Sean W. Gibson / Nov 5th, 2007 No Comments
Featuring over 5,000 questions, and bringing some hilarious commentary from the game show host, Buzz is a PS2 game (which works fine on PS3 systems) that hits the casual gaming market right on the button – almost literally. The game is packaged as a game show as up to 8 players compete in various stages of answering trivia questions. Each armed with their own avatar (which are hilarious), players literally buzz in using their supplied buzzers (1 USB plug per 4 buzzers). Answer the question correctly and you get points. Answer incorrectly and get humiliated.
• TV-style presentation – Buzz! The Mega Quiz brings the ultimate interactive game-show to your living room.
• Accessibility – easy to use "Buzzers" and the general knowledge themes on a huge variety of categories allows just about anyone to pickup and play.
• Social competitive gaming – Buzz! The Mega Quiz is the perfect party starter and a great way to get up to eight of your family and friends playing together.
• Get quizzed on everything- with over 5000 questions spanning a full range of subjects that include film, sports, history, music and even Buzz's own brand of wacky trivia.
• Over 16 contestants to choose from and five game play modes (Multiplayer, Single, Team, Quickfire, Quiz Master).
The PS2 presentation is pretty solid, although with the next-gen consoles having been out now for a full year it’s beginning to look very dated. When playing the game on the PS3 there’s a slight improvement in the quality of the graphics (most likely due to the HDMI connection as opposed to the s-video). The presentation and art direction of the game is fantastic and really makes it easy to jump into the game and enjoy rather than having to explain to noobies how the game works.
The voice acting (and writing) is absolutely hilarious. The gameshow host is a real character and has some really funny material to say when someone gets a question wrong, or goes through a rough stretch. There’s funny sound effects to go along with the great acting as well, for a fantastic sound experience.
It’s all about casual gaming these days, and Buzz is a fantastic game to get for parties for 4 or 8. The questions range from “easy” to “medium” to “hard” but all three categories can be easily answered by adult players. The game is appropriate for any teenage-up audience as well, making it a great family game to enjoy this holiday season. Once you’ve played through a couple of times with your friends, a few days later you’ll think back and say, “man that was a lot of fun! I want to play again!” and you make it happen. The game is easy to learn, extremely fun to play, and an all around fantastic party game.
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The game is highly addicting, and since there’s already another version out (Buzz Jr), it seems very logical to think that expansion packs will come out in the future. If you have a memory card (or PS3 HDD), the game will auto-save and remember which questions it asked before so you don’t get them again in the near future – which is MUCH better than playing a DVD-type like Scene-It. Buzz is highly original, as we can’t really think of a game like it on the market, and the writing and characters in the game are all highly original.
For PS2 and PS3 owners alike, if you are in to party gaming, then you must pick up Buzz – it’s one of the more fun party games (video game or board game) we’ve ever played. It is perfect for casual gamers or trivia buffs alike, and for the price ($39.99 to $49.99 with the buzzers) you really can’t beat the experience.