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But as long as you go into Family Guy not expecting gameplay excellence, you'll be fine -- there's so much else here that easily makes up for the blemishes. For hardcore fans of the show, especially at the $30 price, it's still pretty freakin' sweet.
Though it gets the show's style of humor down pat, Family Guy is derailed by frustrating and uninteresting gameplay.
It’s disappointing to see such a popular license be used in such a generic game. There’s nothing here that makes the game worth owning, with the voice work sadly being the game’s most impressive feature. This game offers nothing new or innovative and worst of all, it’s just not very fun to play and in the end, it really is just another crummy licensed game in a sea of crummy licensed games.
Play as Peter, Stewie or Brian in this decent adaptation of the animated TV comedy. It's funny, inventive and quirky. For fans only.
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.
While infused with over-the-top adult humor, the game never comes across as crude or offensive. This version is equivalent to the Playstation 2 version, except the visuals are slightly different. The graphics are sharper, but this benefit is offset by slightly washed-out colors.
Family Guy tries to do a whole lot of things, what with three different genres packed into one game, but none of them work well at all. It's repetitive, boring and even frustrating way more often than it should be. Die-hard fans of the show may find a small bit of humor here, so it might be worth renting for an hour or two if you're really bored, but certainly don't waste your money on the full purchase price.
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.