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Getting Buzzed With Buzz! Quiz World

Can you test your knowledge of art history and '80s television in the same sitting? Trick question! Those are the same thing!

 HE'S STARING INTO MY SOUL.
My favorite feature of the newest Buzz! trivia game for PlayStation 3, Quiz World, is that you can't type in your own name.

Whoa there, sparky! Hang on a minute. I'm not regressing into company-shilling apologist mode. Instead of typing in your name, you select from a huge list of monikers that includes common first names and a number of silly nicknames. It's a cool feature because the game's Muppet-headed host, the exuberant but vaguely unsettling Buzz, then verbalizes your name during each round. That's attention-getting and useful for people like me who tend to zone out a bit during games like this. It's also weirdly funny from time to time; "Dude" is a name option, for example, which Jeff rightly pointed out we would all probably respond to.

Along with the preset name selections, there are a bunch of cartoonish avatars including knight, alien, cheerleader, and Snidely Whiplash-looking railroad baron guy with tophat and curly mustache. You can customize these characters with different outfit options and then make them do goofy animations between questions that will get Buzz yapping at you. These profiles are persistent across matches once you create them, and Buzz remembers your statistics and favorite categories to make recommendations in future play.

 These people are down to quiz.     
Speaking of, there are over 5,000 questions in here, and you pick a specific category from four choices before every round, including things like art history, musical instruments, and '80s television. I noticed the TV category had a strange predilection for Knight Rider and The A Team. Wait, there's nothing strange about that. And would you believe Ryan killed it in the art round? We were playing a mode where you could bet your current points, and his strategy of betting big on every question really paid off when he went from third to first at the end of the round. 

Other round types include variations on the answer-first formula, and one I especially liked that had each player's podium raised into the air at a height proportional to their score. As each question's time ticked down, the podium lowered toward a trap door that your character would dump right into if your overall time ran out. That sort of round really levels the playing field, if you can answer faster than your competitors.

From what we played around here, Quiz World is honestly a good, silly sort of fun in a group setting, if you're into trivia games. I think our match actually got a little heated here in the office. It's also interesting to note that, despite the name and the controllers with gigantic light-up red buttons that ship the game, you rarely actually buzz in to answer questions. But who's splitting hairs?

 
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Posted by Brad
 HE'S STARING INTO MY SOUL.
My favorite feature of the newest Buzz! trivia game for PlayStation 3, Quiz World, is that you can't type in your own name.

Whoa there, sparky! Hang on a minute. I'm not regressing into company-shilling apologist mode. Instead of typing in your name, you select from a huge list of monikers that includes common first names and a number of silly nicknames. It's a cool feature because the game's Muppet-headed host, the exuberant but vaguely unsettling Buzz, then verbalizes your name during each round. That's attention-getting and useful for people like me who tend to zone out a bit during games like this. It's also weirdly funny from time to time; "Dude" is a name option, for example, which Jeff rightly pointed out we would all probably respond to.

Along with the preset name selections, there are a bunch of cartoonish avatars including knight, alien, cheerleader, and Snidely Whiplash-looking railroad baron guy with tophat and curly mustache. You can customize these characters with different outfit options and then make them do goofy animations between questions that will get Buzz yapping at you. These profiles are persistent across matches once you create them, and Buzz remembers your statistics and favorite categories to make recommendations in future play.

 These people are down to quiz.     
Speaking of, there are over 5,000 questions in here, and you pick a specific category from four choices before every round, including things like art history, musical instruments, and '80s television. I noticed the TV category had a strange predilection for Knight Rider and The A Team. Wait, there's nothing strange about that. And would you believe Ryan killed it in the art round? We were playing a mode where you could bet your current points, and his strategy of betting big on every question really paid off when he went from third to first at the end of the round. 

Other round types include variations on the answer-first formula, and one I especially liked that had each player's podium raised into the air at a height proportional to their score. As each question's time ticked down, the podium lowered toward a trap door that your character would dump right into if your overall time ran out. That sort of round really levels the playing field, if you can answer faster than your competitors.

From what we played around here, Quiz World is honestly a good, silly sort of fun in a group setting, if you're into trivia games. I think our match actually got a little heated here in the office. It's also interesting to note that, despite the name and the controllers with gigantic light-up red buttons that ship the game, you rarely actually buzz in to answer questions. But who's splitting hairs?

 
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Posted by xync4

I loved how GRID had a similar feature with your spoken name

Edited by dbz1995
@xync4 said:

" I loved how GRID had a similar feature with your spoken name "

'Hello there Bossman, what do you want to do today?'
Posted by Death_Burnout

i want more game show Quick Looks.

Posted by RHCPfan24

It's a crazy quiz show game!!!! Sounds interesting but that dude on the cover has always freaked me out.

Posted by mubress

Dirt 2 had this feature too and I used dude in that :)

Posted by Milkman

Quick Look, please.

Edited by PLWolf

Where's mah Quick Look?! gimme gimme gimme

Posted by Phished0ne

broken video is broken

Posted by ajamafalous
@Phished0ne said:
" broken video is broken "
Posted by Xeiphyer

I hope that video is a quicklook >_>

Posted by KinjiroSSD

I like the first PS3 Buzz enough to be interested in the possibility of more.

Posted by Sargus

Please tell me you guys recorded or will record a match or two. Your Wii game show Quick Looks were some of the best yet, and I'd love to see one for Buzz!

Posted by MechaEspio

Quick Look! Quick Look! Pleeeeeeeease!

Posted by Media_Master

Not a fan of trivia games.

Posted by CactusWolf

I can dig a quiz game. Good for family gatherings. Distracts from my hatred of a lot of my family.

Posted by MeatSim

I hope for a Quick Look but I don't think it could top the Family Feud and Price is Right Quick Looks.

Posted by Famov
 
"I'm not regressing into company-shilling apologist mode. "

This is why giantbomb is awesome. Don't ever change.

   

 

Posted by Elston

look at 1:16, the guy on the left does the fakest celebration ever.

Posted by get2sammyb

Buzz is awesome.

Posted by Nadafinga

Been waiting for this to come so I can get 4 more buzzers.  Day 1 buy for me!

Edited by Kyle

Aw man, I might have to get this. Mega Quiz on PS2 was awesome.
 
Does anyone know if this one will have an 8 player mode for people that also have the old wired remotes?