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October 23 2007
Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz - PS2 Review
Release Date Distributor Developer Players Rating Difficulty
25/10/2007SonyRelentless Software1-8PGMedium
Save Size Sound Format Vibration 60Hz Mode 50Hz Border Widescreen

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Check out the crazy characters.
Sony's quiz based Buzz! titles have carved out another niche genre in the gaming market. While the Buzz! controllers have been used for some mini-game styled fun as well their main use is in these quiz titles. Buzz! The Music Quiz, Buzz! The Big Quiz, Buzz! The Sports Quiz, and Buzz! The Mega Quiz have all provided some solid entertainment. For this fifth game in the trivia series the developers have focused on a theme which almost anyone can participate in - Hollywood. Yet again, if you have enough controllers, you can have up to 8-players participating in the game at once, and as with previous games we definitely recommend playing with as many people as possible!

If you've played one of the previous Buzz! titles then you'll know what to expect here - little has changed. For those of you that are new Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz includes over 5,000 movie related questions to test your knowledge. Many of the questions have related image or videos showing at the same time. The game can be played on your own where you get to aim for the high score table or - and this is how it should be played - in a multi-player mode. Gamers can alter the length and difficulty of the game, and players can select and customise their on-screen character before entering the game. The game is split up into a series of rounds. Some will require you simply to answer the question correctly, others will put you up against the clock to beat the other players, other rounds will get you to put four words in order and so on. To play the game Sony have created special USB Buzz! controllers which include a large red button on the top, and coloured buttons on the face. If you are new to the series you must buy it with these controllers to get the most out of the game.

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Selecting your category.
There are a couple of new game rounds in this title. One of these new modes is Rollover which sees points being awarded for a correct answer to a question based on a topic of your choice. Should you get the question incorrect then the points rollover to the next person who could double, and so on. Another of the new rounds in this release is one called 'Fact or Fiction'. Basically Buzz will make a series of statements which you must confirm are true or false. It's pretty entertaining, but is a pretty short round with only a couple of questions. Other rounds have been seen in previous games, and as with the previous game in the series, Buzz! The Mega Quiz, the final round sees your points converted into time. The person who outlasts the rivals is declared the overall winner meaning that someone well behind on points, given a solid final round could still overtake and win the game.

In terms of disappointments I have to admit that I really wanted to see more photos and video clips in the game. While there are multiple questions based on each image or video you will have repetition after a while. I must also say that even on the hardest difficulty setting I was scoring around, and often well above, 70% correct and while I do know a lot about movies I am sure there are many that could do a lot better making the game far too easy. The game does includes some small load times, and also short periods of waiting as it writes data to the memory card to reduce the chance of question repetition which is forgivable.

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Time for Fastest Finger.
Yet again the franchise has undergone some work in the graphics department. The characters are focused on movies genres while the set has undergone a bit more of a 'movie awards night' working over. The video clips and photos in the game are pretty good quality overall, but yet again on a very small screen users may find them a little small if not sitting close enough. Buzz leaps and bounds around the stage with much excitement but it won't take too long to see animations repeating.

Yet again Jason Donovan has provided the voice of Buzz, and this time he actually still sounds like he's enjoying the experience again. The game is lively in its audio from the intro music, to the comments from Rose and Buzz, and even the cheers, grunts and groans from the characters in the game.

To be honest I expected a little more from Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz if only because Sony will be facing direct competition from Microsoft when they launch their quiz game (using very similar controllers too!) called Scene It! Lights, Camera, Action. Now we didn't expect a radically different game, but it would have been nice to see Sony really push this further with perhaps a reinvention of the series - better graphics, improved audio and so on. Still, if you like Buzz! and movies this is a great party game worth adding to your collection.

Review By: Dave Warner

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GRAPHICSPossibly a little more jazzed up then previously, just.
SOUNDJason Donovan is back as Buzz, but the jokes are starting to stale.
GAMEPLAYA quiz game with special controllers, anyone can play this.
VALUEThousands of questions, plenty of modes, and - most importantly - fantastic multi-player thrills, little evolution to previous games.
OVERALLBuzz! The Hollywood Quiz doesn't mess with the structure or format. Being based on movies anyone can enjoy this version, but we would have loved to see some more, new, rounds.

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