SCEA Pre-E3 Judge’s Day: Buzz! Takes Center Stage on PS3

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Slowly but surely, I’m becoming a big fan of Sony’s Buzz! trivia series, and come this fall when the debut PS3 installment — Buzz! Quiz TV — arrives I have a feeling I’m going to officially become a full fledged Buzz! nut. I mean just listen to some of the neat new features the PS3 will be able to introduce to the series: four-player online trivia action (eight-player local), extra downloadable quiz packs containing 500 additional questions each, and the ability to create personalized eight-question “mini-quizzes” to share with family and friends or upload to MyBUZZquiz.com and challenge other trivia fans. Plus, the new PS3 Buzz! controllers will be wireless, so no more hassling with the tangled mess of the PS2 USB controllers. Hallelujah!

Hit the jump for the first screens and official fact sheet.

BUZZ!™ Quiz TV FACT SHEET

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Developer: Relentless Software
Genre: Social Gaming/Trivia
Players: 1-8 Players
Platform: PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system
Peripherals: BUZZ! wireless buzzers
Launch Date: Fall 2008

OVERVIEW

This fall BUZZ!™, the popular quiz show franchise, makes its way for the first time to the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system with BUZZ!™ Quiz TV. Developed by Relentless Software, BUZZ! Quiz TV comes packed with BUZZ! wireless buzzer peripherals for an easy, pick-up-and-play game show experience. Combining to deliver over 5,000 questions divided into five different genre channels (Music, Movies & TV, Sports, Brainiac and Lifestyle), the new Channel Hopper mode allows players to switch between the different categories of questions in order to play a variety of quizzes that lets all your friends get into the action.

Extending the quiz show network beyond the disc, up to four players from anywhere in the U.S. can team up for trivia showdowns in the online multiplayer mode, Sofa vs. Sofa. New quiz packs will be available to download from the PLAYSTATION®Network, so players will never run out of fresh questions. Also, for trivia fans wanting to see if they can trump others with their own vast library of knowledge, MyBUZZquiz.com will provide a global community for players to create and share their own custom quizzes online and then make available to download onto PS3.

KEY FEATURES

• Features over 5,000 questions divided into five different genre channels (Music, Movies & TV, Sports, Brainiac and Lifestyle).
• New Channel Hopper mode allows players to switch between question genres.
• Includes all-new characters and round types, as well as an all-new studio in high-def.
• Play with up to eight friends and family members live in your living room.
• Four-player Sofa vs. Sofa mode allows for online multiplayer gaming anywhere in the United States.
• Downloadable quiz packs containing 500 questions available on the PLAYSTATION®Network to extend the gameplay experience. Quiz Packs will focus on specialized genres such as Sports, Music, Pop Culture, etc. Once packs have been downloaded, the new content will be integrated into the Channel mix.
• MyBUZZquiz.com extends the trivia experience even further as players can create their own mini-quizzes with up to eight questions, upload them and share with other quiz fans. Players also can download other Buzz fans mini-quizzes, or create personal quizzes to share with family and friends
• Utilizes fun and easy-to-use BUZZ! wireless buzzer peripherals to create an immersive quiz show experience.

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