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I don't know. Considering the difference between what it set out to do and what it eventually became, I'd say "massive failure" is a pretty accurate description. Sure, it'll make money. With the marketing behind the game, it'd be hard not to. And that Metacritic rating is not too surprising. Game critics are pretty worthless overall, if not bought and paid for, and I think they're being overly generous because of the hype and because of Will Wright. It may not be the worst game ever, but it's still pretty bad.
I wouldn't call spore a massive failure. There is a midground between greatest game ever made and massive failure. I think spore is somewhere in between. It's got an 85 on metacritic and sales are through the roof....not really a massive failure. Maybe a massive let down....but critically and financially it's not really failing.