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whatshot Buzz! The Ultimate Music Quiz PS3 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 7.0
Sound 9.0
Value 8.0
Distributor: Sony
Classification:
G
Review Date:
December 2010
Reviewer:
James Wright

8.0


Buzz! The Ultimate Music Quiz

Buzz! returns again to the wonderful world of PS3 gaming and abides by the philosophy that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Almost a carbon copy of the previous Buzz games which features that same whacky presenter, gameplay, graphics and sound, this series is easily the best quiz show style of game on any console.

It also doesn't take a genius to realise that this current instalment of Buzz! revolves around music and the game contains a plethora of questions, images, sounds and clips of songs from a variety of different genres and eras. Allowing up to four players to play, courtesy of those cool quiz show button accessories, gamers can either play a short or long bout of Buzz!.

The questions of The Ultimate Music Quiz are extremely diverse and include a wide range of genres such as hip hop to alternate rock. Best of all, the songs range from a variety of musical eras, so even if you're not up to date with the modern hits of today, there are enough classics and popular hits to make most gamers feel welcome.

As mentioned, the gameplay is almost a replica from previous titles that include enjoyable matches such as point stealer (steal points from another player) or fastest finger (the player with the faster finger wins the chance to answer the question first).

Fortunately the developers have added something new to the series with the Twisted Tunes round. Twisted Tunes has nothing to do with a bad version of iTunes but rather distorts the song and requires the player to decipher the distortion in order to name the song. Twisted Tunes is a fun addition to the franchise and does make the game slightly different from previous incarnations.

Another change to the franchise is the inclusion of PlayStation Move into the series. The inclusion of Move into Buzz seems a little forced and dare I say... a little childish at times. Image EyeToy meets Buzz and that's what what the Move does to the game as you attempt to shoot correct answers with the Move controller or pop them.

Thankfully this aspect of Buzz is only a sideline and you can still play the traditional Buzz!. If you still want more questions, there is an option to create custom questions and the ability of downloading additional quiz questions from the net that does stretch the longevity of the title. Needless to say, a good instalment of Buzz!

Graphically, the title has received a slight make over and the biggest difference is that our presenter looks a little more human as opposed to the cartoon Buzz of yesteryear. Even the characters that you select and the quiz show studio where you play looks a little different and thankfully that's in a good way.

While we're still on graphics, another cool feature is the ability to map a picture of you onto one of the contestants in the game which looks a little odd but is nonetheless a fun addition. The sound of Buzz is the winner here however that features some exceptional decent sounding songs that is the heart of the game. I should also mention that you can even create your own buzzer sounds.

In the end, Buzz! The Ultimate Music Quiz is a fun game and if you've enjoyed the previous instalments, than this is no exception to the rule. There are some slight changes to the format and graphics that does slightly separate this Buzz! game from others which is a good thing and thankfully the tried and tested Buzz! formula remains. Just ignore the PlayStation Move option because the main gameplayis where all the action is happening.





 

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