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  • The premise is really a very interesting one
  • The editors are amazing - you can create all manner of land, air, and sea vehicles, and buildings
  • The problem for me with this game arises with its shallowness
  • With Spore, here we have a bunch of extrememly powerful editors, and a lukewarm gameplay experience
  • I know creatures in the real world don't evolve by looking cool, but I think this should have been handled differently

    • by Lauren
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      If you’re familiar with the gaming world, chances are decent that you’ve heard of mastermind Will Wright. Mr. Wright is the man behind the “Sims” series, one of which I am very fond. Of course, when I heard that Spore was coming out - and that he was behind it - I just had to get it.

      The premise is really a very interesting one. The game is meant to take you through the various stages of evolution. You start off in the cell stage with an unimpressive blob of a creature that you can choose the shape and color of. Then, you decide whether you want to be a carnivore or an herbivore. As a cell (or, more appropriately, a multicellular organism) you have two goals: find parts, and eat


      food. As you eat, you grow, and you build up your little cell into whatever you want it to be. Eventually you grow legs and become a creature. These creatures develop pack mentality, eventually growing into tribes, which eventaully grow into cities, which eventually take to space exploration. This is a very shallow explanation, but it’s the basic path of the game. Choices you make throughout the various stages will affect you as you move through the game. For example, carnivores are more inclined to become warlords later on.

      As for my opinion of the game, I have mixed feelings. Will Wright being of Sims fame, the game was very overhyped, leading to some dissapointments to those who expected too much. The editors are amazing - you can create all manner of land, air, and sea vehicles, and buildings. The creature creator is great, and anything your little heart desires can pretty much be created there with a little tweaking. But the gameplay could use some tweaking.

      The various stages are kind of like dumbed down versions of various types of games. The problem for me with this game arises with its shallowness. Spore is a game that tries to appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers, but it just can’t please everyone all of the time. I expected Spore to be a much deeper game. With Spore, here we have a bunch of extrememly powerful editors, and a lukewarm gameplay experience. The casual gameplay just is not enough for me.

      Another problem is how the “evolution” of your creature is handled. Basically,


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      you are trying to get your creatures to be the fastest, strongest, and fittest of them all. So far so good, right? But this is handled in the wrong way. Every part in the game has certain stats to it. So, for example, if you attach a certain mouth to your creature, they’ll get a certain “bite” stat. The better the stat, the stronger the bite, the better the ability to survive. But therein lies the problem. You get an extremely powerful editor, with the option to make anything you want, and it all becomes useless. You may have created something really cool looking, but if it doesn’t have the best parts, it’s at a disadvantage. You could create an amazing good looking creature with five mouths and 6 legs
      and 4 arms and all kinds of great defense mechanisms, but a blob with one of the best mouths, two of the best legs, one good arm, and one horn, and the blob is liable to do better. I know creatures in the real world don’t evolve by looking cool, but I think this should have been handled differently.

      Overall, Spore is best described as “charming”. If you like the idea of raising a creature from a little blob to a gargantuan warlord to a space-fareing civilization, then Spore is probably for you. However, you can’t go into it expecting too much. I and many other people made that mistake. If you are a casual gamer, Spore will probably please you. But if you’re more hardcore, try to get it for under 40 bucks.




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