Buzz! The Pop Quiz
Jason Donovan returns again in Buzz! The
Pop Quiz that once again offers gamers another attempt at a music quiz
game from the 1990's to today which includes bands such as the Foo
Fighters and even Nelly Furtado.
For those of you unaware of the Buzz!
franchise on the PlayStation 2, its essential a quiz game that comes
with four buzzers with multi coloured buttons which are pushed
in accordance to the various answers that appear on the screen. So that's basically
it, grab three friends together (or more) and give each one of them one
of four buzzers in order to see who the music quiz genius.
With a variety of new gameplay modes, Buzz!
The Pop Quiz seems to pay homage to the original game with its similar
games, however some of the new rounds in the game are actually entertaining such
as the Wall of Sound and my personal favourite Pop Picker.
The game itself is quite dull when played
alone, however when the friends or family around, the game begins to
take on a life of its own. The title also contains over 5000 different
questions and will definitely challenge even the most music apt gamers
in the world.
Graphically the series has received a much
needed facelift compared to the previous editions, although the game is
still quite "cartoony" in appearance. The characters are more detailed
and move with more animated emotions and the Buzz! studio is much more
flashier with lighting effects, almost making you believe you part of
this quiz series.
Since the last installment of Buzz, the
game features quite a large amount of music that contain original
recordings, modern renditions and instrumental versions. This is a mixed
bag as some of the PlayStation 2 "remakes" of the songs seem a little
lackluster in the music department which is a shame, considering the
wide variety of questions in the game.
Of course Jason Donovan makes a
welcome return and sounds as cheesy and clichéd as ever that actually can get on
your nerves as the game progresses but he essentially what has made the
game so popular. Sad but true :) Even so, it's good to see Jason Donovan
working... ok... enough nastiness, he's actually kind of cool in it.
In conclusion, Buzz! The Pop Quiz does
offer the gamer a few new gaming modes, although nothing too impressive
over its predecessors as players try to outwit and outsing each other as
they answer a variety of music orientated questions.
At the end of the
day, Buzz! The Pop Quiz seems like an "addon" rather than a full blown
original game that banks on the popularity of the previous titles. If
you are interested in the music quiz genre, you might want to check it
out, however if you are only interested in the title because its a Buzz!
game, you might be a little disappointed.