Buzz! Quiz World

Common Sense Media says

Fun trivia game has questions suitable for teens and adults.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a simple and friendly trivia competition that often strays into relatively clean bouts of silliness (we can make our buzz-in sound a belch, or get tossed into a pit of green goo).

Positive role models

Despite our avatars’ memorable appearances (there’s a superhero, a cheerleader, and a wicked looking man in a top hat, to name just a few), they have no meaningful personality. Our host, Buzz, is the closest thing to a real character, and he’s your average smarmy TV game show host. He hurls the occasional insult, chastising the speed with which we answer questions or our frequency of incorrect responses, but always in a playful manner.

Ease of play

The controls are dead simple, thanks to the intuitive five-button buzzer controllers -- which are required, but, it’s worth noting, not necessarily sold with the game. Plus, the general knowledge questions are fairly simple. Most teens and adults will likely be able to get at least three or four answers right for every one they get wrong.

Violence

Bombs explode in characters’ hands, turning them black with soot. Plus, players can smoosh pies in their competitors’ faces. Also, some of the questions show video clips from movies that depict violence, including an exploding car bomb.

Sex

A couple of the female contestants wear very tight and provocative outfits that show cleavage.

Language

A few questions use words such as “ass” and “hell.”

Consumerism

Brands occasionally appear in questions and answers, such as NASCAR’s Nextel Cup. These placements never feel like paid promotions.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One question references a character in a movie who goes by the name “Acid Queen.”

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Buzz! Quiz World is a straightforward trivia game for one to eight players filled with general knowledge questions suitable for teens and up. It features mild violence in the form of exploding bombs that cover contestants in soot, and some of the avatars are somewhat sexualized. There is an online element, but it doesn’t let players communicate with one another. Note that there is a small chance players could run across inappropriate content when downloading quizzes made by other players, though these quizzes are vetted by both the community and the game’s developers.

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What's it about?

BUZZ!: QUIZ WORLD, the latest entry in Sony’s PlayStation-exclusive quiz game series, is essentially a refined and augmented version of last year’s Buzz! Quiz TV. Players familiar with the series will recognize the game’s formula, which sees two to eight players working through multiple rounds of categorized general knowledge questions. Some rounds reward speed, while others favor accuracy. There’s also some silliness thrown, as in one round in which players toss a bomb with a lit fuse back and forth between questions and another that ends with at least one contestant being tossed into a vat of green goo. The solo game modes have players trying to string together runs of correct answers. Players can also compete online in multiplayer matches (without voice or text communication) and even create and share their own quizzes via an Internet-connected PC.

Is it any good?

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Like most of the games in the Buzz! franchise, Quiz World can be a lot of fun played with friends and family. The intuitive Buzz controllers make it a cinch for anyone with an opposable thumb to pick up and play, and the questions, which cover a broad swath of common knowledge ranging from sports and movies to history and music, shouldn’t prove too taxing for anyone in their teens or older. The user-generated content is just the sugar on top, even if their implementation doesn’t feel significantly different from the user-made quizzes we saw in last year’s game.

The only real concern is whether there’s enough new content to make it a worthwhile purchase for those who own Buzz: Quiz TV. We think so, but with a caveat. The play modes and features may feel familiar, but there are over 5,000 new questions. If you’re starting to run into repeats playing its predecessor, then buying this sequel makes sense. Otherwise, you’ll likely have just as much fun continuing to play the game you already own.

Online interaction: Players can compete with others online, but there is no communication between players, making it a safe multiplayer experience. Unfortunately, there were very few players engaged in online matches at the time of this writing, two days post-release. Also, players can compose their own quizzes using an Internet-connected PC and submit them for other players to download. These quizzes may contain inappropriate content, but they are vetted by both the community and developer staff to ensure their suitability.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to interpret the results of quiz games. Do you feel badly if you lose? Do you think it’s an indication of your intelligence? Discuss how the outcome is largely dependent on the categories that come up and your buzzing reflexes.

  • Families can also discuss the quality of the game’s user-generated content. Do you access it very often? Do you think that these user-made trivia tests compare favorably with those made by the game’s developers?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Price:$39.99-59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:November 10, 2009
Genre:Party
ESRB rating:T for Drug Reference, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence (PlayStation 3)

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It is kind of good.
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