A remix of xkcd #480

Inspired by xkcd, having played those games and being underwhelmed by SPORE. And I’m not the only one to draw the above parallels. Here’s a screenshot from the Zero Punctuation review,


Sadly SPORE hasn’t lived up to the hype in my opinion and lacks some of the cool things demo’d 2 years ago. Additionally, the DRM Electronic Arts has imposed on this title just plain sucks which has lead to some heavy protest review voting on Amazon (85% of the current 2982 reviews are 1-star!) fuelled by a call to activate against EA by DefectiveByDesign.org.

My one-liner: great idea and briefly fun, but over hyped with little staying power or repeat playing potential.

1UP.com’s review was also mixed,

Spore’s a flawed effort in five different genres, smushed together in a casual-player-friendly manner. But as a tangible representation of intelligent design, with an emphasis on creation and sharing, it falls perfectly in line with the rest of Will Wright’s work.

IGN’s sum up was similar,

Spore is undoubtedly an amazing accomplishment; it’s just not quite an amazing game.

Ah well. Bring on Call of Duty 5…!


About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

One Response to SPORE? Meh.

  1. William says:

    I love your quote there from IGN. However, is Spore actually an amazing accomplishment??? Probably more a waste of time than an accomplishment imo 🙂

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