"Family Guy" is another example of a game created solely for one purpose: to pry open the wallets of the TV show's large cult following. Miserable from start to finish, even the relatively bargain price of $29.99 is about 29 dollars too high.

“Family Guy” is another example of a game created solely for one purpose: to pry open the wallets of the TV show’s large cult following. Miserable from start to finish, even the relatively bargain price of $29.99 is about 29 dollars too high.

Gamers play as Peter the patriarch of the Griffin clan, Stewie the evil genius infant and Brian the family dog, in an interwoven story that looks very similar to the crudely animated show.

The characters advance by varying methods: Peter by fighting his way through the neighborhood, Stewie by jumping and shooting and occasionally solving puzzles, Brian by sneaking around un-noticed. The skein’s thesps voice jokes written by the creative team, making it as close to an interactive version of the show as possible.

Unfortunately, take away the occasional laugh and quirky characters and all that’s left is a poorly crafted game with boring, repetitive puzzles and miserable controls. And while some of the jokes are actually funny, you might hear the same one-liner four times before you advance to the next level. And heaven help you if you have to play through a level again: The same jokes will be told at exactly the same times, adding to the frustration.

The developers seem to have put too much emphasis on the presumed excitement fans will have playing their favorite characters. Instead, they should have focused more on building a quality game. Or at least a mediocre one.

Family Guy

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A 2K Games presentation of a game developed by High Voltage Software for Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PSP. Reviewed on Xbox.
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