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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Special Edition review

The global phenomenon which is Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, has now moved from the Television to this generation of home consoles, all in a nice clean digital package. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (or WWTBAM from now on in this article) has had a digital conversion before, back in the PS2 days it was created with a view to using the Buzz! controllers to answer the proposed questions, although that is no longer the case.

The format is the same as the TV series, in which players have to answer a Fastest Finger First style question that then places you in the ‘Hotseat’. This requires you to either place words in the correct order to make up a title or list a subject from smallest to largest, east to west etc. This entry mode is used whether you are playing solo or as part of a larger group up to four, the format stays the same but the first player answers a question, the results are shown then the next player takes up a different question then answers it and so on. The winning of this round if you are playing with multiple players moves you on to play the main game, however the other players need not put down their controllers as the Fastest Finger round decides who will go first as all players get the chance to race for the £1,000,000 goal.

The main section of the game’s questions are detailed depending on which mode you chose on the main menu. There are two on offer: Millionaire, in which you answer general knowledge questions regarding various subjects; or Specials, which allows you to use any game packs that you have downloaded or a set of questions that are preset, such as Movie based questions (there will also be special packs based on TV Programs etc, see video below). In addition, you can mix and match the question sets between the presets and your downloaded content.

The game is presented from a first person viewpoint, with the question and answer displayed at the bottom and the iconic Lifelines along the left of the screen. Your focal point is the presenter, who is not Chris Tarrant in digital format but a grey-haired man who is not dissimilar to Buzz from the Buzz! series. The only glimpse you get of your avatar is in the aerial sweep of the studio prior to starting the game. This avatar is shrouded in shadow which is somewhat of an annoyance as if would have added something extra to the game to be able to upload your face onto it via a camera like say: the PSEye. However, it can forgiven.

As I mentioned earlier, the game does have multiplayer but it is only local with almost no online play included. There is a basic leaderboard that allows you to track the score that you receive at the end of each game with others around the world. The score is based on your speed when answering questions in the main game it seems, although how that is counted isn’t shown in the game.

WWTBAM is a great party game, it is a great laugh to play with friends or family and the questions go from easy to Internet searching hard, much like the original series did. But the golden goose of the game is that it’s fun and a challenge to play solo.

If you want to prove you’re a mega quiz-master then WWTBAM will certainly give you a chance. While there could have been some additions that would have made the game stronger, there really isn’t much point. As a quiz based game this is one of the best, only being eclipsed by full retail titles due to the added features that they carry.

Rating: ExcellentReview Policy

Edited On 27 Nov, 2011

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