Spore Updated Hands-On: Creature Creator Meets YouTube

Move over Chris Crocker. The creatures of Spore are the new stars of YouTube.

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We only have one warning for the thousands of custom Spore creatures that will begin showing up on YouTube on June 17: Leave Britney alone. Will Wright's upcoming creation features direct integration with the online video/social networking site, and you will be able to seamlessly upload videos from the game to the Web with the touch of a button. Broadcast yourself, broadcast your creature.

The Creature Creator is just one of many creation tools you'll find in Spore throughout the five main stages: cell, creature, tribe, civilization, and space. EA decided to showcase the Creature Creator instead of a custom planet or spacecraft builder because players seemed to care most about their personalized monsters. So EA will release the Creature Creator on June 17, allowing players to queue up several creatures in anticipation of Spore's release on September 7. In addition to YouTube, Spore will feature several other community-building features, such as the ability to snap postcards and e-mail them to friends. All creatures will be added to the Sporepedia, a user-generated encyclopedia of all things Spore. What's more, other players' creatures will be automatically downloaded and inserted into your game so you'll see how your beast fares against other community creations.

Evolutionary upgrades to feet and legs will make your creature a better dancer.

We stopped by Maxis this week to create a creature of our own. The interface is surprisingly intuitive, a combination of dragging and dropping body parts on a spinal column then tweaking and turning them just so until your creation looks like a brainstorming session straight out of Monsters Inc. We're lovers not fighters, so we set out to create a social beast. We added the whalephant mouth that features a strong singing bonus (great for mating calls) and has small tusks for a minor attack bonus. We added two sets of arms (for hugging) and croak masseuse hands (for late night massages). Our beast was sensual, so we added two more senses: a pair of ears (connected to its knees) and a nose on its chest. Finally, we added a shark fin, a pair of fairy wings for a glide bonus, and four eyes for our viewing pleasure.

By now, our creature had filled up the complexity meter--you're only allocated a set amount of DNA points to purchase these evolutionary upgrades. But it paid off because our creature had strong eyesight, hearing, sense of smell, and a decent speed rating. While its attack was only ranked at a seven, its social rating was a staggering 20, so it should be a hit at any party. There's also an extensive paint feature if you want to spend time with the Photoshop-like tool, but we opted instead to go with a preset green paint job, helping our creature to blend in with the leaves it will surely be eating.

Finally, our creature needed a name. It was sociable, had a great mating call, and was clearly a crooner--a monstrous version of Frank Sinatra. In honor of Ol' Blue Eyes, we called our creature Cumflywithme. Now complete, we decided to see it in action in the test-drive stage of the Creature Creator. Here, you can direct your creature to sing, dance, flex its muscles, or any number of cute activities worth uploading to YouTube. Once saved, Cumflywithme was added to the Sporepedia where it will remain, ready to invade your PCs with love, affection, and song.

With a throaty mating call, Cumflywithme is a hit at parties.

We had our doubts when we learned that the full version of the Creature Creator would cost $10 (a free trial version will be packaged with the upcoming SimCity Box or be available for download at Spore.com.) Why not just offer the creator for free to get more gamers excited about Spore? The good news is that the Creature Creator is packed with content. Also, both Target and Amazon.com will offer a $5 rebate toward your purchase of Spore. Of course, the Creature Creator will be included in the retail game if you can hold out until September, but those looking to get into Spore sooner will find a feature-rich starting point with the Creature Creator on June 17.

Discussion

74 comments
gfxarts
gfxarts

wow jason19.. I have no idea what you just said

XLongXShotXX
XLongXShotXX

i dont honestly think a bunch of monsters from under the dust bunnies below my bed is going to be a great success :P... but we shall have to see

Genkai0
Genkai0

Ughh... I can't wait I'm not use to this kind of fetish game, but by gosh i want it. I've never wanted anything like this since... cod4 or

jason19
jason19

hello gusy go dome creature editor 30 can build onw creature not a lol can use that mends cant paly it so i find on tuber .com nice i few creature rdy to go im just walit dome is come out may quit world of warcraft is got lake palymaont on it so day that to i get sup better pc lest games cool im day for like lond time send me mait misson see team up in dome ty

jason19
jason19

i konw the games have the gmaes right more copiye use dued all konw that who help games ear spore games im not full member why lekf so aww tack money i here go www.spore.com is free games must you went to konw is it go there get some dome part is come to june 17

sousuke223
sousuke223

brood sporegasm is correct that will be the next big word coming up seeing that the gamespot team looks to enjoy the editor as much as i couldve hoped its gotten me even more pumped if this game dos even 1/10 of what it says it will be the Greatest Game Ever

jason19
jason19

hello can you gusy tell must us is Requirements for games pls thnks you

shadowolf612
shadowolf612

yo any1 know when this is gonna be out to buy??

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Here I was thinking there was no WAY Target woul[d get the CE for Spore, then I read they will have a $5 off coupon for the full game. I POd it from EA altready :lol;

Octavius09
Octavius09

Obviously the reviewer had a sporegasm, "Cumflywithme"! rofl

kahlzun
kahlzun

To answer my own question, from Wikipedia: Editor: Windows XP/Vista, 2.0 GHz P4 (or equiv.), 512 MB RAM (XP) 768 MB RAM (Vista), 300 MB HD space (600 MB for digital download), 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 (for computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires at least Intel Integrated Chipset GMA 950 or Dual 2.0GHz CPUs, or 1.7GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent)[6]

kahlzun
kahlzun

Does anyone even have a rough idea of what computer specs this game will need?

eikmaster
eikmaster

Heh, now I just need to invest about 2000$ so I can fix my pc. And seriously, 10$ isn't much. But hey, rich guy from Norway talking here. To release the creature creator before hand is a good move from EA. I think it will really lift us awaiting gamers spirit. We have been waiting a long time for this game now.

