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Back To The Future: 30th Anniversary Edition review

I find it rather apt that, on the recent Back To the Future Day, I was playing Back To The Future: 30th Anniversary Edition from Telltale Games. Telltale has carved a niche for themselves in the episodic style and Back To The Future: 30th Anniversary draws heavily from their vast experience on such great titles as The Walking Dead, Tales From The Borderlands, Game of Thrones and Minecraft: Story Mode. I don’t tend to play those types of game, will Back To The Future alter my perception of this type of title?

Back To The Future: 30th Anniversary Edition is a collection of the five episodes of the previously released Back To The Future: The Game, from all the way back in 2011. The game itself has had a few graphical tweaks from it’s 360 released older sibling, but the essence of the game remains the same, without the need to wait between episodes.

The game takes up where the third film in the franchise ended, with the DeLorean turning up without Doc Brown and you, playing as the ever cheeky Marty McFly, are desperate to try to find where he is and rescue him before the Bank forces the sale of his home.

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Graphically, Telltale have opted for more of a cartoon-inspired look than anything and Marty is well drawn and animated, as is Doc Brown, but there’s a little something in the way that they’re drawn that doesn’t feel right. The locations are also well drawn, if a little dark in places, and throughout the locations there are characters to interact with, like the ever-vigilant Edna Strickland and the nasty moonshine peddling gangster, Kid Tannen. There are also a few things to interact with at each place you visit, with some being vital to solving the puzzles at each stage of the quest.

That quest? Well, it’s initially to find and save Doc Brown. The story itself is actually very good to begin with, but it soon drops into a cartoonish farce that sometimes simply doesn’t make sense in the grand scheme of things. It’s not that this is a bad thing, I think perhaps that the writers simply lost their way a little bit along the way.

While the story wanders a little, progressing through the game isn’t a drag. The puzzles aren’t too taxing on the whole, although the odd one or two are not logical in the slightest. There are some things you’ll need to do in order the trigger an event that’s required to complete the puzzle, but it’s not clear what that thing is. There’s a scene where you have to get a barrel of illegal alcohol, and the method of acquiring this is convoluted and a little over-complicated, but I’m nit-picking really. On the whole the puzzles are fairly straight-forward.

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The puzzles, as I say, are sometimes obvious, but sometimes you have to listen to the dialogue to get an idea of the solution. It’s here where you may notice that the lip-syncing is sometimes off and the cut-scenes are a little jerky at times. There’s also a fair amount of repetition in the solution of the puzzles and it can get tiresome having to go through the same sequences to get to the critical dialogue point you need. Thankfully, there’s help at hand in the form of a hint system, accessed by the Y button. The more complex the puzzle, the more hints you might find, and I think I found at least one puzzle where reading the hints was the trigger to complete the quest.

The dialogue then, is on the whole, well thought out and well-acted. A.J. LoCascio is stellar as Marty McFly and there’s the ever willing Christopher Lloyd reprising his role as Doc Brown. The other characters are played well and there’s even some friendly barking from Einstein, Doc’s dog.

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Back To The Future: 30th Anniversary Edition isn’t likely to be the game challenge you’ll be looking for, especially if you’re used to the kind of puzzle adventures that the likes of LucasArts used to present, and the point and click nature of the game endears rather than hinders the overall experience. If you’re looking for that challenge, you’ll probably be better off with a different game, but if you’re looking for a fairly easy way to rack up some gamer-points then you’ll struggle to do much better than Back The Future: 30th Anniversary Edition, even if it’s simply for the nostalgic value.

There’s a fair amount to get through though and you’ll find yourself engrossed in the little nods to Hill Valley and the film’s original writing and production team. There’s some replay value if you want to 1,000G this and you get a funky behind the scenes video to watch if you’re interested. The game isn’t perfect though, there are some graphic issues, you serve a subpoena and the cut-scene shows the character holding thin air. Underneath it all, Back To The Future: 30th Anniversary Edition is a solid game, which is worth the investment if you’ve not played it before.

Thanks for Xbox and Telltale Games for their support

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Telltale Games goes Back to the Future

Released back in December 2010, Telltale Games’ Back to the Future is finally set to release on Xbox One.

Its release comes on year of the film’s 30th anniversary, the game itself is set six months after the events of the third film with Marty going back to 1931 after the DeLorean returns to Hill Valley without a driver.

The game features updated voice work, exclusive content and will release in North America on October 13th and in Europe on October 16th.

Lego® Dimensions story trailer released

LD_GameplayScreen_137_bmp_jpgcopyWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released the story trailer for
LEGO® Dimensions™, the upcoming entertainment experience that merges physical LEGO® brick building with interactive console game play.  The game features an original story that combines characters and worlds from 14 of the most popular entertainment brands including DC Comics™, The Lord of the Rings™, TheLEGO® Movie, The Wizard of Oz™, LEGO®  Ninjago, Back to the Future™, Scooby-Doo™, LEGO® Chima™, Doctor Who, Jurassic World,Ghostbusters™, The Simpsons™, Portal™ and Midway Arcade.

In the game, there is an ancient planet at the centre of the LEGO® Multiverse inhabited by an evil mastermind, Lord Vortech. It is said that he who controls the Foundational Elements that this planet is built upon, controls all of the Multiverse. Lord Vortech has vowed to be that ruler, summoning characters from a variety of LEGO® worlds to help him find these building bricks of LEGO® civilisation. Some have agreed, others have rebelled, and only the combined powers of the greatest LEGO® heroes can stop him.

When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various LEGO worlds, different characters from DC Comics™, The Lord of the Rings™ and The LEGO® Movie are swept away. To save their friends, LEGO® Batman™, LEGO® Gandalf and LEGO® Wyldstyle journey to locations beyond their wildest imaginations, and they soon realise that Lord Vortech is summoning villains from across different LEGO® worlds to help him gain control. As his power grows, worlds mix, unexpected characters meet and all boundaries are broken. Our heroes must travel through space and time to rescue their friends before the vortexes destroy all of LEGO® humanity.

LEGO® Dimensions will be Launching 29th September this year.

 

 

King’s Quest – Developer Diary

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The first chapter of King’s Quest is expected to arrive later this year as a digital download for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 and in preparation Sierra today released a new developer diary. Titled Voicing a Modern Classic, this video reveals the headlining talent at the heart of bringing to life The Odd Gentlemen’s bold re-imagining of one of gaming’s most memorable franchises. The game will feature the same exciting blend of exploration, puzzles and wit fans of the series grew up with.

Christopher Lloyd famous for performances in Back to the Future, The Addams Family and Who Framed Roger Rabbit stars as the elder King Graham. Josh Keaton (Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man animated TV series) plays the young Sir Graham. Playing King Graham’s inquisitive granddaughter, Gwendolyn, Maggie Elizabeth Jones is an up-and-coming young actress best-known for her work in We Bought a Zoo.

They will be joined by a thrilling vocal cast that includes Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride, Toy Story), Tom Kenny (Adventure Time, SpongeBob SquarePants) and Zelda Williams (The Legend of Korra) along with Michael Benyaer, Loretta Devine, Gideon Emery, Jean Gilpin, Michael Gough, Andy Pessoa, Kevin Michael Richardson, Kath Soucie, Fred Tatasciore, Richard White and Michael-Leon Wooley.