It seems to me
That all you see
Is violence in movies
And sex on TV…
If those lines are the intro to one of your favorite television shows, then you've a treat in store at the end of the month.
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse will be available for Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 25.
Originally airing from 1999–2002 and then revived in 2005 and airing to this day on FOX, Family Guy has been a consistent source of outrageous, shocking, gleefully politically incorrect humor for ten seasons. With comedy that ranges from juvenile to surprisingly subtle, its range of characters and age of fan base make it a not-too-surprising choice for a videogame adaptation.
Centering on the Griffin family that lives in Quahog, Rhode Island, much like The Simpsons, the show is brought to life with a colorful cast of eclectic characters and annual traditions. These have included Star Wars movie parodies and homages to the Bob Hope/Bing Crosby Road to… movies featuring Stewie and Brian.
The game is based on one of those homages, "Road to the Multiverse." It centers around Stewie finding a remote control that allows passage to parallel universes, allowing he and Brian to visit worlds where Christianity never existed and where dogs own people.
Back to the Multiverse borrows from this popular episode and wraps a game around it. It features ten levels of third-person shooting action, with genius Stewie having lots of sci-fi weaponry, while Brian tends to have more realistic armaments like guns. Better still, you can choose which of them to control on the fly.
If you're into the timey-wimey world of Doctor Who, the plot is easier to follow. Stewie's evil half-brother Bertram went and concocted his own universe-switching remote control, but since Stewie killed Bertram in an episode of the show, he's chased across parallel worlds by a Bertram from an alternate reality. Trust me, it'll probably all make sense somehow.
Each level of the game features all the in-jokes and pop culture reference you expect from the show, with many also loosely based on other episodes of the series. Levels will features worlds run by the Amish and college fraternities.
An episode heavily lifted from will be "No Meals on Wheels," used to inspire the level "Handicapable."
In the episode, Peter and neighbor Joe Swanson argue about rights given to the handicapped when Peter opens a restaurant and bans wheelchairs. The handicapped unite and create a robot called Crippletron to attack the restaurant.
In the game, a level will feature a world run by the handicapped, with police using crutches that are also guns. And you can expect Crippletron to make an appearance as the end boss.
Confirmed voiceover actors from the show include series creator Seth MacFarlane as Stewie and Brian, as well as Patrick Warburton as Joe Swanson. MacFarlane also vetted the script for the game.
Game modes include the story with a single player campaign that allows for co-op play at any time and competitive multiplayer.
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is available September 25 from Activision for 360 and PS3; rating pending.