TGS 06: Fuzion Frenzy 2 Hands-On

Hudson and Microsoft are hard at work on a collection of futuristic-looking minigames.

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TOKYO--When it comes to minigame collections and party games, Hudson is one of the top developers in the field. It's been developing the Mario Party series for Nintendo for years now. Now, the developer is working on an Xbox 360 follow-up to the long-forgotten Xbox minigame collection Fuzion Frenzy. The sequel maintains the metallic, futuristic look of the first game but brightens the atmosphere up a bit. The version being shown here at TGS 2006 only contains a fraction of what the final minigame total will be, but we were still able to jump in and give a few of them a try.

The menu appeared to list around 50 minigames, but many of them weren't selectable in this demo version of the game. One game has you controlling a forklift-like crate mover. Crates appear in the middle of the screen, and the four players have to struggle to get the crates into their corner of the screen to score points. Another is a game of space basketball. Players fight for control of a ball, then jump high into the air to slam dunk it. The third game we saw gives each player a set number of coins. One player gets a hammer, and hitting players makes coins come out. Control of the hammer changes automatically every few seconds, and the player with the most coins at the end wins.

Each minigame is playable by up to four local players. Presumably, the game will allow for this sort of minigame action over Xbox Live, as well, but we'll have to wait for the game's November release to see everything Fuzion Frenzy 2 has to offer.

Discussion

14 comments
Billipop
Billipop

I just played the Fuzion Frenzy 2 demo for free finally yesterday at a Target store location and I love all 3 of the awesome mini-games that is on that demo.I wish the demo had all of the 40+ mini-games on it for me to play right away.In my opinion,Fuzion Frenzy 2 is one of the top reasons to buy a XBOX 360.I look forward to owning the XBOX 360 to play this game online and offline.

ToddHagen
ToddHagen

Fuzion Frenzy 1 is one of the games that I and the gropu in the hous ALWAYS get out when we want to do some multiplayer mayhem. The minigames are really well balanced and varied. It's good for the whole family - and when a munchkin wants to play they can join & learn easily. Easy to learn and tough to master. The minigames are part of a tournamet of user variable lengthto create a unique contest each time. I can't remember how many the original had, but it was about 36. Since I am still actively playing FF1, this will be a great addtion to the 360. I'm very interested in D/L the demo and see how it plays!

_Sam_
_Sam_

there is a demo?

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Fuzion Frenzy 2 should be a good game with 50 mini games. I love these kinds of games that you can play with your family and friends. Its nice to see the 360 getting more of those kinds of games.

GrimBee
GrimBee

If i hear the word "minigame" one more time.. dang, im going to go all fusion frenzy.. on myself! I love minigames, i totally thrive off them infact, they are great fun with friends etc (when done well). But to pay £30 - £40 for some minigames? No thank you! Minigames should either be offered in their VAST multitude, and offer FULL multiplayer playabilite aswell as single player (not like warioware). Either that, or they should ONLY be used to upgrade youre character, or just have some -gamename- themed fun on the side. Like if resident evil 5 had some minigames to unlock, and these would increase character health, or you could earn some ammo or items for youre inventory when you next load up youre save etc (on the side, not during gameplay). Everyone loves minigames. But like, nobody really wants to PAY for them. Minigames hold the world together, the world wouldnt exist without minigames!! But would you pay full whack for Super Turkey Puncher 3? Ok maybe yeah, i would. Bring on the minigames mo fo!

k-diddy66
k-diddy66

everyone loves a good minigame.well i say everyone