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The Weakest Link is worldwide franchise that was a gameshow by the BBC. Following it's success at the time a game was made for the PS1, which is what I am reviewing today. The game makes me feel very nostalgic because I loved playing on my PS1 and loved watching The Weakest Link. Anne Robinson had a wonderful stage presence and the game mechanics at the time were suspenseful but also could be amusing at times. The last episode of The Weakest link aired in March 2012, but as they say all good things must come to an end.
The introduction over-hyped me for the game. The video introduction included Anne Robinson herself in a dark room with a huge screen and podium which seems to be set up in a stadium. It felt very cinematic and epic. Unfortunately, the game is anything but. There are some video clips with Anne in it to make the game more faithful to the TV show but the graphics are choppy in the gameplay so in conclusion, this makes the graphics very inconsistent.
There are four main modes in the game: Single is the one player mode, Multiplayer is self-explanitory, Championship is the harder version of the game and Bend The Rules allows you to customize the game to suit your needs. You can make it easier or harder if you want. You have 24 characters to choose from, and you will be playing against six other players. Looking back on this game, I think this game would have been more better if we were allowed to design our own character.
Not that is matters, the characters are a bit boring and generic and have annoying accents when some of them are either too bubbly, posh or annoying. On the other hand, William seems to be a normal chap. Other than that the sound is spot on. You get to hear the narrator more often and I love Anne's personal insults for each character.
Once all the bad bits are out of the way, I think this this is a really fun quiz show. I really did enjoy this game when I was younger and as an adult I can see that the game had a lot of improvements to do, but as it's only a ps1 game and things have changed since them I'm going to let it all slide.
I think you can get this game pretty cheaply nowadays. I don't think it's really worth that much money now though. Gameplay is decent, the questions are quite easy which I think makes it suitable for people of all ages. If you had a PS1, I would recommend it, but I don't think it's really that worth it now because it's so outdated.
The Weakest Link a show by the BBC and stars Anne Robinson the evil women. The game was released in 2001by Activision and developed by Traveller's Tales on PC, PS1 PS2 so lets get in with this review forthe PS1 version.
The Weakest Link still shown to this very day I liked it ages ago now kind of bored with the show. The game is just like the TV show you can chose with 24 players each have different jobs from Programmers, Air Traffic controller, lawyer etc some are miserable some are happy. You get the chance of choosing different modes which are
Single - this is just playing on your own though you stand a very good chance of been voted off right at the end cause of tactical voting as the computer will team up against you.
Mutiplayer - here you can have your friends join in a game with which you should stand more of a chance to make it to the final unless your friend is evil and tries to vote you off.
Championship - This can gain you more money as you can earn up to a million pound you play 4 shows the higher level of the show will get you playing for one million virtual pounds.
Bend the Rules - this is your chance to take more control of the game you can chose less of subjects of questions that you do not like and chose more of the ones you do like. You can also change who banks during the stages.
When you start the game you will get an intro with Anne Robinson giving you the rules of the game how she would on TV these parts you can skip if you want these will pop up after every round. Voting off a player you will have to wait as the player takes the walk of shame and then they talk it's annoying the wait time. But the game is fun and enjoyable I like this more then Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and by far this is a better game then Deal or No Deal.
The graphics are not that great a bit of a mess but it does not really matter it's a PS1 game. The voices are boring the characters seem to have no feeling only that William guy seems normal the rest have annoying accents and the posh people get on your nerves.
Overall though even though I now hate the show I will still play this game time to time as I do think it is fun. The only bad points to the game is the graphics are not that great and long waiting times while people are doing the walk of shame. The good points it really relates to the show and the sounds are spot on. It is the only fun quiz show of a game there is cause Deal or No Deal is a great TV show but even that video game is very boring.
I'm a little behind the times these days when it comes to games. Intentionally so of course, I mean who in their right mind would pay £30 or £40 for a few hours of fun. The trouble with most games these days is that they become frightfully dull after only a few plays - with some exceptions of course. I wait a couple of years until a console is "obsolete", and the games are abundant on the 2nd hand market, for a fraction of their new cost, I'll be a lot happier. Ebay is perfect for this search, with Playstation games going for as little as 50p (plus P&P). I picked up The Weakest Link on Ebay recently for £3 or so - pretty reasonable I thought. You can also pick up a playstation for under a tenner. Amazon also have this game available very reasonably now, so check out the prices before getting into a bidding war.
