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[Let’s Talk] What are you playing? – April 2017

Posted on April 1, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in Let's Talk

A new month is here! We’ve just entered April, so that means we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Have you started up something entirely new for the month? Still playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Or maybe you’ve moved on to something else on Switch like Snake Pass. Whatever the case, let us know in the comments below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: Splatoon 2 Global Testfire impressions

ronin4life

Game is great. Lots of fun.

The controls, on their own, I think are… largely ok. But comparing them to the WiiU game, the controls just don’t match up. The ease and effortless glance of map management has been replaced with a comparatively clunky map that has forced a remapping of the Jump button, and while this has nothing to do with the WiiU version, the motion controls don’t work in handheld mode.

The map thing is a fairly big issue for me though in regards to changes between the two games. I always knew in Splatoon where our team stood in regards to the map state. *Always*. Now I struggle to. I play almost entirely Without opening the map up, in what is a mix of both conscious and subconscious decision making (not wanting to blind myself and then die, and just not wanting to bother distracting myself from map covering/forgetting that is how map management works now and how important it tends to be) Nintendo seems to be totally aware of this issue and has enacted a sort of fire control throughout the entire game: from the lobby to every death you are constantly reminded that ‘X opens the map’. ‘Press X to open the map’. You didn’t need this kind of pestering before, because the map was always there and it was 200% obvious how important it was.

Quite frankly: It. Doesn’t. Work. The game, on the whole, is fun. It isn’t unplayable and yes, a quick on/off gives you enough info to work with sometimes… but it is easy to struggle against your enemies as key points shift around faster than you can keep track of now that map management is a required and blinding toggle that takes away from what you are doing all that much more than the dual screen approach did.

Lolo

Sadly I have been so busy with work and I finally was able to get a switch thanks to Nintendoeverything on the heads up of toys r us today at 9 am having switches. I was number 2 in line out of 10 people.

Long story short, after a full time work shift today, and having to go to a hotel in another city, I made it at 10:57pm central time and only got to play 1 match. It was a fun first match, but I was having a hard time like everyone else, adjusting to X being map rather than jump. The Dualie dodge roll is cool but man, I am NOT used to that AT ALL, I got splatted too much for trying it. It’s a good game, I just need to get used to the dualies and get more practice in.

Eileen the Pizza Queen

Okay, Splatoon was hands-down my favorite Wii U game. I don’t know if I ever actually got “good” at it in an absolute sense, but nonetheless I spent a TON of time with it. For a solid half a year, my nightly routine after getting off work consisted of packing a bowl and playing a few rounds of Splatoon to blow off steam before I’d even think about doing anything else. My enthusiasm died out once Splatfests ended and there were no more updates, and I haven’t touched it in months, but the Global Testfire reminded me why I loved it, and there’s no doubt I’ll be annoying my boyfriend again with my repetitive routine this summer. ^.~

That being said, if these two stages are anything to go by, level design has taken a huge step backward. Not only do they feel incredibly similar, but they don’t even feel “organic”. They reek of being random assortments of platforms that only exist to be a video game level, whereas most of the original’s stages felt plausible enough as real-world locations. Of course, I know these are probably the two simplest stages and the more complex ones will probably also be more interesting, but it was a little concerning. Everything else was great though. Music’s trippy and amazing as always, virtually no lag online, and the new hairstyle options are amazing. <3

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  • link2metroid

    I’m still playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild and chances are I’ll be playing it next month too. What a game.

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  • the best zelda

  • theFooFighter

    Honestly not much. I beat Zelda and nier so now I’m just sitting around waiting for persona 5 to release

  • JasonBall

    I finished Zelda finally after close to 150 hours of glorious exploration and monster hunting and Lynel grinding. And then I stopped playing it. It’s surreal, but I have Finished Breath of the Wild. It’s something I never thought I’d actually say. I’ll probably work towards 100% eventually and look up korok locations, but rn I’m enjoying the feeling of happy recollection.

