Did anticipation driven by novelty obligate Maxis Software to impossible standards, or was Maxis' ambition pushed beyond feasibility? Whether by lack of conceptual focus, incomplete execution or the simple passage of time, Spore has finally arrived as a fragmented, tragically forgettable title.
Its evolutionary sequence spans a lifeform's journey from cell to creature, to tribe, to civilization, to galactic empire. In these five segments are Spore's weaknesses: flawed design, missed opportunities. Spore tries to be five games but delivers virtually nothing that other titles haven't over the last half-decade.
Reviewer: Michael Ubaldi