The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

This is Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. It's a game I called "another mobile Star Wars card game" when it was announced. A game I called "not bad . . . not great, either" at launch. A game that's been part of my daily routine since mid-October. EA introduced Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes at E3 2015, calling it "the Star Wars game mobile players have been waiting for". I poked fun, and I don't think my fun-poking was unjustified. That this is what, the third or fourth collectible-based mobile game set in the Star Wars universe is ridiculous. And were mobile players really waiting for this? Probably not.

But they got it, and they seem to dig it. Hell, I dig it. I've sat down at a table with friends, pulled out my phone and compared character collections. I've exchanged team-building tips with folks who normally wouldn't touch a free-to-play mobile game of this variety. Maybe its just the Star Wars fever gripping the world, but the combination of iconic characters and turn-based role-playing style battles has struck a chord.

I'm not playing incessantly. Just 10 to 15 minutes a day. Here's how it plays out. I generally log in around 11pm Eastern time (3pm AEDT) as I'm winding down for the day. That's when the servers reset for the day.

First I grab my login rewards. These are cash, gems and character shards used to unlock new heroes and villains. I've not missed one of these since mid-October.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

Next I go to the store and grab a free Bronzium Data Card. The game rewards these at regular intervals. They're generally small amounts of in-game cash, materials used to upgrade characters or experience point boosters. They rarely contain character shards but that's OK.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

I've spent a bit of real money on crystals, probably around $US20 ($29), which does't seem like a big investment for three months of entertainment. Lately I've been relying on crystals earned through normal gameplay for the odd energy boost -- the Chromium cards are too random to be worth buying.

Next comes shipments, a regular cycle of character shards and levelling items. I grab each of the levelling items offered, maybe the experience point boosters if I'm looking to level up a character quickly. The character shards themselves are a bit too pricey for my tastes.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

Then it's time for a look at my collection.So far I've gathered 45 characters from all across Star Wars history. These have mainly been procured through Squad (PVP) Battle shipments, Cantina (Mixed Light and Dark Teams) Battle Shipments and Galactic War (survival mode using your entire roster) shipments.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

I train a character using experience items.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

I'll slot a piece of gear into a character's loadout, increasing their stats.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

And then I'll look through my roster for characters close to gaining enough shards to upgrade. Currently I'm working on maxing out my Chewbacca.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

Hitting the "Find" button brings up a list of places where I can secure Chewbacca shards.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

During last night's session between Cantina Battles and three each Light and Dark Side story battles, I earned 12 more shards. I should be able to top him off tonight.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

Yeah, I said I'm going to top off Chewbacca. Shut up.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

I check my Cantina points -- the orange globes up top -- to see if I can grab some more shards for my current crush, Dark Side healer Old Daka. I can, I do, and its on to a round of Galactic War.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

The Galactic War is a series of battles against random player teams in which your entire roster can participate. If one of your characters dies, swap it out with another and keep going. If your party wipes, form a new one.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

Galactic War has gotten tougher as I've levelled up. I used to be able to run the board. Now its touch-and-go four or five matches in.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

The rewards are amazing -- a ton of in-game money, lots of experience booster items, power-enhancing ability shards. Just need to keep strengthening my roster, get some of those lower-level characters beefed up. I'll get there.

What else? I'll take on two challenges, special battles with specific rewards.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

Cad Bane has all the money. Since levelling is getting more expensive, I should spend a bit more time killing him when his event pops up.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

After that, all that's left to do is a little player-versus-player combat.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

Back before the game launched in North America I was regularly in the top 1000 players. I've been hovering around the four thousands for a couple of months now.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

Sometimes I take control of my characters and battle manually.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

But most of the time I set it on auto and see what happens.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

Good call this time. Take that, ranks 4273 through 4279!

PVP battles are subject to a cooldown timer, so I normally do one and then catch up on the other two required in the Daily Activities list during the next day.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

Or sometimes I don't.

The Star Wars Game I've Played Every Day For Three Months Straight

But now that the level cap has been raised from 60 to 70 and I'm gaining experience points again, I pretty much always do. Gotta stay competitive.

This whole process, not counting the extra PVP battles, takes about ten minutes. During the day I might work on some story progression Light and Dark Side battles or tinker about with equipment and such, but for the most part it's ten minutes.

Ten minutes of every single day. For three months.

I can't see myself stopping any time soon. I've got to work on my PVP team. My Dark Side could use some tweaking, and I've still got a bunch of characters and story missions to unlock.

"EA's Other New Star Wars Game Has Nothing On Battlefront." That's what I thought of Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes when it launched. And here I am, trying to remember the last time I played Star Wars: Battlefront. Maybe this was the mobile Star Wars game I'd been waiting for after all.

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Comments

    HK-47 - most humorous character ive seen in a star wars game!

    So it looks kind of like Marvel Ultimate Alliance

    I've been playing it since the end of November and I love it. It's not perfect, a lot of flaws to kink out and it's clearly not finished, but I'm still hooked. I've spent around $40 on it but am holding off spending any more right now until the longterm direction of the game is clear

    One thing though Mike (not sure how to tag a US Kotaku person or if you can on here), I'd focus more on leveling up the gear for your characters rather than focusing on getting them up to your level cap. Getting your main guys up to purple gear should be a priority

    I just started playing this 5 days ago and I'm completely hooked. The 'find' option when looking for gear/parts is a huge incentive to keep coming back.

    I started playing the hell out of this when it came out. The first couple of updates was good they fixed a host of issues that I noticed. BUT. Then they started gimping the reward system, where you went from kinda getting the upgrade parts you wanted to hardly ever getting the upgrade parts you wanted and it slowed my progression from just average enough to keep me playing to not wanting to play regularly anymore.

    Good luck stopping. I had to uninstall the app to stop the compulsion to sign in to just do a few arenas. In December I was in the top 200 for the Arena, had a couple of completely maxxed characters (rank, ability, gear, level), but it just got to be a completely pointless grind for nothing. Theres no point playing as characters you can't easily level up their rank (number of stars), so getting new guys that demand 80 shards once a day is such a waste. Grind the Arena for arena$ (so many different currencies, its worse than Path of Exile) and buy shard packs for Sidious and IG-88 until they're 7-star. Then you need a couple of million and training droids before they're even usable. The game is definitely "pay to win", but after 3 months I've discovered there isn't actually anything to win. No real prize other than extra grind points.

    The graphics are great, but its going to take a lot more than a bump in the grind cap to get me back.

    This game also makes me want to play KOTOR again.

    Sounds very similar to the way Star Trek Timelines plays out daily. Once you get past the initial rush of things to do at the beginning, it turns into almost identical to what was described in this article.. albeit with a Star Trek theme instead and without the 3D battles... well there are some.. but not like in the Star Wars game.

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    You're killing video games man, you monster!

    A really fun app - surprisingly addictive!

    Got any allies codes to share? :) I just hit level 20 after playing for 24 hours.. lol

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