Game: Back to the Future The Game Episode 2: Get Tannen
Genre: Point and Click Adventure
System: Playstation 3
Review By: MrB4
Wow, I’ve never really reviewed multiple games in a series before, this is going to be a challenge. In case you are wondering what the hell is going on let me explain it to you. Back to The Future: The Game is a five episode game, and we are now going to talk about the second episode of the series, which is called Get Tannen. Instead of going on and on about how great this game looks, sounds, and plays each time, I figured it would be more fun to highlight the important points, and then move on to the next episode. So let’s find out what’s going on.
Story: A fair warning to anyone who has not played episode 1 yet, this section will contain massive spoilers, so if you haven’t finished it, go do that now, and then come back. After rescuing doc from prison, Marty’s body starts to disappear, and they find out that in the town newspaper that his grandfather, Arthur Mcfly, was murdered by the Tannen gang, and now they have to back to just a little time before this event took place in order to correct the timeline. Once Arthur has been rescued, the two return home to find out that the Tannen family has become one of the biggest gangs in Hill Valley. Marty is attacked by them, and Doc comes to the rescue at the last moment, and now they have to go back in time again to make sure the leader of the gang, Kid Tannen, goes to jail for all of the crimes he has comitted.
What a mouthful huh?, it almost reminds me of the second movie in some ways, and that’s probably why I enjoyed this particular part of the adventure so much, because not only is there a new problem to solve, but there is also the issue of making sure current events don’t become tampered with as well. It makes for some very exciting moments, and ends on a cliffhanger that will make anybody go to the next episode to see what happens next almost instantly.
Graphics: Not much has changed as far as this category goes, so let’s just talk about the new location, the speakeasy, and my impressions of it. This is a bar that is a pivotal location that comes into play in a big way (hey that rhymed) at the end of this chapter. Capturing the true essence of what a place like this would look like in the 1930’s is something that I thought the creators did such a good job with. All of the mobsters are in authentic gangster suits, there is a girl singer who can change the entire mood of the room based on what songs she sings, and the caricatures of the people that the gang apprehended, in some kind of sick way, made me chuckle a little bit.
Gameplay: The difficulty of each puzzle hasn’t really been amped up too much in this episode, but there were a couple of times in which I found myself screaming at my tv screen, only to find out later on that the situation was easy to figure out in the first place. What could have been a simple game of rhyming words to get into the speakeasy, turned into me giving the wrong answer every single time. Thank god the wrong responses were funny to listen to, because missing over and over again did start to wear on my patience after awhile. Another frustrating part was trying to figure out how to access the secret exit that Biff uses to go out and find who is messing with his bar. I still cannot believe that looking at one particular piece of information could change the entire course of events in the game, but as far as the world of Back To The Future is concerned, this is familiar territory.
Sound: Here are some of my favorite quotes, and or moments from episode 2. When Marty interacts with the microphone in the speakeasy, and starts to sing a little bit of Johnny B. Goode, that was just downright hilarious. Arthur gets in a good line after Doc says “We still have this loose end to tie up” , he replies with “No, don’t tie me up again”, which had nothing to do with that particular discussion, and that’s why it was so funny to listen to. And finally, as Officer Parker is explaining to Kid Tannen the reasons why he is being arrested, out of nowhere he says “and for smelling like crap”, which if you have watched these movies before, should explain exactly why moments like these are so fun to watch.
Wishes or Changes: Nothing, sorry, finding a fault here is hard to do. If I had to nitpick at anything in particular, it would have to be the fact that sometimes the camera can have a mind of it’s own when choosing a specific action, but to be totally honest, i got the hang of it after while anyway.
TQ Bottom Line: More than likely if you enjoyed the first, then you will probably pick up the rest of the series as well, and since you get them for twenty bucks altogether, there is really no reason not to buy all of them right now.
Final Score: 4 out of 5 Michelas!
Back to the Future Episode 2: Get Tannen
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games