    So now my Switch sits lonely, awaiting April 28 when I’ll start playing it to death again. I’m gathering info on Snake Pass rn but more than likely I’m waiting for MK8D. In the meantime I’m hacking away at my backlog. I have 5 3DS games, 4 Wii games, 4 Wii U games and 2 DS games I have not seen the credits of that I would like to. There are other, not fun games I’ve not finished like Samurai Warriors 3 but I’ve given up on those kinds of slogs. So yeah, I think for a while it’s going to be a Switch game that’s just come out that I play a ton in between three week sessions of older games I want to beat before I die.

    • theFooFighter

      Snake pass is dope. Definitely recommend it if you want a switch game to play while you wait for Mario kart

  • Linkavitch Chomofsky

    I’m playing and loving Zelda. Once I beat it, I’ll start again in hard mode.

  • Lolo

    As of now, my wife and I are playing the adventures of lolo on the NES. This game was gifted to me as a child from my now deceased father. I have never beaten the game. However, We have made it to floor 10 (all by ourselves, no internet, no guides), the closest I have ever been to beating the game. If I can beat this game…I feel like my dad would have been proud.

    • Vigilante_blade

      I liked that game. It was one of the few games my mother played as well, and I’d sit around her giving her solutions when she got stuck.

  • Vigilante_blade

    I just finished up with Zelda. My take on it is that it both shares a lot of similarities with other Zelda games while also being very different. I can fathom certain people not feeling like their Zelda itch was completely scratched. All in all, I like the game a lot for many of its ideas, but I also think that some things can be executed better in further sequels.

    For instances, I am very happy that it respects your intelligence by not forcign you to go through hours of extremely obvious tutorials and letting you learn certain things by yourself. I also enjoy how things in the world make sense. The game isn’t actually that hard, but it is a step up from previous recent Zelda games, providing at least a tiny bit challenge, enough to keep you somewhat alert. The combat is actually pretty good, and there is a lot to do in the world.

    Now, that doesn’t mean it is perfect either. The Koroks seeds sidequest is a bit of a nightmare for completionists, and I wish the game allowed you to scan for them after you obtained a sizable number of them. The road to getting inside the main dungeons is quite fun, but there is a repeated feature throughout the dungeons that do get old after a while. Amusingly enough, main quest events are much less challenging many of the things you can stumble into in the wild. As for the motion puzzles, before you start screaming at me that I always hated them and am biased against them, level with me for a moment. I’ve played a lot of motion games when I first got my Wii, and the puzzles in Breath of the Wild are unresponsive even by Wii standards. Many let’s players have echoed that sentiment. I would have been fine with them existing, but not having an option to do these puzzles without motion controls is a flaw. Those could easily been done without gyro controls (in fact, very similar puzzles exist in other games that used sticks). A small gripe is that the game doesn’t outright tell you that you can turn off motion controls at the outset and the tips mention aiming with tilting only. While I was aware that I could turn them off, it should be clear to everyone. Finally, the frame rate is not only low, but inconsistent. That’s a flaw I can’t really overlook. It’s also something everyone should be able to notice. The attempts to patch the game for better performance is a good thing however, but ti is a shame that this happened after I finished the game. Locking hard mode behind a pay wall is not cool. Unless it is mor eof a master quest (Gamecube) style thing that remakes most of the puzzles and actually changes the experience, I’m not super happy about that. The voice acting is… all over the place. Some’s pretty good and some in underwhelming. I do like how they handled Link not talking however.

    I do however want to applaud the writing. I’ve laughed a bit during some of the dialogue, or even some of the more visual gags. They aren’t so silly that they go into meme territory, but they are charming in a way. In the end, it is not a bad game at all. I would even say it is a very good game. However, I think I also want to see traditional Zelda experiences co-exist alongside of it. As for games in this style, I would love to see even bigger towns.

    I went back to playing various Fire Emblem games on 3DS while waiting for Shadows of Valentia.

    • ForeVision

      “I’ve laughed a bit during some of the dialogue, or even some of the more visual gags.” Does a certain, master of a certain clan come to mind? I’ve laughed out loud at him multiple times.

      • Vigilante_blade

        Yeah, I remember this guy. His entire area had a lot of fun flair to it.

        There is also the magnificence that is Bolson. I won’t say anymore so that people can discover that amazing character.

