TRG’s First Perfect Score
Give power to the gamer! Spore is a perfect example of the vast amount of freedom gamers want. From playing in a microbial world all the way to advancing into outer space, the choice to do what you want, when you want , and how you want to do it will always be in your control.
Story:10 out of 10 Spore tells the fantastic story of life in the beginning to life in the future. Giving most of those choices to the player, every play through can be totally different. The only things similar will be the stages of evolution; from a cell to creature to society to civilization to galactic exploration, this game has a lot to offer.
Gameplay :10 out of 10 Spore integrates several different gaming elements, whether it is a simple task like find food, eat food, platforming with attacking, role-playing, or even, towards the end, a RTS. Each game style plays smoothly and is easy to pick up. I think the highlight for me was actually the creature creator. You have infinite possibilities to make the creatures that you want possessing the look and skills that you see fit as well. Granted, you need life points from eating food and socializing with other creatures to add new parts, but it is fairly easy to understand.
Graphics:10 out of 10 The Graphics in Spore fit the type of game it is. They were sleek, smooth, and considering the various amount of creatures and total play customization there were very few animation hiccups or graphical errors. Frame rate was never an issue and some of the creations are quite funny.
Audio 10 out of 10 From the music to the sound effects everything seemed to mesh together almost perfectly. One of my favorite things was when you are in the civilization era you can actually play the music you want, also allowing you to create a short loop. Once again they nail giving the power to the player.
Replayability: Very High Spore offers something very rare to gaming: infinite possibilities and outcomes. This makes playing through this game only once, unless for some reason it just isn’t your cup of tea, nearly impossible. I found myself wanting more and am now working my way through the many stages of life again for the 3rd time.
TRG’s Final Verdict: 10 out of 10: Ok, I am sure that quite a few people will not agree with this decision, but in the end it is my review so I think it is perfect. Giving me the freedom to do whatever I want is something that really calls to me. The graphics were flawless, and making creatures were fantastic. The only thing I think I would change about this game is being able to evolve the other species as kind of a god of the planet simulator. This game left me wanting more the whole time I played it. Congrats to Maxis for receiving TRG’s first Perfect 10!