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If you have been hooked for some time to the ever amazing adventure experience from playing the Age of Empires III, then the new expansion pack of the game will absolutely fill you with utmost excitement. The new expansion pack which don the title Asian Dynasties, adds three new Asian Civilizations, packed with new units and buildings and a campaign that rests on five missions. The new expansion still maintains the amazing unit balance and stunning presentation that the game has been known for. There’s a catch, though. The new Asian Civilizations might be exciting, but it seems to be lacking in drama and variation that fans may have hoped to see in the game.
Asian Dynasties seems to move away from the fictional approach of the campaigns prior to the release of this expansion. Asian Dynasties adapts a more historical approach. Still, the fictional characters found in the campaigns provided the designers a leeway to recount a very unique story within a solid historical background. The Japanese campaign incorporates historical events such as Tokugawa’s efforts in uniting Japan. Given that, you will then be able to witness a mutiny in the Chinese navy as the Treasure Fleet travels from India towards the New World. Finally, the Indian campaign players are given the responsibility of handling a British office, which is in the limelight and will later decide whether to aid India in their independence or not.
Asian Dynasties boasts of charms in the likes of finding and securing beached treasure ships; or elephants gone on a stampede throughout the enemy towns. In general, the missions require players to seize and handle trading posts, ruin town centers of the enemies, and keep your own structures from the attacks of the enemies. Throughout the game, the best missions come moving back and forth between objectives giving players the right to choose on how they tackle each different scenario.
The apparent disappointment though is that there are only a handful of scenarios instead of the wide range that the players probably anticipated. More often than not, an option regarding the path you take towards the enemy base is a choice between “right” and “wrong”. A lot of the missions actually give the players some decision-making in determining the order on how they tackle secondary objectives but in almost all campaigns, this installment feels a little bit more linear than they had been in previous versions.
And for those who are big fans of sea battles, it is sad to note this is another disappointing area, as there is a definite lack of emphasis in the sea battles in the expansion. The Chinese Treasure Fleet and the British East India Company are being featured in the game but even that seems to be a letdown considering the fact that generating war in the seas is not emphasized here.
But can still expect cool units within the Asian armies like the samurai, firework rockets, and howdahs. The developer, Big Huge Games, positively captures the taste of combat very nicely with a very extensive range of colorful units that give out enough significant advantages to encourage the players to have a versatile army.
Indeed, Asian Dynasties is a great addition to the Age of Empires franchise. Besides the features already mentioned, it is packed with exciting combats, and even hints of history that will make fans of the franchise investigate more. Though this may not be as exhilarating as Age of Empires III or as historically grounded as Age of Empires II, it definitely is a great game that keeps in great action.
One game comes along and leaves a mark in the gaming world. The game that has so far achieved that kind impact is the World of Warcraft. It has changed the way multiplayer should be played. Every person from every walk of life can relate to this game and enjoy it in the process. The developers have made this game so entertaining that to date; it still remains to be at the top of its game.
With the rise of numerous multiplayer online games, World of Warcraft doesn’t look like it’s ready to give up its spot; and instead, continues to challenge these other games to a point where sometimes it just makes even more obvious the inferiority of other games.
World of Warcraft is one game that thrives on the success of similar themed games. They put their own spin on it eventually making it their own and most often than not, make it even better than the ones they based it from. WoW has everything you look for in a game. You get to fight different creatures, go on various missions, get the thrill of gaining experience to learn more skills, not to mention get to play with a huge number of other players. You are likely to try and expand your experience to have power over the rest of the pack leaving you playing for hours and hours. The more you play this game, the more you definitely get addicted to it.
The game is easily thought of “user-friendly” despite its being a complex game. Ironic isn’t it? But the game was drafted really well, making the players get the hang of things relatively fast. There aren’t any tutorials that show you how the game should be played. Rather, you have to figure this out for yourself and use whatever knowledge you get from playing again and again to your advantage. You also get good 3D graphics that allows you to play without too much interruption. Games are loaded really fast, taking away the whole boring waits that are present in other games. With all of these, you get a game that makes you just sit, play and care about nothing else but the game.
Aside from it being played in multiplayer, WoW also has a lot of quests that allow you a whole new different way of playing the game. The huge number of quests available is more than enough to keep a player busy. However, you can’t set out on just about any quest you want. You have to earn your way into being able to play it. This isn’t half as bad, though; at least it prepares you for the different types of quests rather than just unleash you on a mission you have no inkling how to finish.
