Reviewed on the Xbox One.
In the past few years, Ubisoft has brought many a game show and board game to consoles. The Hasbro collections, Wheel of Fortune, Trivial Pursuit Live, and Jeopardy have all arrived on Xbox in recent years. There have been varying degrees of success. Games like Trivial Pursuit Live excelled, while others did not. Now, you can have your own “Naked Grandma” or “Upine” moment, as Family Feud arrives on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
When you’re actually participating in the games, Family Feud is fun. It really is. The problem with this release from Ubisoft is that they didn’t learn from what made their other games from this genre successful. Family Feud is often mired in slow, plodding gameplay, with cut scenes and animations that aren’t worth the wait.
How’s It Look and Sound?
From an audio standpoint, Family Feud is pretty authentic. The sounds of the game show are there. The music and the sounds of a right answer, strike, or Fast Money all serve to make it immersive. Aside from the dialogue from the (generic) host often feeling really delayed and just not natural, Family Feud’s audio does a good job making you feel like you’re on the show. If you closed your eyes, you’d feel like you’re playing a game of Family Feud on stage.
But, when you open your eyes you realize you’re playing a video game that looks like a nice Xbox 360 release. Colors on the stage are bright, and that helps the fun factor. Family Feud 2012 had a much darker stage set, and this one feels better because it’s more bright. There, I said something nice about visuals. Set design looks fine, but the character models are not fleshed out to what’s expected in 2020. Players in Family Feud look and feel like you just brought your Xbox avatar into the game. Which, now that I think about it, would’ve been better.
Do the visuals take away from anything? No. We all know that no one is buying Family Feud for the graphics and framerate. I just wish that a little bit more had been invested in it. Just a little. Give us realistic player animations, players that are acceptable video game humans in 2020, and gestures that actually match what they’re saying, and I’m good.
I’ve played a good 25 games of Family Feud at this point, and have only seen one repeat question. Also, that was only technically a repeat – once in the main part of the game, and again in Fast Money. Questions reflect current American culture pretty well, and there are only a few times where I’ve been puzzled as to why an answer was on the board.
The point is, there are a good amount of questions. Family Feud does lend itself to replayability, if you can get past the gameplay issues. The current nature of the questions means most people will be able to feel like they know the answers, which is good for the life of the game. I see Family Feud being a hit at family get togethers, or maybe even some college dorms.
I Just Want To Play Already
As I mentioned earlier in the review, Family Feud is fun when you’re actually playing. The problem is, well, just about everything else. The amount of waiting you have to do just to play and give answers made me want to stop playing the game more than once. Usually, waiting means loading times. There’s some loading too, but in this case it’s about the animations and dialogue.
For the host to get out a simple line of dialogue, you will wait what for what feels like a painstaking amount of time. Combined with the poor animations themselves, this truly takes away from the experience of playing Family Feud. Ubisoft has flat out done much better than this with other game show or board game video game adaptations. In 2020, after publishing many other games in this genre, this just shouldn’t exist in Family Feud.
Once you are playing, the controls are incredibly simple. The A button will buzz in, and you’ll use the sticks to move around the keyboard to put together answers. Family Feud does have a fairly effective autofill system where it recognizes potential answers you might be typing in, which is nice.
If you really, really like game show video games, Family Feud might be a good fit for you. Otherwise, you might want to wait for a sale before picking this up. It seems a lot of other people have, as I waited 12 minutes for matchmaking to find me an opponent for one of my online games. Family Feud really is fun when you’re giving answers and the game is underway. It’s everything else around it that hurts the experience.
Buy Family Feud for Xbox One here.
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