Product Type: Frenzy Xbox 360 games
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Fuzion Frenzy 2 (Xbox 360)
Member Name: loulou22
Fuzion Frenzy 2 (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Addictive and fun
Disadvantages: Annoying commentary
Fuzion Frenzy 2
** Fuzion Frenzy Background **
Fuzion Frenzy was originally released on the Microsoft Xbox, the basics of the game were to compete in a series of mini games which were divided over 6 different areas against 3 other players either computer or other humans, the game was popular and highly addictive possibly due to the competative nature of the game and the variation between the mini games. However the enevitable follow up game wasnt released for the original xbox, instead it has been released on the Xbox 360 and following my recent purchase of an Xbox 360 this is the game I'm here to review today :)
** Fuzion Frenzy 2 - The Game **
After playing the original Fuzion Frenzy on the Xbox I decided that Fuzion Frenzy 2 would be a good purchase for the xbox 360. Upon reading the reverse of the case I realised that the game was going to be pretty similar to the first one so it wouldnt be too much trouble to pick up.
Once the game was home with me it was obvious that everything else was about to go out the window as I had some serious gaming to catch up on! I placed the disc in the Xbox 360 and waited for it to come on, at the start I was greeted by an options screen giving the options of single or multiplayer, tournament, mini games, options and credits. I decided to go into mini games to have a bit of a practice before playing in any tournaments, however I was disapointed to see that there was only one mini game avaliable and the rest had to be unlocked. so it was back to the main menu and Tournament selection, this gave me the chance to pick my character out of a choice of a possible 6, at this point I was quick to notice the manufacturers have kept the original characters of Dub, Samson, Geena, Jet, Naomi and Zak, I decided to go for my old favorite Geena in the Blue. The game then randomly selects who you will be playing against and the next bit is to choose how many worlds you need to win to win the game, I chose 2 just to make it a quick game, but you can have upto 5. From this point a comentator who to me looks kind of like a futureristic clown takes over and becomes your "host" for the game, he guides you through the stages and mini games and provides extremely annoying comentary all though the tournament. At the start of a Tournament you choose a planet to start playing your mini games on, there is seven planets in the game, Earth, Blazer, Moisture, Amuseth, Eternite, Machina and Icicle, each planet has its own selection of games which refect the name of the planet, so Icicle has mini games based around ice and the cold and Moisture has games based in water and so on. After choosing your frst planet you will go back to the host who will talk (quite a lot!) before a mini game is chosen and play begins. Before starting a game you will get the option to use one of your Frenzy Cards, these are cards that are either won or randomly given out by the host, these cards include points steal, points multipiler and cards that allow you to choose a planet that has already been won. Once all this has been chosen then its finally onto the actual mini games!
On each planet you will play 4 minigames, at the end of each game you will be awarded points depending on your ranking, in order to win the planet you must score the most points, this can be tricky so I recomend using the multiplier cards on the games you know you are good at so earn the most points. once you have played all the minigames for your chosen planet and a winner has been established then you will move to the next planet, this may be chosen by you but may also be chosen by the host or another player in the game, the game then continues as before with minigames and planet domination. The game will end once a player has dominated the amount of planets you chose at the setup of the tournament. Once a tournament is complete you will find many more mini games have been unlocked in the mini game section for you to have a practice on! So I've explained the way the gameplay works and that you play minigames, but what are these minigames? well here goes, the minigames are battles between you and 3 other players in which you have to use your skill and speed and occasionally the odd kick or punch to score the most points and win. The games vary from your player running around collecting items while fighting off other competitors or simply pressing a combination of buttons faster than the other players to using little machines to flood the other players boats while you try and stay afloat. There are also games where you are running round throwing little bombs at each other while the floor falls beneath you, I found this a little tricky as I threw a bomb and went through a hole in the floor trying not to get hit myself! As in real life the differing surfaces will affect the way you move, for example on the ice you will slide around more than on solid dry ground and while on the water games you will find yourself drifting off course with the current of the water. All this adds to the fun, addiction and competativeness that this game has to offer.
** Any Other Info **
The game has a multiplayer option to play against your friends and family, I personally havent played this as I still only have one controller! But from the fun of one player I would imagine multiplayer to be fantastic!
There is an option to create your own Custom tournament where you can choose exactly which planets and minigames you play, however in this mode you dont get the host and you dont benifit from the use of Frenzy Cards, but it is still fun if you fancy playing certain mini games and is also easy to set up. There is also an online gaming option which again I havent been able to do as I dont have the wireless adapter needed to connect the xbox 360 to the internet.
As with most Xbox 360 games there is the chance to earn (G) by unlocking achievements, I would say these are reasonably easy to achieve as they are mainly gained by unlocking certain mini games and winning tournaments as different charaters. There are a couple which you will only be able to unlock if you play online gaming. The game comes in a regular Xbox 360 case which contains the game disc and instruction booklet printed in English. The age guide on the box is 7+ which I would agree with as I have a 6 year old brother and although he can play quite a few of the mini games there are ones which he struggles with too.
** My Experience and Opinion **
I bought this game pre-owned as part of a 4 games for £20 deal at Blockbuster, however I have seen it new for £14.99 in the highstreet games shops. I have found myself playing the game on a regular basis, I would put this down to the fun nature of the game and the want to win feeling it gives you. The controls are pretty simple throughout the game and at the begining of each minigame there is a little explanation of what button does what so you will always know what you are doing! I do find the setup time slightly too long and also the host or DJ as he is known in the game is extremely annoying, but can be skipped over quite easily... and usually is as he doesnt have too much to say that is important to the game! I would recomend this game as it is just a generally lighthearted yet competative and fun game to play and it will keep its playability for a good while!
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: A fun and addictive game for all