The whole experience of playing this game is just so amazingly fantastic in almost every aspect. So before deciding to play this game, be sure that you have a lot of spare time since it will undoubtedly take a long period of time before you would want to stop playing.
The Mario franchise has been in the market for a long time now. We have seen different genres where Mario was in but what seems to be common to each is the core gameplay. Each Mario might be unique in itself but you cannot take away the fact that each one also has similarity to the rest, one way or another. What simply vary as time goes by are the graphics and mechanics of the game.
Can you imagine how primitive the other Mario games appear when placed side by side to Galaxy? Super Mario Galaxy raises the bar relatively high enough that its concept alone put other games to shame. When you play the game, you instantly notice how well the game was designed. It somehow even brings both nerds and game fanatics together since it makes use of a lot of physics to bring the game to life.
Each level in the game is worth playing and nothing seems to be considered as an “add-on level” just to make the game longer. There is so much variety in the game that you never get bored playing it, considering the fact that you have to accomplish quite a number of tasks before you can proceed to the next level. The standards might have increased in a sense that you have to collect more stars this time around but it’s never a problem when you play the game.
Do you remember the first time you ever got your first Nintendo game? Well, Galaxy gives you that same ol’ feel. Because of the countless things you can do with Mario, you begin to be very protective of him and simply keep him to yourself. Well, that definitely doesn’t pose much of a problem since the game is very weak in terms of multiplayer. The second player is very limited in the things he could do and even look kind of dumb at times.
The graphics and sound of this game are also topnotch. They even combine so well that it makes the whole gaming experience really unforgettable. It can even be said that the graphics in this game is one of the best in its era and can compete with games ahead of its time. You are immersed in a different world … a world that seems to be very real because of the details in it.
But like everything else, there is no such thing as a perfect game. Every game has a glitch here and there. Super Mario Galaxy might have imperfections but it doesn’t hurt the game in any way. These are just minor things and are forgivable. In fact, the defects can be cured by constantly playing the game since the more you play the game the easier it becomes to use the controls.
It is safe to say that Super Mario Galaxy is the best game ever made by Nintendo and one of the best games of its time. When you play this game, expect to be blown away with the whole gaming experience.
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Expansion Pack is finally here, a full featured retail add-on for the popular game World of Warcraft has finally been released. Fans have waited for years and now it is already out. The release created buzzing feelings and emotions to the gaming world of WOW. The addition of two new races, starting places, new trade profession and plenty of new caves and dungeons to explore together with PVP options come with this new expansion of the World of Warcraft game. As the saying goes, first impressions last, the game is very impressive with the changes and additions presented by Blizzard.
The new races are the draenei and blood elf races. The game gives older players to make a start over and the new players get a resounding introduction to the game. Blood elves are the more famous between the two. The blood elves can play paladins being a horde type, which adds up to its being billed famous among the servers. However, the new class on the side of the alliance balances the feature of the blood elves. The draenei’s can play as shamans. Because of its newness, the balance of power could not yet be determined in raid groups. The Burning Crusade, in spite of its much awaited debut, falls short on the area of leveling up for Levels 20 to 60. The price is too high for players and many are quite contented with the only available level that their character can experience.
The addition of a new profession, jewelcrafting, also makes the players enjoy the experience of creating a variety of jewels. Together with mining, it presents and offers a good profession. Patterned from Diablo II, players can learn how to cut the jewels and put them in socketed weapons. Part of the challenge of this game is the patience that low level jewelers need to endure so that they can fully maximize their power. They need to undergo leveling up for their characters to improve.
The draenei and blood elf starting points are not so integrated with the existing land of Azeroth. Each area is a little less isolated and finding trainers requires extra work. There are NPC’s that are available in Azeroth and quests also let the new classes integrate with the previously existing ones.
Through years of experience, Blizzard managed to improve the player experience, especially the new races as it is more adept and advanced. Running on early levels lets the user enjoy the quests with its compelling story. It’s a wonderful ride for beginners as well as old players in this expansion set with the use of the new available races.
Level 60 players can now roam the Dark Portal in Blasted Lands and enter the new Outland areas of the game. The new zones provide new monsters, quests and capture areas as well as PVP-oriented gameplay. In fact, the game really provides enough balanced experience for players that are already in level 60 to reach level 70. The new feature of the game has multiple rewards that can motivate any player.
