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.
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.
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