Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes Review
From the first Star Wars movie, 38 years has passed. In the last 38 years generations grew up with this franchise and generations will still do it. There are 6 soon to be 7 movies, several TV series and dozens of games on all platforms. It was about time to have a mobile game – Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes is here and is ready to be appreciated and criticized.
As you have probably already guessed, the best feature of the Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes is the fact that the game is licensed. Yes, it is weird because this should be normality but there are a lot of clones (see what I did here?) out there. You have all of the original Star Wars characters and you can play with your childhood heroes and many others. In addition to this, I really like the idea of “collecting” characters.
It may seem silly but, in my opinion, the feature reflects the atmosphere of having an album full of Star Wars collectibles. Another great thing I encountered in Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes is the huge number of missions (more than 500 at this moment). As a bonus, you will be able to do missions both for the Jedi team and the dark side.
I also like the combat system which is turned based because it gives you the possibility of thinking strategies – enemies will come in waves as well. One other thing I like about the game is the fact that there is a proper character progression of both you as a commander and of your “pawns”. The RPG feeling is real even though I personally don’t consider the game a true RPG title.
Here comes the part where I say what I don’t like about Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes or what I would change if given the possibility. First of all, I must say that I am a bit disappointed about the balancing between free players and those who pay real money in order to play the game. It is normal that there must be a difference but I believe that, at this moment, the difference is too big.
You can’t get your hands on the cool stuff unless you are willing to pay some money and I think that this is not entirely right. There are a lot of Star Wars fans who will eventually invest into microtransactions, the developers should only have patience. Secondly, as a supplement to the previous complaint, I hate the fact that the game is energy-based. When the energy depletes, you can’t play Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes anymore and you just have to wait for the energy to replenish or to pay some money.
This is a very common feature for Facebook games and from what I’ve heard and read, everybody despise it. Finally, I must mention the fact that Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes has several bugs that have the potential of upsetting the player. The good thing is that there aren’t any major ones and that most of them will be fixed with future updates. The bad thing is that you may encounter unresponsive characters, some lag from time to time and other stuff like this. At least there aren’t any ads that would disrupt the gameplay, it wouldn’t be the first game with this ‘brilliant’ feature.
Overall, Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes is a game I definitely recommend. It doesn’t really matter if you are a fan or not, this time EA did a proper job. There is still room for improvement but taken as a whole, the game is a must.
Artwork: Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes gets a rating of 9 out of 10. People expect a lot from a Star Wars game but the developers, thankfully, exceeded those expectations. The game has a really modern graphic engine (the units are all 3D) and the environment is almost decent (still, not many interactions). The theme is reflected by everything, the character design is great and the menus are looking just like a command center in Star Wars would look like. There are still some minor bugs here and there but you can’t complain too much. The game really looks good.
Music & SFX: I give the game a rating of 10 out of 10 for its music and sound effects. It would be weird to give another rating to a game which is based on an Oscar-winning movie for “Best Sound”. The soundtrack of Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes is exactly what you would expect to be – the old yet amazing songs from the original series and some others almost equally good. The sound effects are also great and they provide a really good atmosphere. If a game would be given as an example for a great music & SFX department, this definitely should be it.
Story/Originality: Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes gets a rating of 9 out of 10 at this section. In terms of originality, there isn’t much to be said. All the Star Wars elements are authentic and they are emulated almost perfectly on the RPG requirements. There are some new interesting features as well. The story is also good and I appreciate the fact that you can play with all old and new characters but I also have one small complaint – the focus on the story is almost non-existent. We are not only talking about Star Wars but an RPG too…I expected much more.
General Gameplay: I give Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes a rating of 8 out of 10 for its gameplay. The game can be pretty confusing if you aren’t used with the Star Wars Universe or with RPG elements but there won’t be anything too hard, eventually. The tutorial is really thorough and will definitely get you going. The controls are good and the settings are pretty various. When the game will be updated there will definitely be no more minor bugs or lag issues. For the time I’ve played I haven’t encountered any freezes, crashes or major disruptive bugs.
Addictiveness: Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes gets a rating of 10 out of 10 for its addictiveness. If you read all the review, you probably had seen this coming. The game has everything required to be considered addictive. There are some annoying limitations made by the developers (such as the Energy system) but if you play smart, you will be able to play for as long as you like. There is a great character progression, there are dozens of Star Wars characters, there are daily activities, there are daily login rewards, there are literally hundreds of available missions and you can play both for the Light side and the Dark side. What more could you wish for?
Overall, Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes gets a rating of 9.2 out of 10. If the developers rebalance the premium-free ratio and solve all those annoying minor bugs, there will be no surprise if the game gets to the tops and stays there forever. Yes, forever. The potential is there, only time will tell.
Cheats & Tips for Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes
- There are all bunch of free rewards if you play the game constantly. Make sure you grab them. At the moment of creating this guide, a free first hand Stormtrooper was available.
- You need to have a team of at least two in order to play. Make sure you have a balanced team which consists of at least one healer. Damage is good but surviving is better.
- Learn the abilities of your active characters. There are situations where one ability can change the tide of the game in your favor.
- Your HP will not regenerate between waves. Keep this in mind before going full-aggressive on the first wave of enemies. This applies to turn-based abilities as well.
- In order to succeed, you need to prioritize your targets. Focus on the healer and on the powerful enemies first.
- Finish your daily activities so you can get special prizes. Think of them as a Daily Quests feature from computer games.
- When you don’t want to get your hands dirty, you can simulate a battle. I advise to use those ‘sim’ tickets wisely, they are expensive.
- Before you can level-up your character, you need to hook him up with some training droids. The better the quality, the better the level.
- You can replay previously completed missions for as long as you want. By doing so you will eventually get that 3-Star rating and some loot.
- Don’t worry about getting more Energy that you can maximum have. If you get it from a reward, it will stock up.