There are ways to get the Steam version to work, but either you get lucky or it becomes a bitch to troubleshoot. Sorry, I would have troubleshooted further but as soon as I noticed 1.4 was working properly, I was enticed to just get it installed that way and play. It's probably not going to work properly since the mods I have in place practically require 1.5.1, but oh well. I'll let you know what happens lol -_-
Hello everyone, sorry to be annoying and ask for help. I've been troubleshooting for days and finally decided that maybe I need other people's viewpoint and thoughts.
I used Steam to install Spore, C&C, and GA (in that order). Not sure if it properly patched it, even tried to verify integrity of cache to patch it, but that didn't do anything to update. Either way, tried Spore GA and worked fairly well. I tried using the mods just for testing, as I expected it didn't work since Steam's files are different.
Was going to try using the .package files from a torrented version and see if that worked since I read this:
http://www.davoonline.com/phpBB3/viewto ... =26&t=2522. With all of the non-steam .packages, it worked, but I had a few issues. Galactic Adventures portion of the game doesn't work properly, for example there's no option for it and the intro is a white box where Galactic Adventures (without the mods) should be. The icons for the attacks and several other icons are large and out of place in the GUI. As well as white boxes on the map instead of map legends like this: viewtopic.php?f=25&t=2432
I have determined the issue to seem to be caused by the package: Spore_EP1_Data.package. If I place the steam version, it behaves normally and Galactic Adventures shows up, but mods don't work. If I use the non-steam version (I've tried different torrents by literally uninstalling and reinstalling Spore using the different torrents). It's either caused by that file itself or a dependency on that file. The issue isn't caused by the mods, as I stated earlier with parenthesis, I tried without the mods and still had the issues.
There must be a way to get it to work properly, please let me know if anyone has any ideas. It would be greatly appreciated as I've been dying of de-sporification for days. Let me know if you guys have any questions or need anymore information.
Also, thank you to the Davo Online team for bringing us badass mods and Davo for bringing us one of the few modding sites for Spore that are still alive. Got to love Dark Injection, even if my Spore fails me lol.
Edit: Tried 1.4 Spore torrented version, no animation glitch, since GA 1.01 is needed so that 1.5.1 doesn't cause animation glitch and the fact that I've yet to find a GA crack that works with GA 1.01, decided to downgrade to 1.4. Even the mods worked or they seem to have so far. Copied 1.4 data to Steam, had a configuration error, so different results. During my troubleshooting I noticed some of the causes for patches not to see Steam. Firstly, in uninstall a program, you will notice that the Steam Spores don't have the version listed. You can probably add the version in the registry, either that or you have to make a special MSI install so it provides version number. Secondly, you will notice in the Spore registry keys that "InstallLoc" is not put, so technically that's probably the major reason the actual patches don't see the Steam Spore.I haven't tried it, but technically if you recreate the non-steam Spore folder structure and put the proper InstallLoc and DataDir, it should be able to patch up. The Steam .exe is most likely the root cause of incompatibility with the non-Steam packages. Even was able to get a crack .exe to work by putting the proper InstallLoc. Tried putting in the InstallLoc and the .exe crack actually ran, so some minor steps and you could attain functionality.
All in all, I got lazy with troubleshooting further, but if I had gone further, I could have probably created the folder structure of non-steam spore within steam's folders, then pointed and used the InstallLoc. It would of worked, though it would have probably broke Steam's version. So I just decided to remove Steam and use the torrented Spore, I'll play offline to be safe lmao. I had the Steam Complete Pack, which comes with all of Spore (I think it either uses one cd key or it was listed in the registry but I forgot to check). The one cd key I found on steam worked on a non-steam install. So cd keys aren't any different? I'm not sure if the complete pack could be the cause of the weird restructure of the folders for Spore, the structure is far more consolidated, so it could be the Complete pack to blame possibly.