An example in the feature is to own three citadels in Hellfire. Players definitely have to engage in PVP’s to grab this kind of opportunity and experience this added feature. The addition of a wide range of flight paths and portals in Shattrath City lets the players enter and face the wild. The Outlands also offers players a chance to buy some flying mounts available only to level 70 players. In preserving the balance of the game, the flying options are only available in the Outlands and the training is also pricey.
The Outland zones provide a unique environment. From the forest of Zangarmarsh with its mushrooms to the Blade’s Edge, the golden lit land of Nagrand and to the twisted beauty of Netherstorm; these areas cater to players’ expectations on what the World Of Warcraft is like.
The Burning Crusade is performing very well. With the same issues such as lag and population considered, the overall play of the expansion set is great and stable. Despite the problems encountered that seem to recur all throughout the game Blizzard still provides a very good game. All in all you can absolutely enjoy the wonderful ride of the World Of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.
Scribblenauts (Nintendo DS) Review: Living Up to Expectations Despite the Frustrations.
Are you intrigued by the thought of having a puzzle game that gives the player the ability to conjure up any object they can think of? Well, that’s exactly what Scribblenauts guarantee their gamers. It is one of the rarest games Nintendo DS ever have. This game is incredibly stunning!
The concept of this game actually stirs up skepticism. You might think it is quite impossible to begin with. Scribblenauts is a 2D side-scrolling platform-like encounter. The whole idea is to use any item or material in the real world to solve a given situation in the game. The creators encourage players to invoke anything by writing it on the screen. However, you cannot use words that are vulgar and inappropriate for the game. Also, you cannot utilize words with trademarks, such as Superman, Batman, and other similar terms. No matter how vast a vocabulary you have, there are limitations to this game. As long as you type objects that are applicable and acceptable, you can make it exist in the game.
One of the most fantastic aspects of this game is that the items you have evoked take on their own distinct characteristics and behaviors. For example, if you conjure up a car, you can ride on it; if it is food, it can be eaten; and if it is a weapon it can be used to attack enemies, and so on. However, the big BUT is – the player can only make use of all these conjured up objects through Maxwell, the game’s player-controlled protagonist. You have to tell Maxwell everything. If you want to dig a hole, give the shovel to Maxwell and tell him to begin digging. If you want to drive around, tell Maxwell to jump in the car and start the engine. Get the drift?
Now, you would think controlling Maxwell is a piece of cake. Sure, if you use the D-pad and buttons. And this is where the first frustration sets in. The thing is you have to use taps on the control screen to control the little fellow. It is so much like those RTS games where the troops tend to do things on their own, even after you tell them what to do. It can be real confusing and frustrating when Maxwell can’t seem to get things right!
You thought that this game is all about absurdity? Well, think again! This game implements physics engine. If you have dropped multiple objects at the same time, and you find yourself losing sight of what happens next, you can either stack up all those items or throw them around in the surroundings.
After a well executed tutorial, you can start solving dozens and dozens of problems. The first part is pretty much basic. However, as each level is raised, the difficulty is also amplified; which implies the need to think seriously and logically.
The reason behind making it as 2D is probably to preserve the player’s sanity and to fit all software into the DS cartridge. It does not only have its own unique concept on how to play the game; it also has its own unique graphic designs. Nintendo supports the Wi-Fi Connection. You can download new creations and upgrades through the Internet. If you want to pass that kind of method, you can still trade levels in the game without even using the internet.
As an interactive toy, the game is enormously fun despite the cumbersome controls. It’s like a sandbox for players who enjoy mucking around outside the normal realms. The puzzles can be very challenging and can even encourage some outlandish thought processes. It’s not far off to think that this franchise may soon have a sequel. Hopefully, when that happens, Maxwell gets a control upgrade, too.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior (PC DVD) Review – Meet Stealth, Your New Best Friend.
Can’t help falling in love with games that have guns from militaristic wars and battles? Can’t stop liking being on stealth or being on the front line in a battle? Then Sniper: Ghost Warrior is definitely the best game for you!
The Sniper is kind of misleading. In this game, you can either be the soldier who’s fighting on the front line or be the one lurking in the shadows and killing enemies with a single bullet on headshots. Yes, you can experience both in this game. Your character may be assigned to a fictional South American country; and from there, your main mission is to bring an end to the regime of a tyrannical dictator. You can alternately play the two characters on any given time. However, the game’s focus leans more on the sniper.
