My verdict on Spore: Galactic Adventures?

It’s pretty good, but it’s let down by a few minor faults, and one MASSIVE fault. I’ll start with the minor faults.

Character control is a bit crappy in places. I was flying along in one mission, and I overshot the thing I wanted to land on, so I tried to move backwards. Of course, in real life, you can’t really do that, but I don’t care, because this isn’t real life. Tongue out Thing is, I pressed back, and expected my creature to slow down, stop, and then start gliding backwards. But no! He IMMEDIATELY started to go backwards at the same speed he was going forwards, which, because I wasn’t expecting it, then made me undershoot the target, hit the lava and die. Confused Grrrreat.

There’s also a few bugs which clearly show they didn’t put any effort into testing. I was using the special sprint boost you can equip, which is a little faster than normal sprint, but it recharges the sprint bar much faster. I used it when I had low energy, and when my energy hit zero, I was expecting it to stop and not allow me to reapply the sprint until I gained a bit more energy. NO! The sprint stayed on, even though I had no energy left! And even worse, it wouldn’t allow me to deactivate sprint, because the button was greyed out! That’s probably because the developers coded it so that if your energy was below "X", disable the sprint button. Really stupid bugs that could’ve been avoided if they’d actually paid attention to testing, or if they’d hired proper game testers, not chavs who think that game testing is an easy job that just pays them to play games. Tongue out

Those things are minor, though, and I’ve gotten used to them. Now, the biggest problem? No-one can make adventures.

This is nothing to do with Maxis, it’s to do with the general IQ level and imagination of the Spore community. Out of the seven user-created adventures I’ve played so far, I’ve given FIVE of them a crap rating. Three of them I actually had to quit on, either because they weren’t possible, or they were so mindblowingly SHIT that I couldn’t take them anymore. Like one of them, you’ve got to find a scepter on a planet within 20 minutes and return it to another creature. Lame imagination… and the level was also lame, it was just a boring planet with rubbish NPC vehicles on it. Then when I thought I’d found the scepter, I went to pick it up, and something blew up, and I died. WTF?!
Another crap one, you’ve got to get this sword from the end of this "maze" that isn’t a maze. There are also these creatures along the way who are supposed to be your enemy, but they’re set to neutral, so they wouldn’t attack me… and I could even impress them so they’d become my friend. I got the sword, and after a few minutes of trying to figure out where to go next, I reached the next objective. I had to take the sword to this museum thing, so I did. I put it down, thinking I wouldn’t need it anymore, and it fell THROUGH the building. Then, I went through the portal again, and found out that "Oh no, the planet is exploding!" and I had to put the sword back within 2 minutes. But I couldn’t pick up the sword, because it had fallen through the building. GAH! USELESS NOOBS! Angry

The only truly good user-created adventure that I’ve played so far is Super Spore Bros. and although it was in French, I got the gist of what I had to do. It was a bit badly made in places, and near the end, it got ridiculously hard because I kept running out of energy so I couldn’t do much damage to the enemies, but overall, it was pretty good, you could tell the guy had put some effort into it.

So ya, this is a good expansion, but it’s let down by bad game testing and idiots who saturate Sporepedia with CRAP adventures.

Right, I’m gonna see if I can find a good user-made adventure to play. See yas laters! Open-mouthed

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Spore: Galactic Adventures is here!

Just to let you know, I has eet! Open-mouthed Looks pretty good, sounds good, Spore was good… it’s gotta be good, right?

Well, I’m off to play it now, so I’ll let you know how good/crap it is later on! Smile See yas.

OMFG, NO WAY…

Just checked Clickteam’s site… and found out that build #249 is nearly complete, which (I think) is the one with hardware acceleration, which will completely destroy any framerate drops in most games. Great! Open-mouthed

And THEN, I read this:

"Some of our users may have spotted our earlier April fools day joke on the forums, where we linked to two flash games. For our UK users who might not have seen this on the forums, we are
pleased to report that a Flash Export option is in development. More
details about price and availability will be released when it is
available."

OH MY GOD, Multimedia Fusion 2 is going nuclear! First Java, now Hardware Acceleration, and soon… Flash?! If they finish the Flash option, I’m gonna be able to put a slim version of Ultimate Lame Ship Game on Kongregate! Open-mouthed

Seriously, if you’re making 2D games, and you HAVEN’T got MMF2, you’re missing out on SO, SO MUCH. Tongue out I’m so glad I found The Games Factory, and stuck with it, and kept checking back on Clickteam’s website… otherwise I probably wouldn’t know about MMF or MMF2 today. Open-mouthed

Oh ho ho… I feel so sorry for the guys in the year below us.

No, it’s not because they’re at NEW College. Tongue out It’s because they SUCK!

