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80 (Nov 26, 2008)
Respekt! Die Krome Studios haben das letzte Jahr genutzt, um scene it? in der Kinohits-Version im Vergleich zum Vorgänger in jeder Hinsicht zu optimieren. Bei den Fragestellungen wurden die kontroversen Varianten gekickt, um durch teilweise hervorragend gelungene Typen wie die 8-Bit-Filmszenen ersetzt zu werden. Es gibt sinnvolle, aber leider nur rudimentäre Konfigurationsmöglichkeiten, einen passablen Solo-Modus und mit den verwendbaren Avataren kommt eine persönliche Note ins Quiz. Doch auch wenn die Präsentation im Allgemeinen gestrafft und verbessert wurde, liegt man in dieser Hinsicht unter dem Strich immer noch eine halbe Klasse unter der Buzz-Serie auf Sony-Konsolen. Zählt man die grauenhaften Sprecher dazu, sogar eine ganze Klasse.
Planet Xbox 360 (Dec 16, 2008)
The biggest issue with Scene It is also what makes it such a draw for some. The singular focus on films makes it a title that all your friends can certainly play, but can leave non-movie lovers feeling a bit disadvantaged. With the broad scope of franchise-specific Scene It games available in stores for the board game, it would be nice if the questions had a broader scope involving television or topics to get female contestants more involved. The game does an excellent job providing movie fans a battleground against other film lovers, but a wider scope could make it a must-own trivia game for everyone. Scene It? Box Office Smash is a definite upgrade over the first title, but the franchise is already beginning to show its limitations two games in.
Worth Playing (Dec 04, 2008)
However, despite some minor annoyances and the slight repetition of questions, I still enjoyed Scene It?: Box Office Smash enough to recommend it to previous players. It's a pretty solid purchase if you've got friends to play it with, especially if you're just going with the $40 version of the game (minus the remotes). Even if you don't have a group of local friends, the addition of online play makes it well worth the price. Just be aware that there are people online who have seemingly memorized every question in the game ¯ or I'm just a really bad trivia player. Box Office Smash is definitely worth checking out if you're a movie or trivia fan, and if you happen to enjoy both, I don't think you'll be disappointed with this one.
Gameplanet (Apr 01, 2008)
I thoroughly enjoyed Box Office Smash, and despite a few minor annoyances such as the inability to pause, and the hosts annoying and repetitive cries for attention when you leave the controller untouched for more than a few minutes, there's a compelling social experience underneath it all. It's more purposeful than the Buzz! equivalent, and what it lacks in irreverent humour it more than makes up for in content.
No doubt if you spent more than a few weekends with the game you'd start to see the questions repeated and to solve that, hopefully there will be some plans to release Downloadable Content for it in the future (something that was promised, but never delivered for the first game) or some cheaper priced add-on discs.
AceGamez (2008)
If you enjoy party games and trivia and you'd like another game to add to your "360 as a rival to the Wii" list then you've got a winner on your hands with Scene It? Box Office Smash and you shouldn't be afraid to grab it even if you don't know much about movies or games. Whether you need to go all out and buy the wireless pads is another question, however; unless you've got some really console-phobic family members and friends then spending nearly double the price of the game on what is essentially a d-pad and four buttons seems like a bit of a stretch. However, the hardware version does come with all four controllers, so if you don't already have a full compliment of 360 pads then it might still be worth the extra cost, especially as you can use the pads with Lights, Camera, Action as well. Even with Xbox Live there isn't exactly a flourishing trivia market on the 360, so an easily accessible and well-presented game like Box Office Smash is impossible not to recommend.
Official XBox Magazine (Oct 31, 2008)
Still, we remain transfixed by Scene It. It’s one of the 360’s best social experiences, and one that anyone can enjoy. That it also doles out Gamerscore points like candy on Halloween only makes us even happier to play it.
TeamXbox (Nov 04, 2008)
Box Office Smash is a great game to break out during a party, and its content and gameplay is accessible to pretty much anyone. Also, in a crowded house it’s a hell of a lot easier to set up than a bunch of Guitar Hero or Rock Band peripherals. You likely won’t look at it again once the upcoming social season wraps—unless those download packs keep us craving more movie knowledge—but it’s a good time while it lasts. Oh, and did we mention it’s great for racking up some easy gamer points?
GameSpot (Nov 06, 2008)
This return of Scene It brings more movie clips, more recent titles, solid online play, and vastly improved visuals. The improvements leave little to criticize and everything to enjoy. Scene It? Box Office Smash is a great party game, and one that offers hours of enjoyment for even the most casual of players.
