Monday, September 22, 2008

Spore Micro Review

What Spore is Not (disappointingly):

Spore is
not the ultra deep "EVO-on-Meth" evolution simulator I thought it would be after seeing this video back in 2005.

What Spore is (surprisingly):

Spore is Escape Velocity on acid.

Alex's Rating: 8 out of 10
Edit: Revised down to 6.5 out of 10 due to Escape Velocity being a much better game & the painful frustration of not really ever being able to interact in interesting ways with all that you create. What were they thinking?

6 comments:

Bob said...

Spore is a Toy. not a game.

Mr. Alex said...

It's a collection of toys, 1 good casual game, 1 good larger game (which is Escape Velocity-ish), and 3 mediocre-to-bad "game like experiences", all of which are tied together in a number of ways. All and all, I'm really enjoying its "space stage" for what it is.

There are an unthinkable number of ways they can expand it, and, from what I've gleaned, Maxis has every intention of releasing an expansion every six months for Spore. I'm vary curios to see what they choose to do...

Chad-Roc said...

So what kind of impact does Spore have on the future of your Neverwinter Nights world? I reinstalled the game and am curious to see what you've come up with.

Mr. Alex said...

>So what kind of impact does Spore have on the future of your Neverwinter Nights world?

Let's just say it hasn't been all that great from a productivity angle. It's still coming, just not as soon as I had hoped (SURPRISE!!!)

Pete said...

I am also delayed because I am dragging my feet on my current project. I hope to get started programming on Raven's Hold by mid-October.

That's cool that the space part of Spore is the most fun. That's what Mr. Wright seemed most eager to showcase.

Mr. Alex said...

"That's cool that the space part of Spore is the most fun. That's what Mr. Wright seemed most eager to showcase."

He was probably so eager to showcase said stage because the gameplay in some of the other stages puts the 'S' in SAD. I'd be shocked if this doesn't change via patches/expansions in the near future, however.

The planets you get to see and the builders you get to use are currently the star of the show. There's a whole lot of crap in the Sporepedia, but if you pick through it you can find bits of pure gold...