Two things really stood out from the Game Critics awards from this year's E3. The first was Nintendo's forthcoming Wii console, which won Best of Show in the awards. The second was Will Wright's Spore, honoured as Best Original Game, Best PC Game and Best Simulation Game.
Spore, in case you have been living in a barrel with no Internet connection for the last month, is a game in which players get to determine the evolution of a species, from an amoeba to an inter-stellar race. You most likely have seen the videos of Robin Williams demonstrating it at E3.
If not here is what you need to know. You start off as a simple microbe, then using simple editing tools, you evolve your creature from its microscopic origins into an intelligent, tool-using race.
You progress through the Tidepool phase of the game, through to the Creature phase, the Tribal phase, the City phase, the Civilisation phase and eventually the Space phase. One the way you get to build villages, buildings, cities, and vehicles, also choosing whether to hunt or forage, attack or trade, be nice or play rough!
The huge, lush world in which the game is played is populated with creatures evolved by other players and shared over SPORE's central servers. Eventually, your one-time pond scum launches into space! Where you can then make first-contact, colonize, or terraform, finding other solar systems scattered throughout a magnificently rendered galaxy. The word 'epic' just doesn't do Spore any justice.
Electronic Arts is publishing Wright's new game (phenomenon? - Ed), which we'll hopefully see at some point later this year, although the release date is still to be announced.
In the meantime, to keep us happy and hyped for this Darwinian spectacle of a game, EA has just released these new Spore trailers. Check them out by clicking on one of the links below:
Spore videos:MPEG4 XviD