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Posted by Airickson

Very enjoyable review, Alex -- thanks! You gave me some enjoyment from a game I didn't (and will never) play. A QL with Jeff would be funny, though...

Posted by blacklab

Why bother with crap like this?

Posted by DanTheGamer32

@dropabombonit said:

This the best review of this game since the OXM review

The OXM review is pretty golden

Posted by Alex

@Branthog: Don't sweat it, man. We all make mistakes/miss stuff/say things less eloquently than we mean at times. I don't hold grudges, and certainly not over stuff like this. You acknowledged you made a mistake, and frankly, I can understand why you missed the point, due to missing the captions. I do recommend you not use something that strips captions out in the future, as I don't always just use those to repeat lines from the review. In fact, most times I don't do that.

But otherwise, dude, we're cool.

Posted by iAmJohn

@DrRandle said:

@MiniPato: People who like the humor of Back to the Multiverse are likely the people who like the humor of Family Guy, as that was the intent of the game's creation, and I would hazard a guess, the people who are writers for both products. I realize that I am an insanely insecure person here, but I fail to understand any other correlation. There's nothing in Multiverse that will be any different than an unrated episode of Family Guy, so by comparing a person to one, you are comparing them to both.

You're really desperate for attention, aren't you?

It's a logical fallacy to go from saying "this game based on Family Guy is offensive and unfunny" to "Family Guy is offensive and unfunny." Good lord, just read the second paragraph again:

Sure, you get some of that stuff on the Family Guy TV series, but there, Seth MacFarlane's tendency toward offensive humor is too often slathered in that dicey concept known as "parody." Sometimes you just want to laugh at hateful words being used to demean others without all the bullshit, you know?

It's pretty clear what Alex is saying here: yes, the show often trades in a very similar kind of blue humor, but there's a huge distinction in their aims. The show often uses that kind of ribald humor to set up a larger joke or to satirize the object; the game is more than happy to just let the existence of the thing be the joke. To use your own Mr. Slave reference, it's as if you removed the entire context of Mr. Garrison doing everything he can to try and get fired for being gay so he can sue the school system (since, frankly, that episode is one of the few times Mr. Slave was actually funny) and left the joke as "hey guys, he's a gay leather daddy because LOL GAY PEOPLE ARE SO WEIRD AND WALK AROUND WEARING ASSLESS CHAPS ALL THE TIME, RIGHT BROS???"

This should be obvious to anyone who isn't looking to push their own pro-Seth Macfarlane agenda. (And for what, this terrible game that wouldn't be good even if it was funny? At least the PS2 game had some interesting pacing ideas behind it; BttM doesn't even have that.) At least you're honest about your persecution insecurity.

@Branthog: And I know you've backed down, but really dude, this applies to you too. The context of that second paragraph is really not that hard to understand. It's kind of obvious, in fact.

Posted by otoboke

Legit.

Posted by AlexanderSheen

@ThePantheon said:

Sorry, why did you review this Alex?

I understand Giant Bomb does QLs of trash games for fun at times, but never actual reviews.

Why did you even bother?

Because he's a masochist, duh.

Posted by Akakabuto

I vote for a QL.

Posted by TheBigAristotle

Gotta love a classic Alex Navarro bad game evisceration

Edited by mutha3
@ThePantheon said:

Sorry, why did you review this Alex?

I understand Giant Bomb does QLs of trash games for fun at times, but never actual reviews.

Why did you even bother?

I dunno, I thought  that was pretty funny to read!
Posted by IronRinn

Great review. Is Alex going to ever get more than the single portrait for his reviews, like the rest of the crew? He writes more of them than anyone else at this point.

Posted by dropabombonit

This the best review of this game since the OXM review

Posted by lordgodalming

Step aside, Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing. This is the best one star review I've ever read. Cheers, Alex.

Posted by Mightymoose

I cannot believe how some people seem to be entirely missing the point made in the review. There is nothing wrong with making offensive jokes, but without a punchline or some clear satire/parody it just becomes offensive for the sake of being offensive. Alex clearly states that the Family Guy TV series generally manages to successfully cross the line in to satire and parody, elevating the otherwise offensive material in to something more than just misdirected hatred, BUT, that the game's writing is not carefully enough crafted to portray the same effect. I am willing to bet that the people who have said that he is calling out Family Guy fans as racists/misogynists/etc. have not played this game and so have no right to say whether the writing and humour is the same. I am also willing to bet that they had no intention of buying it and just wanted to vent their completely unfounded abuse.

Posted by hollitz

This may be the first review I've read that actually insults the intended audience for the game. And I'm must say, I'm VERY on board with it. But to be fair, the intended audience for this game seems deserving of the insults.

First review I've read in a loooong time. Thank you Alex for the enjoyable read.

Edited by Slayer78

Family Guy is cack to the core, so this asshole of a game suits it just fine.

Posted by panvixyl

@ThePantheon: Alex is the guy who always gets the real shit games foisted on him, like 9 times out of 10. Remember when he had to play that awful Blackwater game?

Posted by panvixyl

I'd fucking love a Quick Look of this horseshit.

Posted by MegaMave

@pyromagnestir: Totally agree with ya. I surprise myself with the twisted shit that makes me laugh sometimes, but this totally has no appeal to me.

Posted by Pyrrhic

Funny review, thanks Alex

Posted by ThePantheon

Sorry, why did you review this Alex?

I understand Giant Bomb does QLs of trash games for fun at times, but never actual reviews.

