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      29.02.2012 23:43
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      An okay game for a Family Guy fan but it could have been much better

      Being a fan of the Family Guy television show, when I saw this game in Toys R Us (which was really weird considering that this isn't exactly a kiddy friendly game!) while browsing for my sisters birthday present, I decided to treat myself to it due to its low price of £10. Usually at that time games on the PS2 that I had bought for £10 seemed to be pretty good, however this one was not and while some aspects were good, some also disappointed me. It's rated at 15 due to the fact it contains swearing and a lot of violence as the television show usually does to.

      The story to Family Guy: Video Game has 3 different sub stories revolving around the Griffin family and their usual personalities. Peter has hit his head and believes a Mr Belvedere has stolen his family and he must try and save them and the rest of Quahog, Stewie is trying to take over the world and beat his halfbrother Betram and Brian has been arrested and framed for impregnating Seabreeze and has to escape and prove his innocence. I am pretty sure that both Stewie's and Brian's have been included in the tv show itself with a couple of alterations for the game.

      The characters have different styles of playing, with Stewie having more of a platformer style where you must avoid, jump and shoot things, Peter in a beat em up arcade style where you just defeat enemies after enemies while sidescrolling and Brian's is more focused on hiding and avoiding detection. I liked the difference between the gaming styles as it's not like your doing the same thing level after level just with a different character.

      Playing as Stewie was my favourite, as there was quite a lot to do in his level with a set target like getting objects by running, jumping and shooting things. Usually they required some solving skills to so it meant that you had to work out how to defeat people without getting killed e.g. one level took various tries for me to actually succeed.

      I didn't find playing as Peter was all that thrilling as it wasn't as fun as other series in the game as all you really did was punch and kick repeatedly. The levels with Peter in annoyed me to some extent also as I seemed to repeatedly die as there was never enough health packs around. His moves weren't all that interesting and it seemed like I was watching the same thing over and over again, making for very dull playing.

      My least favourite of the levels had to be playing as Brian though, although this might just be my small hatred for stealth parts of games! I found that it became ridiculously repetitive as you were forced to do room after room again if you made a small mistake, and from then on it just got really boring trying to do the level over and over again.

      The game itself varies in difficulty, some parts can be challenging and some parts can be easy. It provides just enough challenge to keep you motivated to play, and doesnt get too hard that your likely to give up. However, the only thing that frustrated me about the game was sometimes I found myself dying a lot with hardly any health packs around.

      Getting to grips with the controls is pretty easy, as all you have to do is move them using the analog stick and then press the gamepad to do various motions like kick and jump. They are relatively easy to get the hang of, and within ten minutes of playing you'll be used to them and they're not hard at all to remember.

      Throughout the game, you have a few minigames scattered around here and there, which remind me of the cutscenes in the television show. These are all different and seemed pretty easy to me as all you had to do is press a couple of buttons fast. They all add a small bonus to the characters such as a bolt, cookie or invisibility boost, but they don't have that much of an impact on the game itself but they are a nice distraction from the game at times.

      The graphics are not as good as others I have seen on a PS2 console, however they do mimic the Family Guy look that we all know. The characters do look the same as they do on the television show, despite having a lack of detail. More time could probably have been spent on making the graphics more improved as they seem quite rushed and not as good as they could have been.

      However, the sound they have put in the game does make up for the slight lack of quality in the graphics. It has the original voice actors from the show, so it does match up to the television show and make it more realistic. Yet, background music and the sound effects, after hearing them for the 100th time, you will eventually just feel like you have to turn off the sound and play instead as they get really repetitive.

      It was quite a short game to me, as I completed it in a couple of weeks of on and off gameplay. I would also argue that the replay value is quite low, as although you can replay the levels again and again, there isn't any collectables and the levels were so annoying the first time round, you probably wouldn't want to play them again.

      Overall, this is probably just a game for a diehard Family Guy fan, as although there is a variety of things to do throughout the game, I think they have not been developed enough and need some improvement before they can be really enjoyed.