        • ForeVision

          I’ve seen him, and I’ve got a good idea of what kind of type they’ve made him knowing Japanese inspired tropes. I’ll have to make work of the quest line he’s involved in soon, as that’s something I haven’t taken my time for. I don’t tend to be big into side-quests that don’t involve taking down something big, strong or preferably a combination of both (The Monster Hunter in me speaking), I’ve had my share of “fetch quests” and the likes in MMO’s already.

          • Vigilante_blade

            I like it. Mind you, I would have wanted it to be even more involved, with more customization. I like having your own place to get back to in a game.

          • ForeVision

            I heard the house offers the ability to deposit weapons, though I’d rather have them with me at all times, I can see a good point in having a stash of them at the ready. Does it offer anything else, besides that and a bed?

          • just the bed and the weapon stash. also i believe it triggers a big quest after you build it. that or talking to the builder

          • Vigilante_blade

            Basically, it lets you finish another quest. It also gives you another source of apples, which is meh. Though, it is good to have a spot to put your rare weapons, but it isn’t really a necessity.

    • Bart

      The first DLC says something about improved map functionality, I’m hoping that will have something to do with the Korok seeds.

      • Vigilante_blade

        That’s a good point, actually.

      • i hope it’ll have some gamepad functionality but i doubt it

    • Loz Jam

      Dude, all you need to do to track Koroks is take a picture of them using your Sheikah Slate, and then put the tracker function to a Korok. It’s as easy as that, so you can track them just as you do Shrines.

      • Vigilante_blade

        I’ll try it out when the next DLC comes, thanks for the info.

  • ImReallyNotAmused

    playing zelda for 130 hours. one divine beast, 4 regions of the map and hyrule castle to go!

    so I’ll be playing for 3 or 4 weeks.

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  • KnightWonder

    Breath of the Wild, I’ve beaten all four Guardians, gotten all the forgotten memories retrieved the Master Sword, gotten some of the best armor in the game, now I’m working on powering it up, then I’ll face Ganon. Until then though, I’ll be playing Persona 5 beside it.

  • BoredAtWork999

    Nintendo Badge Arcade.

  • ShadowDragoon

    This month i am playing/will play:

    Wii U: Still playing Zelda Breath of the Wild, but as soon as i finish it i will return to Xenoblade Chronicles X.
    3DS: Tales of the Abyss and a few rounds between Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Metroid Prime: Federation Force.
    PS4: Vikings: Wolves of Midgard, The King of Fighters XIV.

    Other Not much really, been quite busy with Breath of the Wild, and even more now with Wolves of Midgard, maybe i’ll play Paper Mario the Thousand Year Door towards the end of the month.

    • Ahhh! I have ToA for 3DS and keep forgetting! Did you play the original PS2 version? If so, how does this one compare? I’m nervous but excited. ^u^

      How are you enjoying Federation Force? I’m still tempted to get it.

      • ShadowDragoon

        I did played the original on the PS2, but was just once and years before getting the 3DS version, so i can’t really make a fair judgment between the two, sorry. As for Federation Force, i really enjoy the game altogether, be solo campaign or online, it’s quite entertaining, i personally would recommend it, if you are interested in it.

        • Yeah, it’s also been years for me, and my memory is hazy. I remember how much I love it, but not much of the actual playing. ^u^;

          Thanks! I’m going to put Federation Force on my list of games to pick up then~.

  • masterjedi

    Still playing Zelda. I just decided to tackle Ganon after 65 shrines. I am not a completionist so I knew I was never going to try to find all the seeds or all the shrines or upgrade all the armor. If Ganon turns out to be impossible for me, I’ll go work on a few more shrines.

    All that said, I am absolutely loving this game. It has kept my full attention since launch and I will probably beat the story sometime here in the next two or three days. A solid month of gameplay for me is a total success and I am completely okay with waiting 28 days for Mario Kart.

    This actually plays right into what I’ve said in the past about the indie games filling gaps between the major releases for me. While I wait for MK8D, I’m probably going to try Snake Pass and Frontier Days. This is a perfect example of why I’ve felt the Switch’s release schedule is pretty good. I feel like most gamers haven’t finished Zelda yet and by the time they do, they may have just a few weeks before the next big release comes out.

