SCEA Pre-E3 Judge’s Day: Sony Takes Buzz! on the Go

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Buzz! is taking over this year. The hit trivia game series will not only be making its PS3 debut, it’ll also be going portable for the first time this fall (or maybe summer, the fact sheet lists both so I’m not sure which it is) with Buzz!: Master Quiz for the PSP. Obviously, the Master Quiz won’t make use of the series’ trademark buzzer peripherals, but adjustments have been made to make things work on the go. The game will feature both a pass around mode for playing with up to six players on one PSP and support for four-player game sharing. Either way, a single copy of the game is all that’ll be needed to enjoy it to its fullest. Sadly, there won’t be any online play like the PS3 version, but the local multiplayer options and the “more robust” single-player mode should surely make for plenty of on-the-go trivia fun.

Screenshots and fact sheet after the break.

BUZZ! Master Quiz FACT SHEET

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Developer: Relentless Software
Platform: PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system
Genre: Social Gaming/Trivia
Players: Single-player, Multi-player up to six players
Launch Date: Fall 2008
Rating: “RP” for Rating Pending

OVERVIEW

This summer, get ready to take the popular game show host BUZZ! on the road with the release of BUZZ!™ Master Quiz for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), the handheld entertainment system that offers gaming, web access, movies, music, photos and more.

Packing over 3000 questions on topics including music, celebrities, TV, sport, science, nature, movies and more, BUZZ! Master Quiz puts gamer’s knowledge to the test at home or on the move. With six new round types specifically designed for PSP including the speed-is-of-the-essence ‘Quickfire Challenge’, the picture-puzzler ‘Picture This’ and the mind-boggling ‘Virus Challenge’, each round also comes complete with pictures and videos .

The focus of BUZZ! has always been on social gaming and the PSP version is no different, with three exciting multiplayer modes ideal to play with friends and family. Pass Around is a mode that enables players to use one PSP and pass the system from player to player. Pass Around is a mode that enables players to use one PSP and pass the system from player to player. In this mode, gamers can quiz their friends’ general knowledge wit and choose who to pass the PSP, adding a new tactical edge to gameplay.

Game sharing is also supported; where up to four players can connect multiple PSP’s and share just one copy of the game in an effort to determine who can succeed in frenzied ‘Fastest Finger’ play. Additionally, Quiz Host mode enables up to six players to play against each other, with one taking control of the game to select and ask the questions. The Quiz Host runs the whole game, with the power to award (or even deduct) points however they see fit.

Not only does BUZZ! Master Quiz offer innovative multiplayer handheld quiz action; it also has more robust single player mode than previous BUZZ! games. This mode presents players with a series of 15 different quiz challenges designed to test all aspects of general knowledge. In each round, players can earn bronze, silver and gold medals for performance according to how many points they collect from correct answers. There is also a variety of special trophies to collect according to how many correct questions the players has answered in a row, or how fast the players react.

KEY FEATURES

• Three new multiplayer modes, all requiring either just one PSP or one copy of the game to enjoy: Pass Around, Game Share and Quiz Host.
• Enhanced single-payer mode with 15 different quiz challenges designed to test the limits of a player’s knowledge.
• Six all-new single and multiplayer round types specially created for PSP.
• Over 3000 unique questions alongside hundreds of licensed picture assets and videos.
• Eight question categories: Music, TV, Science, Celebrities, Nature, Sport, Movies and General Knowledge.

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