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        16.03.2010 13:08
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        Best and funniest PS2 game I have played

        I got this game for Christmas the year it came out and me and my younger brother did not put it down until we had completed it.

        I would describe it as probably one of the best games I have ever played, it wasn't over complicated or simplified so clearly some parts were harder than others but it was one of those games you'd play again when you've completed it.

        I'm one of those gamers that gets pretty annoyed with a game when I can't do it resulting in many games left unfinished however although some parts of this game were quite tricky I wasn't fussed by doing them again because it was fun and never threw you too far back if you died.

        The game graphics themselves are not brilliant compared to other games that were around at the time and compared to now they are incredibly poor but to be honest this game isn't about the realistic graphics I mean the show itself is animated.

        The game play itself is hilarious, when you find yourself playing as Brian (The Dog) and hiding under tables from the police or playing as Stewie (The Baby) firing lasers at people the catchphrases from the show all come out.

        The best thing about the game was probably how there is multiple stories going on and so you jump from different characters and their stories. Not only were their different stories and characters but the game play itself and the type of things you would have to do vary dependent on the character. The only bad thing about the game was there is only 1 player mode.

        I really enjoyed this game and would recommend it to any Family Guy Fan because it's just one of those games you will not want to put down until you've done it.

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        20.02.2010 11:39
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        Overall, a good action/adventure game

        I love Family Guy and probably watch it almost every night if I'm in. The whole cartoon and characters are fantastic and is extremely funny. I had to own this game when it came out to see if it was as good. While, it is not as good as the cartoon it's still good fun.

        In this game you can play in three different stories. After, Stewie is tricked destroying his own satelite by his evil twin brother, he must figure out what he's up to. In order to do this he must get into Peter's body. All the while Mr Pudersmith's dog is pregnant and Brian is arrested for it. He must escape prison while searching for clues to clear his name.

        As Peter, you have to fight giant chickens, become a robot and protect you family no matter what. As Stewie you fight your evil twin brother inside Peter, and as Brian you have to sneak about and not get caught. Out of all of them I found Brian's missions the hardest to do. There are cameos from loads of other characters from the show too.

        The graphics are fantastic. They look almost exactly the same as in the show and you get the same atmosphere. So can't fault that side of the game at all. Sometimes the camera angle can be bad at times and can lack depth perception.

        The gameplay is pretty good though in this version. Each of the three stories has it's own different gameplay style.

        Stewie's is the action/adventure part of the game with a stage of space invaders thrown in for good measure. His levels I found to be the most fun and creative. Some of the levels he's in are harder than others. As Stewie you are given a toy gun that shoots rays and reflector rays at your enemies. He also in addition has a mind control device where you can control someone and make them do whatever you want.

        Peter's story is the classic beat em up type gameplay. You begin on a screen with a load of enemies and you must beat them all up before going to the next section. The enemies will not just hang about so you have to be quick as they will gang up on you.

        Brian's story is like Metal Gear games where you creep about and have to avoid being caught. However, he has no way to fight which takes away a bit of the fun. In each of his levels there is a maze like area with all sorts of people around looking for him. You have to sneak past them all without being seen. You can hide in the shadows and behind objects or under them.

        I liked this game as I love the show and it's based fairly well on the cartoon. It's not perfect but you will have some fun with it and Brian's part in particular is challenging enough to keep you interested.

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        18.08.2009 12:40
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        Good for fans.

        Family Guy is an action game for the Playstation 2 developed by 2K games.

        The game has a separate storyline for each of its playable characters, Peter has been hit on the head by a satellite dish and is delusionally believes that his family has been kidnapped and goes around beating everybody up in his quest to recover his family. Brian has been accused of doing the deed with Seabreeze and it wasn't him so he has to go and prove his innocence. Stewie has to accomplish his goal of world domination but he has to get his rival Bertram out of the way first!

        Each plotline isn't that good story wise but the voice acting and trademark ridiculous Family Guy humour is present and you will find plenty of moments to laugh for example when you discover that it was Quagmire that is the father of the puppies!