When playing the sniper, you need to disguise and blend yourself with your environment. Different missions are given to you, which mean you employ different styles and methods to carry out your objectives as a sniper. In some parts of the game, you are thrown in a jungle landscape set at night. You have to sneak from one spot to another and fish out some fully-equipped guards on the area. This is where the HUD mechanics gets interesting and being focused on the screen for vital info becomes essential. It is crucial that you keep constant awareness of the visibility meter at the bottom of your screen. Know that when the gauge is full, it means you’ve been uncovered and the enemy has seen you. You can expect to have an open fire battle. Also, be careful not to expose dead guards’ bodies to their comrades. It may lead to a panic and eventually reveal your presence. When numerous enemies have spotted you, just say bye-bye to your character … and to the game as well.
Once you bring up your sniper scope, a few diagrams are seen on your monitor; like the heartbeat of your character on the upper right corner of the screen. If you keep on running around and the heart rate continues to rise, the accuracy of your shot may be affected. Not only that, bullet trajectories, movement scopes and even your breath sounds differ with every action and movement you make … Pretty realistic, huh?
If you are still a newbie in this game, you can select the difficulty level according to your preference. Since the most common situation in this game is gaining the perfect timing to pull the trigger. It might be a little tricky on your part at the beginning, but there are tutorials and some demos presented in the game. Through this, you can learn on how to become a skilled professional sniper.
All in all, Sniper: Ghost Warrior shows potential of becoming a top game played on FPS genre. Expect having plenty of stealthy experience when playing this!
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PS 3) Review – The Prince Attempts to Reclaim His Throne.
Ever since Sands of Time - way back in 2003, I have already been a fan of the Prince of Persia installments. The high flying acrobatic actions are truly appealing to the fans of the franchise. The downside to this, however, is the constant release of sequels by its creators, the UBISOFT. They have literally beaten down the excitement and thrill of the series because of frequent repetitions made. They made the game boring because of the many titles already on the market. It seems that the character in the game needs a little break because of too much exposure that‘s not really doing him or the franchise any favor anyway.
The last Prince of Persia was released n 2008 and it was like an eye opener for the creators finally recognizing the need for change. Besides, the prince literally needed to rest before he can give another shot at being on top of the order for the best games ever created. The game and the franchise reached the point where they’ve done everything and there was nothing left to do. It came to the point of dullness for the franchise that the game has stagnated, regardless of the many sequels that have been released.
This dullness catapulted the re-creation of a new Prince of Persia and this is how the Forgotten Sands installment came to be. While some of you might think and say “here we go again” the new game establishes some points that balance out the reward and punishment. The creators made some magnificent changes in the mechanics, particularly in the combat system where it has really rebounded by holding its own all throughout – even towards the end of the game.
The gameplay in the Forgotten Sands lets you be the Prince of Persia. A highly acrobatic warrior with the trademark of handsome looks; but is also very much adept at scaling walls and fighting anyone of the enemies that get in his way. The storyline revolves around the prince being tasked to save the world. This may sound familiar to you as this has been the storyline of the past Prince of Persia predecessors particularly Sands of Time, which set the bar for all installments of the Prince of Persia games. Despite the non improvement in the storyline, the platforms for acrobatic moves that the game really managed to master can get you excited all over again. With the ability of the Prince to climb and scale walls, you can’t help but think that the Prince might be a ninja as well. The game has actually given you more time to figure out what moves to make in every level through the game.
The first taste of this new game can possibly make you conclude that the game is easy; however, the game gets more laborious once the Prince acquires more powers. It goes to the point where the player has to combine all the powers of the prince to survive in the game. The creators of the game undoubtedly made a wonderful combination of platforms and action rolled into a single rhythm.
The caveat of combining the skills is glaringly obvious. It’s because in the past, it has led to the death of many Princes in the game. The creators provided a wonderful twist to this by bringing back a familiar and favorite ability: the ability to turn back the hands of time. Watch out though; there are certain limitations to the usage of this ability. And you even need to collect more blue orbs before you can use the ability and once you have used it all up, it necessitates going back to the nearest checkpoint. This is the presentation of the risk and reward attributes of this game.
The platform of the game can perk your excitement instantly. But when it comes to the combat aspect, it presents quite a drag down because the earlier opponents were much easier to kill. The new game still maintains the feature of getting experience after experience of killing enemies. This projects the prince as a lot stronger and with even more powers.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is alright but it has yet to match the bar that Sands of Time has established. Nonetheless, the new game itself presents a wonderful array of visuals and colors from its lighting effects down to its graphics. Be warned though, because some parts can be dull and boring at times; basically because you have seen it all over before. All in all, despite not being at par with its long time great predecessor, it’s still an astounding game.
