Spore Hero Arena First Look

We get a quick tour of this creature-infested arena fighter on the Nintendo DS.

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Spore Creatures did extremely well for Electronic Arts last year, so it's no surprise that the company would want to continue the trend by bringing Spore once again to Nintendo's handheld. At an Electronic Arts press event in Los Angeles, we got our first glance at Spore Hero Arena and tinkered a bit with the creature creator. We weren't given too many details except that this is going to be very much focused on action, but we did get to see how the controls work and what is potentially in store for Spore Hero Arena.

This is Spore, gladiator style.

The premise of the game is to become a galactic champion by competing in arena-based battles. The story is set in the same universe as the Wii game, except instead of riding on the tail of a meteor and crash-landing on a mysterious planet, your ship gets hit by this meteor and you wind up stranded on an unknown planet anyway. You meet the Forgotten Master, who tells you about the evil creatures that spawned from the red meteors and have corrupted all of the arena champions by creating championship medals. You are immune to this corruption, so your job is to win back the medals and become the new champion.

The game is built from the ground up with an easy-to-use creature-creator system in which you can check out your creation in 3D and give it new parts and abilities. There's some light exploration involved in the game, but we weren't given any details beyond that. We did get to jump in and watch a battle in the arena against three other creatures. We watched as the EA rep, using the stylus to move, attacked with bites and punches that were mapped to the D pad. The goal is to knock your opponents off of the platform, which is easier if you've already taken out a chunk of their health. Special abilities can be executed by holding the shoulder button and drawing with the stylus. A circle around your creature will execute an area attack, and tapping on an enemy individually or drawing a line between them are other ways of getting aggressive.

There is going to be a strong multiplayer component, which will be available locally and through Nintendo's Wi-Fi connection. You'll have preset arenas to pick from, and you can pull any one of your custom creations from your sporepedia to battle head-on. We didn't get to see too much of the game beyond a fight and the creation tool, but a good portable multiplayer brawler is always welcome. Developer Maxis has had many opportunities to fine-tune the creature creator, so by now it's extremely easy to create your ultimate galactic gladiator.

Customize your arena fighter to be the best it can be.

We'll update with further information when we get a more in-depth look during the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Spore Hero Arena is expected to ship this fall.

Discussion

11 comments
Bananapplez
Bananapplez

Looks ok. might get this if the reviews are good, otherwise i'll skip.

SilvrSlayr96
SilvrSlayr96

i think it looks good but ill wait for a review.

dzimm
dzimm

This has potential. A lot of it depends on how versatile the creature creator is and whether or not the design of the creature confers advantages or disadvantages based on its morphology (basically, the opposite of the PC game). Then you could have something like the PC game Mindrover (Google it), which would actually be very cool and offer infinite replayability. But who knows what this will actually turn out to be. This preview was pretty light on information.

Gamer_2219
Gamer_2219

why not u try thinking of a new game for ds

Pyro767
Pyro767

A spore brawler? Interesting... I say we wait until we judge. Who knows, it could be good. I'm sure when Legend of Zelda and Mario became 3D people thought it was stupid, but this may end up being genius. Or... it could be a total disaster. What will we have to do to find out then? Wait, that's what.

jgirl20
jgirl20

The only reason I was interested in Spore originally was the fluid creature-creator system, and I don't think that the DS can handle anything close to it.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

There are much better DS games out there.

Tikicobra
Tikicobra

EA has officially raped Spore to death.