        Each character gets their own unique gameplay, Peter just goes through the various sections of Quahog and beats up enemies in one of his various personas, these sections of the game are actually quite tricky as you don't get many health recovery items.

        Stewie gets platforming and shooting levels where he must travel locations such as Bertrams secret base and zap enemies with his laser gun while traversing environments and occasionally taking over one of the cast with mind control, Stewies portions of the game are actually some of the best providing a good mix of action and basic puzzle solving.

        Brian gets probably the worse sections of the game for himself; he has to use stealth mechanics which are easy enough to mess up in a game devoted to stealth to stay out of sight of enemies to reach the end of his levels, while not staying in the same place for long as he urinates on things. These just become annoying because if you are spotted you need to restart.

        Graphics are actually quite good and the cast translate quite well into a 3D action game, voice acting is good as it gets all the original cast members in to record lines.

        Family Guy the game captures the humour of the show but the gameplay is hit and miss.

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        10.05.2008 18:00
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        Just avoid this unless you really are a hardcore fan. Maybe even then just rent it.

        I love Family Guy, it's one of the freshest funniest TV shows around now, especially since the Simspons refuses to be humorous. But this game fails to deliver. Die hard fans may enjoy it as it's voiced by all the original characters and does go for the humour vote. But the gameplay is rotten. The game is split into three different games, You get to play one part with Peter, One with Stewie and one with Brian. Stewie's missions are the game's most fun moments. Most of the time you'll use his ray gun to dispatch foes, but in some cases you'll use his mind control ray to take over another character and use them as a distraction of some sort. Brian's missions are old fashioned and quite stealthy. Instead of having characters randomly patrol areas, they follow very strict paths and work in patterns. Peters so called "action" games are extremely mundane and boring. It's ok for a giggle I suppose but in all honesty this is a really bad game. A shame really as with a bit of hard work it could make a fortune on the Next- Gen.

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          25.08.2007 03:44
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          Good if you buy it from a bargain bin at 99p

          I was offered the Family Guy game free from a friend who didn't want it now i see why

          Graphics - The graphics we're well below par for a ps2 game and technically as the camera is at a fixed point all the way through it is classed as a 2D game. However they the graphics are quite successful at keeping the cartoon feel to the franchise.

          Gameplay - The gameplay has a super mario/rayman feel to it simple controls such as walk and jump and run etc

          Story - I wont give too much about the story away. But i will just say that the story is like an exaggerated episode that you can take part in. And if you are a big fan of the Family Guy series you will remember its many references to previous episodes

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            03.05.2007 13:02
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            Not bad, try and find it cheap on ebay

            I have been aware that this family guy video game was due for release for some time but I certainly had a few doubts regarding whether it would be worth buying or not. I am a massive family guy fan, got all the episodes on DVD, but that does not mean that the game would be good just because it has "Family guy" written on the box. Game designers have produced many other cartoon inspired games previously including south park (N64), Futurama (Ps2) and numerous Simpsons games. These have recieved a mixed bag or reviews ranging from down right rubbish to pretty impressive. So what about the family guy one.

            The game itself should probably be considered more of an "interactive" episode and I really dont want to reveal any of the plot here to spoil it for anybody. The gamer gets the chance to play as either peter (the homer simpson stlye dad), Brian (the talking dog) or stewie (the baby that wants to the rule and kill his mother) All I will say is it is a typical family guy style of story and even the parts you do yourself fit in logocally to it. For example fans of the series will know of the countless "this is nearly as bad as that time" moments, well now these parts have evolved into little mini games for you to complete.

            The whole game plays homage to the stlye of the show and is accurate enough to keep the fans happy and entertained. The characters are all voiced by the original actors and the game is scripted by the original writters. This game will appeal to the fans of the show, because as I have said before it really does have the "feel" of a real family guy episode rather than a game.

