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Posted by The7thDraconian

And this is what happens when you let a ten year old try to write South Park style satire. It's painful, offensive, but it doesn't know that so the smugness of it just makes you want to smack it.

Edited by Konig2540

"Finally, a game that understands my unique sense of humor!" -- A terrible person playing Back to the Multiverse.

I laughed way too hard at that caption. This review was hilariously perfect for this shit game.

Edited by fox01313

Used to like Family Guy to a certain extent when it came out & would watch it occasionally, maybe laugh a little a few rare bits in each show but never quite thought that the writing staff was that funny. After renting this game & playing a few levels of this, I'm glad I decided beforehand to turn the audio down (subtitles on) & listen to the bombcast, all I can say from the few levels of single player is that this is one of the few games where I feel really really really REALLY sad for anyone doing the QA testing on this game. Anyone playing this needs a few drinks & a few hugs as it's definitely could have maybe possibly been a decently fun game had it come out on the PS1, maybe the PS2/original Xbox. Now just feels like a clown in a tar pit trying to be funny as it sinks to it's doom with everyone cheering the clown on to sink faster.

Posted by WolfHazard

I still demand a Vinny Alex and Drew quick look of this game.

Posted by warramir

It says all you can use the same gun the whole game. It is a bad game, still love the Family Guy series.

Posted by KingOfAsh

Reviewers get paid to play a bad game. Is that for better or worse?

Posted by PoweredByHentai

Reviews of games that are obviously going to be bad are always the best. Great work on this one.

Posted by Elleander

Alright, you have done us a great service. Well done, if you need any medical help after this game, I can... give you a hug, I guess.

Posted by anarchyzombie9

@Mihos said:

Just say it is a crap game and leave at that. Replace a few words here and there, and the whole 'outrage' portion of this sounds like every monolog on videogame violence, comic books, and TV shows ever.

"monolog"

Posted by ReverendHunt

Nnno, no, missur humor is no heeere.

Posted by Ravenlight

Thanks for taking one for the team, Alex. A+ review.

Posted by Mihos

Just say it is a crap game and leave at that. Replace a few words here and there, and the whole 'outrage' portion of this sounds like every monolog on videogame violence, comic books, and TV shows ever.

Posted by Ravenlock

Bravo. A+ would read again.

Posted by Yorkin

This review kind of makes me want to play it, just to experience terrible in it's purest form.

Posted by Slither_Maggot

"If you are a fundamentally terrible person on every imaginable level, then Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is the video game for you." This is indeed the game for me.

Posted by Pastajensen

Ok, will not even try out the demo (if there ever will be one..).

Posted by dudeglove

Thumbs up.

Posted by EnduranceFun

@Crash_Happy said:

@Alex: I combined the skills of 'reading' and 'understanding' in order to divine your intent, those that lack suck things will continue to flounder despite anything said to them. Internet, huh?

Divine his intent? What an ironic.

Posted by Crash_Happy

@Alex: I combined the skills of 'reading' and 'understanding' in order to divine your intent, those that lack suck things will continue to flounder despite anything said to them. Internet, huh?

Edited by gb09

I get Alex's "show - ok, game - offensive" message (sort of) and I get that the game is not funny at all.

Still, it is a little weird Alex is so up in arms over it. I get that the show and game are separate entities, but if you ARE familiar with the show (which Alex says he is), you know the humor doesn't come from a truly hateful place. If you're familiar with the show and the humor doesn't work, seems most people simply would have said, "There isn't any nuance to it. It doesn't work. It's not funny at all." Not, as he basically says in the opening paragraph,"Good news, racists and like-minded pieces of shit." If you're an old lady with no context or background of the show, that's a perfectly understandable assessment. If you do have that context and background - again, as Alex does - it's a little weird? I think that's what's tripping people up.

Posted by Th3_James

I love the way Alex writes. Family Guy is funny to people who aren't funny themselves based on what I have seen through personal experience.

Posted by ChrisTaran

God, I love a good Alex 1-star review. Your pain is my amusement :p

Posted by bradsnet

So I went and watched some gameplay footage. Not the funniest thing I've ever seen but I don't see all this supposedly horribly offensive stuff for terrible people. Where is it?

