Fuzion Frenzy 2

Review

posted 2/13/2007 by Cyril Lachel
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One Page Platforms: 360
But these stupid looking anime characters have nothing on the game's "host", the single worst part of Fuzion Frenzy 2. It's not enough that he calls himself a DJ (despite the fact that he doesn't do any disc jockeying at all), but this host is the single most ridiculous looking character of all time. His fashion sense is so bad that I wouldn't be surprised if there are clothing designers who reference him in their suicide notes. To paint the picture, this character wears hot pink pants, a purple shirt, a aqua blue tie, and a yellow jacket. And that's not the worst of it, he's also sporting this crazy light show on his shoulders, which is easily the worst fashion accessory of all time. The moment you see this character you know you're in for a bad time, he's so bad that I probably would have give the game a 7.0 or higher if he was simply taken out altogether.
 
Unfortunately it's not just that he's stupid looking, it's also that he's obnoxious and extremely annoying. He has about five phrases that he says over and over and over and over and over. There are mini-games where he literally says all of his phrases five or six times. And they aren't especially witty, he'll yell out things like "I've never seen anything this crazy before" and "player 1 did that hurt?" There's one mini-game in particular where he ended up saying the same phrase 25 times in 60 seconds. It's as if he's daring you to keep the sound on.
 
While the meat and potatoes lay in the tournament mode, there are a few other ways you can tackle Fuzion Frenzy 2. If you want to practice the various mini-games you can simply jump into the Mini-Game Frenzy, which allows you to tackle any and all of the games you've unlocked. There's also a game where you can play the mini-games until somebody gets a certain amount of wins, completely negating any problems I had with the scoring system. And if you want, you can take any of these game modes online. Unfortunately I found the online mode to be something of a ghost town, every time I attempted to find somebody to play with I found myself all by myself waiting for somebody (anybody) to show up. This may be fine if you have friends who also own the game, but if you're looking to have a fun party experience online with strangers then you may want to look elsewhere.
 
The graphics are on par with the rest of the experience, in other words they aren't very good. Most of the mini-games look like they could have been done on the original Xbox, and none of the special effects are very interesting at all. This isn't the worst looking Xbox 360 game I've played, but after experiencing Gears of War, Rainbow Six Vegas and Viva Piñata it's hard to look at these visuals. About the best you can say is that they get the job done, which is definitely more than I can say for the voice acting.
 
If you try hard enough you can have a good time with Fuzion Frenzy 2. There's something to be said about gathering a bunch of friends together to go head to head against in the various mini-games. If you choose your games carefully you shouldn't have too much trouble having fun playing a few rounds, but it won't take long before everybody is demanding you put in something else … something better. Fuzion Frenzy 2 could have been a good game, but it doesn't try very hard and that's really the most offensive part of this whole experience. I'm not asking for a perfect party game, but if you're going to make a game like this the least you can do is make it enjoyable. And my time with Fuzion Frenzy 2 was spent cringing more than having a good time.
 



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Even if you're dying for an Xbox 360 title that is nothing more than a collection of mini-games, you should still think twice before attacking Fuzion Frenzy 2. With instantly forgettable games, ugly graphics and the worst character designs of all time, Fuzion Frenzy 2 proves to be nothing more than a way to get achievement points!


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