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Posted by LaserLambert

Alex, keep being Alex.

Posted by G0rd0nFr33m4n

@BaconGames said:

You know, as much as laughing at or pointing out bad games is important, was it really worth it to commit a review for this game? For the time spent playing and writing about this game, I think I would have much preferred a review of any of the small/indie games that only got a Quick Look on the site. Who else wouldn't have liked a review follow-up for Hell Yeah!, Closure, Snapshot, Karateka, or Retro City Rampage? I feel like Alex's time would have been better served giving him this than reviewing a game that a QL would have immediately made apparent is dog shit.

While I agree with your thought that smaller games should get more attention than these types of bad games, I would argue that reviews are necessary/the way to go with that attention.

I for one find quick looks 100 times more effective at showing me, the general public, if I would like a game or not. I find reviews to be old fashioned to be honest.

Not offense to the editors of this site who are still writing them on weekly basis but you yourselves have invented a better method of game coverage.

You have created the evolution to reviews (aka your amazing quick looks) but for some reason still devote time to this writing-on-stone-tablet, or going to church every Sunday mentality, it's kind of fucked up.

Ha ha....ha .... .... ha.... *crickets*

Posted by Generiko

Alex looks so high man

Posted by cheishxc

Do people even think the show is funny anymore? This seems like as big of an abomination as the show has become.

That said id watch the shit out of a QL of this game. Sorry guys.

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Posted by DukesT3

I'm a terrible person and I still wouldn't play this game.

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

Glad to see Alex is reviewing bad games again, for a moment there I was worried.

Posted by Spwn

It's nice to see Alex having an enjoyable game to play for a change.

Posted by hi_im_rob

Vintage Alex Navaro. Nicely done.

Posted by MjHealy

I love reading Alex review the worst games imaginable. It captures everything I enjoy about the dude; his bitter and sassy snark. Keep up the good work, Mr. Navarro.

#YearOfTheCage

Posted by SethPhotopoulos

@G0rd0nFr33m4n said:

@BaconGames said:

You know, as much as laughing at or pointing out bad games is important, was it really worth it to commit a review for this game? For the time spent playing and writing about this game, I think I would have much preferred a review of any of the small/indie games that only got a Quick Look on the site. Who else wouldn't have liked a review follow-up for Hell Yeah!, Closure, Snapshot, Karateka, or Retro City Rampage? I feel like Alex's time would have been better served giving him this than reviewing a game that a QL would have immediately made apparent is dog shit.

While I agree with your thought that smaller games should get more attention than these types of bad games, I would argue that reviews are necessary/the way to go with that attention.

I for one find quick looks 100 times more effective at showing me, the general public, if I would like a game or not. I find reviews to be old fashioned to be honest.

Not offense to the editors of this site who are still writing them on weekly basis but you yourselves have invented a better method of game coverage.

You have created the evolution to reviews (aka your amazing quick looks) but for some reason still devote time to this writing-on-stone-tablet, or going to church every Sunday mentality, it's kind of fucked up.

Ha ha....ha .... .... ha.... *crickets*

I think Jeff and the others have stated a few times that they focus more on quicklooks because they are more effective in showing people what the game is and gives some form of context. I think they write reviews because sometimes that's interesting. I doubt anyone coming to this site were gonna go out and buy Blackwater, Family Guy, or that cardboard cut-out guitar game.

Posted by tourgen

The tag line and the review make me want to play it.

Posted by Darkstorn

Love Alex's deeply cynical reviews, get 'em in before the world ends on the 21st.

Posted by afrofools

Sometimes the show can be funny. The joke tends to be that Peter is an insensitive asshole, and people find it funny because they are laughing at, not with, Peter.

Posted by artgarcrunkle

No review at all would have been better than a sanctimonious joke review, this might encourage people to "Ironically" buy this garbage.

Posted by DrRandle

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.

Posted by SharkMan

@Alex: great review! your ability to make a bad game sound like the shit it is, is a gift.