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Persona 5. I want to play Zelda alongside it, but all signs point to P5 consuming my game time, at least for the first week or so

    • I’m thinking of getting it for the PS3. I don’t know how I feel anymore (if I’m hyped, neutral or what; which is weird that I can’t identify), but I do know I have been forever thirsty for that MC, lol.

      • NeptuniasBeard

        What brought about theses potentially doubtful feelings? By all accounts, this is being said to be the best jrpg in a long while…

        MC isn’t bad, but I want that Yusuke! I just might go single since I can’t date him >_<

        My uncle at Atlus has failed us all!!!

        • I’ve actually had them for a long while, but I can’t remember how far back now. My initial reaction is, lol no way. But yeah, I can get that, seeing the way Tales has been, and how people have been regarding FF (kinda surprised it takes that spot over XV in regards from people though).

          Yeahhhh. My Yusuke thirst is greater, actually. And I was so sad that even his trailer tried to throw Ann’s boobs at me. I should alleviate that by immersing myself in Yusuke fanart . . .

          Lol x’D
          There’s always the . . .bonus version?? I guess they’ve done Portable and G, what would 5’s updated version be?

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Oh she of little faith… But it’s probably for the best that you keep expectations low, then if nothing else it’ll be hard to get disappointed.

            I think the remake would be called Persona 5: We Barely Added anything because we know you’ll buy our game again anyway. F*ck you, fight me Edition.

            Hopefully they bring it to the Switch. I’d buy it

          • Yeah, hehe. It’s actually weird. I know the game is going to be solid, but I guess it’s not the exact aesthetic I expected of it? So I know it’ll good and I’ll like it, but I guess it’s not looking like “what I wanted.” But I’ll bet Yusuke alone could turn that around. vuv (Well, I’m looking forward to a number of the main cast, actually.)

            Lol, I would buy that edition for the title alone.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Now when you say aesthetics, are you referring to the graphics, the tone, or what?

            Not trying to argue, just trying to get some clarity =_=

          • No worries, I wouldn’t take that for arguing. The graphics look great. It’s part of the. . . stylishness? The tone. . . I am like. . . 75% liking the tone, 25% squinting? Squinting, just because I’m trying to assess how much of it I am not misreading, but also liking.

            Like, the character designs I dig. And I like some of the ideas behind the main cast (I gotta admit, I’m already not caring for Futaba; I said it!), but I also feel that what I understand of the story. . . doesn’t have the impact that I thought it would? But I’m half trying not to spoil myself, and half trying to understand better so that I’m not judging the story for lack of awareness on my part.

            At the same time, I think the game is going for some cool stuff, but I’m just not a fan of it. (I associate kaitou so differently in my mind, but this more stylish noir meets anime; which is cool, but not what gets me going when it comes to kaitou.) x’);

            I already think the writing is going to be better than P4 though, and I’m kind of excited for that. P4 was fun, but sometimes I look back and tilt my head.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Ah I get you. I had a similar feeling a while back when I saw the new presentation for the fusion system. First it looked cool, then they threw all these over the top sacrifices and fusions out and I started to feel it was a bit much… like it was stylish, but dangerously close to the wrong kind of edgey lol.

            I thought you would’ve liked Futaba since she looks kinda similar to the Splatoon girl. But I admittedly know little about the character herself, so maybe she sucks -_-

            Then again the only thing I know about Yusuke is his cuteness, and I will force myself to love him.

            Aside from one (admittedly big) twist, I’ve been managing to dodge the spoiler train, so I don’t have an opinion on the story myself, but I am rather interested. But as long as I can care about the characters, then it’ll be nice for me ^_^

            (Why you gotta sucker punch this old P4 fan though lol)

          • Oh, I didn’t see or hear anything on the fusion system yet. Ya know. . . that’s good wording though. I think that’s the feeling I was getting from some of the early trailers, then that feeling died down, and finally flared up again. It’s not intense or anything, but yeah.

            Haha, I didn’t even consider that. The second I saw her, I read her as the hikkimori that would be the ‘best moe waifu’. Which, I feel bad for typing her, but it sounds like I’m not entirely off. The other gals look great, but I tried to see even less of them; that may be a mistake, but I want to have faith. ;u;

            I know he’s an artist, and that’s enough for me. ♥

            Haha, same.

