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Superb quiz fun for your 360!
Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action (Xbox 360)
Member Name: valve90210
Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action (Xbox 360)
Date: 14/04/10, updated on 08/02/11 (76 review reads)
Advantages: Great controllers, great software, good variety of films and questions and rounds
Disadvantages: A lot of batteries needed for controllers
My girlfriend and I, along with our friends regularly attend a local pub quiz and really enjoy doing so. Ok we might not be the best team when it comes to answering the questions but we do ok. It doesn't help that the pub is mainly full of people from an older generation and the quiz is normally set to cater for their knowledge set rather than our rather younger one but we don't mind too much and we never disgrace ourselves with terrible scores.
Last year during the boot fair season I managed to pick up a playstation 2 along with Buzz and four wired buzzers for very little money. My girl friend and I have played it a fair few times but the wired controllers are not quite long enough to reach comfortably to where we sit and the cables are starting to show signs of damage which is a nuisance.
Recently I got hold of an Xbox 360 and decide to get myself a copy of Scene It having played the board version with friends on New Years Eve and thoroughly enjoying it.
I looked in the high street and found Scene It: Lights Camera Action selling for about £25. I decided to look in my local CEX shop and found it there for a mere £10 including controllers! Naturally I decided this was a bargain and off I went.
When I got home, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the controllers, which I had assumed would be wired versions being so cheap, and being able to see a lot of wire in the bag the controllers were stuffed into, were in actual fact wirless (infra-red) and the wire belonged to an infra-red receiver which plugs into a USB socket on the back of the 360.
Each of the four controllers is about four inches long with a big round coloured button on the top and four smaller buttons down the narrower section which fits nicely in your hand, the back of each controller corresponds to the coloured button on the top, the colours are utilised in the game so you know who is who.
Each controller takes a pair of AA batteries so if you intend to use all of them you might find yourself buying batteries...
Onto the game itself. Inserting the disc in the 360, I had the option to run the game or install it to the hard drive. I decide to just run the game, my girlfriend and I grabbed a controller each and off we went. (I have since discovered that there's not really much point in installing to the hard drive as you still need the disk in the drive to be able to play the game!)
Controlling the game, selecting the various options is simple as the menus are well thought out and the controls are simply a case of moving the selector up and down and selecting, all done via the buttons on the controllers.
We were given the option of playing a short quiz or a longer one, for our first go we opted for the short quiz which we were told would last approximately 10 minutes or so.
We had to select an avatar to represent us in the game, the selection is a tad limited but that's not really a problem as it as very little baring on the game. Personally I would have liked to see your Xbox Live avatar used but I think this game might have come out before Avatars were available on xbox Live (Not having had a 360 for long I'm not sure on this point, am I right?)
During the quiz there are various different rounds which gives a good amount of variety to the quiz, and even on subsequent plays when we have gone for the longer quiz option, we've not gotten even remotely bored (no pun intended)
The rounds vary from guessing films from their posters as various elements of the poster are gradually revealed, guessing films and actors from clues which are given one at a time. Observation rounds based on clips of films etc etc. The nature of each round is explained at the start so you are never left guessing as to what you need to do.
There is also a nice variety of rounds where you need to buzz in first to gain control and get first chance to answer, and rounds where you all select an answer at the same time so everyone gets an equal chance to score points. With most of the rounds you get more points for quick answers so quick thinking and a fast finger can be helpful.
The range of films that have been referred to in our playing has been very wide from old black and white films through to really modern and up to date (up to when the game was released of course). This great as it gives people of all ages a chance and does not favour any age group really.
Between rounds the scores are totted up so you can see who is leading, also various bonuses are awarded for thigns like fastest answer, most answers in a row correct, and even for slowest answer. This system works well as even the worst players are awarded for some things which helps to keep the scores fairly close and giving players a chance even when they've had a couple of bad rounds.
The graphics are fairly good, nothing really to write home about but perfectly functional and in no way horrid to look at. My only slight criticism is that some of the text is rather small and if viewed on a small television would be hard to read. We tend to have the 360 in our bedroom most of the time and is hooked up to a 22inch flatscreen which is just about ok, any smaller and I think it could be a problem. On our 42inch screen it's fine.
The sound effects are ok too, again nothing particularly special but as you'd expect from a quiz game.
The film clips, stills and audio are all of good quality too.
The controllers work perfectly and all the buttons are nice and responsive and have a nice feel to them. I have to say, the controllers feel really well made, much more so than the older wired Buzz contollers I have for my PS2!
Overall, I would say this is a brilliant game, and if you enjoy films and quizzes, it really couldn't be much better, heartily recommended!!!
Summary: If you like films and quizzes this is great!!!
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