Posted by bradsnet

I could care less if you like Family Guy the game or the show, but I don't see why it's hard to understand why some people are getting "people who like Family Guy are scum" out of what you wrote. The quote attached to the image looks like a backhanded compliment to me(and you already admitted as much), and the way you describe the humor presented in the game is exactly how I've heard people who think the show is offensive describe the show. Including people commenting on this article.

The first time I read this article it seemed to me like it was mostly about railing against the type of humor Family Guy in general uses and not a game review. Looking at some of your comments and reading parts of the article again I'm still not clear that isn't your intent. But meh, I'm gonna like what I like either way.

Isn't it possible your intent isn't as clear as you think it is? If so, I don't think it's a big deal. I'm only suggesting saying "okay, point taken" is probably a better response than getting defensive about it.

Posted by Solh0und

Eh I havent watched any of the recent Family Guy stuff but the new stuff isn't as strong as the stuff from 99-06.

Judging from the last Family Guy game I played back on Xbox, I knew not to touch this one

Edited by AndyAce83

I hate Family Guy (Tv-series) for all that its worth and so a bad review for the game feels right, but I dont get why so many people want to be so politically correct. Family Guy is as liberal and PC it can get in its "offensive" humor so to label it " racists, misogynists, homophobic" seems strange to me. Most people who like that show are pot smoking hippies and the show doesn't make fun of handicapped people as much as handicapped people who are rightwing (like the daughter of Sarah Palin etc) and that makes it "okay" and PC.

Never mind.

What I am trying to say is... Family guy is only offensive to the mind. It dumbs you down and desensitize you. It can never be "offensive" cuz that would mean it touched a nerve which only intelligent shows can do.

Posted by Zaxex

I started watching a playthrough of the game and Alex seems pretty right on. I haven't found anything offensive yet, but being boring, lifeless and unfunny with tedious playholder gameplay isn't doing much for me.

Posted by pandorasbox

Oh, family guy game bad? Thank god somebody wrote a review.

Edited by MiniPato

@Orbitz89 said:

@leebmx said:

@DrRandle said:

So let me get this straight, you don't like Family Guy, so you've decided you hated this game before you picked it up. You already decided that Family Guy, and apparently anybody who watches it, isn't worth your time, and decided to use this game as a good soap box for your position. Thanks for this absolutely useless contribution to reviews, Alex.

As a gay man who loves gay jokes, amid a mount of other hilariously offensive material, I fucking love Family Guy, and have for the past 12+ years. I find it strange that somebody who associates with people what play Cards Against Humanity and enjoy South Park could be so easily turned off by Family Guy, when neither of those other two properties are any less offensive for the sake of humor. You want to talk about offending gay people as being bad, but Mr. Slave is okay? That's fucking fantastic.

I usually love your stuff, and respect your opinions, but this is just fucking wrong, and the only thing that offends me here isn't Family Guy, it's your assertion that I'm a legitimately worthless person for having different tastes than you. Thanks for that. This is why I can't find myself calling Giant Bomb home anymore. It's constantly an assault on people for being different without any semblance of "for the humor" behind it. Between this and being called insane by Ryan Davis for having another opinion than him, That's it. I'm done with this place.

Best of luck in your future endeavors. You're an excellent writer.

This is an idiotic overreaction to what is clearly a fair (and funny) review of a shit game. Best of luck in your future of getting needlessly offended.

I'm not sure if you actually read DrRandle's post. The reason he's pissed isn't that the game is shit, it's Alex coming across as a total douchebag towards people who enjoy Family Guy. I don't think he overreacted at all.

I enjoy watching Family Guy once in a while on Netflix.. So apparently I'm an abhorrent human being because of that. Even though if you knew anything about me you'd see I'm pretty respectful towards people and always try my best to treat everyone how I would like to be treated. But of course that doesn't matter at all, because I watch an episode of family guy here and there.. and laugh.

