Buzz! opens up a new world of quiz entertainment on PlayStation 3 and PSP.
"Not only does Buzz! on PS3 offer over 5,000 on-disc questions across a choice of topic areas, brand new Wireless buzzers, Sofa Vs Sofa online play against teams across the world; and the opportunity to download further quiz packs from the PlayStation Store" said David Reeves, President, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe at PlayStation Day, "but it also gives would-be quiz masters the chance to create their own questions, share them with the community and play them within the game itself."
Since October 2003 Relentless Software has been working on Buzz!, refining and improving their winning formula of quiz gaming using easy to use buzzers. Buzz!: Quiz TV on PS3 is the next step, if previous titles have been individual game shows, then this is like a whole TV network at your control.
With 5,000 questions, divided into five categories - The Music Channel, The Movies and TV Channel, The Sports Channel, The Knowledge Channel, and The Lifestyle Channel - there truly is something for every quiz lover in Buzz!: Quiz TV.
All of this is of course presented by your irrepressible host Buzz who looks, the rumours of an alleged nip and tuck aside, better than ever with PS3 powering the show. His new show now has a budget to match his ego with no expense spared on the set.
Budget hasn't just been spent on set dressing, although a lot of it has been spent on Buzz's fees. Buzz!: Quiz TV has new peripherals for you to play with - Wireless buzzers; no longer will you get your wires in a tizz as you celebrate success.
Where the new format really excels is downloadable content and online gaming. Although a Blu-ray Disc can pack a ton of challenging questions, more will be available from PlayStation Store. These expansion packs will be aimed at specific countries and you can play them as stand alone games or weave this extra content into the existing Channel mix. Sci-fi movies, musical Rock Legends and Videogames quiz packs will be available on PlayStation Store.
Sofa vs. Sofa takes Buzz! online. It might be fun playing against friends and family but together you can take on other teams across the world. This new feature lets you take your practiced quiz skills to the next level with up to four teams competing at once.
Questions not tough enough? My Buzz! will allow you to create your own quizzes and share them with the community, both on PS3 and PC for free. Fellow community members can rate your quiz, the most popular ones rising to the top of the rankings. Have you got what it takes
"Whether it's a quiz on a recent family holiday or the ultimate test for true Star Trek fanatics, My Buzz! lets trivia fans create, rate, share and play any question content they want" added David Reeves, during his presentation at PlayStation Day.
Another first is Buzz! coming to PSP. Like the new PS3 show, Buzz!: Master Quiz boasts thousands of trivia questions covering topics such as music, movies and TV, sports, knowledge and celebrities. However, the round types have been geared towards playing a quiz on the move and include a series of 15 different challenges designed to test your knowledge to the limit in single player.
Social play is still the key aspect though and Buzz!: Master Quiz supports three multiplayer modes: Pass Around, one PSP passed from player to player; Game Sharing, four friends using multiple PSP systems share just one copy of the game; and Quiz Host, where one player takes control of the game and asks their friends questions.
Both shows, Buzz!: Quiz TV and Buzz!: Master Quiz, will begin this summer on PlayStation 3 and PSP.