So, what do you do in this game? "You get to explore an endless galaxy!" And? "You can do anything!" How? "Everything is procedurally generated!" This dialogue is related to two games.
Both games were hyped up to unrealistic levels, both had somewhat enigmatic creators, and both bit off far more than they could chew. I am talking about Hello Games' "No Man's Sky", and Maxis' "Spore". Spore and No Man's Sky are the same game. But, at least Spore was sort of fun. Spore is the better of the two.
At least in Spore you could actually create your own stuff. Your creature, your ship, your buildings, everything. You could also actually interact with other players in that content they created could pop up in your game. That's a whole galaxy of possible creatures to run into, many of them fairly phallic looking.
As a whole, Spore was not a great game. So much of it felt unfinished, but there were unique elements and some real fun stuff to experience. No Man's Sky had none of these.
How will people look back at these games? I doubt No Man's Sky will ever get a replay. Spore though, Spore just might.
Spore box art
Spore's absurd DRM made it one of the most pirated games of all time.
The Spore creature creator.
Spore's space stage is the biggest
No Man's Sky box art
“At least in Spore you could actually create your own stuff.”
Spore even had a galactic map
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