"Let's be honest right from the start and outright say that, as far as the long-term appeal of Spore goes, the game was a disappointment for most hardcore gamers.
It sold well, it scored well in our Spore review and it was an undeniably important game, with staggering significance for the future of player-driven content...but it was also a bit of a letdown.
Years of hype and expectation were slammed down into the primordial ooze the moment you realised exactly how easy and samey the game was. We actually feel bad for saying that sincethe folks at EA Maxis are really nice people, but it's true.
Luckily though, we don't need to be all sad-faced and depressing for very long, because the peeps at EA Maxis aren't just friendly and chatty, but also clever and good at listening to their online community. As the studio's success with The Sims franchise has shown, they're also pretty good at turning content around quickly when needed, too."