Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse

 

Learning(i)

TV show shown as violent game pushes cultural insensitivity.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The central characters in this game work together to save the world from a potentially very destructive foe.

Positive role models

Brian and Stewie, the two characters that players control, are good friends and can work together to save the world. However, they also say things that are culturally insensitive or off-color. So while they have good intentions overall, it would be difficult to call them role models.

Ease of play

This game is designed for older players and the difficulty level reflects that. Players will need to stay focused and act quickly to defeat the enemies as they appear and keep themselves out of harm's way at the same time. In addition, there are numerous puzzles and maneuvers that players need to complete in order to continue in the game. Most players with a modicum of game-playing experience will be able to make their way through the most difficult parts of the game after a few tries, but there is certainly an element of challenge. The game was not designed to trick or frustrate players, but it is not overly simplistic either.

Violence

This game contains a lot of violent content. Although the game's overall presentation is very cartoon-like in nature, the violence is often depicted in a very realistic context, with intense gunfire and explosions. Many of the characters that players attack are humans, including pirates, Amish people, and characters bound to wheelchairs. In addition, when some characters are shot, splashes of blood appear. The contrast between the stylized characters and a fantastical storyline, and the strong levels of violence, prevents the impact from being too severe. The content is nevertheless fairly intense.

Sex

The game's dialogue contains a lot of sexual innuendo, very similar to the Family Guy TV series on which the game is based. There are indirect references to a variety of different sexual activities, although nothing graphic or explicit is ever mentioned. Aside from content within dialogue, there is one male character whose backside is exposed while he dances.

Language

The words "d--k" and "p---y" appear in the game's dialogue.

Consumerism

This game is based on and could be considered an advertisement for the Family Guy TV show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The worst depiction of drug content is a scene in which college students are seen smoking from a bong. There are also scenes in which characters are inside a car and it's implied they are smoking marijuana.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is based on the cartoon TV series Family Guy. In this game, players take on the role of Stewie, a baby who acts and talks like a grown-up, and his human-acting dog friend Brian. The duo must work together as they travel to a variety of parallel universes and try to rid the world of enemy forces. One of these universes is a hypothetical world in which everyone is handicapped and bound to a wheelchair. Because this universe contains enemies, characters will be attacking wheelchair-bound humans; however, these characters are the ones who provoke the players and because the universe is comprised entirely of wheelchair-bound people, these characters do not come across as being at a physical disadvantage. Although everything has a cartoon aesthetic and the storyline is very tongue-in-cheek in nature, the actual gameplay content itself contains a lot of violent content, including realistic gunfire and explosions, much of which is afflicted on human characters. In addition, throughout the dialogue there are many instances of sexual references and innuendo. There is a brief scene in which one male character's backside is exposed. There are also implied depictions of marijuana use and one character smoking from a bong. Culturally insensitive jokes appear within the dialogue.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • following directions

Skills

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork
  • cooperation

What Kids Can Learn

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • following directions

Skills

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork
  • cooperation

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mark Raby

What's it about?

FAMILY GUY: BACK TO THE MULTIVERSE is based on the TV episode of Family Guy in which central characters Brian and Stewie travel to a series of alternate parallel universes. For example, in one universe the entire world is run by college fraternities, and in another, every resident has a physical handicap. Players must travel through these different universes to find Stewie's evil brother Bertram. Bertram is trying to destroy the planet so it is up to Brian and Stewie to save civilization as they know it. Players must fight their way through throngs of enemies as they hop from one universe to the next. The story is a major component of this game and at times outshines the actual gameplay.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse has the ingredients for a great game. It is based on one of the most popular episodes of the Family Guy TV series, it lets players play as two of the most well-known characters, and the comedic style is mostly just as witty as the TV show. If it were an episode of the show, it would be very well received, but as a video game it is uninspired. The graphics are nowhere near as polished and well-rendered as they should be, and the gameplay alternates between either uninspiring or repetitive. Even worse, the controls are usually finicky at best, turning what should be an entertaining romp through one of the highest-rated cartoon franchises into a frustrating ordeal. The saving grace is the game's cooperative multiplayer mode, mainly because when playing with other players, the focus is less on completing the missions and more on having fun. The game also scores points for representing the Family Guy franchise faithfully. If there had just been a few more months to iron out the kinks, make the graphics look better, and ensure the controls worked 100% flawlessly, this would have potentially been a different game. As it is, it simply falls flat.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the presence of drugs and alcohol in this game. Why are these substances glorified in this game?

  • What are your opinions of Brian and Stewie? Do you think they are good role models because they aren't "perfect" and symbolize normal everyday people, or bad role models because of their inappropriate behavior and culturally insensitive dialogue?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:November 20, 2012
Genre:Adventure
Topics:Adventures
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Mature Humor, Sexual Themes, Use of Drugs, Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 17 years old Written byg1a2b3e4 December 31, 2012
age 16+
 

Family guy back to the multiverse

under age 2-15 on age 16 over age 17-18
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byErnesto M January 25, 2013
age 18+
 

Pathetic

Simply pathetic.. especially the show do not bother and do not get this game for kids.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 8 year old Written byFor kids May 16, 2014
age 8+
 
LEARNING

Good for kids

There is nothing bad sex? NO blood? Off swearing? Not that bad see nothing that bad I say it's an awesome game for kids

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