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This is the trivia game that all the others have been striving to be. It has questions that ooze wit and brains. It has a host that keeps everything lively. It has a scoring system that will challenge you even if you know the answers already. It has ways of balancing the game for people who are not trivia masters that don’t make said masters feel cheated. You Don’t Know Jack came out of retirement and reminded everybody why it's the king, and doesn’t even overcharge you for the privilege.
Jack won't blow you away with spectacular high-definition graphics or a deep and involving story. But then again, it's not supposed to. The essence of You Don't Know Jack is playing with friends, having fun, and getting a good laugh. The little changes of gameplay in comparison to other entries, especially the ability to allow everyone to answer a question, make for a better experience. There's lots of fun and humor to be found in Jack; I highly recommend that you always select "I Don't Care" for choosing a name on local multiplayer. While I won't be having marathon sessions of You Don't Know Jack anytime soon, I can see myself playing a game or two every day for a long, long time.
The 73 episodes will take about 15 hours to get through, with DLC episodes already available. Playing by your lonesome isn't that rewarding and on-line play can be frustrating with all those cheap answer grinders out there. You Don't Know Jack is undoubtedly best played in person, with friends, when you can literally screw someone and force them to answer a question in five seconds. If you have the controllers and the couch, you could do a lot worse.
You Don’t Know Jack is proof that games don’t need to be excessively complex in order to be fun. Really, there’s not much to it aside from pressing the buttons that correspond with then right answers. Dinging the game on its simplicity really misses the point, though. If you have fond memories of the series or are in the market for an uproarious multiplayer game, it’s time for a Jack Attack.
Though it has some shortcomings, You Don't Know Jack does deliver on quantity and quality for a reasonable $19.99, making it very appealing for those who like to test their knowledge and have a few laughs while they're at it.
You Don't Know Jack is a great trivia game. The episode setup makes each show feel fleshed out and interesting, the way questions are phrased keeps you on your toes, and the content is really well-written. The trouble is that the PC version is such a lonely endeavor. I want to play with a lot of players; the limited local co-op and lack of online functionality make that impossible.