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Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action review

Solid
AT A GLANCE
  • HD movie clips
  • Lots of questions and game types
  • Well paced Party mode
  • Lengthy and annoying single player
  • Pricey for a trivia game
  • Requires 8 AA batteries

Scene It? You probably have. It's a popular media-based trivia board game that's been available for years in numerous different editions. Even some On Demand cable plans have a free version. So what makes the Xbox 360 version special? Well for one, Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action has all new controllers for that ass. These little plastic pollywogs [bottom right] may not look like much, but remember: they're designed exclusively for this game, and more importantly, to work on an actual game system. Playing with a TV or DVD remote has always been a little clunky and sluggish, so these one-handed doohickeys fare much better.



Above: Like a tyrannical producer, Scene-It removes entire actors in some modes. Oh, and the answer's Brazil

Not only does it run a helluva lot faster than any previous version, the party mode cruises at a nearly perfect speed when compared with the slew of other party/trivia games available on numerous platforms. And it'd better - because this version packs in almost two thousand questions, and does a damned good job to avoid repeating them. 

The 21 different puzzle varieties go above and beyond simply naming an actor from the high definition movie clips. Sometimes you'll be asked to discern a gradually descrambling picture, while other times you'll be shown a scene and have to remember what color a shirt was, or how many times a word was said. This really levels the playing field during group sessions, regardless of age, arcane knowledge and alcohol intake.

Single player is slowed down by an obnoxious and unnecessary presentation. But given how well the game works with friends, the sheer variety of trivia, and the brisk pace of the game, we don't feel out of line saying that Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action could be the best and most definitive version out there. And since it comes with four intuitive controllers, costs only a little more than the analog board game, and presents the possibility of downloadable content/future editions, trivia buffs won't want to overlook it.

More Info

Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Other Games/Compilations
Published by: Microsoft
Developed by: Screenlife Games
ESRB Rating:
Rating Pending

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