So, you think you know a lot about music? Well, prepare to be amazed as you find out that you’ve never been more wrong in your life. Except that one time, you know the one. Anyway, let me introduce you to Buzz! The Ultimate Music Quiz, which is exactly what it sounds like; A music quiz, and if you couldn‘t work that out, you’re doomed. Since the first Buzz! game was released in 2005, I’ve always found them to be good for a giggle and very popular with people of all ages, but this one intrigued me slightly more, simply because it’s chose to include PlayStation Move features. Albeit not many, but they are there and they’re very entertaining.
Anyone who has played a Buzz! game before will notice that it’s appearance has been spruced up slightly, and everything looks to be more polished. Thankfully however, the most enjoyable core features of the previous titles still remain, and the formula which has always made them so amusing hasn’t diminished. The game allows up to four players to compete at once, most of the rounds are recognisable from earlier instalments, but new ones have also been included. Overall there’s still a good mixture of variety, and the classic “Pie Fight” round has returned. Questions range from things about bands which existed before you were probably born, to the most recent of releases, and there will always be some uncomfortable glances towards those who know the title of Mariah Carey’s latest album, but shouldn’t. It’s not “The Bends” apparently.
Buzz! offering Move support is one of it‘s most interesting characteristics, but it does feel a little tacked on. There are only 4 rounds on offer and they don’t run in partnership with the main game. You use the Motion Controller to literally hammer down an answer, pop an incorrect answer with a dart, blast the correct answer using a gun or sling the answer in a skip using a giant magnet. However, while all of this is respectable fun for a few rounds, you’ll soon want to scurry back to the main game. Furthermore, there are two novel additions when choosing your avatar, as you are given the option to map your own face onto your Buzz! character and to record a custom buzzer sound, in effect making the most annoying and hideous on screen embodiment known to man.
Generally, despite a new look and the inclusion of Move, Buzz! TUMQ is extremely comparable to the previous games in the series, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing though. The franchise has always offered a high standard of entertainment, and seeing as the “Scene It” games have taken a nosedive, (removing online play was always going to be a bad idea) Buzz! can now proudly take over the quiz niche of gaming, as it’s managed to remain incredibly fun and still boast online play.
- 4/5 Stars!
“Buzz! would be ideal for use on Christmas day. My only gripe, is that the Move features could have been integrated into the main game.”