Galactic Adventures: “Massive Battlefields”

By Jim Rossignol on March 2nd, 2009 at 6:28 pm.


Ooh, just a kind of radar-blip news post for Spore’s expansion pack, Galactic Adventures. No firm release date yet, but we understand it’s not far off. So here’s something: Galactic Adventures delivers a whole load of space-stage stuff to do, mostly with missions on the planet surfaces that you can undertake with your creature and his/her space chums. There’s rescuing of princesses, destroying aliens motherships, and of course loads of that user-generated content pollination. Judging by the trailers post after the jump, the planets themselves are massively more detailed than they were for vanilla Spore, and the “massive battlefields” that the expansion reportedly features could make the unhappy endgame of Spore a little more interesting to get through. Take a look at how Spore will change.

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  1. Kieron Gillen says:

    I totally forgot that I saw this at NYCC. I may see if I remember enough to write a preview.

    KG

  2. Empyreal says:

    They are going to suck more money out of me with this, and it will probably not be worth the money, but I’ll still do it. Why? Because Spore had so much potential, and it looks like it’s starting to live up to it.

  3. Tei says:

    Buying Spore is like buying Windows XP. You get minesweper and solitary on the pack, good games. You get the impression you can do more with Windows XP than playing minigames…

  4. Tei says:

    posdata:
    aRRGGhhh… I forgot to say that this videos looks awesome!

  5. IdleHands says:

    That does look cool and interesting, but so did Spore before it was released and that turned out to be just Meh.

    Do I really want to splash out money to make a Meh game have a bit more longevity?

  6. IdleHands says:

    Oh yeah sorry for double post (been awake for over 24 hours), but does anyone else think Will Wright and Peter Molyneux should form a club of developers that promise much more than they can deliver?

    Could call it the “Beat them with sticks until they learn” club

  7. PlayNoEvil says:

    … ah, LittleBigSpore

  8. Rich_P says:

    I’ll play Spore in four years once I can get the complete game for $40.

  9. Rei Onryou says:

    Neverwinter Spore.

  10. Scott PM says:

    This is a pretty good idea, whoever came up with the notion of taking Spore and adding something fun to do in Spore should definitely get a raise.

    I won’t be buying this though because is looks like the games are still going to be kind of boring and shallow. FIND YOUR WAY THROUGH A MAZE??? WOW SOUNDS GREAT.

  11. Mike says:

    Too little, too late?

  12. Theory says:

    I’ll be getting it. Culture is exactly what the space game needs, and I reckon that with it we’ll be able to thoroughly plug that big, gaping black hole.

  13. shon says:

    I actually liked Spore but stopped playing because I had other games with more interesting things to do. The idea of assembling a crew intrigues me and I will probably get it.

  14. Nimic says:

    Spore was a good game, and I think most people actually agree with that. The problem is that it could and should have been so much more than “merely” a good game. That means that you’re liable to have that in mind whenever you play one of the otherwise decent stages.

  15. clovus says:

    @Rich_P: What makes you think that will be available in four years? How old is the Sims2? Wiki says…. 9 years?!? I still can’t find a single box that has all of the major expansions combined for that price. I bet they will still be releasing new expansions for Spore in four years.

    Of course, I don’t think Spore will have quite the shelf life that Sims2 had, so maybe we’ll get lucky. Of course, I already wasted $50 on the original. That’s the only time in about 5 years that I bought a game on release day for full price. Lesson learned.

  16. Jake says:

    I think I’ll wait for Spore Double Deluxe, or whatever they decide to call it. Or a $5 Steam sale :P

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    Sagan says:

    Doesn’t look too great to me. I bet it has the same problem as the main game, in that they only allow you to change the skin of stuff. So probably you can put shooty-missions on a red planet, and on a blue planet or a yellow planet. And then you can either fight against ten enemies, or eleven enemies or twelve enemies, which will all behave the same. The possibilities will again be endless.
    Oh and you won’t be creating gameplay, despite what they claim. You will just build more levels for the simplistic gameplay that they created.

    I would have paid for an expansion pack that turns Spore into a sandbox game. But this is most likely not it.

    Sorry, im bitter because I’m disappointed.

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    solipsistnation says:

    New Expansion Pack Makes Spore An Actual Game! Film at 11!

  19. apnea says:

    “Too little, too late?”