            No. . . like. Man. I am such a conflicted P4 fan. I could gush and rave but also critique the game all day long. I think my husband is at the point where he can’t stand if someone brings up P4 around me. Ultimately, I think I love the characters more than I do anything else they tried with the game, because the game itself. . . is kind of horrible at times. In terms of message. But they’ve been consistent with that in all of the other games too. (OMG Adachi. . .)

            But. I love the main cast so much. And some of the NPCs. And I appreciate some of what the game was going for. I think it’s what also makes me feel like they dropped the ball though with P5. But I guess I should technically save my rant for until I’ve played the dang game.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Haha. Yeah, I forgot that part about Futaba. Admittedly I do like that kind of girl, if she’s written juuuust right. Otherwise they come off as obnoxious. The one I’m falling for is Haru. A little basic, sure, but I’m a sucker for the classics. One I’m iffy on is Makoto. She seems like the violent one that’ll constantly beat up the guys (because abuse is hilarious apparently -_-)

            That’s a fair point on P4s writing. I do love the characters (even Adachi, in a different way)but yeah… there are certainly some iffy parts. But the parts I love just tend to override my criticism lol.

            I feel similarly. I’m pretty sure that objectively, P5 is going to be a much better game, but I’m not feeling that same spark I did for the Inaba Scooby Gang before I picked P4 up. Probably because most of them feel like composite versions of P3/4’s characters. But yeah, best to save final judgement for the credits ^_^.

          • Yeah, that’s pretty much how I feel. Eee~! I’m team Haru too! I mean, I’m pretty hardcore on Makoto, but Haru~! Her look is so perfect, as is her theme/Persona. ♥ I think I assumed with Makoto, she’d be strict but also try/want to find a laidback side. That’s what I was hoping for. . . but you may be on to something. x’D If that becomes the case, with her just beating up the guys, I’ll be so disappointed. ^u^; (I hate that abuse for laughs bullcrap so much.)

            I love what they initially tried to do with Adachi (because a statement/message on privileged people with ridiculous entitlement and how gross they are and the harm/damage they can do is a legit message), but they started to drop the ball for me. . . (he was redeemed way too quick for one; and then back-tracked??) But yeah, I’ll never stop loving it. ^u^

            Haha, yeah, that’s it exactly! I will be awaiting that credit roll, and the feels.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Haha. Well make sure you stay faithful to just one of them. If Golden is any indication, you definitely don’t want to date around, no matter how tempting…

            I’m kinda mixed on the whole Adachi redemption tbh. I’m happy it gives him a bit more depth than crazy glasses guy from P3. And I certainly prefer it to just killing him off. But at the same time, he still sexually assaulted then killed two people, and it’s kind of hard to overlook that lol. I think it helps that he never became just straight good… at least to me.

            I look forward to comparing our opinions on P5 a few months down the line ^_^

          • I honestly don’t want to earnestly date any of them. Whenever the game wants me to date the girls but won’t let me with the guys, I just play the MC as aro and headcanon the rest. ^u^; (And Yosuke was so close to canon. TToTT)

            More depth is good, and he definitely shouldn’t dust his hand together and be like, “hey guys, I’m a good guy now!” But I also can’t accept how quick they want to redeem after what he did. Or how he acted toward people and what he really felt. I think they’re always so close though, I know they can nail it eventually.

            Indeed~! It may take longer for me, if I end up waiting to borrow my friend’s PS4 and their copy. But I look forward to it!

  • Adrian Brown

    I’m playing Gears of War, Call of Duty Ghost, Minecraft, Fifa… who am I kidding? Of course I’m playing Breath of The Wild. I literally have the game paused next to me while I write this!

  • I watch my husband play BotW more than I actually play anymore. TTuTT
    Sometimes, I feel a little discouraged after watching him. . . but I’m also glad to see him have something of a timesink after XCX, so I’m not too upset. ♥

    I play Voez here and there at least, and I dug out my Wii to get Shop Channel games, VC and Wiiware. The DSi shop closing kind of has me on edge, lol. Right now, I’m planning on returning to Opoona and Rune Factory Frontier, and going to start Rune Factory Tides of Destiny.

