Buzz! Brain Of Oz PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 7.0
Sound 8.0
Value 9.0
Distributor: Sony
Classification:
G
Review Date:
May 2009
Reviewer:
Mark Beresford

8.0


Buzz! Brain Of Oz

With Buzz! controllers now achieving that status of 'must have' accessory for the Playstation 2, and half a dozen different Buzz! titles. It's only a natural progression to release a localised version for each of the major selling countries. The Australian contingent is Buzz! Brain Of Oz, with over 4000 new questions aimed to test your patriotic knowledge.

The game is itself, a quiz show, in which each player uses their specialised Buzz! controllers to pick and answer questions through various variety rounds, culminating in one player being crowd the grand master and smartest person in the lounge room. Like the other Buzz! titles the game is structured the same. Firstly choosing your playing mode, then choosing from the range of Preset Avatars, each with their own taunts and styles, then selecting your own personal buzzer before progressing through question based rounds. Again, it's in the same style as always with Point Builder, Pass The Bomb, Fastest Finger, Point Stealer, and the Final Countdown all making their returns. The stage is this time however is decked out in Australiana with flags a plenty and the voice over for the ever smiling quizmaster Buzz (Jason Donavon), now has a touch more of Aussie colocialism.

The questions themself have a nice range of diversity, first presumptions would lead you to believe that they're all centred around Ramsay St, Khe Sahn, Victoria Bitter, and David Boon, but it's not true, though there are a good lot of Ramsay St questions in there. Each topic provides a mixture of Australian and International questions to keep you on your toes. The TV, Movie, Music, and Sports categories all have a strong Australian setting and range from classics of the fifties to very modern day, in one instance displaying a clip for the Floridian band 'The Black Kids' which only struck Australia about 6 months ago.

As with all Buzz! games, there is a good serving of humble pie with every game. I would consider myself somewhat of a 'Expert' in the Motorsport category, and the temptation of thinking that I have it all over the Australian Motorsport knowledge is all but too tempting, only to find that each question is written well enough for my petrol hating girlfriend to wipe the floor with me at most every question. That is the enjoyable thing about the Buzz! series, you don't need to be a expert at everything to win. Each round is setup so that every player, regardless of knowledge amount, has the same chance as everyone else to lose all points and climb their way back up to victory.

Graphically & Sound wise there are no complaints, there isn't much that Relentless Software can do to push the boundaries on a game that is based on overly cartooned characters with little audio other than voiceovers, so if you have witnessed Buzz! before, you will know what to expect.

The version I played did have a few 'hiccups' in places such as questions being read that had nothing to do with the question that was written, which again, had nothing to do with the picture for the question. But these are so few and far between it doesn't make a difference. This game is still the one which lights fierce rivalries between housemates and with everyone believing they are a 'expert' on their homeland, it will be a soul crushing experience for some. If you don't believe me, get the game and test your knowledge yourself, you will be surprised. 






 
 



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