I’ve been pretty quiet on the forums, mostly I’ve been lurking around and reading what others have had to say. Keeping my thoughts to myself. I’m a leo though and keeping my thoughts to myself isn’t a long term strength of mine
. I also want to add that it’s been my experience with EA games (from the Sims 2 forum) that Will’s team does in fact listen to its customer base, they may move slower then we would like but these things do take time.
That being said here is my review as it stands now: (Trying to be constructive and not overly critical)
First on the website…..
Navigation isn’t very good for me at least. I’d like to see them mod it more in the way of the Sims2 forums. Much easier to navigate, also I’d like to see peoples av’s in the threads, perhaps there is an option for them to show but I haven’t found it yet. Also I’d like it if not EVERY thing I make in my game ends up on the website, I have tons of cleaning up to do now. I think the only thing that should go to the site is the stuff we choose to share.
Second - Graphics….
I have my settings tweaked totally high, if I wasn’t aware of the capabilities of Will’s team then this would be satisfactory however, part of the reason I buy his games is that I based my expectations on what he did with the graphics in Sims2... They are amazing, this (spore) is disappointing as far as graphics go but livable and likely better for people with slower pc's.
User creative content…..
Again, based on what Wills team is capable of, this is disappointing the abilities we have for coloring and customizing are quite limited. I really hate the color/pattern pallet this goes for creature painting as well as objects. Also I wonder why there isnt a skin type option , like are they fury.... scaled, thick armore like skin... As a HUGE Sims 2 fan part of what sold me was the promise of creativity.
It is just a game and I totally appreciate that fact, however aside from the chosen diet we can start as a cell and completely change everything…. For me it isn’t a problem in the scientific sense (because it is just a game) but, from a gaming stand point if the changes , adaptations and choices we were able to make were a direct result of learned behavior or choices made the game would be far more interesting (and is what I understood it was supose to be like).
Lost in space, need I say more? …. The attacks and eco disasters to me help keep the game somewhat interesting . Navigation though is crazy. If a creature evolved enough for interstellar space travel, I would think they would have better navigational tools.
I want to like this game, I find myself trying to talk myself into liking it more then I actually do in hopes I can retain intrest long enough for an expansion pack to come out. I see a lot of features in this that seem to be useless as the game stands now but I suspect that the expansions will make them not useless. For instance all the actions that you can do in the “take it for a drive” section. In game you (the user) don’t use them aside from dancing and calling your mate.
I will buy the first expansion pack and that one will determine if I bother with any others, provided I don’t have to wait half a year to get it... providing I don't loose interest and forget about the game all together. My over all impression is that this game is only a partial release and it is my hopes that this isn’t the best part of what they had in mind. Even for a base game though it needs a bit more depth.
I am a Sims 2 addict and have every expansion and stuffs pack (some I had to buy more then once but it was worth it) Sims 2 however, the base game did have enough depth to hold peoples interest. Will I be a spore addict? I don’t know, I do want to be. I am rambling though so to the point.
Yes I like the game
Will it hold my interest though? Not if EA doesn’t fast get off their duff and release a much needed EP sooner then the normal 6 months.
I love the concept but expected a better mix of sims meets civ, but this lacks anything near the depth of either. I expected to be able to create more, and do more with what I create i.e. interactions and stuff.
I paid more for this base game then I did the sims2 base game and I feel that I got far less. I will try to continue playing and try to find more ways to extend my interest in hopes that an EP is soon coming.
If I had played a trial version of the game though I wouldn’t have bought this until an EP was already out. There is alot of potential here. The game however feels very unfinished.
Wanted to add this:
For me I am not experiencing any bugs aside from 1 crash and that was likely the fact i was running 3 seprate programs 2 of which are art programs and are hogs on my pc lol