Family Guy Video Game! is a 2006 video game, based on the popular television series, Family Guy, created by Seth MacFarlane, and released by 2K Games. The game is unique in many ways, due to its different types of control qualities for specific areas of the game. It has been enjoyed by many for its easy-to-learn controls and its humorous storyline. This game can be played on both Playstation 2 and Xbox systems in the USA as well as PSP, Wii and Xbox 360 systems in the UK. It was believed that the game would be given an ESRB rating of T, to match the show's usual rating of "TV-14". However, it was actually rated M for its disturbing humor, dialogue and partial nudity (although in some cases the show is rated "TV-MA"). It was also given a PEGI rating of 18+ for violence, profanity and drug abuse.
The game's structure reflects on different episodes of the TV show, and its game-play is similar to an arcade game. The story of the game allows the player to control the three main characters, Peter, Stewie and Brian from the series. All the stories are linked in specific ways. In Stewie's story, his half-brother, Bertram, returns and is hoping to take over the world. Stewie's storyline revolves around trying to stop him. In Peter's storyline, after being crushed by his own satellite dish, Peter is under the impression that a Mr. Belvedere, a character from 80's TV, has kidnapped his family. Peter searches for his nemesis through the game. And lastly, in Brian's storyline, Brian is arrested for apparently impregnating prize-winning dog Seabreeze. Brian, who did not, must find the real culprit.
Each character has his own specific levels. The levels are somewhat like old arcade games from the 20th century. Stewie's are shooting one, whilst Peter's are battling ones, whilst lastly, Brian's are stealth ones. The controls for each level are very specific. There are a total of 25 levels, 8 for Stewie, 11 for Peter and 6 for Brian. The locations in the game include the Griffin house, the hospital, the police station and its warehouse, the casino, the harbor, and various places in Peter's body, the news station and the dog track. A main feature for the game are its mini-games that are in the same style as the cutaway gags from the tv show that are famous for being less than 10 seconds long. Also featured in the game is the various disguises and costumes that Peter and Brian are seen wearing that have been previously seen on the show. Peter's costumes are Rufus Griffin, a hooker, and A.N.N.A. (Automaton Nuclear Neo-Human Android) from The King Is Dead. Brian's disguises include a lamp, a pimp, a cheerleader and the Peanut Butter Jelly Time banana suit. Stewie does not use disguises, but does recieve weapon upgrades as the game progresses.
Family Guy Online is a newer game that is a MMORPG and Marketed as an MMOLOL (Massively Multiplayer Online Laugh Out Loud). It is in Public Beta and runs through the browser, and requires the Plugin called UNITY WEB PLAYER to play.
In the commentary for "Tales of a Third Grade Nothing". it was revealed that Family Guy would see its second game for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. It was later revealed that the game is Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse. It was released only for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 by Activision.
- In the game, Stewie has a yellow cupboard in his room, however in the series, it is blue.
- In the game, most of Quahog is on Spooner Street, however in the series it's on different streets.
- A few characters seen in this game are deceased, yet they appear in regular levels.
- The casino is shown to be in Quahog, however in the series it is on the way to New York.
- If played on the PSP Version when Brian does the Peanut butter jelly dance it will just move down to the dance floor and everyone will just appear out of nowhere.
- The game mentions it being rated T for Teen but it is rated M for Mature. However in Australia it is rated M, the Australian version of T for Teen.
- Brian's bush disguise works like a lamp, so if someone saw you from the back they wouldn't care.
- During the final level for Brian you can complete this very easily by getting the Seabreeze costume and planting the drugs.
- On the sperm level if you jump high enough, you can see Peter's testicles.