I got to demo the Star Wars LCG at my LGS today. I played 3 games in total (2 light side and 1 Dark Side) against another new player. Neither one of us really had all the rules down while playing the game but so far in these 3 games I was very discouraged by the lack of Star Wars feel to the game. Comparing it to the other LCG I have played which are LOTR and AGOT, this game failed to capture the epicness of the Star Wars that I have come to love over the last 20+ years.
When I play LOTR or AGOT, I get a unique and intriquing experience that makes me feel like I am a part of these epic books. Characters like Gandalf, Frodo, Jon Snow, Daenerys and Tyrion Lannister bring the games to life. In Star Wars LCG, I felt very disconnected from the characters, in both games where I played the light side the coolest unit that I drew was an A-Wing. No Luke, or Leia not even C-3PO. As for the single play of the Dark Side, I was able to put out Vader on the first turn but even he couldn't keep the game interesting.
Game played felt rushed and messy. I never felt like I had options to do anything and the cards in my hand didn't keep me in the game in the least bit. In fairness I know that the demo decks were rebuilt by one of the guys from the store. So I can blame him more for my crappy hands than the demo itself.
The guys that run my LGS, said it took them about 8 games before they got hooked. So I planned on giving this game the benefit of the doubt and will give it another 10 tries at the least. I'm not ready to accept that FFG messed up a Star Wars game after their impressive track record with games like LOTR and AGOT.