After playing a few games by Maxis is my time, I wasn't expecting them to release a game such as this. Don't get me wrong, The Sims and Spore were great games. Very addictive and fun to play. Then Darkspore was released. I had my eye on it for a while during my time in financial peril. I wanted to play it to see how it compared. Little did I know I'd get the suprise of my life when the monkeys at Mightyape made it available at a very affordable price. In a nutshell, Darkspore is an absolutely PHENOMINAL game that does everything the genre (Action RPG) describes. The graphics are not “hungry” for resources from a computer, the Spore engine is still about 90% intact (each hero has a pre-set form, the opposite of Spore), the customisation is close to limitless and the “parts” and “weapons” (known as “gear” to veteran RPG players) are fantastically designed and have a beautiful variety. You want a summary- BUY IT. PLAY IT. LOVE IT.