Why did you even bother?

Posted by Okayn

I love fg =))))

Posted by MrMiyagi

How do you always get stuck with this shit, Alex?

Posted by Animasta

@laserbolts said:

As if finding an offensive joke funny is the same as supporting or agreeing with the offensive meaning of it. Stop being stupid Alex. Fucking hell.

so... why else would it be funny? serious question btw.

Posted by laserbolts

As if finding an offensive joke funny is the same as supporting or agreeing with the offensive meaning of it. Stop being stupid Alex. Fucking hell.

Posted by Sooty

As bad as the TV show then? Cool.

Posted by Christoffer

So Serious Sam, Family Guy and Postal all in one, I'll take it. That's three good reasons for me to stay as far away from this as I can. Also, it sounds bad.

Great review

Posted by GERALTITUDE

This is maybe Alex's best review. I guess shit games inspire a real writer's flow.

Posted by Wampa1

@robot21: Yeah, those manatee's just aren't what they use to be.

Posted by probablytuna

And back he goes playing shitty games....

Posted by big_jon

This game is for me!

Posted by happymeowmeow

The real questions are:

Why didn't Jeff make you review Thundercats?

Is this game better than Thundercats?

Posted by jsnyder82

@Sharpless said:

As someone who hates Family Guy and, well, just about every other piece of shit Seth MacFarlane has ever wrenched from his rancid asshole and flung enthusiastically at a television screen, this review was one of the most satisfying things I've ever read. I needed that. Thanks, !

I don't like Family Guy. But American Dad is okay. Definitely been good these last couple seasons. And Ted was actually pretty funny.

Posted by Sharpless

As someone who hates Family Guy and, well, just about every other piece of shit Seth MacFarlane has ever wrenched from his rancid asshole and flung enthusiastically at a television screen, this review was one of the most satisfying things I've ever read. I needed that. Thanks, !

Posted by MiniPato

@Alex said:

I honestly don't think I'm asking very much of the reader to simply read what I've said, and glean that I am expressly talking about the video game in question, and not making larger assertions about Family Guy fans in general. However, apparently some can't quite grasp that.

Don't worry Alex, you aren't asking that much. Exactly only 2 people missed that while everyone else picked up on it.

Posted by Alex

@Branthog: Just read your edit. Fair enough, though honestly, I can't be held accountable for how people choose to view their articles. I put my text in the review body where I think it fits. I'm not going to jam extraneous sentences into the review body I can easily sum up in a sentence-length caption elsewhere.

Posted by Alex

@Branthog: Actual words contained in the review: "Some might think that Back to the Multiverse is just emblematic of its source material, but it's not. The TV series looks nuanced, compared to this garbage."

Call that a backhanded compliment, if you like, but I expressly say that the show is not the issue here.

I am not a fan of trying to break down my individual tastes in review text as you suggested. The fact that I only refer to the video game as the problem and never say that the show is horrible I would hope would be enough to make clear to the world that I am talking about the video game. Yes, I said the show features a little bit of those terrible things at the beginning, but I also mention that the show's more outlandishly offensive bits are caked in satire. And that the game has none of that.

I honestly don't think I'm asking very much of the reader to simply read what I've said, and glean that I am expressly talking about the video game in question, and not making larger assertions about Family Guy fans in general. However, apparently some can't quite grasp that.

Posted by beard_of_zeus

@Andy_117 said:

The worst part of this game is that all the people Alex is describing in some kind of hypothetical actually do exist. I saw a comment on their official Facebook page that was something like:

"Great game! I love shooting the cripples :)"

It was spelled much worse than that, and had absolutely no concept of grammar, but that was what it said. And I almost threw up in my mouth a little because of it. Eurgh.

Ughhhhhhhhhhhh. I don't need any more data to help out my "people are terrible" theory.

Posted by Andy_117

The worst part of this game is that all the people Alex is describing in some kind of hypothetical actually do exist. I saw a comment on their official Facebook page that was something like:

"Great game! I love shooting the cripples :)"

It was spelled much worse than that, and had absolutely no concept of grammar, but that was what it said. And I almost threw up in my mouth a little because of it. Eurgh.

Posted by Random45

@Branthog: Well, you sure like to write! Maybe you should spend all that effort reading next time so you don't come off as a massive idiot.

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Posted by Vextroid
@Animasta said:

@Swifdemon said:

Why does Alex review bad games? Has he become addicted?

jeff made him review it because jeff is a mean person

  
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Posted by KarlPilkington

It's okay Alex, most people understand what you mean perfectly.

Posted by Alex

@Branthog: I refuse to believe you read the entire review. Because if you did, you would have read the part where I mention it's not because of the show that the game is bad, it's because the game is deplorably unfunny in its own right.

Posted by Geralt

Hey @Alex,

Posted by Animasta

@Branthog: he specifically said he didn't mind family guy, just that the jokes in the game were of such a terrible quality that it was racist, sexist, etc.

I mean I would argue that family guy as a whole is sort of sexist, racist, whatever, but that is just me. he specifically mentioned the game's humor and not the show.

Posted by Alex

@Branthog: I say to you what I've said to everyone else who said the same thing. I say in the review I don't have a problem with Family Guy as a show. I have a problem with what this game tries to do, which is not funny. At all. Not even a little bit.

So, again, very slowly now, FAMILY GUY SHOW OKAY. FAMILY GUY VIDEO GAME OFFENSIVE AND TERRIBLE.