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#1 QuantaCat

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 01:24 AM

First reviews are in, a german mag gave it 77% due to some lack in depth, but the reviewer was very war and violence-centric. They, however, stated that the most juice was in the end game part, and that the others were a bit too simplistic. But my opinion on the review is: Should relax a little, it just feels like he had to rush through the game in order for a review, and he only "had time" to try one alternative.


My personal opinion will follow shortly, as I'm getting it early next week.
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Posted 30 August 2008 - 01:06 AM

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 03:57 AM

How are you getting it early next week? the EU release date is 5/9. The US release date is 7/9 (thats right you nation of date dyslexics! we got it 2 months before you!!!). Thats next Friday for us cool kids in the old empires.

anyway, Will Wright has come out as saying that Spore is massively over hyped and cant possibly live up to the expectations that everyone has of it. To the extent that they considered having 6 months of the design team saying "this game is gonna suck" to lower expectations.

Im gonna wait for the major site's reviews, or even Edge's opinion, before I jump and pre-order this. Or Ill wait and see if it drops in price at all after christmas... I just feel that its gonna be a game which has tried to do everything and come away too diluted across all of these aspects, as this preliminary review indicates. In which case Id probably end up playing through it once, maybe twice, before moving on for good.
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 09:42 AM

I will love this game, no matter what. Just like to anticipate it, and then let it live up to my anticipations. I ohve it.


And about early next week: I have a hunch they'll have it early where I ordered, and as far as I know, the date is still 4/9, meaning thursday.
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 08:46 AM

Tons of reviews are now out, and they all are very positive. The consensus seems to be that it's a great game, but it doesn't quite live up to the hype. Most criticize the tribal and civilization stages as rather shallow.

Does anyone know if the mac digital download is going to be available on day one, or if it will be delayed like the creature editor?

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:08 AM

I saw the first shelves at our local electronics dealer filled with the game.

However: since today also Civ Revolutions for the DS came out in Germany, my money went elsewhere...

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:11 AM

View PostJanichsan, on September 4th 2008, 09:08 AM, said:

I saw the first shelves at our local electronics dealer filled with the game.

However: since today also Civ Revolutions for the DS came out in Germany, my money went elsewhere...
I'm guessing that they were hybrid?

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 11:38 AM

View PostKanamit, on September 4th 2008, 03:46 PM, said:

The consensus seems to be that it's a great game, but it doesn't quite live up to the hype. Most criticize the tribal and civilization stages as rather shallow.

Yup, thats what Ive seen. Also, that it only really comes into its own once you hit the space exploration stage.

oh, and dont get the DDL version. You just know its going to be slathered with 20 layers of incredibly restrictive DRM or something crazy like that.

I dont think Ill pick it up right away, and wait until Edge's score is in. Also, Ive got plenty of games to be getting on with, and I wouldnt want to over do it.
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 12:11 PM

View Postteflon, on September 4th 2008, 10:38 AM, said:

oh, and dont get the DDL version. You just know its going to be slathered with 20 layers of incredibly restrictive DRM or something crazy like that.
True, and I would prefer to have hybrid disk in case the Mac version is irrevocably flawed. Maybe I'll buy the physical version online.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 12:46 PM

Gamespot gives it an 8.0. Other reviews seem to be in that range.

I'm still on the fence about it, though. Not sure Spore is for me.

Who knows? I'm still waiting for the Witcher Enhanced Edition.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 01:36 PM

View PostKanamit, on September 4th 2008, 06:11 PM, said:

I'm guessing that they were hybrid?
You are guessing.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 02:50 PM

View PostJanichsan, on September 4th 2008, 12:36 PM, said:

You are guessing.
I actually tried to come up with a better way to phrase that. I failed.

Curse you Germans and your superior grasp of English!

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 04:16 PM

I would've said:
Were they hybrid releases?

and as a snappy retort to your original effort I would have said:
I don't know, are you guessing?
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 04:18 PM

View Postteflon, on September 4th 2008, 03:16 PM, said:

I would've said:
Were they hybrid releases?

and as a snappy retort to your original effort I would have said:
I don't know, are you guessing?
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 05:45 PM

It'd be quite awesome if I could run this on my MacBook or Mac Mini. Because I'm not buying a new system just to run Spore.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 08:14 PM

View PostN Mojave, on September 4th 2008, 04:45 PM, said:

It'd be quite awesome if I could run this on my MacBook or Mac Mini. Because I'm not buying a new system just to run Spore.

Sigh.

I'm curious about this too. Hell my OSX partition is on the fritz so it's not as if I could play it anyways in OSX.
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Posted 05 September 2008 - 12:52 AM

View PostN Mojave, on September 5th 2008, 01:45 AM, said:

It'd be quite awesome if I could run this on my MacBook or Mac Mini. Because I'm not buying a new system just to run Spore.
Depends on you MacBook. When it's one with an GMA X3100, it should run. Otherwise, it probably can run with some installer hacking. At least this was successful for the Spore Lab. Although in this case I wouldn't expect marvelous performance or that there aren't any glitches.

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:25 AM

So anyone pick this up yet?  Looks like it's available now...

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 10:18 AM

I've played it. The gameplay feels as shallow as a spoon, so I gave up in the second phase. I *might* play it again sometime, but probably not.
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Posted 05 September 2008 - 03:02 PM

all of the reviews are saying that its shallow up until you get to the space phase, at which point its a bundle of laughs and really good. Of course, you have to grind through to that point, so its a slight dilemma to get there.
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