Conclusion: Sony really put their time into bringing the great trivia experience from your living room to your pocket. The only downfall is the advertised online play doesn’t work (or just no one plays it!
Excerpt: Saying "quiz game" to a person doesn't automatically elicit a strong visual response. Maybe a host's face, or a lovely lady that turns over letters on the far side of the stage? The modern game shows are often like elaborate set pieces, as in the case of American Gladiator , but the quiz show is a bit more elusive. Buzz! Master Quiz has a host, but he isn't the most telegenic you've encountered.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a handheld version of Sony's popular Buzz! trivia game series, and that like other games in the franchise it features questions that slant toward a teens-and-up audience. Its simplified design has seen the removal of much in the way of the series' sometimes racy cartoon antics, as well as its sexualized female contestants.
Excerpt: I can imagine the boardroom meeting Sony had with Buzz! developer Relentless Software. After hours explaining to the Sony execs that there's only so much you can do with a quiz game, the idea of a PSP version came up. For a series focussed entirely on playing with friends, all huddled around the same TV, the idea of this being ported over to the PSP seems frankly ridiculous.
Conclusion: Kid Factor: The Buzz! series is great for kids and families, as it features questions regarding many things they probably know something about, but nothing that will make it uncomfortable in a family situation. As is typical for these games, there will be areas where kids are experts and others where they are clueless – but the most fun in a social situation is when they *should* know the answer but get it wrong and everyone has a good laugh.
Summary: The $64,000 question for this game show-inspired video game is whether or not it makes for a good portable game, and unfortunately I have to say that it doesn't. I definitely enjoyed answering questions on the go, but clearly this isn't the way to put it all together. That's not to say that Buzz can't eventually be a great portable game, but it needs a lot of work to get to that point! This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
Excerpt: Sony's line-up of party games is no doubt stellar. Featuring the likes of SingStar and Buzz!, both titles have been keeping gamers busy in their living rooms for extended periods of time. But let's take the experience away from the couch, and onto the road, as Sony's Buzz! Master Quiz for the PSP marks the series' first entry for Sony's handheld.
Conclusion: Buzz! Master Quiz is a modest, safe approximation of the console games. It's neither as good nor as varied as them, but the multiplayer options can be entertaining. Just don't use it as a replacement for the console games and you'll be fine.
Conclusion: Buzz on PSP is like ordering your favorite pizza and finding out they mistakenly laced it with anchovies. Is it still edible? Sure, you might like it, but wouldn't you rather have what you're used to? I can certainly see scenarios (car pools or hotel rooms) where passing around a PSP or hosting a game might be contextually appropriate, but a portable offering of a party game is hardly necessary otherwise.