The Weakest Link (PS2)
- Features TV host Anne Robinson
- More than 100,000 trivia questions
- Never play the same game twice
- Play with any combination of human or computer-controlled players
- For 1 to 7 players
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: Video Game
It's got the music. It's got the format. It's even got the ice-cold host herself, Anne Robinson. But perhaps surprisingly, what Activision's game of The Weakest Link also has is plenty of entertainment value. The game closely mirrors the format of the hit BBC quiz show it's based on; players answer questions, bank money, and at the end of each round vote off the weakest player. You answer questions by selecting the appropriate multiple choice response (and only the initials of the various options are revealed at first to make it a bit tougher), and naturally enough aim to win as much virtual cash as possible.
It's good fun too, moving on at a fair pace, albeit interspersed by some overly laborious cut-scenes and scripted responses that become tiring very quickly. Due to the huge number of questions in the game--over 100,000--you're also left with Anne asking things such as "Which of these is the correct answer?", rather than the more personal touch of Eidos' Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. Yet this is still undeniably strong entertainment, with some interesting options to help prolong the game's life. Oh, and multiplayer (with up to seven players supported) is a hoot. Which all means that if you're looking for a new game for the family to play, this is a stronger title than you might expect. Just don't let Anne scare you off... --Simon Brew
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The game features 100,000 questions (the most yet, I believe, for a quiz game), a variety of 24 different characters to choose from, and a totally 3D set (interlaced with FMV).
The game plays quite smoothly from the start, similar to watching on the television. The male voice that appears during the voting stages of the program on the telly is back to guide you through the main menu, as well as reveal who technically were the strongest and weakest links for each round. There's plenty of Anne Robinson, both in FMV and 3D - along with a good variety of put-downs and icy stares!
As soon as the clock starts on each round, play is just like the television - the camera angles, the speed of play, the banking, the style of questions... The voting is also loyal to the TV show.
The 24 players are very varied (although it sounds like only 3 different actors were paid to perform their voices!), but unfortunately they are too stereotyped. There is a typical computer geek who likes to say "The answer is straightforward" just once too often, and the cockney Landan taxi driver with an accent to match.
Obviously it would be impossible for Anne to actually read out each of the 100,000 questions, but the game makers have covered over this extremely well, with Anne saying something like "In Geography, which of these is the correct answer?" Close your eyes and it could, just could be the TV.
This is the best quiz game out for the PS2, is very close to it's televisual 'father', and great fun with a party of players!
In terms of the games production, possibly it was a little hurried to make it in time for the seasonal market. Despite there being 100,000 different questions, we played it for only a couple of hours and at least five or six questions were repeated. I was dissappointed when I saw the first repeated, I then felt slightly cheated when it happened again.
However, this shouldn't put you off. Unless you want to play the game every day and instead just use it for drunken gatherings, this game is great fun.
The single player game, either just one show or a championship, is still good but no-where near the absoloutely hilarious multiplayer mode!
I highly recommend this game, especially if you can invite a few mates around and get plastered whilst playing it!
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