Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse Review


Fights with giant chickens, Hitler juggling fish on a unicycle, killing Yogi Bear, James Woods! Anything goes in this long running TV show. Family Guy is the other, other cartoon of choice, hilarious, vulgar and often a little too close to the bone but unlike the other big TV shows it has had very little exposure when it comes to console games, surprising considering the shows panache for violence and references to classics like Mario.

Kicking off just like one of the spin off episodes that have Brian and Stewie travelling the world, time travel or alternate universes, this unlikely duo of a murderous evil child mastermind and a boozehound very quickly learn of Bertram's (Stewie's younger brother from another mother and Peters sperm donation) plans, who is not happy that he is dead in this universe and so decides to travel the multiverse and create the ultimate army to defeat Stewie once and for all.



So with their own multiverse remote control both join up for the chase, trying to locate and stop Bertram before it's too late, taking us to numerous alternate universes for some third person shooting and platform action. Guided by the voice of Bruce, the duo quickly find themselves skipping universes, helping out Mort in a planet ruled by jocks, taking out the Amish and their ultimate weapon, visiting a world where people with disabilities rule the earth or even a land full of pirates.

To take on Bertram and his minions Stewie and Brian are armed to the teeth, starting off Stewie with a disintegrating ray gun and golf club and Brian a pistol and a bottle of whisky; as they progress through the levels more weapons become available, each having different load outs which makes switching between characters vital. From flame throwers to explosives, sniper rifles to shotguns, rocket launchers to flame throwers, there are plenty of ways to take out the ever spawning enemies. There are also a few handy special weapons that our interdimensional travellers share, like a bottle of Ipecac that will make all enemies nearby puke (just do not stand too close yourself), a Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tube Man that will distract enemy fire, a golden egg that spawns a giant fist fighting chicken or your own portable Joe Swanson, heavily armed and ready to take out a few dirt bags.

The action itself is a very basic third person shooter, just running around blasting away at anything that moves until you reach the boss fight. Aside from the main mission there are loads of optional side quests that unlock along the way, from destroying wanted posters, killing chickens to finding naked pictures of college girls, with each complete set unlocking items in the shop which can be visited in-between levels or at specific points in game. To purchase items from the shop you need cash, which is littered all over the levels and allows you to grab some extra weapons and even upgrade Stewie and Brian's health, grenade capacity and ammo clip size.



Though only Stewie and Brian are initially playable in the campaign there are plenty of cameos to spot all over the many multiverses, like Peter butt naked singing his 'milkshake' song, Quagmire trying to get into a dorm window, to Mayor West arming the world with Nuclear Cat Launchers. They all give an extra depth to the game, almost like offering small titbits of jokes if you walk to the right area, not necessarily collectables but more like Easter eggs that are hidden all over the levels.

With quite a short campaign, even bolstered up with all of the collectables thrown in, Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is still over a little too quickly, so thankfully there are a few extra game modes thrown in. Each of these are mainly for multiplayer split screen action (no online options) with a challenge mode offering levels like shooting loads of Amish to Quagmire taking saucy snaps of girls. The multiplayer modes also bring split screen action for four players with some modes that are familiar but with a Family Guy edge to them like a capture the flag mode where you need to grab hold of the Greased Up Deaf Guy, a horde mode and the more classic Deathmatch and team Deathmatch modes.

Sadly the game as a whole fails at the first hurdle, it's just not funny. Though the show can often be vulgar and downright rude but it always manages to make it not only humorous but sharp, that is not the case with Back to the Multiverse, with most jokes getting more groans than genuine laughs. Within the setup of each level you would expect a few decent jokes, but even with Amish and disabled worlds they can't make any decent jokes out of it. When you first enter the level you feel like it's going to push a few boundaries with some risque jokes, you not being sure where they are going to go with this but the creative team didn't seem to have a clue either, they literally raided the shows for a few sound bites and used them over and over again; how many time must I hear an Amish man say "I'm doing this mostly because of the sex I never have?" It wasn't funny the first time and it sure isn't funny for the twentieth time. It gets to the point that it just starts to throw random jokes without any real context to the surroundings but just because they were funny in a previous episode.



Though most of the presentation is a decent 3D representation of the Family Guy world the characters, Stewie and Brian look particularly bad. They do look like their TV counterparts but have that kind of strange look like they had way back when the show first started and the animation was cheap. Looks aside there are plenty moments where the cast offer their voice talents to the game, but like I mentioned above, expect to hear the same one liner over and over again.

