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Streng genommen ist Family Guy nicht mehr und nicht weniger als ein Genremix aus einfachen Actionsequenzen und noch simpler gestrickten Schleichmissionen. Dass ich trotzdem eine Menge Spaß hatte, liegt daran, dass das Spiel bis zum bersten mit geisteskranken Gags und Anspielungen vollgestopft ist. Ich wäre mehrmals beinah vom Sofa gefallen, das hat schon lange kein Spiel mehr geschafft. Die Umgebungsgrafik fällt zwar technisch nicht sonderlich aufwändig aus, passt mit ihrer Cel-Shading-Optik aber prima zum Thema. Die seichte Fahrstuhlmusik mit wilden Querflötensolos unterstützt das schräge Flair des Abenteuers. Leider wiederholen sich einige Melodien viel zu schnell und gehen dadurch schnell auf die Nerven. Fans der Serie kann ich die PS2-Version dank des günstigen Preises von 29 Euro wärmstens empfehlen. Wer mit dem Humor von Seth MacFarlane nichts anfangen kann, sieht sich besser nach einem anderen Spiel um.
If you like the "Family Guy" TV show and you're willing to tolerate sub-par gameplay if the writing's good enough, go grab Xenosaga II, and go ahead and snag Family Guy while you're at the shop. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) The writing really is like the show, only less censored, and works out to be hilarious enough to carry the gameplay even at its worst. Go ahead and give the game a rental to see what you think, but keep in mind that the game isn't exactly the longest ever, so you may end up clearing it within that rental period. If you enjoy it enough, you could, of course, buy it for replaying in the future, but that's your prerogative, not mine.
Beyond the excellent voice acting, the overall presentation of Family Guy is quite strong. The graphical look of the game is very much in tune with the show's animation style. Characters are brightly drawn and cel-shaded, and though they don't animate as fluidly as they do on TV, the game itself looks just like a cartoon. Unfortunately, there are a few visual flaws. The camera has a bad habit of hiding enemies when playing the Peter and Stewie sections, a problem made worse when playing as Stewie as you try to use the target lock button, and find yourself aiming offscreen at no immediately discernable enemies. The frame rate also tends to chunk up a bit, especially on the PSP version of the game after a level has just finished loading up. It drops into single-digit territory there. However, beyond that issue, and that of some significantly lengthier loading times, the PSP version looks and plays just like the console versions.
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No one expected Family Guy to be the spiritual successor to Shadow of the Colossus, or to feel Miyamoto-esque in nature. It's no sexy party in the gameplay department, but it's no smoked meat log, either. In the end, it's the laughs that keep you coming back, even as you moan about cheap deaths or crummy stealth mechanics. It won't be the longest or most polished game in your collection, but hardcore fans of the show will feel relatively lucky there's a Family Guy…game.
Play as Peter, Stewie or Brian in this decent adaptation of the animated TV comedy. It's funny, inventive and quirky. For fans only.
In the end, you're not looking at something that will sweep the 2006 Game of the Year awards, but then again, it basically meets our expectations. Family Guy won't last you very long - maybe 4-6 hours - but for the most part, the ever-changing palette of gameplay styles and top-notch Griffin comedy remains appealing throughout. You only wish they had followed through on their good idea; it seems as if High Voltage simply stopped at about 60% of the idea's full potential. Somehow, it was both fun and completely forgettable at the same time.
Game Informer Magazine
I tiptoed past men washing each other in a prison shower, shrunk down to microscopic proportions to invade Peter’s testicles, and I even punched an old lady with a walker directly in the face. At the very least, Family Guy delivers new experiences that, depending on how open-minded you are, may be side-splittingly hilarious. The show’s writers and voice talent have done a tremendous job bringing their trademark humor to the game, and even make some great jabs at video game stereotypes. The game, however, is a complete disaster, and is just barely playable. The content is definitely worth seeing, but you’ll have to trudge through gaming hell to see it.
Padre de familia se estrena en materia de videojuegos en un título protagonizado por tres de los personajes principales de la serie: Stewie, Peter y Brian. La faceta principal de la serie, el humor absurdo, hace acto de presencia con situaciones inverosímiles y misiones cuanto menos hilarantes ¿Habrán aprovechado de manera satisfactoria la licencia?
The levels are far too simplistic and repetitive for mature gamers to get into. However, with concepts like jumping on pregnant women’s stomachs to shoot babies out and prisoners in the shower scrubbing each other down, this game is in no way kid friendly. I guess if you’re a fan of the show you may enjoy it, but even then you’d have to be a hardcore fan and not mind all the work involved wading through frustrating game play to get to a punch line you can hear on the show every 2 minutes.
