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whatshot Buzz PS3 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.7
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 8.8
Distributor: Sony
Classification:
G
Review Date:
July 2008
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak

8.7


Buzz Quiz TV

The PlayStation 2 phenomena “Buzz” has arrived on the PS3 that once again returns our “favourite” quiz show host and although from its initial appearance, the game only seems to have received a slight face lift, the title actually contains a plethora of new editions to the genre. The two most noticeable differences to the franchise is the inclusion of wireless buzzers and online play which means you can challenge players from around the world.

Before embarking on the game, the player must first install the USB receiver into their PS3 unit, install the AA batteries into the wireless buzzer and then load the game. Although the controls are almost identical to the PS2 incarnation of Buzz, they do feel sturdier and feel a little lighter.

Once the game is loaded, the players will notice that the characters are now in glorious high definition and still retain that “cartoon” appearance, however gamers have the option of modifying their avatars costumes.

The categories from the previous games return which include Lifestyle, Sports, Knowledge, Movies, TV and Music which are broken down into a variety of sub categories that include “Scientific” for Knowledge or “Oldie Hits for Music. The game also contains a variety of new music and video clips that go hand-in-hand with the gameplay and assist in the enjoyment factor of the title. Buzz also boasts over 5,000 questions that definitely add to the longevity of this entertaining gaming franchise.

Quiz games such as Point Builder, Pass the Bomb, Fastest Finger, Pie Fight, Point Stealer and Final Countdown return for the PlayStation 3 version, however the new edition called “High Stakes” gives gamers a new quiz perspective. In High Stakes, gamers have the ability to bet their points towards questions which does make for some interesting fun. Final Countdown has been tweaked by putting each player on a podium that raises or lowers depending on whether you selected the correct answer and once you go too low, your reign in the quiz world has ended.

The control system of Buzz is perfect and thankfully Sony did not try to reinvent the wheel with the new cordless buzzer. The beauty of Buzz is that anyone can pickup the controller and start playing the game immediately. The buzzer contains a large red button on the top of the controller with four coloured buttons below it that correspond to the answers displayed in the game. In its essence, it’s the perfect control system.

For online players, the MyBuzzQuiz website allows you to create your own quizzes for players around the world and you can even create your own specialty areas such as “Super Heroes” or “Cats” for example. The next edition to the franchise is Sofa versus Sofa mode that allows you play against gamers from around the world in a variety of different quiz modes that is actually quite fun and easy to setup.

Graphically, the title is quite reminiscent of the previous games, however now boasts glorious HD graphics and widescreen that looks exceptionally sharp and crisp. The characters, although still contain their “cartoon” appearance are animated better and have a sharper edge to them that interact better with the gaming environment. The voice acting is as clichéd and forced as ever and actually suits the game perfectly.

In conclusion, Buzz for PS3 is a definitely an entertaining game that although doesn’t really bring anything new to the quiz gaming market, the old analogy still remains that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it which is true to this game. With over 5,000 questions, some interesting online play, Buzz is still one of the definitive party games that we could recommend to all gamers.





 

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