Buzz The Mega Quiz
Review of Buzz The Mega Quiz
Quick question for everyone- have you ever watched a game show, see the contestant get the simplest question wrong and say to yourself “I could beat all of them at that easy”. Well, now’s the time to put your money where your mouth is with BUZZ! The Mega Quiz, now available in North America from Sony and Relentless Software.
Buzz! The Mega Quiz has recently been ported over from its original UK iteration, BUZZ! The Big Quiz, and virtually nothing has been changed. Your hosts for the festivities are Buzz and his assistant Victoria. Buzz has all the smarminess of your stereotypical game show host and seems to have a slight relation to Guy Smiley from Sesame Street, judging by the mouth. Rose is the typical attractive assistant with all the moves to match. The onscreen characters for the contestants are a suitably oddball bunch going from a cheerleader to Mexican wrestlers.
Included with the game is the unique controller, allowing up to 4 people to play. It consists of a big red buzzer button to ring in and four colored buttons to choose answers with. Up to eight players can play in all- you will have to buy another set of controllers if you have a large crowd on hand to play (assuming no one else has a set of controllers as well). EyeToy support is built in as well- if you have the camera in place you may find a snapshot of yourself on the big screen when answering incorrectly.
The single player mode for the game is rather short, having only two rounds of play (Time Builder and Hot Seat). The quicker you answer questions in Time Builder, the more time you have to answer in Hot Seat and get points. Stealing a bit from Weakest Link, you have to “bank” the points to actually get them- answer a question wrong and you lose any unbanked points (and get laughed at by the studio audience). Multiplayer is where this game shines with a variety of rounds with names like Point Picker, Pie Fight (you get to hit opponents with a cream pie with correct answers), Point Stealer and The Final Countdown. A total of six rounds are available for multiplayer.
If you get tired of using the game’s built in questions the option is there to be the game show host yourself. The host uses the regular PS2 controller to signal correct/ incorrect answers.
The graphics of the game are clean and well done but hardly push the PS2 toward any sort of limits. Load times are quick so you won’t be wasting much time for each round to begin. The sounds are good with Buzz and Rose sounding like they belong on tv. There is a variety of buzzer effects to choose from ranging from the standard bells to animal noises and even farts and burps for those looking for the cheap laugh. Music is typical game show fare but ultimately forgettable.
OUR PLEDGE: We promise that we have fully played 'Buzz The Mega Quiz' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
This review was written by Lyndon M STAFF © Absolute PlayStation
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