Monday, May 18, 2009
You'll notice I'm not reviewing games as they come out...why? First I can't always afford to buy them, and second, I think sometimes a game that's been around for some time , sometimes riding under the radar, deserves a second look. Anyone here wanting me to review the newest games as they come out will just have to buy them for me. That being said...can I talk about Maxi's (Sims) "SPORE"? This game from Electronic Arts and put out for the PC is one of the sweetest games I've tackled for the last six months and stands as one of the greatest games of the last five years. What? Really? Yes!!! Imagine a game where you begin as a miscroscopic organism and play through five levels to eventually strike out into space. The scope of this is ridiculous, but damn..it works! It's evolves from a third person eater to management and strategy game that is the godchild of "Civilization" and "Age of Empires". Perhaps the thing that makes this game so compelling is the open-endedness of it and the charm of the gameplay. For instance, to get to the screen where you evolve and change your creature, you join with a member of the opposite sex and do a dance to music that would have made Barry White proud. To form alliances with other species, you can sing, dance, or make some bizarre gestures which can only be described as the "hootchie-coo" without the "hoo". The creatures you create, whether vegetarian or carnivore, have such an amazing variety and the potential for variety of interaction at the different levels means that each time you plays this game through it will be refreshingly different. Gamers have a term for this: "Replayability". Clever, huh? So much better than "Shugg-urath-ood". In my current playthrough, I'm a carnivore. Bet you saw that coming. I've also decided to becoming viciously aggressive and to forsake any alliances. I'm sort of a cross between the Klingons and the characters from Veggie Tales, if those characters had fangs and blood dripping from their claws. Seriously...if you're a gamer and want something different..if you're tired of the shooters and the movie ripoffs..then try this. It's the best game of its kind since "Black and White".