Review- Spore

I’ve had my hands on Spore for quite a while now, and I have to say it is one of the most interesting games I’ve had the pleasure of playing. The charm is undeniable, and the customization is at a level that I didn’t even think was even possible in a video game.

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Spore is the ultimate God game. In it you lead a species up from the depths of the primordial soup and through cell, creature, tribe, civilization, and space stages.

There is not a single thing in this game that is not customizable. The plants, animals, buildings, vehicles, and even the planets are yours to mold. However, that’s probably the only highlight of the game that I’ve experienced at this point. Each stage seems to have it’s own genre of gaming, and they’ve all been done better. The cell stage plays like a top down arcade game while the creature stage is a third person action theme, and the tribe and civilization phases are merely dumbed down RTS’s. The Space stage is the only one that really stands out on it’s own, the closest thing I can compare it to is the master piece that is Sid Meier’s  Pirates. Just a fair warning that the difficulty curve spikes to an incredible degree when you achieve liftoff.

The graphics aren’t stellar, but that allows it to be played on lower level systems that you would find in an average, non-gaming household. The sound is beautiful and fun, giving a fair amount of life to this game.

Despite it’s flaws, the pieces all really come together well and create a fun, easy to play game that is sure to draw in a large new audience of casual gamers, introducing them to several more advanced genre’s out there. That, and the traits system used as a consequece sstem to how you act is quite ingenious.

I don’t know what it is about this game that keeps me playing, but I like it.

I give spore 7.5/10

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~ by Pickapok on September 9, 2008.

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