Are You All That?
is a DVD-based trivia game that will work on your PS2, Xbox or basic DVD player. But will you want it to? The answer is simply no. This game is not fun. Period. I am not trying to be overly harsh, but it simply has no real redeeming qualities other than the fact that you might pick up a little knowledge in the trivia questions. Let me explain.
The game begins with a cut scene of a janitor cleaning the floor of this studio. The finds a mysterious box and opens it and POOF! he is transformed into Dr. Know-It-All Browne, the host of this show. Ok, I really didn't need that stretch of a back story, but whatever.
The the inimitable Dr. Browne opens his mouth and out comes the most offensive and annoying array of "slang" words that I have ever heard. Don't get me wrong - it's not offensive because it contains curse words or anything like that. It is offensive because in trying to be totally cool and hip-hop savvy, it ends up being the digital representation of black-face. Why, you might ask? Because people don't use these words! Sure, I was familiar with some of the sayings, but others simply made no sense. Still others were such an blatant attempt to be "ghetto" that I was offended and I am white! Keep in mind that you will have to hear Dr. Browne say one of his stupid phrases each and every time a question is asked. Half the time I wasn't even sure if I had answered correctly or not because I couldn't make sense of his complements or insults.
Now, this is bad enough, but worse yet is the fact that you can't advance through any of this crap. You simply have to sit and listen to it. And also keep in mind that Dr. Browne feels the need to read every correct answer, whether or not you got it right. Now, he adds no clever bit of info to the answer to possibly clarify it or even to make it amusing. He simply restates it and prolongs the agony.
You can play a game with up to 4 players and a game can have anywhere from 5 to 250 questions; however, in a sitting where I played several games, I encountered a repeat question. In the same game! This happened several times, mind you. This is inexcusable considering the game touts having 1500 questions.
Yes, there is some modern trivia in the game and plenty of weird, old trivia as well. How's this for crazy - in the Fun and Games section, I only got questions concerning board games and the like, never a video game question. Kind of odd considering this is supposed to be a video game!
Let me put it to you this way - I played this game with two other staff members and they wanted to kill me for putting them through this. Then I tried playing with my mom, who doesn't really play games, but likes trivia. At first, she said, "Oh, this is a cool game." Then after about 10 minutes of hearing the stupid "stylings" of the host and having to actually play the game, she even said it was crap. This is not a good sign.