HE'S NOT TALKING ABOUT FAMILY GUY FANS HE IS TALKING ABOUT THE NONEXISTANT FANS OF THE GAME! I HAVE TO SHOUT BECAUSE APPARENTLY YOU MISSED THE FUCKING BOEING 747 OF A DISCUSSION THAT FLEW OVER YOUR DULL HEAD CLARIFYING THAT ALEX IS NOT TALKING ABOUT FANS OF THE TV SHOW! CAN YOU HEAR ME?!

HERE'S A FAMILY GUY CLIP THAT ACCURATELY RELAYS WHAT I WANT TO SAY TO YOU!

Posted by Orbitz89

@leebmx said:

@DrRandle said:

So let me get this straight, you don't like Family Guy, so you've decided you hated this game before you picked it up. You already decided that Family Guy, and apparently anybody who watches it, isn't worth your time, and decided to use this game as a good soap box for your position. Thanks for this absolutely useless contribution to reviews, Alex.

As a gay man who loves gay jokes, amid a mount of other hilariously offensive material, I fucking love Family Guy, and have for the past 12+ years. I find it strange that somebody who associates with people what play Cards Against Humanity and enjoy South Park could be so easily turned off by Family Guy, when neither of those other two properties are any less offensive for the sake of humor. You want to talk about offending gay people as being bad, but Mr. Slave is okay? That's fucking fantastic.

I usually love your stuff, and respect your opinions, but this is just fucking wrong, and the only thing that offends me here isn't Family Guy, it's your assertion that I'm a legitimately worthless person for having different tastes than you. Thanks for that. This is why I can't find myself calling Giant Bomb home anymore. It's constantly an assault on people for being different without any semblance of "for the humor" behind it. Between this and being called insane by Ryan Davis for having another opinion than him, That's it. I'm done with this place.

Best of luck in your future endeavors. You're an excellent writer.

This is an idiotic overreaction to what is clearly a fair (and funny) review of a shit game. Best of luck in your future of getting needlessly offended.

I'm not sure if you actually read DrRandle's post. The reason he's pissed isn't that the game is shit, it's Alex coming across as a total douchebag towards people who enjoy Family Guy. I don't think he overreacted at all.

I enjoy watching Family Guy once in a while on Netflix.. So apparently I'm an abhorrent human being because of that. Even though if you knew anything about me you'd see I'm pretty respectful towards people and always try my best to treat everyone how I would like to be treated. But of course that doesn't matter at all, because I watch an episode of family guy here and there.. and laugh.

Posted by fiberpay

@anotherfluke said:

I didn't expect this game to be good, but I also didn't expect 7 of the 11 paragraphs in this review to be a diatribe against Family Guy. 1 paragraph decrying the game's ethics maybe, but as written it does a disservice to any Family Guy fans who just want to know if the game is any good mechanically. The reviewer so clearly enjoys railing against the premise and content, I think it would be difficult to take his comments on the gameplay, mechanics, or execution seriously. Next time, please put the rant on your blog, and link to it from the review.

Exactly, If people wanted to know how Alex is above Family Guys humor maybe he should make a blog. People coming to a video game review of a TV Show already know what kind of humor the show has, so obviously the game will have the same kind of humor. All that the people want to know is how it plays, not his thoughts on humor. Considering some of Alex's jokes back when he was on GB, he is one to criticize.

Posted by Forkstik

Just by looking at the headline i knew this was an Alex review :D

Posted by Nekroskop

Please come back to GB HQ, Alex. Articles like this makes me wish you were in videos again.

Posted by Eclectic

@ProfessorEss said:

@Akakabuto said:

I vote for a QL.

PLLLLLLEEEEEEEEAAAAASE Quick Look this!

I, too, demand a Quick Look.

Posted by ipaqi

Alex Navarro writes such good reviews!!!

Posted by buzz_killington

@iAmJohn said:

@buzz_killington said:

I haven't played the game, but the kind of humour that Alex is describing as disgusting and shitty is everywhere in society, from Howard Stern to South Park. Just the union of people who have watched/listened to those things and laughed at some point in their life would cover most of the North American population (I think). Are they all terrible people?

There's the point, flying directly above your head.

Well, thanks for being as condescending as possible, buddy. If you see some great social commentary in the review for "Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse" for the Xbox 360, you might want to make sure you're not projecting anything here.