The boom of Blizzard’s Warcraft and Starcraft has started a genre of games that people are addicted to for the past ten years. Other developers have also ventured on their own real-time strategy games; and now Ensemble Studios presents us with their new Age of Empires III that is operational on Mac software.
The game is mainly a one-player campaign where you are tasked from mission to mission. It has twenty-four missions including the Black dynasty, beginning with Morgan Black. This mode goes on through three generations- Morgan’s journey, his grandson, John, who fights with the Native Americans; and Amelia, John’s granddaughter who builds a railroad empire.
The game can also be played with its multiplayer option that allows for up to eight gamers playing simultaneously or against the computer itself. This game offers different maps for a more interesting fight amongst enemies. There is also the possibility of a multiplayer option using the Internet connection; although this is only available among Mac users through GameRanger, their personal game-finding service.
Age of Empires III online has two kinds of gameplay: Supremacy, where each player begins with nothing and winning is done by conquering other players’ empires; and DeathMatch, where players are equipped with resources. This game is best for players who love quick fights.
Now for the huge hitch. There is no PC-to-Mac gameplay and that blocks out a large number of players from playing against each other. This has not even been mentioned anywhere in the game; neither in its accessories and packaging, which can cause quite a bit of an uproar to gamers who are commonly caught surprised by this undisclosed fact.
One of the advancements done in Age III that is not present in its predecessors is the idea of the Home City ,which is a European port-of-call where you can go for restocking and asking for more resources. You can even make your own trading posts where you can earn more resources. Sometimes during exploration, you stumble upon treasures but there are times when you just have to fight for it.
Real-time strategy games can get really complicated but Age III is equipped with a printed Quick Reference Guide that assists you throughout the game. There is also a printed manual made available for more keys and information.
As for visuals, Age of Empires III is the best in the series with its brilliant effects and realistic sceneries. It is also 3-dimensiona,l which allows for you to zoom in or out of the field for more views, allowing you to monitor everything that is happening around you; making you aware of the situation or focus on an area that needs your attention. The thing with this advancement though, is it requires bigger system specifications for it to work better and more efficiently, like having the latest graphics hardware, for one.
If you have the latest Mac graphics hardware with the perfect system to go with it, then Age of Empires III is a totally fun game to play. It is equipped with so much options and variety in gameplay that will definitely keep you playing for hours.
Warcraft III Frozen Throne is finally released. Blizzard has always been very well right on target when it comes to releasing expansion packs. Right now, the release of The Frozen Throne has created a lot of buzz in the world of PC games. The expansion pack needs to exceed various expectations of fans and players around the world. It starts from where the original game left off. The bad guys are no longer around and the surviving races are busy creating their new homes.
In the expansion campaign you start as a member of the night elves. The primary concern is too clean up the mess that the demons left behind. On the other side, the betrayer Illidan has set out for his payback by raising the marine creatures, Naga, so he can proceed with his own plans. This is the beginning of the plan to shake the world’s foundation once again, now that it has already been relatively peaceful. The stories that were left hanging such as who would control Lorderon (they were without king, remember?) is now tackled in the expansion set of The Frozen Throne.
Campaign bonus centers on the new colony Durotar; taking on one mission that span an entire campaign. It is like a role playing kind of game approach. However, the campaigns are the usual ones with chances of playing different side of the story.
There is an introduction of new units and extra races. The Naga race is particularly interesting even if they are one of the races that’s not playable in multi player. The Frozen throne offers new stuff for avid gamers. Significant additions include nine new heroes. Each race gets one, together with five neutral ones. The Night Elves have the warden; Orcs have Shadow Hunter, a troll hero. The humans on the other hand, have the Blood Mage, an Elven hero. Undead has a Nerubian hero, the powerful crypt lord. You can also hire the services of the neutral heroes like the Naga Sea Witch, Pit Lord, Beastmaster and the Pandaren Brewmaster.
Blizzard has already eliminated bugs from this expansion. An intensive beta testing has been performed to easily wipe out bugs that existed before. However, no game is really perfect; the Frozen Throne has minor slip ups, like voices of the blood elves for example, it sounds more intelligent than the humans. 3D units of the game have not change. The new units do not look any more detailed than it was previously. Blizzard created an expansion set with the purpose of compatibility with mid range sets to cater to a more varied and bigger population of gamers.
