|System: PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Relentless Software||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: March 11, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-8||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Multiplayer modes include Hollywood Stars (everyone chooses from a list of topics), Fastest Finger (study a photo clue and quickly answer), Fact or Fiction (guess whether the question is true or false), Top Rank (order the four answers chronologically, etc. the quickest), Pie Fight (the first to answer the question correctly gets to launch a cream pie at whomever they choose), Rollover (missed points for wrong answers are put into a pool for your opponents to win), Point Stealer (allows you to steal 500 points from any opponent you choose), and the last round is The Final Countdown (all your accumulated points in previous rounds are converted to time; the last person standing wins!).
There are so many game modes it would be a real yawner to detail them all here, but just know that they all do a wonderful job of testing your film knowledge and provide enough variety to keep the game fresh and interesting. It's also possible to eliminate specific game modes that you find to be dull by creating a custom game. The folks at Relentless Software really did think of everything!
In fact, Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz can do more than just test your familiarity with movies. There's a neat game mode called Quizmaster that lets you ask the questions. This requires you to grab a pack of trivia cards from some other board game or to create your own from an encyclopedia if you're truly O.C.D. By connecting a DUALSHOCK 2 controller along with the buzzers, you can create your very own game show. The points will tally for you automatically; all you have to do as Quizmaster is read the questions and tell the PS2 if the person who buzzed in got the answer right or not!
The quality, type, and difficulty of the questions being asked varies greatly. Some are very easy and others very few people could get right; questions run the gamut. There are literally thousands of queries covering various genres, eras, actors, and directors. These questions are presented via simple statements, short movie clips, and celebrity photos. There is more than enough variety for squares and pop culture enthusiasts alike to have a great time. Thankfully, in the few short hours I spent with the title there was no repetition, however, I'm sure that will not be the case should you play long enough.
Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz is an excellent game for the casual gaming crowd. It is a great alternative to movie board games due to its simplicity and interactivity. The developers have done a great job creating an accessible title that should keep your friends and family guessing for a long time to come. If you're looking for something to do with that non-gaming, non-swinging couple you met at the library last week, or if you're having your spouse's folks over for dinner, Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz just might be the perfect icebreaker.
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