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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

McFly! I thought I told you never to come in here!

Over the past two days I have had the immense pleasure of playing the new Back to the Future downloadable game on PS3. As a huge BTTF fan I must say that this is the game all fans of the franchise have been waiting for!
 It isn't easy to mess with the BTTF formula. The three movies are very well rounded and any additional sequels or rewrites tend to create problems (see the Animated series or the BTTF ride). However this game has been able to continue the story of Marty and Doc without feeling contrived or expected. At least that is how it looks right now, but I've only been able to play through the first of five parts. One of the main gems for this game are the voices. Almost every character is spot-on despite Christopher Lloyd being the only original actor to reprise his role. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but let's just say if I didn't know for sure there were other people playing these roles I would have a hard time telling that it isn't them.
 Fortunately this game was produced in conjunction with Bob Gale, one of the producers on the original films and the primary reason BTTF survives today. A few months ago Mr. Gale generously offered up much of his BTTF memorabilia for a charity auction. It has been his dedication to the franchise that has kept BTTF from being corrupted, remade or fooled with over the past twenty-five years. He knows BTTF and he knows what makes a good story. And this game has a good story. There are so many little nuances and inside jokes in this game that dedicated fans will get a lot out of it. That isn't to say that the casual gamer wouldn't enjoy it either, but it is definitely a game for the fans.
 If you like BTTF you need to play this game. Like, right now.

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