4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Like going back in time,
This review is from: Back to the Future: The Game (PS3) (Video Game)
I can understand why some reviewers might give this game less stars and why it might not appeal to all gamers. But I feel like this game needs to be given the credit it deserves, so I decided to write this review.
Games based on movies are always a bit hit and miss. Some really do have what it takes to distinguish themselves as original games, appropriately following on the movie legend. It has to be said that Back to the future the game is definitely one of those that has made it. Where a lot of movie games often deviate from story legend, alter character personalities (and maybe employ voice actors that sound nothing like the original actors) and explore an often more outrageous plot lines, Back to the future adopts none of these offenses. Unless you read the credits, you would have no idea that Michael J Fox does not do the voice of Marty McFly. In fact, when you hear Michael J Fox do the voice of his future self at the end of the game, you realise that the voice actor sounds more like Michael J Fox than Michael J Fox does! Thankfully they managed to get Christopher Lloyd to do the voice of Doc and the actor who played Jennifer in the first movie to also do the voice of Jennifer. Right from the beginning the game clearly keeps alive most of the sound and visual elements of the movie.
The design of the credits, the music, the sound effects and the locations are all almost identical to the movies, including perpetual references and screenshots of scenes reminiscent of the movies. It keeps the movie legend alive, while not relying solely on rehashing old material, but by still keeping it fresh and original.
Each episode felt as though it was just the right length, and the puzzles, while not Darth Vader hard, still required some thought and time to work out. Sadly if you can't figure out a puzzle you just have to press triangle and it pretty much gives you the answer. But that's up to the gamers discretion depending on whether you want a challenge or not. I can understand why they did it in this day and age when mindless quick fix games are ruling the market and obliterating people's attention spans and patience. Its a catch 22 situation when it comes to making a game great, or to reach a larger target audience. Fortunately with it being a game of a trilogy of films that were made over 20 years ago, the target audience should be a more mature selection of people who come from a time when point and click adventures were the pinnacle of gaming and games were actually challenging to the mind.
The story progresses at a steady pace, providing you don't get too stuck on the puzzles. By the end of each episode I'm wanting to carry on immediately to find out what's going to happen next. While the 1930's wasn't the most interesting era for me personally, I could see how any other era wouldn't have fit in with the storyline at all. Its clear that original writers/producers were involved because the story really does feel like it should have been part of the original movies. Apparently some of the concepts were planned for the second movie.
The graphics aren't amazing, but the more you play the more they become aesthetically pleasing. Most of the time locations from the original movies are incredibly accurate and easily recognisable (except the main square seems a lot smaller in the game!). The characters look a lot like the original actors, and the over animation of the faces often makes it clear what's going on in the minds of the characters. The scripts, humour and choices the player is given are all fantastic elements of this game, making it potentially replayable, especially if you wanted to watch the trilogy and then finish off with the game. Its no Mass effect or Skyrim in terms of your choices affecting the storyline, but occasionally they may lead to a hidden trophy or two.
Overall I enjoyed this game thoroughly and as a fan of the movies I can confidently say that I wasn't disappointed by anything. My only gripe is that they didn't get the original voice actor for Biff, but Kid Beyond does a reasonably decent job. If you're looking for a good game that requires some thought and rewards the player with an original and gripping storyline, then I would seriously recommend this game.