Will there be a #2? I’ve no idea. But for now here’s a collection of some games I saw at E3 2011 and the accompanying thoughts. Below you can find The Old Republic, Telltale’s latest crop, and Codies’ F1 2011.
RPS Feature More games than you can look at (which is three)
Lord Jimothy! Johncharlesfrederickathon! Kierovington IV! Quintin! It is I, Alexander Granville Cuthbert Meershire, Earl of Rotheringhampton-under-Thames. Quickly, come hither to me. Something most odd has occured. Some manner of iron box, mounted somehow upon four wheels and adorned with walls of glass, has arrived outside the stables. It is a fearsome thing, bellowing smoke and malodour. As I approach, its side lifted upwards, like the wing of a gull. All manner of unearthly lights are visible within, behind which is a chair of comfort such as I have never even dreamed. Should I… should I enter this machine, if machine it indeed be? There are switches, levers, pedals. As an inquiring mind of Her Majesty’s Elite Journalism Corps, I feel I must explore further. I shall just press this and….
Not only is episode 2 of Telltale’s Back To The Future out today, but there’s also confirmation that they are indeed working on a game based on the comic/TV show The Walking Dead. The super-glum series focuses on the lives of a group of survivors post-zombie apocalypse, and seems like yet another unlikely choice for the episodic point-n-clickers. Telltale have confirmed a multi-year, multi-platform development deal, made in collaboration with Robert Kirkman. The first installment is due by the end of the year. A brief interview with Kirkman on IGN yields no other information about the game, other than that it will be episodic. Meanwhile, you can find the new BTTF trailer below.
Happy one-digit calendar change, everyone. I’ve been exploring more dramatic date-tweaking, thanks to Telltale’s surprise jump-starting of Reaganite blockbuster Back To The Future. Reborn as a point and click adventure, it’s been fluxing a fair few 80s-children’s capacitors with a drip-feed of teasing art and videos. Episode 1: It’s About Time landed just before Christmas, and I took a few hours out of a steady diet of booze, cheese and vegetarian turkey substitutes to join its voyage to pop culture’s past…
Great Scott! The first episode of what’s arguably Telltale’s most anticipated-ever adventure game has landed. TT have pulled their usual trick of only letting folk buy the entire series (5 episodes, $25) at launch, but I don’t need to consult a 1950-2000 sports almanac to be fairly sure they’ll distill it down to individual episodes and hopefully a few demos in the months to come.
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Telltale have dropped a fat update onto the official Back to the Future site, with hot new details on each of the five upcoming episodes, plus voice acting samples from the game’s cast including Christopher “Oh My God It’s Christopher Lloyd” Lloyd. I wasn’t taking too much of an interest in this game previously as I like point’n’click games almost as much as I like eating fiberglass insulation, but hearing Lloyd’s voice has made me come over all conflicted. Hmm. One piece of information that did confuse me was that the synopsis all imply you’ll be doing a lot of time travelling back to the 80s, until I realised that the game’s present is the 80s. Obviously.
You know, I think the more confusing this game is, the more I’ll like it.
First we had news of Telltale’s Back To The Future adventure game. Then, we had pictures. Today, we have… moving pictures. What will come next? Nothing, I think. We’re at the top of the tech tree, gentlemen. It can’t get any better than this. Watch the eerily expressive eyes of Marty McFly after the break. The break… to the future!
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Telltale really does have a gift for picking up licenses people are craving for. Sam & Max, Monkey Island, and now Back To The Future. And they’re not going in alone. As the making of videos below show, they’ve got co-creator Bob Gale involved with the project. And as we’ve seen before, Christopher Lloyd is on board to provide his all important voice. Michael J Fox won’t be providing his voice, but has given permission for his likeness to be used. And so they set about casting a sound-alike. You can see all this below.
Courtesy of the PC games powerhouse that is USA Today comes the first solid details of the previously reported Telltale Back To The Future Games. It’s another seasons-worth-of-five-episodes model, apparently done in collaboration of screenwriter of the movies Bob Gale. It has the likenesses of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, and Lloyd doing the voice of Doc Brown. It’ll feature the DeLorean, set in Hill Valley and the time-periods included will include 1985. Note the implication. “Includes”. As in, there are others. THERE WILL BE TIME TRAVEL IN THE BACK TO THE FUTURE GAME! High fives all round!
News breaks that Telltale have signed up the licences for Jurassic Park (mildly excited) and Back To the Future (VERY EXCITED INDEED). Not much to say yet, except they’ll be out in Winter and Ste Curran spent most of the early 00s hanging around in Bath Night Clubs saying “I Like It When Biff Gets His Head Stuck In the Manure… he tries to get McFly, but McFly is too quick for him!”. I have no idea if this was a reference or not, but I still find it funny. Let’s hope that the games are better than the first Back to the Future on the Spectrum…
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I remember being very pleased the time I found a Delorean mod for GTA Vice City. That lovely car, upward opening doors, very cute. It was as nothing compared to this mod for Crysis that Lewie points out to us – all that Back To The Future detail. You can time travel in it! (To the opposite time of day, but you know, it’s still time travel.) Check out the video below.