To those players that prefer normal RTS, the campaigns of the expansion set do not usually play like any traditional RTS. There is still the feature of building a base and conquering another base. This has been somewhat boring; however, Blizzard has gone through the production side and focus on these missions to retain the strategy game that is present among its predecessors.
The downside of the expansion set is its price as it ranges from $20 to $25. But it is a worthy investment for avid gamers. Since the expansion set starts from where its predecessor ended, the player may find it easy to establish a connection to the game. Which kind of brings the other downside - for new players who have not played the previous campaigns it would be hard to understand the storylines behind the Frozen Throne. So far, Blizzard has created another great and astounding expansion pack. Pick a copy now and start playing WarCraft: The Frozen Throne.
This is no ordinary game. This is another unexpected creative game made by the creators of The Sims and SimCity. In The Sims, you are able to control the characters and manipulate their environment. You can create characters of your choice and build the house you’ve been dreaming of. While in SimCity, your leadership and ability to handle a city are challenged. Spore, on the other hand, is a game that features the long struggle in the life of a creature that you create, as it evolves from a living cell into an intergalactic space traveler. Here, you can mess around and play with the creature as you wish.
In order to understand Spore, you must look at it piece by piece. It starts with a comet crashing on a planet (you can choose the name of the planet). This comet carries different microorganisms and spreads them all over the planet. And surprise, surprise! You are one of those microorganisms. Of course, you need to feed it to let it grow and develop into a bigger form. Basically it begins on the “Cell Stage”.
You begin your journey on a primitive sea where you devour other organisms and you can be a carnivore, herbivore, or an omnivore. This provides you DNA points and you can use it to evolve into your choice of another creature. There are different forms of evolution you can choose from. These forms give you different abilities such as, water jets that let you move faster on water, or spikes that add up to your defense, and so on. However, once you start on evolving, meaner and stronger creatures show up and this makes it harder for you to find your prey.
Also, adding points for your amusement, the creatures give expressive behaviors. They can panic and run away when they know they are being chased or being eaten. Their eyes present the most animated actions - a rather very cute way of conveying how they feel.
The cycle in the “Cell Stage” is quite easy. You eat, and then you evolve. As this simple process progresses, your creature becomes larger and larger until you complete the evolution meter shown at the bottom of the screen. When this happens, it signifies that you are ready to grow your legs and live on land. This is where you now enter the “Creature Stage”. At this stage, you can interact and communicate with other land creatures. You can be an ally to some clan of different creature types or you can be their foe. You can gain points again and use them to evolve and earn some valuable parts.
Your strategic methods are challenged when you reach the “Tribe Stage”. You need to raise your tribe and let it survive all throughout the game. You also need to prepare your tribe for wars and battles against other clans. This is somewhat similar to being on the “Creature Stage”. However, this stage isn’t really that hard for real-time strategic gamers. In fact, you only need 5 heads on the poll to proceed on the next stage, the “Civilization Stage”.
The “Civilization Stage” is a much more complex version of the “Tribe Stage”. Your aim is to be the ruler of the whole planet. You need to invade other cities through force, conversion, or with some business negotiations. And it’s up to you how you govern and direct your city.
In “Space Stage”, which is the final stage, you can start your own colonies on some other stars and planet; and expand it. Dominating other planets is also one of the best features here. You can crush and exterminate those puny and primitive species without mercy. You can even rule over the universe! You can act and play as the beginning and end of all living species of this game.
It can be a dizzying experience going through millions of years of evolution; but playing the games does give you a surreal sense of working your way through the ages. Playing Spore is relatively easy; and except when you have to use the keyboard to type the names of the items you want to build or create, you can play almost the whole game just using the mouse.
One thing you can say about Maxis games, they’re all infused with charm and Spore is no exception. The game colors are warm and vibrant. You have to have a system that’s rock solid and a bit on the high-end side though, to make the game run smoothly.
The fantastic music and sound are decidedly classic Maxis. The tiniest chirps and squeaks creatures make just seem so authentic – and yes the dialogues do sound adequately alien-like. Although the music is a bit minimalist, it can get your blood pressure up when combat kicks in, especially with the drum roll. Some sounds get drowned by the creatures’ feet thumping on the ground and other sounds of nature.
While Spore is such an amazing product that seemingly succeeded in being ambitious and memorable, you really can’t call it fabulous as a game. There’s not much depth there really. Rookies may feel quite at home but veterans might find themselves looking for more. Still, Spore has been quite successful in giving us the universe in a box, when it was probably just reaching for the moon or stars.
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