Back to the Future: The Game - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

16 October 2015

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Summary:

Back to the Future: The Game is a continuation of Universal's Back to the Future franchise. Taking place after the events of the third film, the game has you controlling young Marty McFly through another series of time-traveling adventures to right various wrongs that could drastically alter the future. Collect items from different eras to solve puzzles in other time periods. The visuals feature stylized, cartoon-like renderings of Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and other characters. This 30th Anniversary Edition includes updated graphics, new voice work from Biff Tannen actor Tom Wilson, and a behind-the-scenes video.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Telltale Games
  • Publisher(s):
    • Telltale Games
  • Release Date(s):
    • 16 October, 2015
  • PEGI Rating:
    • 16+
  • Official Site(s):
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Online Player(s):
    • N/A
  • Series:
    • Back to the Future

Technical Information

  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disk
  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 12 Hours
  • Engine:
    • Telltale Tool
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2015-11-06

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Back to the Future: The Game - 30th Anniversary Edition is based on the Back to the Future film franchise. The Anniversary Edition was developed and published by Telltale Games and was released on October 13th 2015 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Storyline

A little over six months after the events of Back to the Future Part III, the DeLorean Time Machine suddenly makes a reappearance, the mysterious returns to the Hill Valley - only this time driverless! Marty must now go back to 1931 to aid and recruit the help of a reluctant teenager named Emmett Brown in order to save the Doc, Marty’s usual sidekick from certain death. Can they repair the past using the DeLorean Time Machine, without accidentally erasing the future in the process?

The game is made up into five episodes to commemorate the film's 30th birthday anniversary, the game features updated voice work from Tom Wilson, who originally played Biff Tannen in the film series, all except the original Back to the Future release. The game uses the Walking Dead game design, utilizing an inventory system and puzzle solving to aid Marty along the way.

The Anniversary Edition includes a behind-the-scenes video interview with co-writer/producer Bob Gale, and AJ LoCascio who does the voice of young Marty McFly in the video game. Bob Gale assisted Telltale Games in writing the game's storylines as well, offering substantial input in the overall storylines, and how the characters should interact. Actors Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd allowed the developers Telltale Games to use their character film likenesses in the game for the lead characters Marty McFly and Doc Brown. Although for some unknown reason this was not adopted for the voice acting of these two characters.

Gameplay

Back to the Future: The Game is a graphic adventure played from a third-person perspective. The player controls Marty to explore the 3D environments using the game controller to move around. The player can have Marty examine objects, talk to non-player characters (initiating dialog through conversation trees), and perform specific actions in order to solve puzzles and progress through the game. Some items can be picked up and stored in Marty's inventory and then can be used later to interact with other characters or objects. The game provides a list of current goals for the player to complete to advance the game, the player can also access a hint system, revealing one clue at a time from a number of cryptic clues for how to solve a specific puzzle.

For those expecting a marathon of a game will be disappointed with this adaption based on the film. The overall length of the game is short, the game is split into five chapters and in total will take around 7-8 hours to fully complete, making it relatively short in comparison to other titles. The game is above average in terms of playability and styling and the graphics are cartoonish yet sharp.

Overall, this will appeal to some, more so for people who have seen the original trilogy, personally it seems a little heavy on the price tag considering the overall game length. Apart from the upgrade in the graphics department, Back to the Future: The Game - 30th Anniversary Edition doesn’t offer much else when compared to the previous releases which came out a few years ago. In conclusion, we end up with a mediocre yet above average title, nothing of substantial offerings unfortunately.

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