Buzz! The Mega Quiz
The Ronseal of the gaming world.
SCE London Studio
Another day, another Buzz! game. Last we had the Sports Quiz, which was quite good, though it fell into the quiz game trap of question repetition quite quickly. Also I couldn't win at it, as I know nothing of any sport outside football. But this new one - MEGA as it is - returns to the realms of general knowledge, and adds the feature whereby the game saves data to avoid repeating questions too much. All good so far.
The developers have clearly learned from mistakes made in the past, and as a result Buzz! The Mega Quiz has turned out like a highly refined version of the Buzz standard. But what else did you expect? They weren't exactly going to ruin it, were they?
"The points system is where a nice addition comes into play - in Mega Quiz though, points add up to time in the last round."
I know through personal experience.
Aside from the main show mode, there are a number of secondary ways to play, including a marathon quiz mode that can be set up to 100 questions long, along with some other mild distractions. The game supports up to four players through the ever-present buzzers (three on mine, seeing as the freebies Sony sent had one broken one. Cheap bastards.) It's hard to see the game do anything but shine when there's a room full of people involved, and I have witnessed some of the harshest trash-talk in my life when playing at a recent party. Mental scars all round. Throw into this Donovan's sometimes-quite-amusing-jibes and it's a recipe for aggression all round. Fun for all the family!
"It's hard to be negative about the game in any major way - the game does exactly what it sets out to do and it does it well."
Basically, it's the Ronseal of the gaming world: does exactly what it says on the tin (box).
Buzz: The Mega Quiz is a great game for the party situations in the world - get four or more people in a room and see the arguments and taunting fly, then laugh as I win once again (general knowledge = forte). If this game is bought for any other reason than a distraction at parties and gatherings though, it isn't a great choice, but if you buy it for any other reason then there's a point you've missed somewhere along the line.