This game can be played by one "human" player, and up to 6 other computer players, or as many "humans" as you can get round the TV screen (OK, 7). You each choose a character to represent you, from the 24 different ones available. Each one has a little speech to tell you about themselves, and there seem to be representatives from all parts of the UK. Each has their own very unique personality (or not).
Once you've chosen, you can choose a level of difficulty, either normal, easy or junior. Each contestant is then introduced, in the same way as on the real TV show. In fact, everything seems quite close to the TV show, including the studio layout, and the audience - although they sit extremely still. The sound and overall graphics are pretty good, if a little blocky and slow at times. There are many real clips of Anne Robinson throughout the game, and at first these are quite fun, but it would be nice to turn them off, and cut to the questions for a quicker game at times.
The game plays in the same way as the TV show, with different rounds of questions, voting off at the end of each, and less time in the next. The final round is also the same, with the winner taking home the total pot. There are however a few ways you can "bend the rules", mainly involving the way banking can be done or the number of questions in a particular category there will be in each round. Annoyingly the contestants constantly say the same phrases each time they answer questions, and when interrogated by Anne.
Apparently the game boasts some 100,000 questions. This should be enough to keep you entertained for a while you'd think. Unfortunately the repetition of speech and video clips throughout the game means, you'll probably only manage to see a very small percentage of them. It'll be one to keep on the shelf for occasional play, but not something I'll get overly excited about!
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It’s the game show that spawned a catchphrase which swept across the globe like a particularly virulent diarrhoea epidemic. Now, thanks to the guys and gals at Activision, you too can find yourself stabbing strangers in the back; watching team mates consistently fail to bank big money prizes; and sullenly walking the walk of shame, after being informed by ginger-whinger, Anne Robinson, that you are, undoubtedly, The Weakest Link. For those of you who’ve never seen the hit BBC show (you’re not missing much – Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?’s better), the quiz starts with seven contestants receiving a heavily scripted ear-bashing from the black-clad, witch-like Robinson, before the baggy-faced hag launches them all into a quick-fire, against the clock quiz, with each question answered adding to the team’s collective winnings. At the end of each round, each contestant votes for who they considered to be the thicko of the last round, and the dunce with the most votes against them has to walk of, head hung low, as Robinson taunts and baits them. This vicious circle of questions, voting, and abuse continues until only two contestants are left, when they both play head to head, in an attempt to win the (usually paltry) pile of cash the team managed to accumulate. Anne Robinson – probably a very pleasant lady in real life – performs the role of headmistress from Hell with practiced ease, adding a moderately enjoyable element to an otherwise pretty bog-standard general knowledge quiz. Now, imagine all that, only smaller, and with you and up to six friends playing. And with no real money to win. Then make the evil Ms Robinson repeat the same scathing comments over and over again on an endless loop, with only the occasional variation thrown in, in an overwhelmingly futile attempt to ease the numbing tedium. Add to this the irritating “hmm, now I know this” style of comment from EVERY conte
stant EVERY time they answer a question, and before long you’re being driven insane by the shocking voice sample repetition. Imagine also, a whole host of minor, but fundamental flaws which detract from the gameplay long enough for you to miss your question and lose all the money accumulated. Flaws such as Anne asking “In Entertainment, what is the answer to this question…?”, only for the question to be one concerning the Battle of Britain, or how many eyes a spider has. While I’m sure World War II battles and the vision of insects are many things, entertaining they are not. It’s a minor issue, but when seven questions out of ten are in a category completely different to the one read out by Anne, it’s an issue which really should have been addressed before the game hit the shelves. In single player mode, the game becomes painfully dull practically before it’s even out of the box, though in multi-player mode, you do get the satisfaction of voting off your own real life friends and family. Of course, for the person who goes out in the first round and is then forced to sit through round after endless round of monotonous repetition and glaring question inconsistencies, multi-player mode might well turn out to be even more nauseating than single-player. At least when playing on your own, when you get knocked out, you can switch the game off and never, ever play it again. I promised myself when I heard I was getting the game to review that I wouldn’t say it, that I wouldn’t sink to that level, but unfortunately, in the face of such an appalling software catastrophe, I’m left with no choice: Activision, you are the weakest link. Goodbye.