Posted by Alex

@DrRandle: Once again, you apparently missed the part where I said that I don't think Family Guy is that bad, but that this game isn't even especially representative of that show's humor.

But, again, if you'd like to just go on freaking out over something I specifically contradicted you on in the review text, go for it. No skin off my back.

Posted by super2j

wow, cant believe Jeff made you review this.

Posted by Atwa

Obviously Alex just HATES Seth McFarlane. Cause this is a project that has gotten utmost care and love from the man himself. NAVARRO!!! 

Posted by StarFoxA

I knew this would be an Alex review before I clicked on it.

Posted by Landon

Oh Alex... you didn't have to review this.

Posted by DrRandle

@Alex:

The part about "Great news, racists, misogynists, homophobes, and generally terrible people! After a year in which your kind spent much of its time being maligned by people with annoying traits like "sensitivity" and "empathy," you now have a video game with which to vent your frustrations toward people with handicaps, women, a wide variety of ethnicities, and homosexuals." then wasn't meant to imply anything about people who like Family Guy? The game itself was written by the writers of Family Guy. This is Seth MacFarlane's crew. By all accounts, if I think Family Guy is funny, I should enjoy the jokes here (unless they're poorly timed because video games, obviously.) I fail to see how there is a separation here, is all.

Posted by thevigilanteoflove

God, I love Alex's reviews.

Posted by MiniPato

@DrRandle said:

@Alex:

The part about "Great news, racists, misogynists, homophobes, and generally terrible people! After a year in which your kind spent much of its time being maligned by people with annoying traits like "sensitivity" and "empathy," you now have a video game with which to vent your frustrations toward people with handicaps, women, a wide variety of ethnicities, and homosexuals." then wasn't meant to imply anything about people who like Family Guy? The game itself was written by the writers of Family Guy. This is Seth MacFarlane's crew. By all accounts, if I think Family Guy is funny, I should enjoy the jokes here (unless they're poorly timed because video games, obviously.) I fail to see how there is a separation here, is all.

He's not saying that people who like Family Guy the show are those things, he's saying the people who specifically like Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse and find the humor of the game genuinely hilarious, are those people. If it is written by the Family Guy show people, then they probably didn't realize that those jokes don't translate well into prolonged game format. Perhaps you should play the game before taking offense at Alex's judgement of it?

Posted by WolfHazard

Please do a quick look of this!

Posted by Alex

@DrRandle: No, actually, because plenty of offensive jokes in Family Guy come with some kind of context, or at least sense of parody. As I said in the review, this game offers none of that.

I don't care who wrote it, whoever did apparently didn't give enough of a shit about the show's humor to try and match it up.

I don't watch the show with much regularity these days, but unless in the last year or two it's taken a nosedive into just saying mean-spirited shit for 22 minutes every week and abandoned any sort of coherent plotting or at least joke payoff, then no, this game is not really much like the show. It's just horrendous.

Like you said, I'm certainly not averse to bawdy or offensive humor, but I need a context, some kind of point to it, in order to enjoy it. This game is fucking pointless in its offensiveness.

Posted by MarkWahlberg

@super2j said:

wow, cant believe Jeff made you review this.

@Landon said:

Oh Alex... you didn't have to review this.

I think we should all get together and buy him some cupcakes or something, out of sympathy. Merry Christmas, thanks for devoting the ever-dwindling hours of what remains of your life to this horrible monstrosity, etc.

Posted by BeachThunder

@bhlaab said:

Quick look! Quick look!

Yes, please.

Posted by Chris2KLee

My hats off to you sir, for going to those dark places so that other video game players don't have to.

Posted by AngriGhandi

Looking forward to another Box Office Bust style "revulsion Quick Look"

Don't let me down, fellas

Posted by Tesla

Alex's picture looks too content for a 1 star game.

Edited by Gerhabio

I love your reviews Alex. I do wish they gave you better games to review though!

@DrRandle: I read the review and I got from it that if you are a bigot, you'll like this game. Nowhere did I get that people who watch the show are necessarily bigots. Keep watching the show if you like it.

