Best Party Games of 2008: Buzz! Quiz TV

Buzz! Quiz TV Publisher: Sony Price: £49.99 (with four wireless buzzers) Format: PS3 Age rating: 12+ IF you watch a lot of television quiz shows and like to shout out the answers before anyone else, you will love the lively fingers-on-buzzers nature o

Buzz! Quiz TV

Publisher: Sony

Price: £49.99 (with four wireless buzzers)

Format: PS3


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Age rating: 12+

IF you watch a lot of television quiz shows and like to shout out the answers before anyone else, you will love the lively 'fingers-on-buzzers' nature of Buzz! Quiz TV.

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Up to eight players can take part at any one time and, like other games in the series, contestants are issued with big red shiny buzzers that they have to hit if they think they know the answer to one of 5,000 multiple-choice questions.

Questions are split up into five separate categories - sports, music, lifestyle, film and television and general knowledge - with the lowest-scoring contestant at the end of each round able to choose the topic for the following round. Single-player games consist of three rounds of Stop The Clock where the faster a contestant answers a question, the more points they are awarded, while multiplayer quizzes consist of seven rounds for up to four people and five rounds for between five to eight players. Each round aims to spice things up with some inspired silliness so one minute you will be splattering an opponent with a cream pie after answering a question correctly and the next blowing someone up with a bomb.

Innovations this time round include wireless buzzers (so players won not get in a tangle any more) and a special online mode so you can challenge players from around the world. There are also downloadable quiz packs that can be bought from the PlayStation Store for £3.50 a pop and which contain an additional 500 questions on a specific theme, such as sci-fi, videogames or rock legends. You can also create your own set of questions, on any subject you like, and upload them to the Buzz! website for other people to download and enjoy.

While we'd have liked voice chat for online contests, this is only a minor quibble as Buzz! Quiz TV is best played with a group of friends huddled round a television set, hurling insults at each other. As such it is the perfect Christmas party game and comes highly recommended.

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