Thursday, July 24, 2014

Star Wars Assault Team: Version 1.3 Upgrade is BAD

Welcome to Stuff For Guys, where you'll find information about a lot of useless stuff, an occasional useful stuff, but it's all stuff for guys.  LucasArts has just released version 1.3 of Star Wars Assault Team, and to put it very nicely, it pretty much sucks butt.  This, coupled with some other bad decisions in the past (like this one, and this one), has earned LucasArts the new name LucasFarts, which is what I will call them from now on.  Here are the changes that were either packaged in this release or coincided with it:

1. New Arena Leagues

Don't get fooled by the fancy name.  This is really a way to limit how far you can go in Arena battles.   In the old versions, as long as your team was strong enough to do so, you can last all the way into the 5th battle.  Now, there's a cap, and you have to earn this new thing called Trophies (which is what Bounties were originally called) in order to advance to the next tier of leagues.  To make matters worse, it appears as if your league standings will expire, and you'll have to start all over again.  What was the reason for introducing this change now?  Because LucasFarts doesn't want you to have as much fun.

2. Gems Cost Increase

It now costs more gems to promote a character if you don't have its promotion items.  A lot more.  Anywhere between 12 and 20 gems more depending on what Tier you're trying to promote them to.  It's one thing to have this high cost from the start, but why introduce such a big change so late?  Because LucasFarts wants to make the game harder for everyone, including the beginners.

BOTTOM LINE

I've emailed LucasFarts about this in the past.  I think I'm OK with them constantly tweaking the game to see how people will react to it.  I wasn't happy that they kept changing the recharge time per Energy.  I wasn't happy that they took away the additional damage boost for special attacks.  And I definitely wasn't happy when Han Solo's special attack decreased because his overall damage went down, but I continued to play on.  However, this latest set of changes are not tweaks, these are big changes that will degrade the user experience.  With so many games out there, this will cause some users to stop playing.  And perhaps that's the goal for LucasFarts -- weed out the experienced players and make room for the beginners.  I'm not sure how this strategy can actually work to LucasFarts' benefit though.  The goal of an app is to have as many users as possible.  So bottom line -- it's time to start looking elsewhere for that next cool app.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Star Wars Assault Team: ENTIRE STORY MISSION Gameplay Video

Welcome to Stuff For Guys, where you'll find information about a lot of useless stuff, an occasional useful stuff, but it's all stuff for guys.  Finally, it's here -- gameplay video of every single story mission in Star Wars Assault Team.  On EPIC difficulty for every mission.  In order, from Han Solo's arrival to the final battle with Darth Vader.  I mixed up the characters on the team to keep it interesting.  Enjoy!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Star Wars Assault Team: More Tier 4 Characters are now Tier 5 - UPDATED

Welcome to Stuff For Guys, where you'll find information about a lot of useless stuff, an occasional useful stuff, but it's all stuff for guys.  In Star Wars Assault Team, some more of the characters who previously maxed out at Tier 4 can now be upgraded to Tier 5!!  I previously blogged about the first set of characters that received this upgrade in this post.  Now we can add Massiffs and Jawas to that list.  This will be very interesting to see how a Tier 5 Massiff can taunt opponents and how a Tier 5 Jawa can repair the droids that you employ on your team (I'm thinking an Arena team of IG-88, 4-LOM, Spider and Jawa).

UPDATE: As of July 18, Rodians also got upgraded to Tier 5.



A Tier 5 Massiff on your team activates his special automatically at the start of the fight

Here are their updated promotion screens.  See my promotion reference page for all of their promotion requirements.



Star Wars Assault Team: Win Beast Cards Special Mission

Welcome to Stuff For Guys, where you'll find information about a lot of useless stuff, an occasional useful stuff, but it's all stuff for guys.  Star Wars Assault Team has launched a new special mission called "Win Beast Cards" where you can win beast characters and their promotion items.  Here's a look at some of the rewards from this new mission.



Rewards for Normal Difficulty:


Rewards for Heroic Difficulty:


Rewards for Epic Difficulty:





Star Wars Assault Team: New Character Coming

Welcome to Stuff For Guys, where you'll find information about a lot of useless stuff, an occasional useful stuff, but it's all stuff for guys.  The team at LucasArts and Disney Mobile are preparing to either release a new Star Wars Assault Team character or upgrade a character that previously maxed out at Tier 4 to Tier 5.

How do we know this?  There is a new credit item that will undoubtedly turn into a promotion item:


Which character will this turn out to be?  Stay tuned, because as soon as I find out, you will too.  Thanks for reading and enjoy the game!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Star Wars Assault Team: Win Arcona Special Mission

Welcome to Stuff For Guys, where you'll find information about a lot of useless stuff, an occasional useful stuff, but it's all stuff for guys.  The team at LucasArts and Disney Mobile have released a limited-time Star Wars Assault Team Special Mission called "Win an Arcona" on July 3, where you can win an Arcona and various Smuggler promotion items.  I got a Tier 2 Arcona on the first try of the Epic battle, while my friend is on his 14th try and counting.  To see all of Arcona's promotion items, go to this post.

Here's the banner announcing it:

 Here's what an Arcona looks like (he's got a face only his mother could love!):

Here is his special being activated at the beginning of the battle:

Here's what he looks like when he's on your team:

Here's what he looks like when he's your opponent:

It started off near the end of the 4-LOM mission:

Then it replaced the 4-LOM spot:

There are just 3 simple missions:

Here's what I got on Normal difficulty, first time playing it:

Here's what I got on Heroic difficulty, first time playing it (anyone still missing the Medal of Alderaan for Leia Organa?):

Here's what I got on Epic difficulty, first time playing it:

And of course, this special mission comes with its own special Hero Crate:


Have you had any luck getting the Arcona character?  Post it in the comments and let me know!  Thanks for reading and enjoy the game!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Star Wars Assault Team: IT-O Levels and Promotions

Welcome to Stuff For Guys, where you'll find information about a lot of useless stuff, an occasional useful stuff, but it's all stuff for guys.  Here are some of the screens of the training process for IT-O in Star Wars Assault Team.  I've never been a big fan of the IT-O because they used to cap out at Tier 4, but around June 27, 2014, LucasArts lifted that ceiling and IT-O (along with Katarns and Advozse) can now go up to Tier 5.

IT-O, like the Katarn Watch-BeastDuros and Jawa, is faster to level up than IG-88 and R2-D2 (and way faster than Spider and Terentatek) because he requires less XP than them, so you would think that IT-O are normal like AnzatShistavanenC-3PO and Sakiyan.  However, there is either a brand new category of XP requirements, or there was a recent change in the game that makes all normal characters slower to level up.  You know those guys at LucasArts -- always keeping us on our toes by introducing random changes!

For a list of the Promotion Items needed, please click on this post.  For an explanation on usage of the straight flush set of Training Items to level up quickly, click on this post.

Credit Requirements
This is a list of the total credits required for the entire leveling-up training process within each tier.  The assumption is that you are using the most optimal combination of Training Items.
  • Tier 2: 100 credits
  • Tier 3: 1,425 credits
  • Tier 4: 14,125 credits
  • Tier 5: N/A (Max is Tier 4) 60,950 credits
Promotion to Tier 3:



Promotion to Tier 4:



Promotion to Tier 5:










Tier 5 Levels: