More like Gotcha Games…

Over the past few months I’ve become rather addicted to gacha games, such as Dragon Ball Z Dokkan BattleFire Emblem Heroes, and I’ve even found myself playing Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links a bit. For those of you unfamiliar with what these games are, or what a gacha game even is, you essentially earn an in-game currency by completing missions (or by paying real life, hard earned money for it), and once you have enough, you can pull from a banner (a collection of certain characters) and summon characters from it, with the best characters typically having abysmal appearance rates. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links uses a similar system, only you buy packs of three cards instead of one card at a time. Like I said, I’ve become pretty addicted to these kinds of games, and I’d like to share some of my personal experiences, thoughts, and occasional tips in regards to playing them.

I’ll start with what started it all for me, Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle. Before playing the game, I’d see it on the play store a multitude of times, and some of the people I was subscribed to on YouTube had started to upload content from the game. So, on a long drive to South Carolina for work, I took the plunge and downloaded the game so I could start playing it for myself. Relatively early on I pulled a SR INT Majin Buu. At the time, I was kind of hyped about it. I mean, I love Majin Buu, and hey, an SR! That’s good! Well, at least that’s what I thought. Little did I know that, at the time and as of writing this, SR’s don’t mean squat on global. It wasn’t until the Gogeta banner came around for the first time that I dropped thirty-something real life dollars to get an extra multi-summon and a third free one that I realized how hard I was getting shafted in this game. I had grinded up a hundred stones and bought another fifty with real money, pulled thirty characters, and at the end of the day, I still didn’t have a Gogeta to my name. As a matter of fact, the only SSR I pulled from four multi-summons was a Golden Emperor Frieza. It was that day that I thought I’d be done with the freaking game, but I’m still in the trap. I’ve spent even more money on the game, and to be fair, my account is decent now. I have SSJ3 Gotenks and the god-lead Broly, but to this day, months later, I still don’t have a Gogeta. Unfortunately, Dragon Ball Z Dokkan isn’t the only game I’ve gotten shafted in…As I’m writing this, Fire Emblem Heroes is relatively new, only having been out for a few weeks. I downloaded the game the day it came out, and after two or three weeks, I had a five-star Roy to my name. I hadn’t dropped any money on the game yet, and with the way it was treating me, I wasn’t about to. After struggling with getting orbs (this game’s version of stones) and continuously getting the shaft, I decided that it was high time I re-rolled, a practice I was unfortunately unaware of when I first started playing Dragon Ball Z Dokkan. Essentially what re-rolling is, is uninstalling the game, reinstalling the game, playing up to the point of your first full pull (which happens pretty fast), and if you don’t get something you want, repeating the process. I did this for about two days until yesterday when my luck changed. I pulled two 5 Stars from my first summon and they still haven’t stopped coming. Only about four full pulls and a couple of single pulls in, I have an entire team of five stars, and I couldn’t feel happier about it.

If you haven’t played any of these kinds of games yet, and after reading this you somehow think that this RNG is worth it, you’re right. The RNG is totally worth it. The amount of satisfaction I feel when I pull a five star unit, a banner SSR, or a card I really need in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is incredible. What doesn’t feel incredible is dumping money into one of these games and then getting absolutely shafted on pulls, which WILL happen to you if you spend any money at all on these games. Take that as a warning, because, like I said, these games are rewarding and fun, but they require a lot of time, and if you get addicted enough, chances are if you have money to drop on them, you will.