Getting Buzzed With Buzz! Quiz World

Posted by Brad (2925 posts) -
 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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#1 Posted by Brad (2925 posts) -
 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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#2 Posted by xync4 (171 posts) -

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

#3 Edited by dbz1995 (4790 posts) -
@xync4 said:

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

'Hello there Bossman, what do you want to do today?'
#4 Posted by Death_Burnout (3796 posts) -

i want more game show Quick Looks.

#5 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8609 posts) -

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

#6 Posted by mubress (1517 posts) -

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

#7 Posted by Milkman (16680 posts) -

Quick Look, please.

#8 Edited by PLWolf (923 posts) -

Where's mah Quick Look?! gimme gimme gimme

#9 Posted by Phished0ne (2497 posts) -

broken video is broken

#10 Posted by ajamafalous (11963 posts) -
@Phished0ne said:
" broken video is broken "
#11 Posted by Xeiphyer (5602 posts) -

I hope that video is a quicklook >_>

#12 Posted by KinjiroSSD (694 posts) -

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

#13 Posted by Sargus (726 posts) -

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!

#14 Posted by MechaEspio (40 posts) -

Quick Look! Quick Look! Pleeeeeeeease!

#15 Posted by Media_Master (3283 posts) -

Not a fan of trivia games.

#16 Posted by CactusWolf (539 posts) -

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

#17 Posted by MeatSim (10834 posts) -

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

#18 Posted by Famov (768 posts) -
 
"I'm not regressing into company-shilling apologist mode. "

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

   

 

#19 Posted by Elston (58 posts) -

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

#20 Posted by get2sammyb (6412 posts) -

Buzz is awesome.

#21 Posted by Nadafinga (958 posts) -

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

#22 Edited by Kyle (2323 posts) -

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?

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