Scene It? Box Office Smash is a worthy successor to the original title that was released just over a year ago. With improved visuals, solid sound, and improved gameplay including new modes, support for downloadable content, and a much needed addition of online play, this game is a more complete package then the first. The only fault I can find is that some of the questions do repeat themselves sooner then later, but this should be remedied with the DLC feature. Movie buffs and fans of party games alike should make sure to pick up this latest version of “Scene It?” for the Xbox 360.
Meristation (Nov 17, 2008)
Scene It?: Grandes éxitos de taquilla es una continuación con todas las de la ley, que incluye más modos de juego, nuevas pruebas y mejoras técnicas, todo lo necesario para justificar un nuevo capítulo y acercarlo a los cinéfilos más inquietos y con ganas de demostrar sus conocimientos. El añadido del Online le da mucha vidilla y en partidas multijugador sigue siendo un fijo. El único “problema” es que sólo se centre en cine, algo que muchos podrán tomar como un aspecto negativo, sobretodo comparando con la oferta que tenían los Buzz en PS2, abarcando múltiples disciplinas, desde deportes hasta música. Pero más allá de esto, estamos ante un “party game” fantástico. Recordad que si ya disponéis de los pulsadores del primer juego podréis conseguir éste a 40€, y para los que no, se incluye un pack con el juego y los pulsadores a 60€.
Gamer 2.0 (Nov 24, 2008)
With newer topics, an improved interface, and online play, Box Office Smash is loads better than last year’s rookie attempt. Fans of cinema-based trivia will surely enjoy the wide assortment of movies exhibited, while casual moviegoers will still find solace with the recognition of recent and more popular films. Although the online play could have been better implemented, $60 for four controllers, the game, and the best party game on the 360 is not a bad deal at all.
Even with this problem, Box Office Smash is still incredibly fun, especially with a group, and it is a great improvement over Lights, Camera, Action. New challenges such as, my personal favorite, Pixel Flix, which consists of watching and identifying classic 8-bit renditions of well-known movie scenes, help keep the experience enjoyable and varied. The addition of online multiplayer, the integration of NXE Avatars, and the promise of an extended question bank in the future further make this a pretty complete package. Also, if you are looking for a game to play with your relatives during the holidays, not many are as easy to pick-up-and-play as Box Office Smash while still being enjoyable for players of all ages and walks of life.
1UP (Nov 07, 2008)
Regardless, after only five to six hours of family-friendly trivia, questions start to repeat -- effectively killing the fun. Microsoft promises downloadable question packs sometime down the line, but the jury's still out on the price or size of these additions. I love the physical game-board special editions (particularly Harry Potter), and I'd definitely download themed movie/TV question packs -- for the right price, of course. As it stands, the game's a great weekend party rental.
GameFocus (Nov 11, 2008)
The game puts itself in a grey zone between “Buy” and “Rent” simply because you could pass through the questions rather quickly as it offers the same amount of questions as in the first game. If you’re a huge movie buff, you will want to definitely add this Scene It? game to your collection. Casual gamers may want to wait until more downloadable content is released before deciding, but a rental for your upcoming party would surely not be a waste.
Scene It? Box Office Smash manages to refine the experience of its predecessor, giving gamers a solid movie-trivia experience.
At the end of the day, Scene It? Box Office Smash is a decent party game that needs to played with as many people as possible as this is what makes the game truly enjoyable. Online is interesting, however not as fun as playing with someone physically next to you. Definitely for those movie buffs out!
GameZone (Jan 12, 2009)
If, and when, download content ever arrives for Box Office Smash, then the replay value of the title will increase. But as it stands right now, it’s great to bring out when you have friends over for a party.
Game Revolution (Dec 17, 2008)
While it isn't quite a perfect game, Box Office Smash is better than its predecessor and it plays exceptionally well as a party game. It doesn't require the accessories (nor the potential embarrassment) of a music game and pretty much everyone is familiar with Hollywood films. The barrier to entry is low, replay value is great, and it's a blast if you have a group assembled. Just don't ever plan on playing it solo and you won't be disappointed.
73 (Nov 24, 2008)
Box Office Smash is a really well presented and fun game to play, the addition of Avatar use really adds a lot to the games appeal, as does the new Xbox Live mode. If you are looking for a game to entertain the family this Xmas then you will not go wrong if you choose this one.
AusGamers (Apr 02, 2009)
Scene It? Box Office Smash! is definitely heaps of fun with enough friends - especially for those of us who think we know movies, but it really is still a bit on the Lite side of things when it comes to customisation or the like. There's a huge market for this type of game, and with a Star trek and Seinfeld edition in the works, it's likely we'll see themed versions popping up, which I think is pretty cheap and unfair, but that's the price you pay for successful platforms (just look at Rock Band and Guitar Hero). Still, I can't deny how much fun I had with this, so if you have enough people around you, I recommend checking the game out, just don't go expecting to be able to avoid the annoying questions about movies and genres you couldn't care less about.
