Throwback Thursday Review – Jeopardy!

Jeopardy. It’s one of America’s favorite game shows and one of those games that I’ve been playing on various different platforms for years. I started out by playing the Nintendo version in 1990 then progressed to a handheld version of Jeopardy before moving on to the Wii version and then finally the PS3 version. After just about a lifetime of playing Jeopardy, here’s what I thought about the PS3 version.

There is absolutely no story when it comes to this game. None. You start a new game each time while the little counter in the back keeps track of your score. Does it need a story? No. Could it have a story? Sure, if a little effort was put into it. I’m not talking about an actual AAA game story, but something as simple as “And here’s the returning champ of (insert number of days)” or “Can the returning champ continue on his/her winning streak.” Something simple like that would have worked really well with this game brining a somewhat small story element but keeping it still simple at its core.

While you aren’t going to spend hours upon hours playing this game at one time, it is good for a time when you have 30 minutes to an hour to play and you need something quick. This game is really good for those little bursts of time, but if you were to play it for a longer amount of time it would become boring really quick since questions/answers are often repeated since the pool of them isn’t really all that big.

This game is so simple, pick a question, push a button, push another button, rinse, and repeat. There really is no skill other then brain power required to play this game. Come to think of if you don’t even need brain power to play this game since you can find all of the questions from this game in the Jeopardy Archive. Moving in and out of the questions and actually answering is pretty easy, but gets a little harder when you play on harder difficulties and have to actually spell out the answers. Thankfully there were no bugs or glitches in this game.

The graphics are pretty simple and are just basically copied from the Wii version of this game. People have enormous heads with little bodies, but it works with the game so I can’t complain. Everything else is set up to look like the cartoon version of the actual Jeopardy set. It’s not an ideal set of graphics, but it isn’t the worst either.

There are a total of 46 trophies for this game. Each of them are super simple to get and just require you to play the game multiple times, win, answer questions correctly, along with a few luck based trophies. Other than that this is a pretty easy platinum trophy. Most of them can be obtained just by playing on easy if you don’t want the challenge and you can even turn off the AI players. The only difficult trophies will be the multiplayer trophies since the multiplayer on this game is dead.

I already mentioned that the multiplayer for this game is basically dead. If you want to play online I suggest playing with a friend who has the game or set up a gaming session on a gaming website. There is a 1 in a million chance that you’ll actually find someone who’s playing but most likely that person will leave if you’re beating them. There is a persistent lag during each multiplayer game so I’m pretty sure it has to do with the games servers. Other then that it’s basically the same game just with actual people and not AI.

Overall I give this game a 3 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ If you love Jeopardy, you’ll love this game.
+ Simple playability and no bugs or glitches.

What’s Not So Great:
Small pool of questions that get repeated way too often.
Dead multiplayer, laggy multiplayer, and multiplayer trophies.
Not good for long periods of playtime.

While it’s not a bad game, it’s not a great game either. I mean come on, it’s Jeopardy. If you expected more, then…I don’t know what to tell you. But if you’re a trivia person or you just like Jeopardy then you’ll find this game fun and enjoyable.

Join me next week when I review platinum number 13. Lucky number 13 was actually America’s other favorite game show. Know what it is? Wheel! Of! Fortune! Can you hear the theme song music in your head? See Vanna and Pat walking out on stage? No? Oh well.

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