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This game is eveything the original home versions were, except for the graphics, but that didn't bother me at all. All t...

9.2

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Amazing"

Summary

This game is eveything the original home versions were, except for the graphics, but that didn't bother me at all. All the same characters and their movesets remain, as well as all the secrets like Dan and Bison. People look at a screen shot in this game and then look away, but I love the Street Fighter series more than any other video game, so I gave it a chance. Trust me, I don't rate or review on bias, just look at my review for SF Anniversary Collection, plus I thought that the SF movie game was a horrible pass at a Street Fighter game, let alone a fighting game in the first place. What I'm saying is, trust the opinion of all who give this game the glory that it deserves, and try it out, you won't regret having arguably the best fighting experience on the GBC you've ever had before.




This is decent for Microsofts first attempt at a football game, but it definately needs to step it up to really compete.

7.5

Great
Difficulty:
Easy
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"All flash, no substance"

Summary

Well, the good news is that the graphics in this game are fantastic. It is the best looking football game I have ever seen. Great textures, great models, great stadiums, great everything. The only gripe I have about anything graphic-wise is that the numbers on the uniforms stretch like crazy when you run. The animations are pretty generic and theres just a few of them, but it still can't bring the graphics score down much.

The gameplay is less than impressive. The A.I. is very simple and easy to beat. You can throw bombs the whole time and win extremely easily. It's very rare to have a completion percentage of less than 70. I constantly blew out my openant, even on the higher difficulties. It's just not fun to play and very unrealistic. In addition to that, many rosters and depth charts are innacurrate which further takes away from the experience

The sound effects in the game are pretty good, but the commentary is just atrocious. They repeat the same phrases over and over, often times not making any sense or relating to the plays at all. They all sound extremely rehearsed and nothing's natural. The whole time I was playing, I couldn't get over how awful the commentary was.

I have to say, that unless you have a huge love for football and a desire to own every football game, go with EA's or Sega's football offerings. This is decent for Microsofts first attempt at a football game, but it definately needs to step it up to really compete.




The more the merrier in this fast-paced trivia game.

7.3

Great
Difficulty:
Easy
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Great multiplayer"

Summary

The PC classic "You Don't Know Jack" finally hits the consoles, with most of it's charm intact. One to three players compete in a 21 question trivia challenge, loaded with humor and off-color, though never outright offensive, questions. The closest TV equivilent may have been MTV's "Remote Control."
The game still mocks you for incorrect answers, and the overall delivery is pretty good. Sound and graphics are about what you'd expect for what is basically a game show. Nothing that blows you away, but no disappointments either. The only knock is that with 3 players, 2 people will have to share a controller. That said, the game is definitely meant to be played by 2 or 3 people, as the fun will increase greatly.
This game doesn't break any new ground, but if you're looking for a good party game, this is one to consider.




With a friend or two in tow, Jack! is a great game that will have players laughing until they cry. Alone, not so much.

7.6

Great
Difficulty:
Easy
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Great multiplayer"

Summary

With a game like You Don't Know Jack!, standard review critiques are hard to apply. Framerate, level design, boss encounters, control responsiveness... these things don't really apply to You Don't Know Jack! Instead, a game made almost exclusively for multiplayer only has one criteria: Is it fun to play this game with friends? In the case of this game, the answer is a resounding "YES!"

You Don't Know jack! takes the most simple of multiplayer concepts, the trivia game, and makes it interesting. Instead of stuffy questions about, say, British Parliament that sound like they're about British Parliament, the game likes to draw metaphors and allegories... suddenly it's the French Revolution, and the sarcastic (and very entertaining) announcer would like to know which brand of guillotine Robespierre would choose if he had to pick between household cleaner mottos, and gives you four choices. It takes some getting used to for this method of questioning to follow through and make sense, but not only does it provide some hilarious results, but it also takes something that isn't always fun and makes it both funny and somehow educational.

You Don't Know Jack!'s announcer is also a bit off the beaten path... instead of a calm, neutral Alex Trebek-style host, you've got a sarcastic wit who spills jokes and observations nonstop, with very little in the way of repeating... the dialogue is very well-written as a whole, and the game has loads of content to prevent repetition.

The games play through very smooth, with two options on game length, one taking about 10-15 minutes, the other taking 30-45, and there are a few different "lightning-round" challenges thrown into the mix to break up the questioning. There is also, at the end of each game, a "Jack Attack", and in close games, this mode typically determines the winner.

The other gamplay element is known as "screwing", whereby each player gets a screw to start the game with (and a refill in the second half of the longer game option), and at some point during the game, if the player feels reasonably confident an opponent does not know the answer to a given question, the player can "screw" an opponent, forcing them to answer a question. This can backfire, however, in the form of points gained for an screwed and lost for the screwee, should the screwed, er, nail the question, and get it right.

Although the game is pretty simple in both design and execution, You Don't Know Jack! is a lot of fun for two or three people to play. It's got great design, it's very easy to pop in and play for a bit, and it's extremely funny. When a friend or friends are around, it's an absolute riot; by yourself, it's not all that interesting (the game notes this, too, remarking to the player that it's not that hard to win against NO ONE, since no NPCs are provided). WIth a great deal of questions and a save system to prevent repeats, You Don't Know Jack! is an ideal game to play with pals.




To summarize, buy this game if you have any form of Playstation as you will have a great time with this title.

