It feels like it was just yesterday when Telltale announced their Back to the Future episodic series that led me to nothing but anger. Back to the Future II was the movie that got me into the science fiction movie genre. I was 9 when I saw it in 2003. When it was said that the series would take place after Back to the Future III, I was quite relieved. Then when Episode I landed on the PlayStation Network, there was nothing but satisfaction. Does Episode 2 out do its predecessor? Let’s find out
Back to the Future Episode 2 picks up exactly where Episode 1 left off with Marty fading out of existence. Episode 1 was undoubtedly enjoyable, but it was a bit slow paced. As soon as Episode 2 kicks off, s*** had already hit the fan. You have travel one day back in time to prevent your grandfather’s death, avoid your other self and staying out of Tannen’s sight.
Episode 2 is much more diverse than Ep. 1 and that’s what makes it awesome. You meet interesting, new characters yet it still gives that Back to the Future feel that was felt almost 30 years ago. While the setting is the same for the most part, Telltale worked their magic to make this old setting feel new. There are a few new areas, such as an apartment, an alley way or inside the speakeasy itself.
While the puzzles are still fun, sometimes they can seem a bit simple and doesn’t give off much of a challenge. Lip syncing could use some work and there are still a few errors in the subtitles, though they appear less frequently than they did in Episode 1. In two instances of the game, the camera was too close on Marty and made it difficult for me to look around.
- Better than Episode 1 in terms of plot
- Breaking “movie video game adaption” curse one episode at a time
- The music is still great
- Puzzles are entertaining
- Characters still look awesome
- Episode 3 looks even better
- It’ll take you an hour and a half to complete this episode
- Graphics can be a little more sharp
- Lip sync issues
- Subtitle issues