Conclusion: It is hardly ever worth backtracking though, and with that I have arrived at the first if only two negative things worth noting for Dragon Quest IX : The game tries a very hard to masque that it is linear but it is in every conceivable way. Cities, dungeons and other locations of interest are almost without exception part of the main quest line and once you’ve gone through that, there is very little reason to explore anything. The second is the musical score.
Excerpt: Spore Creatures is a mutation of Spore . Where Spore is a fully developed PC game , walking on its hind legs and doing all kinds of nifty stuff with its opposable thumbs, Spore Creatures is something different. Something smaller. It's all about the environments into which the two games were born: The Nintendo DS, by its very nature, is limiting. So Spore Creatures grew stunted, like one of those albino cave frogs.
Excerpt: The big buzz in gaming right now is recently released sim game Spore. The brainchild of Sim\’s inventor Will Wright, Spore involves created an entire universe starting with simple, organisms that evolve into more complex creatures capable of social relationships and what not. The DS iteration of the game is certainly a toned down version of that on the PC, but it still offers the player the chance to let their creativity run wild as they play God to a galaxy filled with...
Excerpt: Name: Spore Creatures Genre: Adventure Platform: Nintendo DS The Spore franchise, if we can officially begin calling it such, is based on the idea of evolution. When a Nintendo DS and Wii version were announced it was made clear that they were going to be developed separately from the PC edition. In the full version you’re able to take a single-celled organism and bring it through life, from the process of gaining a brain to intergalactic travel.
Conclusion: Other small touches include the Sporepedia, which is obviously a slimmer version of the one that will be featured on the PC. Multiplayer will be included though, and while we're currently unaware as to the extent of it, we do know that players will have the option to share creatures across DS systems. It's not much, but of course, we want to see what else there is too.
Conclusion: it’s a real shame about this game. I really wanted a version of the creature stage that I could take around with me as I enjoyed the MMO style of gameplay of the PC game, the free aspect to do as I wanted. The DS version cuts all of this away and is left with a bare-bones creature creator which doesn’t deliver a fairly tired story that is uneventful and is just used as a force of driving the game forward.
Pros: Well presented, good graphics and sound, Intuitive user interface, You can create your creature….
Cons: …but you will be forced to change them no matter what you do, Story is drab and poor, Doesn’t encapsulate the spore experience
Excerpt: Spore is set to become one of the biggest games of the year on PC, so why not cash in on that by releasing a DS version of the game. Never one to turn down a dollar, EA have done just that with the release of Spore Creatures . But can it do for DS owners what it has done for PC aficionados everywhere? Not likely.