Bad is the Word.
Despite it's humor and likeness to the show, Family Guy: BTTM lacks fun.
There's no doubt that fans of Seth MacFarlane's animated sitcom will check out Family Guy: BTTM. If you enjoy the series for it's humour, there's a few giggles to be had here. It represents the series very well. The cel-shaded visuals look nice, stars lend their voice to the characters, and it even opens like the beginning of an episode. There's a lot that fans will respect. Unfortunately, the gameplay isn't on par with it's delightful humour and visual style. It doesn't take long to realise how poor the gameplay is. It's buggy, tiresome and is extremely dated.
The game is inspired from a real episode, Road to the Multiverse. It focuses on a Bertram who has travelled from another universe. He has come to Griffin's universe with one goal, eliminate Stewie. Throughout the game, you can play as Stewie or Brian Griffin. Playing solo will allow you to switch between them both in-game. Apart from some different weapons and abilities, there's no real reason to play as both characters, apart from it requiring you too. It can be fiddly and does become tiresome. It's far better to just jump in Co-op, but when I say co-op, I mean
split-screen. There's no Xbox Live support here.
The game is mainly a third person shooter. You will spend lots of your time shooting tons of enemies. There's also fetch quests and objects to destroy for good measure. There's just not much to it. It's extremely easy and
becomes very repetitive early on. Apart from it's decent cutscenes and humour there's nothing exciting about the gameplay. Shooting feels very awkward and dated. I found it tricky to move and shoot enemies at the same time. The AI is also very poor. They will occasionally get stuck, and sometime not even respond. It's buggy and feels very unpolished.
Family Guy: BTTM is not a great game. Even fans will become tired of it's repetitive formula, poor gameplay, and buggy elements. Everything about it feels rushed, and that's a shame. There's no reason why a Family Guy game cannot be great. It's just disappointing that this wasn't it.