In a feature titled, "The Zombies Look Better Every Year," the New York Times has named Spore as its biggest disappointment for 2008.
"If Electronic Arts has learned anything from its experience with Spore, it ought to be that a software company should just let its games do the talking, rather than relentlessly hyping a game for years before its release only to deliver a one-note electronic toy in the end," said the paper.
"Spore would not have fizzled so quickly if expectations had not been so ludicrously inflated to begin with."
Game of the year? GTA IV, obviously. Worth a read.