8.0

Superb
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
100 or More Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Great multiplayer"

Summary

Trivia games are mostly confined to board games, Trivial Pursuit is the obvious game that comes to mind here but trivia has also had it's moments in video games. Whether it be as a skill-testing question or as a core part of game play, there's been some bad games (Who Wants To Be a Millionaire and The Guy Game comes to mind) and there's also been some good, such as the You Don't Know Jack series on PC which delivers mind-bursting trivia with the comical wackiness which was expected in Rush Hour 3 but unlike Rush Hour 3, You Don't Know Jack actually delivers! Now this review isn't about any particular PC version, this is about the Playstation version of it, now PC to console transitions haven't always gone smoothly, (look at StarCraft on N64, then Command and Conquer: Red Alert Retaliation for Playstation for an example of hits and misses) but some do make it out unscathed, the question is does You Don't Know Jack make it? Let's figure this out.

Game play:

Being a trivia game, players are not going to see what they would in an action title or even a board game port (obviously). Instead, what the player does do is press buttons. That's it. Buttons select what question is asked, what answer a player chooses, which player buzzes in and how they choose to set up the game when the console is turned on. Now I am aware that this doesn't sound terribly exciting but YDKJ doesn't ask you "dry" questions like you would get in Trivial Pursuit, instead it takes pop culture references and history and gives them a humorous twist. For example, the question I remember the most (and you're going to think I'm a terribly dirty-minded person for remembering this question out of all of them) is one where they give you 4 phrases that have to do with Greek mythology, then the game asks you which phrase can also be interpreted as masturbation. Now not all questions have sex jokes in them, but they mostly contain the humorous tone of the above question.

So that covers most of the questions you will see in this game, there are also some special events that are deemed as a bonus round. For example, every gave will have a "Dis or Dat" when players will be given 7 items and have to decide which group out of 2 they belong (or in some cases, both) and also a "3 way" where players are given three answers, then 7 topics come up and when the appropriate answer lights up, they hit their buzzer. Also, every game ends with a "Jack Attack" where players choose a category and they need to rapidly select answers as quick as they can, this is a lot like the 3 way, but a lot more complex. Now there are some other events that can be triggered, such as a "You Buzzed, You're Burned" when a player buzzes in before the announcer stars reading the question, then that player is forced to give an answer without seeing the question or the answers, you got a 25% chance to get this right, make it count! There's also "Impossible Questions" with massive payouts but they're very hard and very rare to find. Since I bought this game 8 or 9 years ago, I haven't even gotten 5 of these, so if you stumble upon them, good luck.

There's also a special ability that can be performed if there are 2 or 3 players, quote the game: "Okay, Screws, and how to use them! If a question pops up and your friend has a George Washington look on his face, buzz in and hit the "Select" button to "screw" them, when this happens, that player will be forced to answer the question, but if they get it right, you'll be the one that's screwed, so use it carefully." This adds a "backstabbing" element to the game and is fairly amusing to perform on your friends. Also, this game comes with 2 CD's, with slightly different questions on them, unfortunately the changes aren't very noticeable as players will still see several of the same questions regardless of the CD being played on.

Graphics:

Well, there really isn't much to say here. There aren't many 3d visuals, but the ones that do appear are presented very well. The graphics in the game play itself aren't worth much to comment on, as it's a dark screen with the question and available answers, but really, that's all that's really needed from a trivia game. There's also the introduction screen where the player chooses how many players and how many questions are asked, again, there isn't much to comment about it but I fail to see why I should need to as players only see that screen when they load the game up or change the number of players.

Sound:

The sounds and music in this game are very well done. The introduction music and the announcer really make players feel that they are participating in a game show, and the sound effects have their own humorous charm. For example, when players answer a question incorrectly, sometimes they will hear a toilet flush to signify the loss of dollars or a loud buzzer indicating failure, even the sounds of an electric drill when one player "screws" another, the sound does a very good job immersing the player into the humorous tone that Jellyvision was going for. Also, while the credits are rolling, there is the sound of commercials playing that simply put, are bloody hilarious, so Jellyvision definitely deserves credit for the sound in this game.

Longevity:

The longevity of this game depends on the players. If players plan to only pull this out when their friends come over, then it will last a long time as everyone is having fun with it. If the owner of the game plays it solo, then that will hurt the longevity as they will, if you're familiar with Yahtzee's Guitar Hero 3 review, be "That" guy. You know, the guy that knows all the answers giving his opponents little to no chance of beating him? Yeah, when that happens, other people aren't going to want to play. Now I realize that happens with pretty much any other game but trivia games are particularly sensitive to this due to their limited questions. But if players are planning to play this by themselves (like I do,) then they will find that this game is well worth the money and they will have hours of fun playing it.

Overall, You Don't Know Jack is a very enjoyable game and players will find themselves laughing at all the humorous questions, sounds and overall antics of the announcer. Considering this game was released over 10 years ago, you can pick it up on eBay for likely under $20 and it is well worth the money. Some players may be deterred by paying $20 for a trivia game, most notably players that aren't into trivia, well if that is the case, why are you reading this review? To summarize, buy this game if you have any form of Playstation as you will have a great time with this title.

Quick Summary:
Pros:
- Many questions to answer
- Up to 3 players can play
- Humor in game is incredibly funny
- Varied "special" rounds

Cons:
- Questions can feel repetitive due to player's choice of questions asked
- 2 CD's but not many differences in questions on them
7.4

Great
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