Summary: While I enjoy this game it's just not the same as Spore. I understand they wanted to try and go with an Action RPG style for it, but that was what I loved most about the original Spore is that it didn't force you to follow a story or layer on complex controls. This game is pretty awesome and I intended to finish it, but it's not gonna be at the top of my backlog of games to finish.
Summary: i picked this up on sale. i got the digital download version so I didn't have the dvd-rom issues, but did have to wait for the patcher to download everything. There were some graphics card issues (brand new card and drivers) when playing in full-screen - solved by playing in windowed mode. that was a bit of frustration and why i gave it 4 rather than a five. once i got the game to play, i really started to enjoy it.
Summary: There's already a lot of good reviews on this game that sum up what it's about. My only additions would be, yes it sucks having to stay connected to EA's servers constantly to play, but such is the future of gaming, I don't think you should deduct rating from the game just because of that. Secondly, you can play a full feature (minus pvp) demo. Just go to steam and download it. Try for yourself before you buy.
Summary: You can shut off the splattering red-blood effect in the PC version of this game. My son, who really likes DarkSpore, said that all game ratings he's seen fail to mention that important feature for those of us who enjoy action games, but not the gore. Under Settings/Graphics you can check "no blood.
Summary: OK guys, here is my 2 cents.... I have played online games since Anarchy Online so I consider myself a good person to write a review that would be helpful to others. Darkspore: The game itself is a good choice for people that like to co-op games. Think Demigod on steroids. Even that comparison is not quite accurate but it is the closest game I can think of. You have many choices of character and different versions of those characters.
Summary: If your interest in Darkspore is as a sequel of Spore, you will be disappointed. It is not the next generation of Will Wright’s most recent effort. Darkspore is not big on innovation, and isn’t looking to revolutionize or create a genre. What it is, however, is chocked full of fun. Gameplay Darkspore starts with a cursory overview of the story (Darkspore bad, Crogenitor good, you Crogenitor)- and that’s about as much as you’ll need as the generic scyfi plot exists simply...
Summary: Playing this game multiplayer with friends is good fun, and well worth $30 (current sale price). My biggest gripe is not being able to trade items other than by dropping them in a mission, having an Action RPG without being able to easily trade items is craziness. It will certainly hold my attention for a bit. Is it better than Diablo 2? Not at all! Is it better than Torchlight, I think so.
Summary: There are two basic ways to follow up one game with another: an out-and-out sequel, which runs the risk of either being too much like the original or leaving off some cherished feature the fans of the original loved; and then there's the "spiritual successor": a 'like' game that is similar to, but not directly tied to, the original (like Bioshock and System Shock 2).
Summary: This is a game meant for co-op. 4 player is a enemy-stomping action-packed blast, but solo is a bore. The loot system is fantastic. The great pieces of gear you get for level rewards are great at directly stimulating the "phat lewt" center of my brain. The catalyst system is another great tweak on the format, adding something almost like a puzzle mini-game to the otherwise straight-forward levels.