Family Guy First Look

2K Games stops by the GameSpot office to show off a work-in-progress version of the Griffin family's first video game adventure.

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Although the Family Guy game is scheduled for release in just a couple of months, it wasn't until earlier this week that we got to take our first look at it. 2K Games stopped by the GameSpot office with a playable work-in-progress version of the game, and although we weren't allowed to take the controls on this occasion, we did spend about half an hour watching all three of its playable characters in action. Before that, though, we checked out the intro movie, in which baby Stewie shows off his new mind-control helmet and then faces off against half-brother Bertram, who's attempting to steal the satellite dish from the roof of the Griffin home.

Stewie's arsenal of gadgets makes him a baby to be reckoned with.

The intro movie, which uses the game engine to render cel-shaded characters and environments that look a lot like the animated show, led us straight into the first level, where you'll play as a ray-gun-toting Stewie. The Griffin baby's levels incorporate platforming and shooting elements, and the upgradeable ray gun isn't the only gadget that Stewie has in his arsenal. After double-jumping, for example, Stewie can glide for a short distance with balloons strapped to his back, and in the level set outside the Griffin home, there are hooks conveniently scattered around that Stewie can attach a grapple to.

In the second Stewie level that we took a look at, he was attempting to rescue his father, Peter, from a hospital. Although one of the hospital sequences took the form of a vertically scrolling shooter, in which Stewie used his ray gun to take out doctors, nurses, and orderlies, much of the baby's time was spent solving puzzles using his mind-control helmet. Predictably, the helmet is used to assume control of other characters in the game, and without wishing to give any of the puzzles away, we can tell you that both Glen Quagmire (the pervy guy from next door) and Death himself came in very useful. The hospital level came to an end when Stewie gained access to Peter, shrunk himself, and went inside the old guy's body, Inner Space-style.

Next up was the first level in which you'll get to play as Brian, the family dog, whose levels will focus on stealth. In the intro to Brian's first level, he's arrested for allegedly impregnating a prize-winning race dog named Seabreeze, and after being beaten quite soundly by a couple of cops, he's tossed into jail. The level, which we were told is Brian's tutorial mission, tasked the dog with escaping from jail by moving from left to right between shadowed areas and only passing by occupied cells when the inmates were looking away. The stealth gameplay in this particular level was very simplistic, but we wouldn't be surprised if Brian's later levels ended up being more challenging than those of Stewie and Peter.

The Peter level that we got to check out was a left-to-right beat-'em-up, although the 3D environment did afford the head of the Griffin family plenty of room to move up and down, as well. Peter's controls appeared to include buttons for punching, kicking, and throwing objects, and we noticed that powerful moves and combos could be performed by hitting certain buttons repeatedly. Like most everything that we saw during our time with Family Guy, the combat in Peter's level appeared to be uncomplicated and not particularly challenging, though that wasn't entirely surprising given that the majority of his "enemies" were young children or the elderly.

Death is one of many characters you'll be able to control using Stewie's helmet.

There appears to be no shortage of varied gameplay in Family Guy, then, and if you're a fan of the show, you'll be pleased to hear that there's also plenty of its trademark humor in the game. In fact, watching someone play Family Guy felt a lot like watching an episode of the show at times, the main differences being that the numerous non sequiturs took the form of brief minigames and many of the gags were, as one of the 2K Games representatives described them, "too raunchy for TV."

Our time with Family Guy was all too brief on this occasion, but we look forward to bringing you some hands-on impressions of the game in the near future. Family Guy is currently scheduled for release in mid to late October.

Discussion

116 comments
Bladefist
Bladefist

Are Gamespot and IGN just not gonna review this game? I saw it at CompUSA yesterday...and for them to have a game before its reviewed is rare.