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AAAAAAnonymous

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Oozaru_Kakkarot
Oozaru_Kakkarot

Will my Laptop be able to run it? My laptop runs Warcraft 3 pretty well... Its got 2gig ram AMD Turion 64x2 (1.6mhz x 2) Processor ATI Radeon XPRESS 200M Series (1280 x 800 res) Graphics card 140gig harddrive...100gig left All that stuff is stock..I think I might be able to add more ram...do u computer wizards think itl be able to run the game?...I severly dought it but...I still have some hope left!

DamageIncM
DamageIncM

It's because Spore is a Sims-like game, you can create your cute little monster creature and do whatever objectives the game asks from you. It's really interesting if you ask me, and not another pwn4g3-headshot-backstab-shooter for a change... Also, Second Life is NOT a game, sure people take it way too serious a lot of the time, which I hate. But the program doesn't have gameplay, it's actually a community-program to actually have a Second Life the way you like it. And more like an advanced 3D chatting-program too, that's basically all.

nycrophobia
nycrophobia

All you guys who keep complaining about paying for the demo - get over it. Most demo discs that come with magazines are paid for, right? And if you still feel like being tight-fisted, then there's always the free version. Ranting aside, this looks awesome enough to let me fork out the $10. At least it'll keep me busy till september.

BontraXenderKyl
BontraXenderKyl

I don't get it why people would love this game. ok this is virtual world better than Second Life of course but still it can't utilize my time.

fleshsniper1
fleshsniper1

Spore is getting close to an official artificial digital world. i wonder how complex this game really is and how far it can go. looks very interesting... i know Will Wright has that desire to create life and such, so i wish someone would interview him about his inspiration and whatever reason and what hes really trying to do with this game. i know he aint doing it for money thats for sure..

LemonBob
LemonBob

Lol, Slowbo, this game isn't coming out on the PS3, it's coming out on PC and Wii. Simple DS and Mobile versions are coming out, too.

thebanewolf
thebanewolf

i wonder if gamespot has discovered the faultiness of their name yet, cum, lol... and 10 dollars for the creature creator? maxis and Will are cool, but EA, you can go blow me!

red-orc
red-orc

Is this game only for people who liked chemistry sets when they were kids or will actiongame-fans be attraced, too?

Master_Alistair
Master_Alistair

there is a free version of the creatue creator but you only have 25% of the actual creator but it dosnt matter realy. it will be the first bit of spore we will be able to play! unless your a reviewer wich get to play it already.

tlow0678
tlow0678

@ slowbo thia game isn't coming out for ps3

slowblo
slowblo

This will make PC/PS3 sales skyrocket. I still wish they would offer a version that comes with the game, but I wouldn't mind paying only $10 for a full creation tool.

8smokes
8smokes

The creature creator definately looks interesting.

Destroyeron13
Destroyeron13

I don't see myself buying the creature creator...

punkieskater
punkieskater

I simply can't wait, best thing ever since the invention of the light bulb :D

esba160
esba160

this game looks outstanding !

Asarath100
Asarath100

I can make sure of one thing, this is the last nail in the coffin now I'm sure ill get it

ninjarocklee
ninjarocklee

Yum, great sporeiness, can't wait until I make my warrior tribe of Zukalinasdegans?!?!!

Crazy_Kid314
Crazy_Kid314

im pumped, just got a fast computer and i will dominatew CREAM CAKES FTW!!

Seto_Akari
Seto_Akari

Wow!It look so great,I just wanna play it now!^^!~

LionBeast
LionBeast

Thats a very smart move as they did it with sims 2. That way 1.you can see if its good as a game, 2.you can see if it will work good on your pc [becose not all people have shiny computers some have old] and 3.it will quench our thirst for the game. Very smart move very good indeed. :) Good work Maxis.

IDarkNight
IDarkNight

This game look so complete! i wanna play NOW!

J2TheB
J2TheB

leave britney alone.. haha Game truly makes you feel pretty excited, but asking money is just another way of milking cash for EA, the money grubbers :-P

dimsey
dimsey

I'm all for them releasing the editor early. That being said I can't say for sure whether I'll buy it, I'll probably try the demo and if I take too it as much as I think I will I'll buy the full thing. Otherwise well, September isn't THAT far away.

Mega-Tom
Mega-Tom

This game looks really crap I have to admit. but somthing in me is telling me to play the damn thing! I wanna make a dancing monster :(

pinkyfoo
pinkyfoo

That game is gonna suck.

death13a
death13a

Well 10$ for such powerful software is CHEAP. Forget about flooding youtube with spore creatures, Forums will be flooded with animated avatars with your spore creatures. Also I don't see it as demo but EA realized that Spore had amazing byproduct: Creature Creator, so they want to make some money by selling it as separate product before Spore release.

senjutsu
senjutsu

@damageIncM: No, cuteness don't "rulez". But the game looks great anyway.

DamageIncM
DamageIncM

Cuteness rulez èh... ^_^ No matter how much of a hardcore gamer you are... Admit it! >: (

bioghost
bioghost

Can't wait to play this game!

DragoDracini
DragoDracini

I just reserved mine. ;p Yes we're reserving them at Gamestop, and yes, you should get it.