Before I left college on Thursday, I downloaded all of their Flash games to my hard drive so I could play them at home. And they were all CRAP, MILES worse than all of our years’ Flash games. Tongue out Some of them had good graphics, but hadn’t changed any element of the gameplay at all, and hadn’t fixed any bugs. Some people had given their ship lives or shields, which is good… but still… if the game gets IMPOSSIBLE after level 5 because of the game’s crap coding, there’s not much point in lives. Tongue out

Here’s to none of them becoming game developers! Otherwise, we’ll probably go through another video game crash. Confused

I JUST ordered Spore: Galactic Adventures.

I installed Spore again, and as it was downloading a patch, I decided to check out their website. Seems like they passed 100 million creations, which is quite incredible, to be honest. Then again, every time you make a change in the Creature Stage, it doesn’t save over your old creature, it just creates a new one. Once you take that into account… there probably only going to be about 20-40 million unique creatures. Confused

Anyhoo, I watched the trailer for Spore: Galactic Adventures, and because the trailer was so funnily stylized as a comic book style adventure, it sold me! Open-mouthed It’s not JUST that that sold me, though… it increases the replay value to around infinity, because there are loads of adventures included in the expansion, and then once you’re done with those, there are the community created adventures, which never stop coming. Open-mouthed

Not sure what the gameplay experience of the expansion is gonna be like, but I did like Spore, I mean, I REALLY liked it… but then I started thinking of all its faults near the end of the Space Stage, and then the ending that was trying to be funny just wasn’t funny enough. I was expecting something really bad to go down, and then there be this emergency final mission to stop the galaxy from imploding or something, just something to give the game an EPIC finish… but no! Sad Then the first couple of expansion packs put me off even more, because they didn’t really add anything gameplay-ish to the game. They only added extra components for creatures… and I didn’t buy them, because I’m not the kind of dude that wants to sit in front of a monitor and make creatures all day. Tongue out If I buy a game, I want to PLAY it, not mess around with making stuff for it that I won’t really use. Tongue out

Anyway, I’ll tell ya what the expansion’s like when I get it! For now, I’ll sees yas later! Open-mouthed

Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits is out tomorrow!

Or today, for all those who pre-ordered it from GAME. Tongue out I’m not so sure that buying this game is a good idea… because… well… um… it’s technically an expansion… and has nearly all the songs that I personally have played before… and yet it costs £40. Confused

Ouch… I would’ve paid £20-30, no problem… but £40 is a bit excessive for a bunch of tunes from previous Guitar Hero games rolled into one game. Sure, they’ve got drums and vocals added into the songs now… but I don’t sing, and I don’t have a drumkit yet. Tongue out

Ya, I may give this one a miss, or get it pre-owned. Smile

In other news, I have just found the worst song in the world! It’s B.Y.O.B by System Of A Down! I played it on GH4, after seeing my rating was only 3 stars, because I’d forgotten what the song was like. And I have now established that anyone who likes this song has no music taste whatsoever… because… well… it’s not a song! The chorus is good, sounds nice and has a tune… but the rest is just noise and idiots yelling. Tongue out Didn’t improve my 3 stars, mainly because I couldn’t hear the song because it didn’t have any distinguishable tune, beat or rhythm… and partly because I couldn’t be arsed and stopped trying to strum to the music after the first solo. Tongue out

More news, COLLEGE IS FINISHED!! Open-mouthed Well, okay, almost… we’ve got a week off, then we’ve gotta go back on Tuesday and Wednesday to do a presentation to finish off our work. And just as long as I deliver a good presentation and pass all my other units (which I’m almost certain to), I’m gonna get the 204 unit points for the DMM grade I need! WOOTAGE! Life is good. Open-mouthed

Anyway, I’m-a off for now. I’ll see y’all later! Open-mouthed

Spyware alert!

Cath Symonds (I didn’t actually know I was on your contacts list Tongue out), just to let you know… you’ve got spyware! Just got this e-mail from you:

hi
Heya, how are you doing recently ? I would like to
introduce you a very good company which I knew. Their company 
web:www.beltals.com/ They can offer you all kinds of electronical
products which you need, such as motorcycles, laptops, mobile phones,
digial cameras, TV LCD,xbox, ps3, gps, MP3/4, etc. Please take some
time to have a look at it, there must be something you ‘d like to
purchase.
Hope you have a good mood in shopping from their company!

Ya. That’s spyware. If I were you, I’d scan the PC. Tongue out Try SpyBot Search & Destroy, that’s good.

By the way, LMFAO… "all kinds of electronical
products which you need, such as motorcycles"… okay… I thought motorcycles were commonly mechanical, y’know… using fuel and an engine and all that? Tongue out

Spammers and people who make spyware seriously fail at this "smartness" thing. Tongue out