, there’s only a handful of characters out of the +150 available that feel as though they serve little purpose.

Where there is a will and a favorite character, there’s a way to make them work.

 

PvP is strictly related to the arena, and even then the only player controlled element you’re against is what team you use to “defend” – the computer still controls them in scuffles, and there are actually plenty of examples out there of players finding unique and creative ways to tackle the most difficult challenges in the game with “weak” or limited teams.

Handling Limited Time Exclusives and Customer Service

Gacha games are notorious for having limited deals on characters or other events, and Heroes is sadly no different. However, when it comes to free to play, Intelligent Systems has been pretty generous. Grand Hero Battles are like the game’s boss encounters, except you get the boss character when you beat them. Hero Battles cost nothing (outside of your stamina bar), and several of the characters from them have either become strong staples for team building, or cool niche picks. Even if you missed a GHB once, there’s a chance they’ll come back around. As IS updates and changes the way these challenges work, they cycle back the older ones that lacked the newer features. Currently, all except two have had a second showing since the introduction of a new difficulty level from a few patches ago.

The one major thing that has been surprising about IS’s devotion to Heroes has been how it handles its patching and bugs. Whenever something has gone wrong, the company sends out a small set of orbs as an apology (and by small I mean 5-10… which is actually a pretty nice amount). These have been sent out for a lot of things over the past 6 months, from weird glitches to map-altering bugs. Updates also have always come at the benefit of the players. For example, the first run of Tempest Trials was rather difficult, and many players struggled to complete it, but when the second set came around IS had overhauled the entire thing to make it more accessible and enjoyable.

Now is a pretty good time to give Fire Emblem Heroes a try if you skipped out on it or put the game down a little while ago. There are plenty of upcoming events in the next few weeks to celebrate the game’s 6-month anniversary, including plenty of free rewards to make getting into the game or returning to it easier. The start of August marks the new beginning of the next Tempest Trials session, new Grand Hero Battles, and several summoning changes that will make stronger characters easier to get, at least for a little while.

Fire Emblem Heroes is currently available on the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store.

If you want to check out the latest developer live stream you can find the archive here. It’s a bit like a Nintendo Direct.

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Watch Ninja On An Episode Of Family Feud

Don’t miss the moment Steve Harvey meets Ninja for the first time.

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is heading up a team on Celebrity Family Feud this weekend, but it’s not the first time the famed Fortnite streamer has appeared on the show.

Long before he reached household name status in the gaming community, Ninja appeared on the televised game show Family Feud in 2015, when he and his family went on a three-day winning streak before losing to the Beams family of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

With Blevins now appearing on an upcoming episode of Celebrity Family Feud, we thought it would be fun to revisit those earlier episodes which have now all been uploaded online.

Regardless if you like Ninja and/or the show, you’ll get a kick out of watching his introduction when he tells host Steve Harvey that he’s a professional video game player who travels across the country and competes, playing video games. The reaction on Harvey’s face is priceless since nobody at the time could have ever guessed how popular Ninja, not to mention streaming video games, would eventually become.

Watch the videos below. Enjoy!

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Check Out the Explosive First Gameplay of ‘Kerbal Space Program 2’

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Kerbal Space Program 2

Gamescom 2019 brought with it a host of surprising game announcements and updates on existing games. One of the most unexpected announcements was the reveal of Kerbal Space Program 2, the sequel to the viral, totally accurate space simulator that first released on PC back in 2011.

Now, shortly after its initial reveal, Gamespot has gone live with the first gameplay of this much-anticipated sequel. Fittingly enough, the footage showcases all the spectacularly explosive spaceships, interstellar exploration, and intrepid Kerbal explorers that the series has become known for.

It should be noted that the footage is pre-alpha, so although the gameplay does show some issues with frame rate and graphics, those should be polished up before the game’s full launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2020.

Here’s the full description of the game, courtesy of its official website:

With the original Kerbal Space Program having become one of the most beloved games of all time and now bigger than ever, Kerbal Space Program 2 has been fully redesigned from the ground up to meet the demands of modern and next-generation space exploration, all while maintaining the monumental foundations of the first game. Build a space program, construct powerful spacecraft, design resource-gathering colonies, and much more to uncover the secrets of the galaxy. A plethora of exciting new features will captivate veteran and returning players, as well as usher in a whole new wave of Kerbonauts to the ingenious and comedic world that has entertained millions of players.

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Netflix Releases Teaser for ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’

The Netflix Television Event will launch globally on Friday, October 11

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It was on September 29, 2013, that Breaking Bad came to an end with the final episode of that series, “Felina” in which Walter White evades a nationwide manhunt in order to return to New Mexico and deliver the remaining profits from his illegal methamphetamine empire to his family. Knowing cancer will soon kill him, Walt revisits his former acquaintances to settle his affairs and prepare himself for the conflict and his death. When the credits rolled, audiences believed it would be the last time they would see many of these characters and while we did get a spinoff show in Better Call Saul, one character who hasn’t returned in any other show as of yet is Jesse Pinkman. That’s about to change…

Netflix announced on Saturday that it will release a new Breaking Bad movie that will center on Pinkman (Aaron Paul), who was last seen in the TV series speeding off in a stolen Chevrolet El Camino to parts unknown.

The film, titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, was written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, and will be released on Netflix on Oct. 11. The film is also expected to be broadcast at a later date on AMC, the cable network where the TV series was originally shown from 2008 to 2013.

Official Synopsis:

The Netflix Television Event El Camino: Breaking Bad Movie reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul).  In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.  This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad.  The movie is produced by Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Charles Newirth, Diane Mercer and Aaron Paul, in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ the First Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series

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Thanks to the arrival of the D23 Expo, Disney has revealed the first trailer for its long-awaited Star Wars original series, The Mandalorian.

Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows Pedro Pascal as a mysterious, gun-slinging Mandalorian bounty hunter who navigates the seedier side of the Star Wars universe.

Along with Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian stars Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi. The first season of episodes will be directed by filmmakers like Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

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Here’s the official description of The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

Check out The Mandalorian trailer below.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Soundtrack Gets a Vinyl Release

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While we don’t publish music news or music reviews here at Goomba Stomp, we are huge fans of vinyl and since we cover film, we figured this announcement would interest some of our readers.

Back in 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out topped our list of the best films of 2017 and while the year isn’t yet over, there’s a good chance his follow-up Us, will land somewhere on our best of the year list as well. There are many reasons why we love Peele’s ambitious sophomore film including for the suspense, cinematography, performances, and direction, but one thing that doesn’t get enough praise is the soundtrack by Michael Abels. And if you like us, love the original score, you’re going to love this bit of news.

After giving his Get Out soundtrack a vinyl release last year, Jordan Peele is now doing the same for the soundtrack to Us.

WaxWork Records announced the news earlier today and if you’re planning on buying a copy, you don’t have to wait since it is now available to purchase through the label’s website.

The soundtrack, which received a digital release earlier this year, features composer Michael Abels’ score, in addition to songs from Janelle Monáe, Minnie Ripperton and the “Tethered Mix” of Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It” that appeared in the film’s first trailer. The album artwork was created by illustrator Edward Kinsella and features an interactive die-cut mirror board back cover, a heavyweight art print and an exclusive essay from UCLA Professor, scholar, and activist Shana L. Redmond Ph.D.

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