With all the fuss over the new consoles at E3, some of the more creative games seemed to have got a little neglected over the event.
Project Spark is one of those said titles, first being shown during the Xbox One Conference to show case its creative gameplay elements and easy control even with a touch screen and then being playable on the show floor.
The game throws you into a blank world and asks you to create something out of it. Sound familiar? A little, we’ve had some games attempt this game style before, Black & White for example. This looks slightly different though. With the ability to cross play the game between the Xbox 360, Xbox One and any Windows 8 machines, I can see this being an interesting game from the get go. Make it a free to play title and you’ll have us eating out of your hands. Oh, wait, they’ve already done that.
With the ability to create and sculpt worlds from scratch, create mini game types within the world and grow the environment and society within that world to encompass some interesting natural events, this could be one of the little gems to come out near the end of the year. Making it free to play simply expands the audience to the masses of current Xbox 360 owners and the unlucky Windows 8 customers.
It looks like the game will be completely customizable, allowing you to change the game type to 2D scroller or 3D action adventures. Characters can become anything you want and you can make pets out of all sorts of inanimate objects. Those worlds can then be shared with your mates or the world, for anybody to play and even edit. MS mentioned the idea of using someone else’s creation as a basis for their own new inventions, allowing the community to build on top of each others work to make some spectacular new stuff. See the video below for a taster of what can be done.
The only down side I see to this, as me and a mate said on the night the game was unveiled, Spark was one of the few reasons that may have made us purchase an Xbox One. Only, now they’ve allowed anybody with an Xbox 360 to join the fun, why would we want to fork out for the (One) console that can’t seem to do all it says it can.
Anyway, I’m not going to rant on about the One, I think most of you will probably find out over the next week, how much I don’t like what they’ve done to the new system, though we are all entitled to our opinions, this move by MS could cost them more than a few fans over the next few years.
So, what do you guys think about the upcoming Project Spark? Do you think you’ll be enjoying the game among the thousands if not millions of others?