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Family Guy Online Review by Zevri

Date: May 10 2012 03:31:03 Source: BBGsite.com Views:
KeyWord: Family Guy Online, Family Guy Online Review, Family Guy Online Overview, RPG, Family Guy, Twentieth Century Fox, Unity 3D

Welcome to Quahog citizen, Twentieth Century Fox has decided to make an online game, and as you can guess, the target of this is the ever so popular Family Guy. After canceling the series numerous times and reviving it, they decided to make a MMLOL (Massively Multiplayer Laugh Out Loud) game that uses the Unity Engine, which is growing in popularity because of the freedom it offers for those seeking to make browser games, but want them to have a downloadable game feel to them.

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The game is currently in the Open Beta stage, but does it a bit differently with a "Key to Quahog" system, in which people are invited in waves to join the city of laughs, so that the population isn't overflowing and put in a much more manageable pace.

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Getting into the actual game itself, they do have something that works sort of like a class based system. Classes taking the form of key characters in the series; you're able to play Stewie, Brian, Meg & Chris (Together considered one class), Peter, and Louis. Each of these classes has their own roles and skillsets that they bring to the table. While the classes use the names of the key characters, you don't actually play those characters. When you choose one, you're able to pick a gender of the character, and customize them.

The customization itself isn't too bad since you're able to customize everything from skin color to what your eyes, nose, and mouth look like – this makes it a lot easier to customize yourself enough to not look like the general crowd, which in fact I haven't actually run into a twin yet. You're also able to pick out a starting outfit for your new citizen, who has a decent selection that varies slightly per class, but a lot of them share the same base outfits.

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As I got thrust into the world, it brought me to a familiar place, on Spooner Street, right at the Griffon Family home.  This place acts as a basic tutorial which taught me everything from the general movements to combat. The commands are fairly basic, with nothing that complicated in the gameplay. Movement is done using the WASD controls, and at least on the outside, the quests are tracked with an arrow leading you where you need to go to a star on objects you need to collect for said quest. But I have to admit, I had quite a bit of fun exploring the Griffon home in a different dimension as I normally saw from the show, not to mention the various other places on the street.

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Combat in the game is rather basic, you have basic attacks that build up energy points that can be used for various skills that you either buy or earn.  The skills vary from class to class, and range from the classic ray gun from Stewie, to just kicking someone in the nuts to take them down. You can get various items through quests and the shop which can give you everything from temporary immunity to increased attack damage.

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Questing in the game is kind of unique, and shows how the game is meant for those who are a fan of the show. A lot of the quests seem to revolve around different moments in the show, which is proven because a lot of them are accompanied by video clips you can watch which relates to the quest. For instance the moment in the show where Chris was trying to get back at Peter and did the "Win a free hat" bit in which peter put his head between two logs and got his face smashed. In the quest, you had to collect all of the parts for that from the logs to the actual hat, which you needed to get from the town's creeper, Herbert. The only downside I have seen from quests, is that there is no means of keeping track of quests you have available, besides exploring to find them, so it is quite easy to pass up quests as you change areas, or just to not even see them because they're inside a house you've yet to explore.  There is also a problem with tracking a quest, outdoors it does a great job as it helps point you where you need to go, but once you go inside, you need to find it on your own as there are no markers or maps for the indoor maps. This can get quiet confusing as more than a couple times I got lost trying to find certain points indoors, as some of those maps can feel like mazes.

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Adding a bit of depth to the world, they actually have a lot of the character voiced. You will hear everyone from Mayor West to Consuela. Most of the voices come from when you do quests for characters but some of it is also from just talking to them in-between. The voice clips for the quests seem to be a bit more of a run-down of what you need to do, than the full written dialogue that they give you, which suits the game just fine as the written out version feels a bit over drawn out.  There are also other things to do in the world beyond the normal quests. They placed various mini games like riding the Chaco Taco to finding collectibles for characters which gives you some clams and exp.  Which all is meant to keep you entertained in-between quest sessions.

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Graphically the game keeps in tune with its cartoon roots, using a cel-shaded system to bring the games world out in 3D but keep a look that doesn't look too far off from the cartoon. You can easily recognize the characters and iconic landmarks, and it is also not too bad to look at, since for the most part the graphics are fairly smooth.

Overall the game is decent; it is a fun trip for a short time but doesn't have too much depth to it. While there is a lot of fun to be had, it just doesn't draw you in enough to make it lasting. This makes it a bit more fun for the casual gamer, but not someone looking to invest a lot of hours a week into. But all in all it is rather funny, and even thought the game feels like a gimmick, it is Family Guy, and is meant for those who are fans of the show. If you are a fan of the show, I recommend giving it a shot.

Self Introduction From Author:

Zevri
Zevri
I have been playing mmos since about 1999, and haven't stopped since, and I cannot even remember when I started console/pc gaming. I'm an avid gamer who does dive back into the real world from time to time. My all time goal is to start my own business, but that is taking a side step as I am going through college.

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