            However, non fans of the show maybe somewhat disapointed with the game play. The focus is definetly on the comedy rather than challenging you as a gamer. The controls are pretty basic and have not evolved much beyond basic Ps1 stlye jump, attack, shoot etc. The Peter parts of the game are a basic 2D beat em up scroller, while brian's are pretty basic stealth missions and stewie's are basic platforming.

            The graphics, while not being amazing 3D environments (such as those on shadow of the colossus) do work weel to turn the 2D cartoon into 3D. The characters still seem real, compared to the slightly strage 3D homer simpson seen in other games.

            Overall I would advise you that if you have never seen this show or indeed do not like it, then avoid this game. The game play is of a basic children's style but with adult humour. However if you are a big a fan of the show as i am, then forget about the game play and simply enjoy this hilarious episode of family guy that you can actually take part in.

            The game is currently retailing at just 17 pounds which i think is a pretty reasonable price for this quality of game. I have gone for the average three star rating because this really is a "chalk and cheese" game for me. You will either love it or hate it depending on your opinion of the show.

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              10.11.2006 23:53
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              A average cash-in.

              -(Game Information)-
              Name:Family Guy Video Game
              Publisher:2K games
              Developer:High Voltage Soft.
              Genre:Adventure
              Release Date:27 Oct, 2006
              Age Rating:15+ for Mature Humor, Partial Nudity and Violence
              Number Of Players:1
              Online:No
              Developer Site:www.2kgames.com
              Product Site:www.2kgames.com/familyguy
              Memory Card Usage:153KB minimum
              Also available for:Xbox and PSP

              -(History)-
              2K are the makers of games like Prey (Xbox 360 and PC)
              and Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (Xbox).

              -(The Story)-
              There are three stories in Family Guy. Stewie is trying to take over the world before his half-brother Bertram does, Peter thinks that a 80's sitcom star called Mr Belvedere has taken his family and has the city of Quahog under hostage (It's as stupid and ridiculous as it sounds) and Brian has been framed for knocking up a local show dog called Seabreeze. These stories are quite ridiculous, and not compelling enough to make you want to play to find out what happens.

              -(The Controls)-
              Perhaps the best thing about the game is the controls. They are responsive and simple to learn. When you play as Peter the controls are like a beat-em up. You have your punches and kicks controls. You also have jump button but you'll probably won't need that. You can do combos as well which do moves, for example if you do Square, Circle and Square you will do a combo move e.g. a headbutt. Stewie controls are like platforming controls. You can do jumps or double jumps, ray gun firing and hooking. When you play as Brian you're doing stealth. There's not much to learn as you can't attack. But you can crouch and do actions as well. The controls are the best thing about the game.

              10/10

              -(The Gameplay)-
              The gameplay is when the game crumbles down. You play as three people which are Peter, Brian and Stewie. All these gameplay types are different and not too good to be honest. When you play as Stewie it's basic shooting and platforming, and it's quite boring. You basically run around doing missions like getting an object or defeating a number of opponents. It involves a lot of jumping, collecting and shooting. You collect bolts to power up your ray gun. The problem with this is that the auto-lock makes it easy shooting and the platforming elements are too simple to be challenging.

              But trust me, this isn't the worst of the gameplay types. When you play as Peter, it's like a standard beat-em up side scroller. You take out the enemies, move on, beat up more enemies, move on again, beat up even more enemies and erm..collect cookies. Yes you collect cookies to power up you snack metre which you can use to do special moves, but these moves aren't very interesting. A ridiculous feature is that the enemies have weak moves. For example to damage a child then you have to kick him, if you try to punch them you won't do any damage. It's a ridiculous as it sounds. In the end, the Peter sections of the game are just boring. There's nothing special to this and you'll tire of it quickly.

              The worst type of mission is Brian's stealth missions. They are awful. Basically you have to get to the end of the room without getting caught by the guards. Now that's where the problems start. The A.I. is dumb. An example of this is when you get spotted and you hide quickly they won't do anything about it, they will just go back on their usual patrol. While you're playing in these missions you may have to collect an item like a police file. Another flaw in this is that if you get caught and they call for backup then you'll have to start that room again. Now this is frustrating because even if you've collect the object, you'll have to start all over again and have to collect the item again. This makes this gameplay type incredibly frustrating and also quite boring if you keep having to do a room again and again.