Posted by vaportra1l

Is this 2012's Blackwater:The Game?

And lolz to the Family Guy defense force.

Posted by Eeptog

As a racist misogynist homophobe im offended you would think id like this.

Posted by Timnoldzim

Man, what an ugly game. I've seen Dreamcast games that look better than this shit! I haven't seen anything this no-effort in a long, long time.

Posted by mlarrabee

That last paragraph sounds eerily like Cards Against Humanity.

Edited by North6

I'm not sure that "Haphazard" is a word that should be used more than once in a review.

This must be *that* bad.

Edited by MikeS

Actually making a judgement about a person based on one thing that they enjoy is pretty silly obviously. I'm guessing that Alex doesn't truly think that anyone who likes this game is a misogynist, homophobic bigot. It was intended as a joke and a way to illustrate how he felt about the humor in the game. Even if he were talking about people who like Family Guy in general and not just the game, it would still be a ridiculous thing to take offense toward.

Posted by Roodog

I think Alex need to go play some Far Cry 3 to kill the bad memories of this game !

Posted by DrRandle

@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.

Posted by BaconGames

@G0rd0nFr33m4n said:

@BaconGames said:

You know, as much as laughing at or pointing out bad games is important, was it really worth it to commit a review for this game? For the time spent playing and writing about this game, I think I would have much preferred a review of any of the small/indie games that only got a Quick Look on the site. Who else wouldn't have liked a review follow-up for Hell Yeah!, Closure, Snapshot, Karateka, or Retro City Rampage? I feel like Alex's time would have been better served giving him this than reviewing a game that a QL would have immediately made apparent is dog shit.

While I agree with your thought that smaller games should get more attention than these types of bad games, I would argue that reviews are necessary/the way to go with that attention.

I for one find quick looks 100 times more effective at showing me, the general public, if I would like a game or not. I find reviews to be old fashioned to be honest.

Not offense to the editors of this site who are still writing them on weekly basis but you yourselves have invented a better method of game coverage.

You have created the evolution to reviews (aka your amazing quick looks) but for some reason still devote time to this writing-on-stone-tablet, or going to church every Sunday mentality, it's kind of fucked up.

Ha ha....ha .... .... ha.... *crickets*

See, I completely disagree that Quick Looks are enough, far from it. Jeff himself said that QL's can be made when someone just messed with a game for 30 minutes and just wanted to show it off but a review is all about evaluating the full game in context. I agree that QL's are a great way to cover games but as far as knowing whether to buy it or what to even think of it requires a review for me. That a game seems cool has in the past burned me when I thought about a game one way and then the review was much more sour on it (you can see this with teh Ms. Splosion Man QL vs. review). Reading other reviews of these games, I really would have liked where any of the staff landed on this game and why in a review but we dont' have that.

Instead I have a review for a game no one here was ever going to buy except ironically anyway and very few at that. I'm not complaining about this per se but that if we are going to get a review of anything, I'd rather it be games I'm interested in knowing about, not shit like this.

Posted by gamegrump

Nothing better than a good one-star review from Alex.

Posted by Graham_Nix

@Alex: Oh yes it would.

Posted by PurpleMoustache

I hate Family Guy with a passion. So glad to see that its style of "humor" has finally become its downfall

Posted by robot21

Wait, so the "capture the greased-up deaf guy" mode isn't called "deafmatch"? Man, this game did drop the ball.

Posted by Kinapuff

I wonder if pursuing a Teen rating would've made this game better or worse.

Posted by icytower38

The games not fantastic, but minus the glitched achievement this game is enjoyable if you like Family Guy in my book.

Posted by KittyVonDoom

I still haven't seen an episode nor clip of Family Guy since season 3. Is it really the worst thing? I mean, new Simpsons is pretty try-hard and cringe worthy most of the time. Then again, it did reach ten seasons before it headed down that hole.

Posted by Chet_Rippo

This review is hilarious. I love alex's articles.

Posted by Synaptic

I'm sorry Alex. Keep your chin up man