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Well I only have enough in my paypal account to buy one game during the sale, and was always curious about creatures as a kid but never got to play it.

I'm curious which to go for though. The Albian years will give some story and deptch or go straight for the definitive and upgraded Exodus version.

A little help please?
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Albian Years is a compilation of Creatures 1 and 2. Exodus is a compilation of Creatures 3 and Docking Station, a free add-on.

I recommend you purchase Exodus because it has superior technology driving the AI, graphics, etc.

I can even sum up the "story" for you: the norn homeworld was destroyed, so now the norns live on a gigantic living spaceship.
Post edited March 04, 2011 by Mercanis
Well, shoot. I grew up with Creatures, the first one was excellent and the second one was very exciting when it first came out. I sort of felt a little... blah about Creatues 3/Docking Station at first (That's Creatures Exodus) because it was just very easy to get the norns to do anything you wanted; rather than sort of forcing you to guide them, it allowed you to basically just order them around. I almost feel inclined to recommend The Albian Years over Exodus if you're just starting out with Creatures, then moving on to Exodus if you like the first two. I hope that's helpful. To be a little more objective and less biased, I'll say that the Albian Years is a good way to see how it all began, but Exodus has a lot more polish. That's about all I can think of, at any rate. Good luck and enjoy, whatever you do!
Post edited March 04, 2011 by tomexplodes
Well now I'm even more split between the two x_x I'ma see if there's a way if I can get both x_x
Id say the better "value" is in albian years. It has the first 2 games plus the life packs. Those were sold separately when they were release so you couls think of them as mini expansions or somekind of dlc ;).
I prefer Albian Years to Exodus. While the technology in C3/DS is more advanced, including genetics, the artwork and sprites for C3/DS are just... goofy. Bubbly and shiny. I much prefer the look of C1/C2 (Albian Years). Plus, you can download some genomes for C2 that fix things like One Hour Stupidity Syndrome and give you more robust norns.
I ended up getting the albian years on a whim, but the AI behind it is baffling me because The norn I have in C1 seems to have ADHD
Pyrii: I ended up getting the albian years on a whim, but the AI behind it is baffling me because The norn I have in C1 seems to have ADHD
The A-Life in Creatures is more advanced than in other "petz" type games. With a real puppy (or a child, even), will they always do exactly what you tell them too, or will they decide that they are more interested in something else right now? Norns are the same way. You actually can (and have to) train them like you would any other pet. It's what puts Creatures, even to this day, over and above most other artificial life programs: Norn behavior isn't pre-programmed.

That's not to say that it doesn't have its problems. The original Norns in Creatures 2 are notorious for suffering from OHSS (One Hour Stupidity Syndrome) due to a genetic defect that has been well studied and documented. Fortunately, you can download a better genome to correct this defect (Canny Norns or Nova Subterra).

So in short, remember that you are dealing with a "real" virtual creature. Approach it that way, and it will make more sense.