Hurling Jack Daniels bottles at Amish assassins may sound like an atypical story of tomfoolery, but that’s just a day-in-the-life for Stewie Griffin and Brian.
Just like the cartoon, Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse doesn’t take itself seriously. The action adventure game spans ten universes of chaos. You may find yourself running from Amish farmers and their dangerous farm tools or fighting your way through an onslaught of wasted fraternity meatheads. Wherever you are, Family Guy’s titular humor will be there, right down to the ephebophile next door, Herbert.
Family Guy staff writers Mike Desilets and Anthony Blasucci penned the game’s script to make sure this digital story matched the comical atmosphere of the TV series. So Seth MacFarlane lovers the world over can look forward to M-rated antics as well as Peter Griffin running through at least one scene butt-naked. The development team was also proud to let us know that showrunner MacFarlane had “final sign-off” on the story.
Back to the Multiverse features cell-shaded animation. Strong black outlines, around each character, give the game a hand-drawn feel.
Gamers can play as either Brian or Stewie in single player or in cooperative split screen campaign. In single player, you can quickly swap between Brian and Stewie. Brian uses your typical array of firearms, such as a handgun, tommy gun or shotgun. Stewie, on the other hand, dips into the more cartoony side of Family Guy with inventions of his own design. Gamers will have sci-fi weapons, as only Stewie would create, as well as humorous weapons like a Dirty Diaper bomb. Cooperative multiplayer allows players to drop in and drop out of the romp action.
Back to the Multiverse is designed as a fanboys dream. Gamers can expect Easter Eggs galore and several of their favorite characters to show up during gameplay. The development team also has plans for DLC with other Family Guy characters. Since the multiplayer adventure allows up to four people to play, besides Stewie and Brian, you can probably expect that at least Peter and Lois will appear in the adventure – or perhaps the Evil Monkey.
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is set to launch on Xbox 360 and PS3 this Fall.