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Spore GA Imprssions: The Feed

Posted by ballightning on February 8, 2009

The expansion pack is a direct answer to a gripe of the Spore community — lack of interaction or activities in the space stage of the game. Galactic Adventures comes loaded with a few prefab missions accessible through the quickplay module, but the real gameplay mileage comes in with the mission creation and editing tools. According to Caryl Shaw, the Maxis producer behind Galactic Adventures who took me through a short demo, the terra-forming tools in the game are fundamentally the same tools developers used in Spore. You can create worlds and play with a vast number of variables, from terrain shading and moisture content to land masses and bodies of water.

During my demo Shaw ran through one or two simple levels designed by dev team members ranging from navigating a massive labyrinth complete with an angry minotaur to destroying a herd of bipedal chuk-chuks while bluegrass music jammed in the background. In other words, things are going to get frickin’ weird come this spring. “We wanted to let people tell their own stories,” says Shaw. Now players can create the kind of missions that would make Mr. Spock’s ears get all perky and strike fear in the hearts of nameless yeomen, doomed to never return to the mother ship. Just remember Star Trek’s golden rule of planetary exploration according to Shaw, “When you beam down to the planet surface, don’t be the guy wearing the blue shirt.

 

Spore GA Imprssions: The Feed

Spore Expansion: Galactic Adventures


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