    And for the 3DS, I’m going to start Rune Factory 4 and Story of Seasons Trio of Towns.

    I’m trying to hunt down a PSTV so I can play the otome games and Vita games I want though. TTwTT
    I’m really hoping the Switch gets otome games~.

    • NeptuniasBeard

      I’ve actually found myself too overwhelmed by BotW to continue ;_;

      I just found the master sword, and now I’m pulling myself from all sides between completing the other dungeons, upgrading gear, and general wandering. Needless to say, I’ve accomplished nothing…

      And my roommate hasnt played in weeks. He’s too tired from being a cop. Pfft! Pansy!

      Here’s hoping our gaming fortunes shift this month

      • I understand. vuv I get overwhelmed on my own, but I also keep making myself proud so I keep going. Then my husband picks up the Switch and I slump in the corner, lol.

        You’re ahead of me~. You accomplished something! Having the hearts to pull out the Master Sword is a lot! You can do it! I believe in you! (9^o^)9

        Lol, your poor roommate. I certainly do hope the gaming goddess(es) bless you with great gaming fortune this month. (Step up, Nep Nep!)

  • ForeVision

    Dipping into Breath of the Wild to arguably play it the way I should’ve from the start: by simply exploring and letting my curiosity lead me. Before that, I’ve hunted down the main quests at a “leisurely” pace and stomped Ganon into the dust, being amazed at how easily that was done. Without feeling properly satisfied I’ve hunted down a ton of silver Lynels until even those started feeling easy if they didn’t sport a big hunk of metal shaped like a mace (doesn’t mean they still don’t beat my face in, but it depends on what armor I decide to use).

    As for other games? Well, nothing Nintendo related sadly. Most of my 3DS games have been played and I’ve lost interest, so it’s mostly PC games that have an online component or a lot of replay value through the game itself.

    That said, I’ll probably be racing around before long again, hoping our Wifi will keep up and provide a good online experience.

  • R.Z.

    I’m playing Breath of the Wild to the death.
    I’m mostly done with overworld exploration, I just have the Gerudo region scenario to do and then the castle to explore.

    I’m starting to be slightly fed up with the game actually, and I resent the lack of puzzles. So many shrines are just blessings or battle trials, especially since you tend to find the less obvious ones in the end …
    🙁
    And yeah, I wish there were actual dungeons or similar places to spice things up a bit, once you have played for some time you start to notice patterns and grasp the limits of the overworld activities and then it kind of gets tedious and predictable. All you can look forward to is unusual topology.

    Maybe it’s just a natural reaction over a hundred of hours into the game, the honeymoon period being over. I just have that feeling that the game has too much overworld for too little “real” content.

  • I just beat Breath of the Wild a couple hours ago. I have plenty left to do in it, for sure, but I’m going to save it for the inevitable replay because I freaking adored this game and I’ll gladly use the future DLC as an excuse to dive back in at a later date.

    So with that said, I’m not really playing anything at the moment. It’s not Nintendo, but now that Zelda’s over, I just need to kill time for another 36 hours or so until I can bring Persona 5 home and begin my next addiction. XD

  • • I Am Setsuna
    Good portable title. Classic vibes. Feels like a top tier indie game.

    • Snake Pass
    Good portable too. Have to remind myself to slow down. Tough challenges.

    • Bomberman R
    More I play of this game the more I see how rough it is. I’m committed though.

    • Breath of the Wild
    When I finish this I’ll probably say it’s the best game I’ve ever played in my life.

  • Chris

    I have been playing a lot of Zelda. I’ve unlocked every section of the map and have most armor upgrades, but I still have two divine beasts and 40 shrines left to complete. I have so much fun just exploring that I am in no hurry to complete the game.

    I hadn’t played Splatoon Wii U in months, but the testfire inspired me to go back. I have been playing a lot to practice for Splatoon 2, and I finally reached level 50. I mostly play with Shooters and Blasters, but I have been learning to use Chargers effectively. The limitations of chargers I think have made me a better all around player.

    I haven’t touched my 3DS since the Switch came out, but I am definitely going to get FE:Echoes. I do play a lot of FE:Heroes though. The special events have been pretty generous with free orbs and I’m now up to seven 5-star characters.