This actually sounds like a solid expansion pack. I was a little worried Maxis would churn these out by the handful, but this isn't too bad. More variation on the early-to-mid game sequences would really lengthen the life of the game, but as it is, I use it primarily for the creature and building creators.
Too bad spore is perty lame to begin with. Meh.
That's awesome. Maybe these expansion packs will actually bring some life into the Spore Galaxy.
Any word on pricing or release? Even a quarter?
It's not a annoying bad game, it's just not much of a game. meh.
I think its all just a little too late for me. Spore was a fair disappointment and I dont see myself going back to it. It wasnt a bad game it just wasnt what I was looking forward too.
You know, I wasn't thinking about getting the expansion, but this has changed my view on it. The potential is there, let's hope it lives up to it.
I'm affraid I might have to buy this one.
Sounds like a nice expansion, but I wonder how many people are still playing, given the complaints I've heard.
I'm still tootling around in Spore now and then but kind of lost my momentum for reaching the centre of the galaxy since there isn't so much variation in the space phase once you're set and I'm not completely sucked into the world. This sounds like it could be just what I need.
Also, nice write-up Brad. I read the Gamespot one earlier but got more content out of this and a better understanding of what the expansion will actually play like.
Such a let down this game was.
A BIGGER let down that I couldnt trade it in ^^^^^
Well im glad that it takes place in the space stage, otherwise i would of thought it was the dumbest expansion ever.
Personally this isn't what i was hoping for when they announced a space add-on. But who knows, i'll have to wait and see it in action first.
Awesome!I I ADORE Spore!!!
I wasn't a big fan of the game myself but i did appreciate the innovative tools and evolution process . The game itself is a great idea and maybe this expansion will give it what it lacked the first time which for my mind was a purpose other than mating to evolve .
I was pretty underwhelmed with Spore. Its concept was great and I think had the team been allowed to do it as it was originally presented it would have been. After playing I got thew impression that the marketing guys had a huge hand in how the game turned out. If you played Will Wirghts games befor ethey are never as bumbed down as this felt and I feel it was not the original intention and that is one of the bigger problems with gaming today. It has become so much less of how can we make a great game that is fun but also challenging to well how can we make it sell the most copies possible. The answer of course is design it so the idiot mainstream can play it.
I was weary about getting spore but this expansion sounds pretty bomb, so I think I'll get it now.
I dont care what they do to the game, they arent getting my money again. Spore was a HUGE let down. Im not paying for what I should have had the first time to keep the "game" from being utterly shallow. Looks like this is the next Sims, non stop expansions to milk us all dry...
I for one love Spore, but I'm not entirely sold on this expansion just yet. First, I want to see just how entertaining these quests turn out to be. At least it sounds like it will allow you the gameplay from the creature stage (albeit with super powered technology) in the space stage; which sounds pretty awesome because there are times when I feel like going planetside as just one creature again, and the only way to do that now is to start a whole new game.
However, while these quests replace or at least support the more mundane stuff from the game sans-expansion, I can't help but feel concerned that I'll just be playing different, but equally mundane quests from that different perspective. The term "fetch quest" always makes me cringe, just about as much as "escort mission."
THIS is what I wanted from Spore in the first place
I really think this is awesome, you can set up your own narative as well as your own creatures, you can truly make your own universe this way.
Silly Maxis designer, don't they know that you can't get Ye Flask?
spore might be good when it will have 4~6 expansions out
i'm sure maxis is working on fixing that problem before 2010 approaches
I'm excited. At the very least it'll give me an excuse to blow the dust off Spore and get to playing it again. I really hope they give creature and civ stages some love, though. They need it much more than the space stage, IMO.
Dude, I wish I had a "missle finger." The ladies would love it.
This actually looks cool.
Cool! I must admit I enjoyed Spore, but never really had any call to go back to it. Until now! XD
I'll probably get it; friends still come over to play Spore, so why not?
This sounds better than great. I absolutely cannot wait for this to come out, or for Maxis to at least let us know when it's coming out. Hunting for artifacts was my favorite part of Spore, and this expansion makes it seem like people will be able to set up some pretty elaborate archeology missions :)
Finally. Some of the stuff we wanted from the begining.
More editors, and better, much more varied quests.
A lot of these features (like the planet editor, and being able to beam down from your spaceship) were supposed to be in the original Spore. It seems those who criticized DLC were right when it came to Spore, sooner or later someone would ship an incomplete and deeply flawed game, just to make the expansions necessary, bilking their best customers out of hundreds of dollars just so they could get something close to a complete vision of what the game should have been in the first place.
On the other hand, maybe having released an incomplete (or 'beta') game to the public, they'll build on critical and player feedback and make these features better. Who knows (although if I base my expectations off the Sims series, I expect nothing but disappointment). Personally I was hoping for more gameplay depth out in space, being able to build my own fleets, trade ships, fighter-crafts or raise armies, so one can finally get some use out of the Vehicle, Outfitter, and Creature editor in later Phases. It sounds like they want me to pay 30$ for just 1/3rd of what it'd take to make a "Complete Space Phase", and since they're going to alienate their customers and ship these to a smaller and smaller group over time, they'll be lowering budgets over time and probably never complete enough expansion packs to make the complete game they were promising in the first place.
Letting the creativity feed back into gameplay more is what I'd like to see, that seems more what it's missing. I know they don't want to limit artistic freedom just for gameplay's sake, but they already do for pointless reasons (not letting you unlock and use ANY mouthpart you want in Creature phase for instance), and there's still major aesthetic gaps like how Civilization vehicles don't fire the correct projectiles in 2/3rds of cases, nor do they fire them in the correct trajectory or number. It seems like that should be fixed in a patch, maybe it already has been (haven't looked), but I won't hold my breath.
It seems a shame they are developing such narrowly focused expansions that barely plug the gaps in the game, it's such a broad game design that they could probably get 12 expansions out of it even if each one was massive and crucial.
I felt kinda ripped off with my original purchase, so maybe if this somehow ended up on my computer at no cost, it'd make up for it.
haven't gotten spore yet
I liked spore, but it didn't amaze me like it should have. In my opinion, I will not buy any expansion pack that doesn't include a solid 8-9 more hours of gameplay, and tesla tanks.
Spore can go to hell and die.
It's amazing what they did with Spore. From what it sounds like, the original Spore release was EA selling the foundation of a game, only that it allowed the players to put in the pieces. After the pieces have been created, now various games can be put on top of it. It's almost like EA has leveraged the game playing community to build a free MMO for them. I'd probably play Spore if I wasn't enraptured with Fallout 3 (140 hours & counting).