Posted by iAmJohn

@buzz_killington said:

I haven't played the game, but the kind of humour that Alex is describing as disgusting and shitty is everywhere in society, from Howard Stern to South Park. Just the union of people who have watched/listened to those things and laughed at some point in their life would cover most of the North American population (I think). Are they all terrible people?

There's the point, flying directly above your head.

Posted by MorkaiTheWolf

I feel sorry that Alex had to review this garbage...

Posted by leebmx

@DrRandle said:

So let me get this straight, you don't like Family Guy, so you've decided you hated this game before you picked it up. You already decided that Family Guy, and apparently anybody who watches it, isn't worth your time, and decided to use this game as a good soap box for your position. Thanks for this absolutely useless contribution to reviews, Alex.

As a gay man who loves gay jokes, amid a mount of other hilariously offensive material, I fucking love Family Guy, and have for the past 12+ years. I find it strange that somebody who associates with people what play Cards Against Humanity and enjoy South Park could be so easily turned off by Family Guy, when neither of those other two properties are any less offensive for the sake of humor. You want to talk about offending gay people as being bad, but Mr. Slave is okay? That's fucking fantastic.

I usually love your stuff, and respect your opinions, but this is just fucking wrong, and the only thing that offends me here isn't Family Guy, it's your assertion that I'm a legitimately worthless person for having different tastes than you. Thanks for that. This is why I can't find myself calling Giant Bomb home anymore. It's constantly an assault on people for being different without any semblance of "for the humor" behind it. Between this and being called insane by Ryan Davis for having another opinion than him, That's it. I'm done with this place.

Best of luck in your future endeavors. You're an excellent writer.

This is an idiotic overreaction to what is clearly a fair (and funny) review of a shit game. Best of luck in your future of getting needlessly offended.

Posted by Tackchevy

Finally: a Custer's Revenge for our modern times!

Posted by buzz_killington

I haven't played the game, but the kind of humour that Alex is describing as disgusting and shitty is everywhere in society, from Howard Stern to South Park. Just the union of people who have watched/listened to those things and laughed at some point in their life would cover most of the North American population (I think). Are they all terrible people?

Posted by firecracker22

I like Family Guy.

But man....this sounds horrible. And to be honest, not surprising. The game looked like garbage from the word go. I kinda hoped it'd strike the same cord I found The Simpsons Game to have. I'm still surprised at how much I liked that game.

Posted by ProfessorEss

@Akakabuto said:

I vote for a QL.

PLLLLLLEEEEEEEEAAAAASE Quick Look this!

Edited by bybeach

Alex didn't like this game.

I'm not the follower type, necessarily ( I will follow if it seems good sense), but this is as much as I want to hear of 'Back the the Multiverse'

It's worse than wasted time. Time after all is finite for us mortal beings.

Edited by CaptainFake

I haven't regularly watched The Simpsons in at least a decade. A few years ago someone linked me a clip of an episode in which (something close to) this was said:

Bart: You're gay for Moleman!

Lisa: No, *you're* gay for Moleman!!

And I still don't regularly watch The Simpsons.

Offensive "humor" falls flat when it's not actually making FUN of anything. Sounds like a lot of folks taking issue with this review aren't quite grasping that fact. If you need to see some more examples of this particular kind of failure, go check out a few stand-up comedy open mic nights. Any hack off the street can say something offensive and try to get the audience to think "Oh no, he did NOT just go there!" The standards are higher if you want to actually generate laughter.

Posted by teekomeeko

Oh, man, I always feel sorry for Alex when one of his amazing reviews of an awful product rolls around... but at the same time I want to keep torturing him so I can read about how awful stuff is in his words.

Well done, Alex.

Posted by Cretaceous_Bob

That second screenshot is pretty unsettling.

Posted by Lucidlife

I guess killing hookers and doing lines of coke in GTA are ok though huh? Give me a break.

Posted by MocBucket62

Had a bad feeling about this game since it was announced. Thankfully Alex went thru the pain for the users as always! You're a warrior Alex for having to play the crappiest games of every year.