    *breathes in loudly*…

    Yes.

  20. A-Scale says:

    Spore- Failed. Hope let down.
    Expansion- You lost me at Spore.

  21. MrDeVil_909 says:

    I like being a late adopter. If a ‘Gold’ type edition comes out with this expansion at the price of Spore at launch I’ll pick it up.

    If not, then I won’t.

  22. N says:

    The whole crew on planet thingamagimmick seems like a retarded version of battlezone/uprising.

    lol.

  23. chaves says:

    So, this expansion will make Spore actually fun to play?

  24. Anthony Damiani says:

    Sims 2 was 4.5 years ago, not 9. The original Sims was released in 2000.

    re: Spore:
    It’s going to take some really spectacular reviews, word of mouth, footage and features lists in order for me to even consider taking another chance on that game.

  25. danielcardigan says:

    Jim Rossignol – unhappy endgame? This is the Spore that PCGUK gave 90%+ (Tom Francis reviewed it I think)? That Spore? The one that had all the previous levels in the game exist as character creation for the REAL game which was the Space Stage?

    Spore was mediocre at best and the space stage was just repetitive and annoying. They should have released the creature creator for a fiver and… oh that’s right they did that. No-one actually had to pay any more than that to get the best bit from the “game”.

  26. Theoban says:

    I enjoyed Spore quite a lot, even though I was lost when it came to the Space phase. Eventually though I realised the bits I liked were just the creation tools, so I played with those for hours.

    Maybe this expansion might help, as the Galactic stage just threw me completely.

  27. Songbearer says:

    Hi. I consistently enjoyed (And still enjoy) Spore. Am I a bad person?

  28. MrFake says:

    Yeah, this looked exciting. Then they dropped the “user-generated” bomb.

    The Creature Creator worked because despite your best efforts, every damned creature looked cute enough to hug (even the penis monsters, worryingly). And though the other creators left far more room for imagination, that came with the price of fugliness. And I know I’m responsible for a few misshapen cars and spaceships–multiply that by millions and you’ll get a whiff of some of the bad eggs.

    Their own video for the mission creator shows just how depressing this is going to be. Structures and objects left floating above the geometry. Pointless, monster-filled bouncy pits. A remarkably organic free-form experience, in which you can either jump over the wall or blast open the door, y’ know, what only Spore can deliver. *sigh*

    Ugh! I didn’t consciously think Spore was a letdown, but why has it made me so cynical? Why do I keep seeing visions of Second Life?

  29. mrrobsa says:

    Does anyone know if this would change the basic nature of Spore throughout the game? Or are these just extra things to do once you reach the space stage? I ask because I’m yet to play Spore, but am interested in doing so, and I heard the earlier stages are the dullest part of the game.

  30. Tei says:

    @Songbearer: I don’t think soo. But I doubt you are playing the “civi” subgame for hours, and get tons on enjoyment from it.
    The creature and cell stages… I see how that is posible. And the Space is a sandbox, so yea, it feasible. I suppose.

  31. SwiftRanger says:

    This seems like a must-buy for me, Spore was more than decent.

  32. Moonracer says:

    I have to side with the folks who feel let down with Spore. It will be a while before anything added to the game feels more like an expansion than something that should have been included in the first place.

    Even at $10 I think I’ve moved on enough to pass on this.

  33. Dizet Sma says:

    There are a lot of inventive creators in the Sporepedia and I’m betting they’ll come up with better ideas than ‘find your way through a maze’.

    I’m still enjoying Spore and if they get the hi-res texture issue sorted on this then I’ll be even happier. Less happy with the idea of the several dozen ‘extra parts’ expansions that will be coming down the pipe, however.

  34. Mike says:

    Songbearer: Yes. This will become clear to you in the future.

  35. Jub-Jub says:

    Don’t think Spore is sucking money out of us. Well yes they are and they arent. Cute and Creepy was definently sucking money out of people. But no S:GA. People actually requested it be made. I still like spore. They did change some stages(that wouldn’t work anyway;Underwater) but really, are you gonna hate a game that has changed and actually bothered making an expansion pack that players need rather than want? Are you gonna hate a game company?

    You shouldn’t hate Will Wright though he isn’t the asshole behind all this….(EA)…..

  36. josco says:

    I’d like to see them do to the other stages what theyre doing here. an expanded creature stage has me pretty excited.