This game started as a 5 star game, b/c I expected it to be that good! Below is the ups and downs that helped me determine my final rating.
Plot/Gameplay: +1 Star. Current game rating: 6 stars
Peter is enjoying his PTV, while Stewie is up in his room working on a mind control device. He hopes to use the PTV to broadcast mind control to everyone who watches. However Bertrem stops by and runs the day! As Stewie, you must collect weapons upgrades that are laying around the house so that you have a working ray gun to fight Bertrem. I was surprised how long it took me to find them all! Proving to me there is actually a challenge in this game. I had to use a mind control ray right at the start also, and that was fun too! When you hit someone with mind control, you then walk as that character and can make them do whatever you need.
Anyway, Bertram tricks Stewie into destroying the PTV satellite and goes off to do his plan for world domination! On another note, Peter gets hurt when the satellite falls down. This leads Stewie (as in you) to the hospital b/c he needs to find Peter so he can shrink down and follow Bertram into his lair! If you don’t remember the show, Bertram was never actually born so he still lives inside Peter. This a good time to describe general game play. You will go from scene to scene or room to room defeating enemies and getting through challenges. For example, in the hospital Stewie has to go through many different areas to find Peter. Some of this is just a lot of shooting nurses and orderlies, but then more challenges arise as he comes across a room where water is all over the floor and electrical wires running through them… he must not get electrocuted! Then there’s the “lard” section where the liposuction machines have been leaking everywhere and he must get through this, which is hard considering how slippery it is.
Each scene is short enough that you can see the goal at the end most of the time. But most of the time each goal is actually to get to another door that will lead you through another challenging scene. Sometimes it’s all about shooting people to get them out of your way, while other times the scene has more of a mental/timing challenge where you have to figure out how to get a certain item or how to get by some people without getting caught. Although Stewie has his ray gun and mind control, you will also play as Brian and Peter in the other two story-lines that are going on throughout the game and they won’t have these weapons. So they (as in you) will have to use their brains more!
Yep just like the TV show, there are multiple story-lines in the game. Here’s a short description of the other two.
Brian: Brian has been arrested for impregnating Sebreeze again! He says he didn’t do it, but it doesn’t matter b/c they still put him into jail. He’s on the loose in the prison trying to figure out how to clear his name! However he has to avoid prisoners and cops! This is one of those more mentally challenging games where you have to learn patterns and learn when it’s ok to sneak by a prisoner.
Peter: Peter awakes in the hospital and thinks Mr. Belvedere has kidnapped his family due to the way he was knocked out. Now he’s on a rampage looking for Belvedere. He’s beating up everyone in his path with no real obvious goal in site. This is more just a fun storyline where you get to beat up all the people in the scene before they kill you! Knock out grannies, kick kids and dogs, and do some fancy head bangs, and trip moves on the cops.
As you go, you will really only know the next step and usually not the ultimate goal of the game. Just like the TV show, there’s no predicting where you will find yourself next! So just enjoy and don’t try to figure it out :) You’ll find 3 very different types of game play – one shoots, one sneaks, and one fights
Non-Sequiturs: -1 Star. Current game rating: 5 stars
On the show, there are many mini scenes where the character says “it’s just like that one time where…” and the show will flash back to a scene to show what the character was talking about. I find these hilarious! However, in the game, it’s not working the way I would hope. You never know when they will come up with a non-sequitur, and sometimes I’m not ready for it. You have to do a random task really quick, unrelated to the game at all (just like the tv show does) but sometimes it pops up and says go when I wasn’t even expecting it. Once you fail, you don’t get to try again unless you die in the following scene :( I am not a fan of that. I felt they should have a pop up or something to say “hit x when you are ready” instead of just starting it.
These non-sequiturs can be beneficial though, like Brian will gain invisibility if you beat his challenge. This helps you get through parts of the game but it is not a necessity. You can still get through the scene without the help they give you, so if you want to just lose all these by ignoring them it shouldn’t be that big a deal.
Not always clear on Goals: -1 Star. Current game rating: 4 stars
When I first started playing, I honestly didn’t know what to do. There were certain scenes where it said “get the xx part” and I was like “where is it? how do I find it? what am I doing?” I admit that once you start playing for awhile, you learn to find things and search things out a little more, but there are still times when I’m not 100% sure what they are asking me to do – so instead in some levels I just tried everything to see what worked. While I can still get through the game by guessing, I’d rather there be an easier way to figure it out, or more information on what the ultimate goal of the game is.
It’s a Challenge: +1 Star. Current game rating: 5 stars
Even though the goals aren’t always clear, I have to give back a star because it actually IS a challenging game! I more often then not can’t get past a scene in one try. I usually have to try it a few times to learn what the trick is to getting through it. This was surprising to me since I figured a game like this would be all fun and laughs, and no challenge. However Family Guy did make it hard – and I do appreciate that.
Controls: -1 Star. Current game rating: 4 stars
You use the left analog stick to control your character. The arrow keys as well as the right analog stick are used to move the camera ever so slightly so you can see “what’s ahead” but only a little bit. You can’t turn the camera or anything, it’s more like watching a TV show where you can only see the angle you are presented. I actually don’t have a problem with the camera, but a gave the controls -1 because they wasted 2 spots on moving the camera and force me to use the analog stick to move my character. I am very bad with the analog stick and usually cannot get good angles and such when jumping or aiming. I prefer to use the arrows in most games and don’t understand why they wasted the arrows on moving the camera – especially when you can hardly move the camera anyway.
Other controls are used for each character to do there talents. For Stewie, x jumps, square shoots, and circle grabs hooks. For Brian, you don’t really need most the buttons except the one that makes him crouch down. He doesn’t really do much – mostly sneaks around. Finally Peter uses multiple control combinations to beat people up :) Like square, circle, square does a head butt. This part of the controls is ok, but overall I miss my arrow keys :(
Graphics: -1 Star. Current game rating: 3 stars
Oh my are these graphics bad. Mostly the characters themselves because they don’t look anything like the show. I mean they do but they don’t. I think they kind of went back in time on these characters and it’s almost like when the Simpsons were on the Tracy Ullman show. The characters are more 2d and flat, with dark black outlines. You get over this once you start concentrating on game play, but it’s something I noticed from minute one. The scenery isn’t bad though, and that part looks more like the show, it’s just the characters themselves that look messed up to me.
Laughter: +1 Star. Current game rating: 4 stars
The game gets another star because it does make me laugh quite a bit! There are many parts where I laugh more than I did watching the show (and I laugh a lot when I watch the show! Be forewarned – this game is ruder and cruder than the show, and if you can’t handle it than stay away. There are a few parts I found to be in very poor taste – but still giggled :) Keep the kids away from this game.
Conclusion – Final Score: 4 stars
So I ended up with a lot of ups and downs bringing me to a 4 star game. If you are a fan of the show, you will probably also be a fan of the game. I know many people might think it’s silly, or stupid, but for me – it’s fun! So now that you know all the ups and downs, you can decide for yourself if you should try this game. Obviously I recommend it :) Enjoy!