Buzz! The Sports Quiz
The new Buzz! for grown-ups is the best yet.
Sony immediately hit a winner when they released Buzz: The Music Quiz. Combining great presentation, pick up and play characteristics and those trademark big red buzzers - sure to lure in any non-gamer to take part - the party genre had a new winner. The second iteration came in the form of The Big Quiz - more of the same, only this time general knowledge. Why this one didn't come out first is a bit of a mystery, really. Now it's time for another addition: Buzz! The Sports Quiz.
It ain't broke and it ain't been fixed, basically. All the modes and presentation of the first two games are back with the same hosts Buzz and Rose ready to (not really) make you laugh. A few different types of round show up in this newest offering but nothing that really pushes the game into unknown territory - there are five buttons, it's colour coded and when the big red one flashes you should generally press it. It really isn't that hard to work out.
"The Buzz formula has evolved to include video, sound clips and more photos."
The gameshow formula that has served the Buzz series so well is back for another run out and, shockingly enough, it still works just as well. The 'charismatic' (i.e. bit of a tool) host Buzz is back, once again voiced the by the in-demand (snak snak) Jason Donovan, alongside his ever ready hostess Rose. These characters aren't anything special, basically. They add some nice character to the game and I couldn't see things done any other way, to be fair, but it isn't like they have a world changing effect on proceedings. In fact, all Buzz himself seems to do is annoy people. Ah well.
Once a round has been explained to players - and it should be pointed out that it now takes a unanimous decision before round explanations are skipped, which was something of an annoyance in previous versions when one player could cause things to skip ahead. Where was I? Ah yes, once the round has been explained, things begin and the fun really starts. Shouting, off-putting, laughter - all common sights and sounds when playing. Well, with my friends at least. Cheating gimps. The questions on offer range from the shockingly simple to the really-quite-hard-indeed, though nothing ever feels impossible. Unless I'm being quizzed on cricket. Most major world sports are covered though there is clearly a bias towards football ('soccer', my American chums) and anyone looking for a section on the world cup of Kabaddi is sure to be disappointed. Other than these foibles there is a fair spread.
The Buzz formula has evolved somewhat, thankfully, to include video, sound clips and more photography with questions, resulting in some nice variety to proceedings. Whilst there isn't a massive amount of clips - De Boer's penalty miss was seen on three occasions over two games - the questions that accompany them are not always the same, and as such don't totally kill off the fun. Repetition does occur, unfortunately, and even with the thousands of questions on offer a few repeats will happen over only a few games. Cuba won the baseball gold at the Olympics, mind.
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Buzz: The Sports Quiz
Direct feed trailer
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Live action gameplay footage
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