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on 25 April 2003
I always end up watching The Weakest Link when I'm having dinner, so I've grown quite fond of it. Naturally, the PS2 game was next on the list. After trying it a few times I found it to be very loyal, quite realistic and unfortunately I found quite a few patches in my own general knowledge, but less about that!
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!