I, a fool, am currently playing two gacha games simultaneously, which is two more than any reasonable human should be playing to be honest. I’ve played Fire Emblem Heroes since launch and now I’m playing NieR Re[in]carnation. I used to dolphin in FEH (~$10-30/mo), currently F2P, and I’m staunchly F2P in NieR. Of the two, I certainly enjoy FEH a lot more. It’s always been able to provide the high-intensity tactical gameplay of mainline Fire Emblem but compressed into short time commitment bursts, which is why I’ve stuck with the game for so long. It also has five years of QoL refinements to fall back on even when the meta has its ups and downs.
Mostly, I’m here to complain about NieR, a game that I can’t stop playing but am not enjoying what it’s doing to me. This is my first experience with the Genshin/FGO/GranBlue style of gacha game where gacha pulls include both characters and weapons and everything has a currency that upgrades it. The story is top tier and that’s probably what’s keeping me going but story is such a tiny fraction of the play time in this game. Trying to get stronger is like pulling teeth. The launch 1/2 stamina event just ended today and I’ve had to keep my phone grinding on something almost constantly to even barely keep up.
And it’s not like spending money on the gacha would even help that much! Certainly spending in the $400-800 range would get me top tier characters at max ascension but the kind of every-now-and-then spending that got me near the top of ranked in FEH would have practically zero impact on my strength. It’s whale or nothing in this game. And even then, you still have to do a mountain of grinding for currencies not available in the gacha to upgrade your characters and weapons that you spent hundreds of dollars on (you have to do the grinding and then some if you’re F2P like me, of course). Everything costs too much in this game, stamina-wise, in-game currency-wise, and premium currency-wise too.
I’ve been at it for a month and a half and I’m looking for the plateau where my team is in good shape and I don’t have to babysit the game 24/7 to keep up. I want NieR to be on the backburner like FEH is right now where I don’t feel like it’s opportunity cost to not stay at max efficiency on my stamina. I hope that time comes soon or else I find a better excuse to just quit entirely. The story is so good though. Damn this game.