ATXsniper09
ATXsniper09

Of course its going to be rated M its Family Guy hahaha Gonna have to get this one

brightboy
brightboy

come on who don't love family guy by now.

piecake
piecake

looks good that theve gone for the cell ahh well its not gonna be jet set!

mud12345
mud12345

I most likey will rent this for laughs.

urdoomed11
urdoomed11

theres only one i have to say fricken sweet well not really but if it is as good as the simpsons hit and run it should be good

pooq
pooq

Hopefully this will be one of the handful of M rated games that let the F-bomb through, because why not when it's already M. Im not a fan of misceallaneous swearing, but when I saw the Family Guy movie... oh man it was just that much more funny. "You know what really grinds my gears? You America! F@#$ you! Karen?" Classic...

zyzzvya01
zyzzvya01

it was never going to be revolutionary, but hopefully they won't screw it up too much

zenmor
zenmor

hmmmmmmmmm family guy game,sounds like a great idea :p

monkeyman717
monkeyman717

i dont like cartoon graphics like that, i might give it a try though

Gamepro2421
Gamepro2421

I wish they made the cell shadding look a lil more like Wind Waker...because this doesn't look very much like the show's animation so they could have at least made it look a bit more touched up like WW. Hopfully the humor will be crude enough to get it an M rating, otherwise i dont see this game selling all that great. It reminds me a lot of the rocket power video game's graphic back on the old ps1...sad as that may sound.

Humunclous
Humunclous

i like the show but i wont buy this. i still hope it does well tho

GamesAnytime
GamesAnytime

INDEED !! Anyway..cant wait to play this freaking game!!

hmsmichaelot
hmsmichaelot

LMFAO you think FamGuy is a knockoff of the simpons? What a jackass. Family Guy is alll about parody. The simpsons is all about nothing and stupid slapstickhumor. Besides the simpsons got ruined 6 years ago and since then its pure SHTI

mr111111
mr111111

this game is gonna rock....................................................... ...... ...... ........................ ................................. *snicker*

sofakingdom92
sofakingdom92

i bought an ice cream truck......kids love ice cream trucks....it play a nice toon for the kids....it goes....do-dodo-dooo-do....

hellowrockview
hellowrockview

how how how is this anything like the simpsons!!!! its an amazingly funny cartoon the simpsons is good too but there completely different watchan episode plz mattxavier then ull understand why there different p.s this games gonna rule

mattxavier
mattxavier

Family guy is a knockoff of The Simpsons.

sofakingdom92
sofakingdom92

i got some popsicles....do u want some popsicles?

sofakingdom92
sofakingdom92

where's that muscly old paper boy? i've been waiting for him........

asdfpo
asdfpo

I really love Family Guy, but i cant help to think that it will be like the Simpsons games..kinda sucky.

Jon_Sly
Jon_Sly

This game looks preety humorful but I can't see it being much else.

dominic007
dominic007

The show is awesome, but I fear it will end up just like the futurama game....

madroxide87
madroxide87

hell yea a family guy game.....i love family guy...i have seen just about every singel episode....a game will be a great addition to my family guy collection.

meganstrife
meganstrife

I love Family Guy! This is so awesome!

catboyed
catboyed

flame flame flamey flame

DragoDracini
DragoDracini

Hmm... I LOVE the graphics so far, I'm looking forward to playing this.

castlebaM
castlebaM

This game is goin to be funny, FUNNY.

robubie
robubie

this game is gonna die, just like the futurama game

Taime-13
Taime-13

I don't think it would make that much of a good game as cartoons never make good games, like The Simpsons that only sold a lot as many just like the cartoon.

UnstopppableSol
UnstopppableSol

funniest game ever? prolly funnier than Conkers Bad Fur Day, but i somehow think the actual gameplay is gonna suck. I dont have hope for games based on tv shows/3D disney movies

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

I'm looking forward to it! Which also means that if it ends up a bad game I will be horribly disappointed. I hope it's a good game!

Bill-Rizer
Bill-Rizer

Family Guy owns! This will be a good weekend distraction but that 's probably about it.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Hopefully this will be better than that game. I'm a big fan of FG, so if this game sucks I'll really be disappointed.

anthonyatom
anthonyatom

Church is right...but he is a dumbass!!!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

you guys are so negative. every true family guy fan(me) has always wanted to see a video game of it. it looks like they know what they are doing. they are creating a game based on comedy so it should be easy, unless they don't add enough humour.

Church069
Church069

Some things should not be made into games, and Family Guy is one of them.

SiDfreakcave
SiDfreakcave

Its gonna be rated M?? F*ck that im pissed!

FoodThing00
FoodThing00

Sigh...sounds like a GREAT way to ruin family guy..bah, Tv won't make good games, when will they learn?

dell900
dell900

cool, hopefully it's not gonna suck!