              Another annoying gameplay type is the mini-games. They are just plain weird. What will happen is the camera will focus onto your character and he will speak a line, then the mini-game will pop up. You have to figure out what the hell you're doing, but you're on a time limit. So if you don't have a clue what to do then you'll fail. These mini-games are too simple to really challenge once you've figured out what to do. You can always play the games again in the options, but there's not much reason to do this. If you complete them first time then you'll get a power up. When you do a Stewie mini-game you'll get 10 bolts. If you play as Peter you'll get food for your snack metre and if you do a Brian mini-game then you'll be invisible for a few seconds. These power-ups don't really effect the game and are just a distraction and an annoyance. In the end the gameplay is just so boring that it wrecks the game.

              3/10

              -(The Graphics)-
              The graphics look great. They use the cel-shaded look and that's quite pretty to look at. They look is not used as good as a game like Viewtiful Joe, but it's used good. The environments look good as you play through Quahog. They look very familiar to the TV show and that gives something for Family Guy fans. The character models look great as you meet Indians, Children and Doctors. If there's any flaws with the graphics then it's the Camera. It's awful. You can't adjust the camera, meaning if you get into an awkward position then you're stuck. This can also hide enemies when playing as Stewie and Peter, especially when playing as Stewie. When you try to auto-aim, you'll find yourself aiming off screen at no clear enemies.

              8/10

              -(The Sound)-
              The sound is as good as the graphics. It's has the original cast from the show, which makes the voice acting better. Unfortunately a lot of dialogue from the TV show is recycled, so if you have seen the TV show, then you will tire of the dialogue used. The in-game music is quite annoying, with no special qualities to it and starts to get on your nerves after a while. The sound effects are good. With explosions and chop sounds, but they will start to get on your nerves after a while. Overall the voice acting is great, thanks to the contribution from the cast of the show, but the rest of the sound is quite annoying.

              6/10

              -(Replay Value)-
              The story is extremely short, lasting only 5 hours on first attempt. And there's not much replay value. You can try the story again, but that involves playing through broken gameplay or you can play the mini-games again but they're so weird and easy that they won't hold your attention for long. It really depends your toleration for a game with a great presentation with weak gameplay.

              3/10

              -(Score)-
              Controls=10
              Gameplay=3
              Graphics=8
              Sound=6
              Replay Value=3
              Overall Score=6.0=Average

              -(Ending Comments)-
              Family Guy Video Game has a good presentation and is quite funny, but boring gameplay knocks down what is good about the game. And the presentation isn't perfect. The camera angles are awful and a lot of dialogue is recycled from the TV show. And to make things worse it's only 5 hours long and has no replay value. In the end, Family Guy is a cash-in on a fantastic TV show. If you like Family Guy then you may tolorate this, but if you have nothing to do with Family Guy then rent this first as, even at it's bargin price, is not worth £19.99. And if you are a Family Guy fan then buy this, but go with caution as you may be put off by the frustrating gameplay. I love Family Guy and I only enjoyed this because it had Family guy in it.

              -(If You Like This I'd Suggest)-
              (These games are recommended because they use the cel shaded look)
              Simpsons:Hit And Run
              Futurama
              Viewtiful Joe

              -(Where You Can Buy It)-
              Not hard as this is quite new...

              game.net for £19.99
              amazon.co.uk for £16.99
              play.com for £17.99
              gamestation.co.uk for £19.99

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              The first video game based on the hugely popular Family Guy TV show, the Family Guy game features the same outrageous humour all the fans know and love. Play through three stories that intersect in typical Family Guy fashion. Be Stewie and match wits against his arch-nemesis half-brother Bertram as they vie to take over the world. Take control of Peter and fight to stop Mr. Belvedere who he thinks is trying to take over the world. Slip on a collar and down a martini as Brian and attempt to escape prison and prove your innocence in a puppy parental case gone awry.