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An Early Look At Spore
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Mac|Life recently published a "First Look" at Will Wright's upcoming god sim, Spore. The game will allow players to climb the evolutionary ladder from single celled organism to master of a sprawling galactic empire.

From the article:

Creature editors are the root of Spore’s creativity, a cross between Mr. Potato Head and Maya. After earning enough points and upgrade options--typically through eating enemies--you’ll be able to swap in an assortment of dozens of parts. Each trait directly impacts the creature’s performance in the world. Bigger arms pump up strength, extra legs boost movement, and a spiked tail adds an always-ready weapon. But the part roster includes horns, antlers, noses, mouths, and practically any other body part.

Those parts can go nearly anywhere. Instead of pre-planned animation, a procedural graphics engine figures out how your choice and position of parts affect the creature. Stick stocky legs at the back of a body, and the game makes the creature wobble. Add a third leg for awkward ambling. You control neck length, body shape, and nearly everything else, and the game automatically brings your creature to life.

EA expects that some gamers will play with the creature editor almost exclusively. Sometime before the Spore launch--the company wouldn’t specify when--EA plans to release a creature-only version of the title, letting gamers model and play with new species.
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Mac|Life: Spore First Look
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