By Damon LeSueur
Family Guy the game is back, but I wouldn't really say better than ever. Nor would I even say that it’s better than the first title really. Let’s be real here, how many games based off a TV series have been popular? I could be wrong and your thinking I know a couple of successful TV spin offs games, but alas this is certainly not one of them.
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is a third-person cooperative gameplay video game which was released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The game kicks off right after the events that took place from the first Family Guy game. Bertrum now makes a return back to the multiverse and plots to destroy Stewie Griffin and the city of Quahog by gathering an army from the other multiverse's. Switching between characters, Stewie and Brian Griffin must stop Bertrum by following him into different Multiverse's and beating him to the chase and destroying his army before they can do any real damage to the city and citizens we have come to love in Quahog. Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is just like being in a playable episode from the TV series with its racist jokes, sex jokes and pretty much anything to insult everybody. Also, characters we have come to love make a funny appearance in each Multiverse level such as; Quagmire, Cleveland, Joe, Lois, Meg, Herbert the Pervert, Peter and many more.
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse features a vast range of different unlockables and secondary missions in each level. Completing these certain tasks in each mission gives you the ability to purchase new clothing items, personal upgrades such as Health and Ammo, Multiplayer Playable Characters, Multiplayer Maps and more Weapons for Stewie and Brian. To buy these sweet unlockables you must purchase with the in-game currency which is obtained by killing enemies through the Single-player campaign.
Even though there is no Online Multiplayer for Back to the Multiverse there is a Local 4-Player split screen which you can challenge three other friends on the same console while playing basic modes like; team death match, normal death match and capture the greased up deaf guy which is your basic capture the flag. Each character has 5 different costumes which are unlocked by collectables and secondary missions plus they also have their own personal funny taunts. There is also another single-player or split-screen mode where you and a friend or just even yourself, can complete certain tasks similar to that of Call of Duty: Special Ops. Some levels consist of killing a certain amount of enemies, killing waves of enemies or even some funny missions like running around as Quagmire taking naughty photos of girls.
Graphics and Sound
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse visuals and the way that each different Multiverse was portrayed was great and gave a real Family Guy look and feel. The music felt like it was just another funny episode from the Television series but just like the first Family Guy game the visuals for characters are just terrible. The only thing I didn’t like was the way the characters looked such as Stewie and most of the other characters were just plain terrible. I’d almost go as far to say that their appeared to be very little in terms of improvement visually from the first title, which was clearly last generation.
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse can be a little bit funny at some scenes with its insulting and sexual jokes but all together I would class this game into more of an arcade game than an actual full retail game. The campaign was only 4-5 hours long and took around 1-2 hours for the Special Ops features. This is certainly not a title that I would recommend as a purchase and would strongly advise that this be a rental only.
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