Good Game (Apr 13, 2009)
Just like the first, Scene It Box Office Smash tests movie knowledge...and the game draws from a wide range of films spanning many decades. By far the best rounds are those based on a movie clip. But I guess for reasons of disk space and copyright there’s only a few of these per game and you’ll spend the rest of the time doing crosswords, indentifying actors from blurry pictures and what ever this is supposed to be...
Good Game (Apr 13, 2009)
The trouble with Scene It’s is that it seems totally unfair. At the end of the round a player can collect thousands of points for “Last Place for Three Rounds” or “Most incorrect answers”. I get that keeps people in the game but if you know the most you should be in the lead right – we actually found ourselves deliberately coming last in some rounds just to collect the bonuses.
IGN (Oct 30, 2008)
If you're looking to play something with your family or friends this holiday season, Scene It? Box Office Smash is a good choice. The gameplay is familiar and fun for everyone who enjoys movies and the format is simple and easy to understand. All told, it's a great package. However, the number of questions on the disc is quite limited. Play just a handful of games and you'll start getting repeat questions which defeats the whole purpose of playing a game that is intended to test your knowledge.
70 (Nov 27, 2008)
At the moment it's hard to know what longevity Box Office Smash offers. We're still playing and not suffering repeat questions, but that time will surely arrive sooner or later, at which point it's effectively game over or time to buy new content from Xbox LIVE Marketplace. There's currently nothing available so we don't know how frequently new content will be released and at what price, but assuming it's not too expensive Box Office Smash should provide movie quiz fun for some time to come.
70 (Dec 16, 2008)
Os outros jogadores, amantes de “pop quizz de Hollywood” vão encontrar neste Box Office Smash uma proposta interessante, capaz de propor desafios constantes e permanentes, pondo à prova os verdadeiros conhecimentos da sétima arte com os amigos à frente da televisão ou, em alternativa, em acesas partidas disputadas em rede. Terá sempre uma margem de limitação associada ao repisar de questões revisitadas, mas com centenas de perguntas em trânsito haverá festa e curiosidade por larguíssimas horas. Num jogo onde a apresentação é cuidada por iniciativa dos avatares e com boa dinâmica entre os “rounds”, nem faltam as quatro campainhas da praxe, totalmente sem fios, para facilitar a escolha da resposta.
XboxAchievements (Nov 22, 2008)
Still a fun movie game but one that is little more than an add on pack to what has come before. Surely it would make more sense to release new questions as DLC rather than releasing an unnecessary, and overpriced, new product that has very little in the way of extras. The online mode is a nice addition but is simply not enough to warrant a purchase.
Norrköpings Tidningar (Apr 24, 2009)
Spelaren kan utmana vänner och spela online, vilket får ses som standar i dag. Frågorna kan ut-ökas med olika "frågepaket" som kan laddas ner för ett par tjugor till hårddisken på konsolen. Och det är tur för Filmtoppen kräver ett ganska djupt och betydande intresse för film för att uppskattas fullt ut. Smalt men välgjort, för att vara en oblyg kopia.
60 (Nov 28, 2008)
Scene It? Box Office Smash is zeker geen hoogvlieger in het quiz-genre. Het gebrek aan ruimte en opties komt het spel niet ten goede, waardoor je al vrij snel alles gezien hebt. Maar wat het spel doet, doet het zeker goed. De vragen worden op een originele manier gebracht en het beeldmateriaal is aangenaam om naar te kijken. Vandaar dat ook dit deel weer een magere voldoende krijgt.
60 (UK) (Nov 23, 2008)
Still, when it gets things right, this second slice of Scene It is a compelling quiz game, with questions that show a genuine understanding and appreciation of the subject matter and not just a desire to shovel trivia onto a disc. When it gets things wrong, however, the flaws immediately and irrevocably chip away at the game's longevity. Obviously the problems are amplified binging on the game for a review, but even played at a more casual pace there are enough problems to reduce Box Office Smash to an entertaining short-term prospect at best.
Thunderbolt Games (Dec 04, 2006)
And it is this limited lifespan that ultimately relegates Scene It? to nothing more than holiday entertainment fodder. You can argue that it’s supposed to be played irregularly like a board game, but if that is the case then why not buy a board game for half the price instead? However, look past the briefness of what’s on offer and there’s a richly entertaining game to be had. It may not be a box office smash, but if you take a few friends along with you, Scene It? is worth the price of admission. Popcorn not included.