TotalGaming: Spore review


"I just wish Spore was a little more… communicative, I think is the word I'm looking for. I actually described it to someone as "undertutorialized," by which I meant that I spent a lot of time trying to shape outcomes, seemingly to no ultimate effect. That's all right when you're not specifically pursuing a goal, but it's awfully frustrating when you are. For example, in the Tribe phase, I sometimes failed to ally with other tribes, despite repeatedly re-entering the creature creator and making changes that seemed like they should have increased my allying skills (sing, charm, dance, and mime "ta-da!"). The changes didn't seem to make a difference. I was just as confused by the Evolution History screen that tracked the cultural traits of my evolving civilization-friendly, industrious, or aggressive-because by the time I reached the Space phase, none of those traits seemed to matter. Do certain parts make one spaceship more effective in battle than another? I can't tell. How can I get the most out of the Sporepedia? I once saw you demonstrate using it to import only yellow creations into your game-how did you do that? I couldn't figure it out. And while I'm on a roll, where's the autosave?"

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