posted by TheSolly (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Nov 25, 2012
Member since May 2009
gamers (33%) found this review helpful
Fans of Family Guy or strong gaming will be disappointed. Both the use of the license as well as actual game play are sub-par by most any standard. It appears to have all the graphical sophistication of a circa 1996 game. Family Guy isn't exactly the pinnacle of animation, and yet this game makes it look worse. Robot movements, no one blinks, etc.
The tie in to the show is pretty thin- essentially just characters saying some line from a show episode and relying on players familiarity with that to make the game 'Family Guy'. It just lacks every ounce of the wit and sarcasm of the show.
It's not deep, rewarding, or compelling, and the entire game is a series of highly repetitive levels with a couple variations of enemy, all of which have AI that makes Pac Man's AI seem advanced.
Stewie's ray guns and diaper grenades at least seem fitting to the world, where Brian makes due with sniper rifles, molotovs, and mowing down the Amish with a handgun- all of which seems out of place and frankly, too lazy to create anything beyond the Stewie character's weapons.
I consider a game to have failed the litmus test when even my 12 year old Family Guy obsessed kid quit in less than a half hour to find something better to do.
Despite my disappointment in the game, it's childishly simple game play and barely justified use of the license, it is a romp around the Griffin's hometown with familiar characters being, well themselves. It's a simple diversion, a game you might finish but certainly won't care if you don't.
It's worth a rental at most, but at full retail price, any gamer will be left feeling a bit ripped off. It's especially galling since there is also a Family Guy MMO in the works- so it seems Seth pretty well just sold the license to anyone with market niche to fill. Gamers hate money-grabs.