With Trivial Pursuit Live! 2, Ubisoft delivers fun twists on the beloved board game that are best enjoyed with friends and family.
Trivial Pursuit is one of those classic board games that needs no introduction. Like other longtime family game night staples, the game has received various digital adaptations, the latest being from Ubisoft. Trivial Pursuit Live! 2. A sequel to the 2014 game, Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 turns the classic into a game show where players test their knowledge of everything from science and history to sports and pop culture against other players.
Those who played the original Trivial Pursuit Live! will find the new game quite familiar, as To live! 2 brings back the round modes and types of its predecessor. However, for those who have already solved the questions of the last game and want a fun and relaxed local or online multiplayer game, Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 is a great way to spend time with friends and family.
As a board game adaptation designed primarily to be shared with those who don’t typically play video games, Trivial Pursuit Live! 2The gameplay of is simple. Each game is divided into rounds, each with a different format for its questions. Some are more traditional, asking players to choose the correct answer. Others add a bit of real-time competition, forcing each individual to choose the best answer first or providing a category and a table full of options. These different types of spins keep things fresh and are a great way to bring the trivia board game format into a digital space.
In addition to its local multiplayer, Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 allows players to compete with others online or (if they choose) solo against AI opponents. While the online features themselves work quite well, the nature of the game means that matchmaking will likely take some time and the games themselves will vary depending on who else is actually looking to play that way, their Internet connection and their areas of expertise. As for the AI, we found it to be a mixed bag. While it worked reasonably well while filling in the gaps during local multiplayer, when playing solo we found it ridiculously incompetent at times, especially in certain modes.
Of course, balancing the difficulty of the AI in this type of game is surely a challenge between making opponents unfairly smart or completely randomizing their responses, but the game sometimes seems to go a bit far in the latter direction. In one round, two different AI opponents guessed that baseball and bowling were played on the ice, even when options like curling and ice hockey were still on the board. Obviously, the game was meant to be played with real people rather than providing a single-player experience, but those who choose to play this way will likely find it entertaining for the wrong reasons.
Another somewhat frustrating element of the game is its cosmetics, which allow players to change the appearance of the game’s pre-made avatars. Each character has a decent selection, but all of them must be unlocked through specific gameplay means. While some, like having to play multiple games as a character or answering a number of literary questions, make sense and keep players coming back, others are less rewarding. For example, having to win multiple online games to unlock a hairstyle means having to constantly play a mode that the player might not be interested in, with no guarantee that they will actually progress towards the reward.
However, despite these shortcomings, Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 is an entertaining game that does what it sets out to do: let families and groups of friends enjoy the classic trivia game in a new way. Its flaws when it comes to AI and customization options don’t detract from the core experience, and its twists on the original formula make it both distinct from the board game while still being familiar and fun.
Developed and published by Ubisoft, Trivial Pursuit Live! 2 is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Stadia. A revision code was provided by the publisher.
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