IGN Review of Back to the Future Ep 4: Double Visions
The last time I reviewed a Back to the Future: The Game episode was the first time I felt developer Telltale Games left me wanting in the wrong way. Sadly, Back to the Future: The Game -- Episode 4: Double Visions continues that trend as players take Marty from the Orwellian present back to Doc's Prohibition Era youth.
The story so far goes like this: Telltale decided to make a point and click adventure game based in the Back to the Future universe -- it's basically the fourth movie. Doc was stuck in the past, Marty saved him, but the pair mucked up the timeline and have been trying to fix it ever since. You play as Marty, and you'll have a bunch of items in your inventory so that you can interact with different people in different ways.
I was disappointed with Episode 3's inconclusive ending, but I'm disappointed with Episode 4 because, well, it's a bit boring. The overall story is still interesting and the dialogue is clever, but the action is missing. Previous episodes had me battling people in guitar duels, chasing police with young Doc's rocket bike, and toying with a drunk's emotions. Back to the Future: The Game -- Episode 4: Double Visions just asks me to do a bunch of fetch quests. Get this, ask this, find this -- I lost the feeling of being Marty and instead felt like I was simply playing an adventure game.
I'm not saying that the previous installments didn't have me getting object X for person Y, but here, it's pretty much the only thing to do. Usually, I'm running around the clock tower and Hill Valley at large, but this episode stalls and stays on the lawn of a science exposition and in young Doc's lab. By the time the credits rolled, I really felt like I hadn't done all that much or moved the plot too far along. Plus, I had to be really mean in the end and that didn't make me feel like a good guy. I really didn't dig Marty at that moment.
The standbys are here, though. The voice acting is awesome, and the visuals are crisp and colorful. I just felt like this was a filler episode before the finale.