Normally I would say in a situation like this that only fans will get enjoyment out of Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse, but I am a fan and this game just doesn't fit with the greatness of the TV show, with far too many unfunny jokes and lots of out of place nods to old episodes. Rather than trying to make its own way Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is sadly a rather unpleasant experience.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: PS3)

Pros

- Decent voice cast
- Local co-op and multiplayer modes

Cons

- Graphics do not look right
- Gameplay gets tiresome quickly
- Jokes are repeated ad nauseam


Edited On 28 Nov, 2012

Comments
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Awesome review Joe! I wasn't completely sure about this game, considering there was a lack of content about it. Glad I read it here first - will put it off until times become desperate :P
Greigyboii 1 year ago
'Family Guy is the other, other cartoon of choice,' Other than that good review.
amanda 1 year ago
other, other was correct, Simpsons then South Park :)
Ash Buchanan 1 year ago
I cant make my mind up on this game, I love Family Guy, so I might just give it a rental to be on the safe side. "Well... Everybody's heard about the bird, bird bird bird, bird is the word!"
Solidus 5nake 1 year ago
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I would of hoped for a decent game from such a great show! Disappointing they've yet again made a below-par game judging from this review.
Christopher 1 year ago
Not really fussed about family guy but was looking into this as i'm wanting a new platformer to play. Thank you for saving me some money.
LFC Bywater 1 year ago
Even if it wasn't crap, it's not a platformer.
Gloria 1 year ago
One of my friends told me it was quite like a platformer so i won't be listening to him for any information about games anymore lol
LFC Bywater 1 year ago
Was there ever any doubt it would be crap?
Gloria 1 year ago
Not from any experienced gamers, we all knew it would be rubbish! However I bet this sells a bucket-load based on it's name alone.
shiny miller 1 year ago
looks crap... shockingly crap but good review none the less!
Shep _1 1 year ago
I think this looks ok, its just priced wrongly. If this was £20 I would have a punt on it. As it stands I will wait till it goes cheap then pick it up. Publishers who think things like this can compete with AAA titles on price point as a little bit silly.
Datastatic 1 year ago
I'm sure there will be plenty of idiots buying it just because they are fans of the show and won't complain about the pricing, some of them may even insist that it's actually quite good.
Gloria 1 year ago
I wouldn't call them idiots just because there buying a game that they might enjoy, even at around £40. I remember you saying once yourself that price is just a number, and it doesn't matter because all that matters is the amount of enjoyment you get out of it....
LFC Bywater 1 year ago
Well they are idiots really, if they are buying the game on the name alone without finding out if it's any good or not, even more so if they do find out it's crap and still buy it. And yes, price is just a number, I'm not disputing the pricing issue, just the stupidity of buying bad games, at any price.
Gloria 1 year ago
I can understand people buying this on name alone. If you take something average and add to it something you are really into it becomes more appealing. As I said I will pick this up when the price is right purely because it is a Family Guy game. But then again I am an idiot so I guess you are right after all...
Datastatic 1 year ago
Nice review, this is a game I would look at in say a year or so. It reminds me a lot of Futurama which while not a very good game I enjoyed it none the less.
dazzadavie 1 year ago
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I love family guy but don't think I'll be buying this, unless it ever comes really cheap.
kwok007 1 year ago
When it reaches the £15-20 ill think about it :)
commissio 1 year ago
When it reaches 5-7 GBP I will think about it.
Loli-Nox-Tan 1 year ago
When my friend buys it and i can borrow it for free, i'll think about it.
Julie 1 year ago
Sub-Par TV 'comedy' gets sub-par game. Made complete sense
Robichoico 1 year ago
Well this is a game for fans of the tv show, for me i'd rather play this then the likes of call of honour year in year out yawn, at least you'll be able to have a laugh. Mind you £40 for a weekends play seems high
Pete992 1 year ago
great review joe i am a huge family guy fan but i was concerned seeing as it was delayed twice i may give it a go anyway but not now no multiplayer either is naff. i would place this by resi 6 in 2012s biggest dissapointmants
Kelly-Marie 1 year ago
Good review mate,think I'll give this a miss as much as I love Family Guy unless I see it for a fiver in the bargain bucket in the new year ofcourse lol.
GAZZAAAAAAAAA 1 year ago
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