8,645 of 9,453 people found the following review helpful
Dumbed down experience and draconian DRM,
This review is from: Spore - PC/Mac (Video Game)
See those older 5-star reviews from 2006 (two years before the game was released)? Well, they had a reason to be excited. Spore was supposed to be a revolutionary experience, combining multiple genres while concentrating on evolution and genetics.
Fast forward two years and here we have the finished product, ready to be installed on our hard drives.
First of all, the game incorporates a draconian DRM system that requires you to activate over the internet, and limits you to a grand total of 3 activations. If you reach that limit, then you'll have to call EA in order to add one extra activation. That's not as simple as it sounds, since when you reach that point EA will assume that you, the paying customer, are a filthy pirating thief. You will need to provide proof of purchase, reasons why the limit was reached, etc, etc (it has all happened before with another recent EA product, Mass Effect). EA, of course, is not obligated to grant you that extra activation or even provide that service. In a couple of years they might very well even shut down the general activation servers, because "it's not financially feasible" to keep them running. What you will be left with is a nice, colorful $50 coaster. And you will be required to pay for another copy/license if you want to continue playing.
This basically means that you are actually RENTING the game, instead of owning it. The game WILL stop to function in the future. That's inevitable, because even if EA keeps the activation servers going, there IS going to be a time when EA will simply cease to exist because of financial issues or federal laws (like most businesses eventually do).
Second, the game was dumbed down to oblivion. Evolution doesn't even matter anymore. For example, you can add as many legs to a creature as you want, but the multi-legged creature won't be any faster than a single-legged one with higher leg stats. This gameplay element makes "creating" your creatures entirely pointless (cosmetic only, because everything is based on stats), and brings you about the same amount of excitement as dressing up a plastic doll.
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Initial post: Sep 7, 2008 1:08:03 PM PDT
K. Hale says:
Thanks much! Saved us some cash and much headaches. Will wait and hope for upgraded version!
Posted on Sep 7, 2008 1:38:05 PM PDT
Ronald Ian Bantayan says:
If it's not "financially feasible" to keep the activation servers running, then how will new customers activate a brand new copy of Spore?
As long as EA uses this system of requiring paying customers to activate over the internet, EA's activation servers will always stay active.
Posted on Sep 7, 2008 2:04:32 PM PDT
Paul Tinsley says:
Great review and highly informative. I'm not buying ANY games with this combination of DRM with limited activations.
Posted on Sep 7, 2008 2:34:18 PM PDT
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i almost bought this without reading the reviews. i was having fun with the creature creator the thought this would be fun but after reading some of the reviews ill NEVER buy this game. THANKS TO ALL THAT PEOPLE THE COMMENTED ON THIS GAME
Posted on Sep 7, 2008 2:46:33 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2008 2:54:16 PM PDT
S. Friedle says:
I'd say you're being pretty optimistic that EA might disappear in 10 years. We can only hope I suppose.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2008 3:55:51 PM PDT
Michael Strohmeier says:
Unfortunately, that is not the case. A recent example of DRM going bad would be Google Video. People paid for the restricted content, but when the video service closed down the people lost access to the content they had paid for. While Google did end up refunding the money, I doubt EA would ever make such an offer to their customers.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2008 5:48:08 PM PDT
Robert Haas says:
EA shuts down their servers all the time. Try playing any EA game other than Battlefield that is older than two years in online multiplayer.
Here's a list of the last round of servers shut down: http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=31616
Posted on Sep 7, 2008 7:02:56 PM PDT
Mystery Maven says:
Sounds like it's just The Sims, only using creatures instead of people AND stupid DRM activation. Thanks for the warning! I won't buying this.
Posted on Sep 7, 2008 8:21:43 PM PDT
D. Powell says:
"...you are actually RENTING the game, instead of owning it."
Sir, you may want to look into the definition of a software "license". The only one that owns Spore is the creators. You, the consumer, are paying for the right to utilize their creation.
Sorry to rain on your bash parade, just thought I'd throw in a little bit of non-insanity. Oh, and the game is pretty fun o_o