Lazygamer Hands-On Preview – Scene It – Xbox 360

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When I first got the early build of Scene-It , I have to admit that I wasn’t really that excited to give it a go. I mean, I am quite a bit of a movie buff and I do love movie trivia, but these games weren’t made for people like me were they? These games are made for those odd happy families that you see in Nintendo adverts aren’t they, surely I would find it to be a little lame?

Well, myself and a friend sat down to give it a go and we landed up being more than pleasantly surprised.

Find out our impressions after the jump.

If you didn’t know, Scene It is a trivia game similar to the Buzz series that has been seen in the past, except with a focus on movies. The game usually comes with four buzzer devices that allow players to hit the big red button and then select their answer with one of the colour coded buttons. We didn’t get any buzzers for the early code, so we had to make do with the standard Xbox 360 controller.

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You go through a variety of multiple choice questions that are presented to you in a number of ways. There are complete movie scenes that play out, followed by questions about the scene or the actors that played in them, then you get a whole bunch of other fun questions, like a children’s drawing of a movie scene that slowly gets drawn out, or photos from a movie that get revealed on by one. The quicker you are able to figure out what the scene is, the more points you get for the correct answer.

Because of the game, we also got to see how the new NXE avatars fit into the whole scheme of things and on the whole, they seemed to do their job just fine, with nothing that special added but a nice touch at the end of the day, further softening up and the game and giving it a more casual feel.

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At the end of the day, we sat down to just see how the game was. So we tried to play through another round and then another and another until we had to force ourselves to put it down. The truth is that the game is actually a lot of fun to pretty much anyone who has ever watched a couple of movies in their life, and that’s pretty much all of us isn’t it?

With games like this popping up, boardgames better start watching themselves because a game like this makes for a really wonderful social event with some friends and family.

Last Updated: November 3, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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