|System: PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Relentless||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SCEA (SONY)||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sep. 23, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-8 (4 Online)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
If your PS3 is hooked up to the Internet and you're ready for some online action, Sofa vs. Sofa is the way to go. In this case, you'll have to earn living room bragging rights by beating other online competitors. I have to admit, this mode had me hooked right from the beginning. I'm never one of the best contestants, yet I still have lots of fun with it. Just like online races added the needed spark to the Mario Kart series, online competition is just what the Buzz! series was missing. Now you can actually feel like you're part of something bigger you're the star of a hot game show!
Whether you play online or offline, there are a few steps to follow before you begin to play. First, you get to choose a contestant, then your costume, and finally, your buzzer sound. The sound library is packed with interesting noises and effects, from train sounds to laughter, cows, babies, and of course, the belch. I'd say the one thing this game is sorely missing is character customization. You can only choose from 11 premade characters. Each of them has a closet "full" of costumes. Unfortunately, there aren't many combinations available, which makes character selection more of an afterthought. However, I did enjoy the taunting and teasing animations. By pushing one of the colored buttons, you'll make your characters laugh, complain, threaten, show off, or even throw a bat at their own head! These hilarious moments add a bit of a glimmer to the otherwise somewhat plain feel of the game.
If there's anything that makes this game special, it's the HD visuals. Buzz, the contestants, and the game show environments look awesome in high definition; the textures are incomparable, and everything looks really sharp. They should have taken advantage of that and sent the game to the next level. New stages and a bit more variety in general would have completely separated this game from the rest. Unfortunately, though it's better than the previous titles, Buzz! Quiz TV doesn't guarantee a purchase from those who already own one of the other versions.
The questions you need to ask yourself before deciding on this purchase vs. one of the PS2 offerings is: Do you have a spare $60 in your pocket? Do the old wired Buzz! controllers really bug you? Are high definition visuals important to you? Does online gameplay sound exciting? If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, you should probably go ahead and do it! On the other hand, if you're happy with wired controllers, paying less money, and playing just with friends in your own living room, then the upgrade to Buzz! Quiz TV may not be necessary.
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