The Weakest Link, most of you will probably know is a BBC quiz show, which competes with the ITV Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Computer games have now been released based on both of them, the WWTBAM game was released about a year ago and the Weakest Link one a couple of months ago. In case you are not familiar with the two shows he is a brief description (if you are familiar, feel free to skip this paragraph). Who wants to be a Millionaire? has one contestant, and they have to answer 15 multiple choice questions to get £1,000,000. The Weakest Link features eight contestants, who take it in turn to answer questions. As the money goes up, they have to ‘Bank’ to get the money. If they haven’t banked, and someone gets a question wrong, all the money that hasn’t been banked is lost. At the end of each round every player votes for the person they thought was the ‘Weakest Link’. The person with the most votes is got rid of and so now there are only six players. This continues until there is only one player left, and that player gets to keep all the money earned in the game. The computer game is based on this, except with a couple of differences. The biggest difference is that you have multiple-choice questions, as typing in the answer would take too long and there is a time limit on each round. At the start you have to choose one of 20 players to control in the game. This is different to WWTBAM as in that you type in your own name to use. The reason for the 20 players is in the game you can see the characters round the room and they all have their own voices. In WWTBAM you cannot see your character, or Chris Tarrant, the presenter. This brings us to the star of the Weakest Link, Anne Robinson. In the T.V show she asks the questions, and insults the competitors. In the game she features quite a lot, reading the questions, talking in the cut scenes and even staring at you on the loading screen. H
er insults and putdowns also feature, and there is even a slider on the options to control how often she insults you. The Anne Robinson character has a lot better graphics than the players, which is strange as you rarely see her face in the game. The character models are basic compared to modern F.P.Ss, with few polygons and lips that don’t move, even in close ups. There is a multiplayer mode, but this isn’t Internet compatible, so you need to squeeze up to seven people round the monitor. This is fun as you get the joy of voting your friends out of the game! There is also a single player championship mode, where you can work through the series league, aiming to win the Grand Final. The game has three difficulty settings, normal, easy and junior. The different modes give you different amounts of help, and have different questions. This game is graphically a lot better than WWTBAM, and has more questions. It is also less like a boring pub quiz as the quiz is more complicated. If you want to buy a quiz game to play with your ‘mates’ (if you have any) this should be it.
Celador has created its second high pressure game thats become a hit, After Chris Tarrant's annoying banter in Who Wants to be a Millionaire, we now have the cold harsh stare and voice of Anne Robbinson. Based on the television series, the game tries to recreate the atmosphere and tension of going in front of the ice maiden herself and being rediculed in public if you get the answers wrong. One black mark against the game is that there are less players than in the TV series, although I wouldn't rate this as being detrimental to the complete game experience. You have Annes voice as well as the berk who does the continuity announcements in the game. The music is spot on and it really makes you feel you are there. The computer opponents are good and put up a good fight although their speeches can get samey after a while. With regards to levels, there is a junior mode where you choose from 2 answers, a normal mode where there are four full answers and a hard mode which has the 4 start letters - a word of caution here, there was a question about Stamps but the correct answer was P for postage stamps. Like the manual says, it is only easy if you know the answer. Not only do you have a single player mode, there is a mode for multiplayer and bend the rules whereby you can bank even when its not your turn. You can also set the prizes in the tournament up to a million pounds. Having played this game, I found the graphics to be OK however they are a bit blocky but I don't think it is noticable unless you have a large screen monitor. In summary, this is a worthy game for any serious fan of the TV series, it has all the ingredients included in the TV show and will give you hours of enjoyment. You ARE the Weakest Link..................Goodbye!!!