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PlayTest: Spore

Yes, I got my grubby hands on the long-awaited Will Wright masterpiece this afternoon and it is, indeed, mind-blowingly good. We’ll be running a story plus slideshow tomorrow, though my full report follows after the jump.

Electronic Arts' (ERTS) long-delayed Spore, the brainchild of legendary game designer Will Wright, will finally go on sale Sept. 7. Originally slated to hit store shelves last year, the game, which lets players develop from single-cell organisms to civilized tribes or even sophisticated space-faring creatures, generated enormous buzz when it was first shown off in 2005. But, development problems and setbacks prompted delays, leaving fans to ask when – or if – the game would ever be released.