The other major feature is online play – something even Scene It! didn’t attempt. The most impressive thing is how transparent it is; you can setup or join an online game in very much the same way that you would an offline game, and the game takes seconds to find you a quiz to join or players to hook up with yours. There are some irritations – waiting for everyone to choose characters can get annoying after a while – but generally it all runs very smoothly and is more compelling than you might expect. You can see when the other players have answered and, in some rounds, what they’ve answered, putting the pressure on you to perform. As the final rounds commence, things can get every bit as tense as your average online FPS, though the time allowed to answer could possibly have been shortened – some players seem to take an age to make their choice (and with no EyeToy support, it’s impossible to know whether there is any cheating going on).
Overall, the online experience is excellent. The only real causes for complaint are that a) there’s no facility to make the game longer or shorter and b) the promise of Sofa vs Sofa play, where a team of players on one console could play another team over the Internet, appears not to have materialised. At the moment, Buzz! Quiz TV seems limited to one player per PS3. Shame.
That’s a disappointment, but Buzz! Quiz TV is very much an evolving platform, and there’s plenty of room for features and play modes to be added or adjusted with coming patches and question packs. The important thing is that, as is, the game is massively entertaining and one of the best social experiences on the PS3. And there’s one final reason to rejoice. Now that Buzz! Quiz TV comes with wireless controllers, we can all forget about the nightmare of wire untangling that every Buzz! session used to entail. Cheapskates can still use their existing Buzz! Controller and get the solus version if they wish, but the wireless bundle makes setting up a game much, much less of an ordeal.
It’s not perfect, but Buzz! Quiz TV is the best quiz game out there and one that’s bursting with potential to get even better. The integration of online features is excellent, and while some may be disappointed by the subdued use of the PlayStation 3’s HD capabilities, the core game is slicker and more enjoyable than ever.
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