I don´t trust any previews or 15h played reports anymore. I waited for the game, i bought it, and i enjoy it.
Granted, the first 4 phases are over pretty quick if you are an adult but you will enjoy the galaxy phase.
For children its vice versa.
As for the securom stuff… you can play the game without the DVD. The game is protected via online activiation. Drastic measure but every second kid nowaday steals a piece of software.
The animations are a compromise between performance and accuracy. The game has really really low system requirements and runs just fine and still looks cute.
The fact that the client randomly downloads stuff other ppl created to populate the universe makes it fun to explore.
At first i too thought… WTF? one day and in phase 5 already? but there the fun starts… the missions are mostly the same… but its fun to mess around and unlock new achievements or skills…
Besides “over-hyped” the dev´s officially announced that the players should not expect too much and they are aware of the hype and dont want it.
However my resumé after 4 days is:
It was a risk buy, but was worth the money IMO
The game is fun if you like it… sounds strange, but its strongly a matter of taste… there is no “not so bad” for this game… either you totally like it or you hate it.
A downside surely is EA. they will milk the cow… Spore - New underpants, Spore - Ikea Planets…
I say you can´t rely on tests for this one. you got to try it your own. at least thats what i did. but i am weired ^^
I haven´t found any major bugs yet, the game runs rather solid compared with all other released games this year… mine crashed 2 times yet after hours of play… so its fine with me.
The game is just harmonious… the startrek, hichhikers guide attitudes, concept, skills, the ideas, the simplicity of managing your colonies and the easy handling of the resources…
In my opinion the dev´s did hell of a job, if you like it or not is up to you.