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    jp's Marvel Strike Force (iPd)

    [November 5, 2021 06:55:00 PM]
    So I said I wouldn't play anymore...but I kept on playing. I guess that's proof that I'm a sucker for games with all the bells and whistles for progression - you're always colleting, opening, upgrading, etc. - but no real meaning or decisions. It's not like the game runs on automatic, but mostly that you're quite explicitly climbing a ladder of grind that's very nicely wrapped with story and characters and events.

    I'm not really faulting it for this, I mean there is some real content here in terms of the mission storylines and so on. And there's lots of it too! It's just that the gameplay as in player choice/agency seems a bit to thin on the ground for my tastes.

    But, I'm still a sucker for this and kept playing until today when I finally deleted the whole thing from my phone. I think I made it to level 37 or so, had unlocked a few new characters, was making progress in different things, and so on.

    BUT, all of a sudden the game would get stuck on the loading screen. It wouldn't move past 14%. I found some online references to this issue from a year ago on Reddit...with people complaining, but didn't see a fix. But also, this is a new issue again? Anyways, that seemed to be the perfect reason to delete the game. I was only upset that I'd lost out on my daily login streak. Ha!
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    [October 25, 2021 10:00:20 PM]
    I installed this because I had heard a lot of people talk about how great a game it is and that they've been playing for years and that sort of thing. And. Uhm. Perhaps I installed the wrong game? I'm not sure. There's definitely more to the game than what I've seen and appreciated, but I haven't seen all that much to be impressed by. If anything it's been the complete opposite, but mostly due to technical problems I can't really explain the reason for (for a game this "mature" in it's service).

    The game has a light tactical element - you have a team of Marvel heroes (and/or villains) who go on missions where they attack enemies "old Final Fantasy"-style: there's a battle line and characters hop over to attack and so on. Where your characters are on the lineup does seem to matter - but I think the tactical side gets lost in that character progression matters much, much more in terms of DPS and survivability. So, "team-ups" (when two friendlies boost each other) and status stuff seems to matter little. I mean, if you're really trying to get ahead - sure, you might be able to clear a mission that's slightly out of reach. But level the characters up will always be better/more effective is my impression.

    I've decided to delete the game not because I'm unimpressed - I was willing to give it a bit more time just to see...but because of technical issues. More often than not the game will load into a screen that is incomplete (missing art assets with placeholder messages) and would fail to load my roster completely (in the screen from which you have to select and upgrade your characters). I tried closing the app, and more. I even upgraded to a new phone partway through! (from an older iphone I thought might have been the problem). And no, the problem still crops up too frequently for me to want to continue. Oh, the game also has "daily rewards" (and monthly) where you get stuff for logging in on successive days. It bugged out 3 days in a row (the options wouldn't appear) and then on the 4th day, they appeared (and I got the bonus for the 2nd day, when by then I should have been on the 5th). So, sigh. Meh. I thought the bugs where from "still downloading content" stuff going on - but that doesn't seem to be the case, and I also have plenty of storage space on this device. So, who knows!
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    jp's Marvel Strike Force (iPd)

    Current Status: Stopped playing - Technical problems

    GameLog started on: Thursday 21 October, 2021

    GameLog closed on: Friday 5 November, 2021

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