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Back to the Future trailer feels like the start of the fourth movie. Enough said

Okay, maybe not enough. I do get paid to do this, after all.

Basically, the first trailer for Telltale’s Back to the Future adventure game series has hit, and it’s a stunner. It’s not just the uber-authentic voice acting, by Christopher Lloyd and a Marty McFly sound-a-like so accurate that Michael J. Fox might as well sign over the rights to his own identity. It’s not just the opening plot details, which could have been lifted straight out of the original trilogy. As much as all that, in fact probably moreso, it’s the way the tight pacing and brilliantly authentic use of the original soundtrack's cues immediately make this feel like a 100% genuine piece of the trilogy.

Goosebumps, anyone?

So, it’s six months after the original trilogy. Marty is trying to stop the Doc’s life’s work being yoinked by the bailiffs and ol’ crazy-eyes himself is in the slammer (possibly still in the old west) and in need of rescue. Straight away, the relationship between the two is re-established, and the personal dynamic is spot-on. Good Lord, I’ve missed these guys.

Interesting that the DeLorean makes such a rapid appearance too. Obviously a BttF game without The Coolest Car In Cinema History (barring ECTO-1, of course) would be no BttF game at all, but following its destruction at the end of Part III, I’ll be very interested to see how the Doc has brought it back. I’m hoping for some ludicrously convoluted and imaginative but totally-logical-when-you-think-about-it multi-stacked timeline malarkey, as is BttF’s calling card. And I can’t wait to see how it pans out. The train has to be involved somewhere along the line though, surely.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be absent-mindedly humming the Back to the Future theme tune for the rest of the day, no doubt with a happy tear in my eye. Feel free to occupy yourselves by watching this the last of these behind the scenes videos while doing similar.

15 comments

  • Ben_Reillys_Ghost - December 7, 2010 12:13 p.m.

    The trailer is still easy to find on the telltale website or youtube. And it is beautiful. Makes me pop a little nerd boner
  • shyfonzie - December 6, 2010 6:49 a.m.

    Badass Mega Man II poster in the last vid.
  • MassSaber - December 4, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    God I hope they do an XBLA release but since were still waiting for the other Sam & Max episodes it feels kinda unlikely
  • AGENTJORRRG - December 4, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    God damnit, Viacom! What is this coming out for?
  • Spocksjock - December 4, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34ss1OKSEr0 I love the trailer here's an analysis of it. Thingy lol.
  • Letter11 - December 3, 2010 10:06 p.m.

    I'm completely blown away by how much that voice actor sounds like Michael J. Fox! This is looking great.
  • MrDuracraft - December 3, 2010 8:39 p.m.

    Fuck you Viacom. I thought Google already kicked your ass. OT: <3 the trailer, but the mouth movement is really stiff and doesn't match up that well.
  • Kage_No_Shi - December 3, 2010 8:02 p.m.

    Trailer was ok, but it was a letdown from what the comments here suggested it would be. Still, I get the first episode free, so if the game is fun, I'll get the rest, to be sure.
  • Larinah - December 3, 2010 7:35 p.m.

    The trailer was blocked on youtube but not on the actual website. The trailer is here: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/exclusive-debut-back-to-the/708065 It's short but it makes me want this so so so so much more... Also, whoever they got to do Marty's voice really does do it very well. You can barely even tell it's not MJF.
  • db1331 - December 3, 2010 6:46 p.m.

    You got me there, Dave.
  • vigilant - December 3, 2010 6:13 p.m.

    They've blocked the trailer on copyright grounds :'(
  • NotBraze - December 3, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    That looks fantastic! I've never been able to really get into one of Telltale's games before, but I do love the Back to the Future series something fierce. I'll definitely be giving this a try come December.
  • FoxdenRacing - December 3, 2010 5:06 p.m.

    Good while it lasted, but it looks like Viacom has their panties in a wad about someone wanting to reinvigorate a beloved but under-the-radar franchise and in turn make them money. The trailer [top video] has been fed a takedown notice.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - December 3, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    But BttF could conceivably combine the two.
  • db1331 - December 3, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    This looks good for sure, but I am really dying to see what they do with the Jurassic Park license. Dinosaurs > time travel.

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