Sep 11 2008

Spore was a savage disappointment

Published by at 7:15 pm under Uncategorized

Currently, at Amazon, Spore has been ranked at one star by over 90% of its 2000+ reviewers.

Although that is surely skewed by incompetent pirates that haven’t yet figured out how to beat Spore’s online reactivation requirements, the game is one-star even if you were unfortunate enough to buy it legally.

The main problem with Spore is that it is not actually a game.  It’s a set of species-generators and vehicle-generators in search of a game.  The only part of this computer program that is actually playable is the final stage, where your species gets a space-ship and has to go around trading or killing.  But even that compares quite poorly to Space Rangers and Space Rangers 2, which had far more replay.  One of the things that Amazon reviewers hated about Spore was that you could only turn it on three times before you activated it online.  I can’t think of any reason why I would want to turn this game on three times.

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4 Responses to “Spore was a savage disappointment”

  1. timon 12 Sep 2008 at 7:18 pm

    is it really that bad? patrick said that he thought it was really good, i thought? glad i didn’t shell out the 50 bones for that sucka!

  2. Patrick McKenzieon 13 Sep 2008 at 12:46 am

    *cry* It suckered me in. After the first stage and a half, when they had exhausted the fun mini-games, I realized it really is that bad. The Amazon reviews are almost 100% from folks who are organizing a campaign to prevent people from charging for software, though — I wouldn’t worry about them.

  3. Jacobon 13 Sep 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I wouldn’t worry about piracy-sympathizers, but I don’t think that’s the main reason people are complaining. For example, Mass Effect had a lot of similar anti-piracy measures, but it managed to pull an average of 3 stars from its 150 reviewers.

  4. B. Macon 17 Sep 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Galactic Civilizations 2 was much better.

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