Archive for June, 2008

Spore Creature Creator demo

June 16, 2008

The Spore Creature Creator is part of the upcoming Spore game. It allows you to create alien species which you will manage, play with, share, and perhaps use to conquer the Spore galaxy. A demo version of the standalone Creature Creator is now available, it comes with a fraction of the parts used to put together creatures and no online functions – although you can easily export pictures, video or creatures for sharing outside the game. When putting together your cartoony creatures you start with a spine and can attach various limbs, heads, sensory organs and miscellaneous bits like spikes or nubs. You can follow this up with a paint job and a choice of a few skin texture themes. The whole thing then comes to life in a test arena, where you can order your creature to jump, dance or emote whilst you admire your new pet (or are disturbed by its too-close legs clipping through each other when it walks). The lack of anything to really do with your creatures is unsatisfying, there’s no game here aside from testing the capabilities of the tools. Still, as a simplified and nicely presented 3D modelling program it makes a fun toy until your imagination runs dry, but only people looking for a creative outlet yet willing to stay withing Spore’s enforced aesthetic will really get much from this.

1/3 – For fans only

Tech details:

Size: 200 MB

System Requirements: 2 GHz CPU, 512 MB RAM (768 MB for Vista), 128 MB Video card with pixel shaders 2.0 (GMA 950 requires a dual-core CPU), Windows XP/Vista (OS X version not yet available)

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Sins of a Solar Empire UK demo: any differences?

June 15, 2008

Aside from a new publisher splash video, no. Same three maps, same race, same tech and time limitations. It doesn’t appear to be based on the latest patch either. Evidently the UK demo release is purely so the UK publisher could put their fingerprints on it, and there’s no absolutely no reason for anyone who has the previous version to get it. Of course, if you haven’t played the demo before, we found that it’s well worth a look.