Written by Philip
The only reason I tolerate movie based games based off films from the 80's is because they're usually better than the movie tie-ins released for new flicks. The Ghostbusters game a few years back actually wasn't all that bad and created an excuse for you to play through classic Slimer moments. And even more remarkable is that these games aren't accompanying some marketing ploy about the 30th anniversary Blu-ray set. Nope they just seem to spawn from some video game producer catching the movie on a Saturday afternoon on TBS or AMC and thinking, "Huh, I bet I could make that into a B grade video game with a limited audience." And thus it is with Back to the Future: The Game on PSN.
The gameplay is a classic point and click adventure affair. It works for the style they were going for, but the controls are clunky and the fixed camera angles are terrible. You'd think that a short episode of a game would run smooth and the only 2 buttons you use in an entire game would work. Right? Wrong. Delays, awkward character movement and often unresponsive controls really hurt what otherwise could be a fun shoutout game to a beloved franchise. There's no excuse to have such messed up mechanics when Full Throttle (one of my favorite games of all time) had it nailed down and executed perfectly back in 1995. Something as simple as selecting the right item is made annoyingly hard because with the left stick your character is slightly facing 7 different things. A simple inclusion of the D-pad would have fixed all of that.
|Try and navigate towards town hall, I dare you.|
The audio for the game is great. The music from all three movies is used and the writing is done very well so that it feels like these five short stories are meant to be included in the official BttF canon. The voice acting is fun too. Using some of the original cast as voices is what keeps this authentic, including a cameo from Michael J Fox himself in the last chapter. Nostalgia is what keeps this game from being completely irrelevant.
6.1 But only because I love Michael J Fox
That's the power of love! (Dun dun dun Dun dun dun DUUN DUN Do DUN DUN!)
I couldn't resist.
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