Les adaptations de séries animées se suivent et se ressemblent. Tout l'esprit des Griffin est là, mais la mise en forme vidéoludique laisse considérablement à désirer. Bien trop répétitif, perfectible dans sa prise en main, bien trop court et un rien désuet, le gameplay ne passionne pas. Il faut alors se rabattre, pour peu que l'on soit fan, sur tous les petits à-côtés purement comiques : mini-jeux, saynètes interactives ou non, dialogues, cinématiques. Toujours aussi méchants, idiots et absurdes, nos Américains trouvent le moyen d'exister et de nous faire vraiment rire. C'est déjà pas mal.
The Video Game Critic
Unlike the PSP version, I sometimes needed to use the right stick to adjust my view, which can be annoying. I noticed a few minor glitches as well, such as getting stuck in the scenery on occasion. Still, Family Guy is entertaining most of the time, and I like how it mixes up the gameplay styles. If you're a fan of the show, bump up the grade by one letter.
Irgendwie tu’ ich mich schwer dem Spiel ein einheitliches Fazit zu verpassen, das allen potentiellen Käufern gerecht wird. Aus der Perspektive des Nachwuchsredakteurs, dem Scherze nicht tief genug unter die Gürtellinie gehen können, ist Family Guy ein irrwitziges Sammelsurium an recht unterhaltsamen Episoden, zusammengeflickt durch eben diesen unvergleichlich derben Humor. Somit vereint das Spiel alles, was Fans an der Serie lieben mit einer ordentlichen Portion Spielspaß. Sicherlich besitzen die einzelnen Szenarien einige Längen, am positiven Gesamteindruck ändert dies jedoch wenig. Aus Sicht eines Materie fremden Otto-Normal-Zockers mit mangelnden Englischkenntnissen, ist es jedoch kaum mehr als ein paar sich zu oft wiederholende Einzelspiele mit einer bestenfalls mäßigen Steuerung.
Despite it's slew of missteps, the game can be fun at times. In the end, though, all of its pitfalls and frustrations make it a mediocre game, and only the most avid fans of the show may find it worthwhile. At $20, it's not a particularly large investment, but that still doesn't help the case enough as much as the vast majority of the gaming populace is concerned.
Technically polished and full of character, but as a game it's horribly frustrating.
Game Freaks 365
Overall, Family Guy: Video Game! is a bad gameplay experience, and it’s unfortunate, really, because one of television’s best series is so awfully represented in a virtual form. High Voltage Software should be ashamed of the lack of gameplay quality but 2K Games should be happy that Family Guy fans will probably invest time into the game anyway, simply because of the source material. It’s a game that could easily be beaten in a sitting or two, so don’t invest the money unless you plan on keeping the game as a collector’s item or hating it like the entire family hates Meg.
Family Guy is a TV show that usually garners a love it or hate it response. It's crass, to be sure, but that's part of its beauty. The jokes fly by faster than many viewers can keep up with, and its reliance on extremely random events and flashbacks leave many scratching their head and wondering what the big deal is. Its popularity has now spawned the inevitable videogame of the same name, and unfortunately while the random humor and variety works for the show, it simply falls flat in videogame form.
In the end, Family Guy is exactly what I expected it to be -- a perfectly mediocre game with a few good jokes and not a whole lot of gameplay. Fans of the show will probably want to give it a go just to see the new cut scenes and whatnot, and considering that you can plow through it in about five hours or so, it makes a perfect rental.
The Review Busters
The Family Guy game was created for the fans only. The graphics and sound aren’t too bad. There seems to be a slight delay in the mouth movements that can bother some people. All three of the game types in this game needed to be polished before this game hit store shelves. The game in general is boring and short; all you need is a solid two day rental to unlock everything. If you are a die hard Family Guy fan then you should consider buying this game, however if you are not then don’t bother playing this.
You wouldn't think it possible, but cartoon games have an even worse track record than film adaptations. South Park, Futurama, The Simpsons - all have debased themselves thoroughly when making the leap from telly to joypad. And yet even by those low standards, Family Guy is a pretty desperate experience. It gets three points, simply because that's roughly how many hours of vague amusement a devoted Family Guy fan will probably wring from this tired cloth before they give up and watch the DVD. With some bloody-minded perseverance, that same amount of time will also allow you to see at least half the game, which should be more than enough to dissuade you from attempting to see the rest.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
The saving grace is the humor quotient. While some voice works becomes gratingly repetitive, the quotes that solidly earn this one an M rating are enough to keep Family Guy fans glued to the controller. Even the menus cycle through animations that are worth waiting for. Sadly, that's not enough of a reason to deal with the simplistic gameplay. It's an obvious attempt to parody some classic retro titles, yet fails to be anywhere near as advanced as the games it's mimicking. Family Guy is inappropriate for all ages, and it has nothing to do with the rated content.