Buzz Impressions


Pros

  • Great Trivia Game I haven’t played a triva in years, and I’ve forgotten how much fun they can be. I played with several non-gamer tyeps and they loved it. If you have social, non-gamer-type friends over, or want to play with kids (my step-daughter can hold her own in the cartoon category), this game is perfect.
  • Buzz Controllers Wireless, simple, easy to use, and fun. They’re perfect trivia controllers.
  • Large Question Bank I haven’t seen any duplicate questions yet. Very impressive. The game also has some photo and video questions which are fun as well.
  • Great Extras Fun couch-photos with PlayStation Eye, user created questions, online modes, DLC trivia packs. (I haven’t had a chance to play with all these extras yet).
  • Polish, Presentation, Interface All the animations, transitions, question-modes, and character selection adds a lot of polish to the core game.

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Cons

  • Wireless USB Dongle This is a minor nitpick, but worth mentioning. The PS3 has native wireless. Why do all custom wireless controllers need a dongle? I think I know the answer but it’s not a good excuse. Bluetooth is more expensive and simple wireless controllers want to use cheaper, simpler RF. Ultimately, the PS3 should have been designed to support custom wireless controllers (whether it’s Bluetooth, RF, or whatever) without the need for USB dongles.
  • Limited variety of inter-question transitions, announcer chatter, and animations

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Bottom Line

This is a surprise hit. The core trivia game is so utterly simple, I’m surprised how fun it can be. This title pushes the genre with all the polish and extras.


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Tosh Hatch on September 30th, 2008 [ 1102 Points ]

    Ya, I liked the PS2 Buzz. I may get this one later, seems like a great party game. Does it have a lot of variety as far as question categories?

  2. #2 by Darrin on September 30th, 2008 [ 17143 Points ]

    Yes, there is definitely a lot of variety. The disc ships with lots of categories and lots of questions. Then there are extra DLC packs, which look good, and then there are user-generated questions, which I haven’t had a chance to check out.

    I never played PS2 Buzz. I haven’t played a quiz game since You Don’t Know Jack on PC, which was roughly ten years ago, and this is a major improvement.

  3. #3 by George on September 30th, 2008

    I picked up PS2 Buzz and Hollywood for 15$ each the other day. They are pretty fun. So far I think we have gone through maybe 2% of the questions in 4-5 sessions.

    I’ll probably get PS3 buzz, maybe after the first price drop. Does anyone know if the questions are all new in this edition?

  4. #4 by Glitch on September 30th, 2008 [ 375 Points ]

    Hi George,

    I have PS2 Buzz and have tried the PS3 version as well. Of course I can’t be 100 percent sure, but none of the questions I have tried have been the same.

    You can use your PS2 buzzers with the PS3 version, so if you don’t mind the cords, you only need to buy the PS3 version of Buzz withouth the buzzers.

  5. #5 by apollo40 on October 6th, 2008

    I love this game too. It is great for a Sat. evning. Played it yesterdays with 3 of my friends.

    Great.


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