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With the encouragement of Secret Fawful, I am posting this here. Please hold back the flaming darts if a thread on this subject has already been posted, but I wanted to share some episode ideas, and would love to hear some other ideas from the community, as well.

This idea came about while chatting with SHODANFreeman on Raptr the other night: Doctor Emmett L. Brown has rebuilt and re-engineered his DeLoreon Time Vehicle. Not only can it travel through time, but now, it can travel through space, as well! In the exciting first episode of Back to the Future: The Game, Marty McFly becomes the first test subject to a new breed of time travel when he is sent back to the year 4 BC. Shortly after witnessing the birth of Christ, he is mistaken for "the Messiah," and using instruments from his own time, must perform would-be miracles for the captivated populace. Find out more when "Back to the Future: Episode 1: Christmas is Canceled" arrives this Winter!

Some of the instruments that Marty might use include: hover board to perform walking on water, or if it does not have adequate power, hover shoes from the year 2025 AD. Modern Medicine to perform the healing of a sick person (resurrecting the dead might be a bit far fetched).

I could totally see this playing into future episodes, too. Say, Marty's effects on the past cause the Church of McFly to be founded. A church which features murals of Marty and the time traveling DeLoreon. It could be a nod to the obsessive fans that treat Back to the Future as if it were a religion, or something.

Here are a few other episode titles, which may inspire a few ideas:

Episode 2: How I Swiped Thomas Jefferson's Autograph (1776 AD)
Episode 3: Roman Holiday (509 BC)
Episode 4: Post-Apocalyptic Times at Hill Valley High* (2085 AD)
Episode 5: Erasing Episode 1: Christmas is Canceled

Expanding on that Roman Holiday idea a bit: One of Marty's ancestors could be a royal adviser to the King of Rome, and who do you think would be the King? An ancestor of Biff, of course. He was so incompetent that he needed a royal adviser at his side at all times. Marty's Ancestor: "I'll have those battle plans drawn up by tomorrow morning, Sire." Biff's Ancestor: "Okay, not too early, though, I sleep in on Sunday!"

* Post-Apocalyptic Times at Hill Valley High is a nod to Fast Times at Ridgemont High, if you couldn't tell.

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  • Well, believe it or not, I am not a religious person, either. I just found the concept of Marty being mistaken for a Messianic figure to be amusing. After witnessing the arrival of the DeLoreon with a bright flash, townspeople would be willing to instantly drop everything that they were doing before, and mindlessly follow Marty, who would constantly deny his divinity. Secret Fawful told me that a similar story played out in Monty Python's The Life of Brian. I guess that I should check that one out sometime.

    You realize something is wrong with this story, right ?

    People had NO IDEA what Jesus was at first. HE made miracles so they followed him.

    They weren't waiting for him. They won't expect Marty to "walk on the water" ... Marty would have to willingly take Jesus' place and follow his path (that he knew from the bible) for this story to be coherent...

    I believe it's too much.

    Also, since it's not a shooter nor a space opera, anything involving space will obviously either be boring to death, either involve aliens. I refuse any of those two options.

    Why can't we keep it to time travel ? The concept is rich enough, in my opinion.

  • That must be why people traveled from all over to bestow gifts upon a random baby for no reason. Seriously though, lighten up, dude. This is just a thread for fun ideas they could do with the new game. No need to take it all so seriously.

  • @Strayth said: You realize something is wrong with this story, right ?


    Mmmkay. I didn't come here to nitpick with people. This is why I don't post around these parts very often anymore.

    @Strayth said: Also, since it's not a shooter nor a space opera, anything involving space will obviously either be boring to death, either involve aliens. I refuse any of those two options.


    When I said time and space, I meant that the DeLoreon can now jump from, say, Hill Valley to Rome, not travel through outer space. I realized that it would be impossible for Marty and Doc to witness the birth of Christ, or the signing of the The Declaration of Independence without this.

    Jesus Christ, Doc, you disintegrated Einstein this thread.

  • @Secret Fawful said: It's a complete conversation from Monty Python's Life of Brian. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is a famous song from that movie too. It's not serious.

    Ah. I'm like the one nerd on the face of the earth who's not a Python fan. :(

  • Don't sweat it; I wasn't for a long time either, I only recently got into it. I know plenty of people who've never seen the movies either, but yeah, I just wanted to clarify. :)

    Oh, and this topic reminds me of this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJKye7J3-54

  • I hope that while time traveling, they encounter some mariachis singing a birthday song.

  • Oh! That gives me another idea, and one that, hopefully, fewer people will debate. Okay, Back to the Future Part II showed us that alternate realities can exist within the Back to the Future universe, and that they can also be undone. What if the overarching plot of the game focused on an evil time traveler (similar to the evil leaper from Quantum Leap) who was fu-screwing things up all throughout history. This is where Marty and Doc come in. Using the DeLoreon, they must go back, find out what went wrong, and attempt to preserve the timeline. I think that this would work well for A game, anyway.

    Fleshing this idea out a little, let us say that the evil time traveler somehow managed to change the outcome of historical battles (Battle of Waterloo, American Civil War, World War I/II?), and/or stole important artifacts (The Declaration of Independence, Duke Nukem Forever, Doc's Flux Capacitor Blueprints?). It would be up to Marty and Doc to piece together the clues, retrieve missing items (if there are any), and return them to their respective time periods. A bit on the educational side, sure, but I like it. Plus, I played the Carmen Sandiego games a lot as a kid. Those were technically adventure games, right? Perhaps Day of the Tentacle would be a better example. 1/3 of that game took place in Colonial America, and at least a few puzzles revolved around knowing a thing or two about Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.

    I can see how the ideas that I have presented here would be a challenge for most any other medium, though, but that is beside the point. I created this thread just for fun, and I still welcome other episode ideas (if anyone may have any).

  • Hi everyone! I am very glad that this happened and am glad that this project gave the telltale games!
    I would like to offer their ideas for games:
    1) Realistic graphics in gta4, mafia2, crysis or better! : D
    2) Genre: Action (3rd Person) / Racing / Adventure
    3) Story: The game follows the plot of three films and then will be released by DLS plots comics or cartoons or ...
    4) characters in the game as all the actors in the film
    5) Well, you probably understand that the music also plays a big role ...

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    PS - Thank you! Forgive me for my English, I translated the text into Google! LOL: D

  • I'm kind of surprised this topic hasn't been revived, since we know so much more info about the game since the last post. Anyway...

    I think one of the episodes may revolve around Marty's fateful first meeting with Doc, and it being prevented somehow. Then, Marty has to make sure that he and Doc meet and become friends. Kind of a twist on the plot of the first movie, but about one of the most monumental events in BTTF mythology. Telltale has said they want to use the game to explore some of the things fans have always wanted to know about the BTTF characters, and I can't think of anything I'd want to know about more than how Marty and Doc met.

  • @markeres said: I'm kind of surprised this topic hasn't been revived, since we know so much more info about the game since the last post. Anyway...


    It has something to do with the controversial nature of my original post, I think. I tried to turn the thread around with some different ideas (and encouraged others to post their own), but that did not work, so finally, I just whipped out one of these.

    t10neuralizer.jpg@markeres said: I think one of the episodes may revolve around Marty's fateful first meeting with Doc, and it being prevented somehow...
    I second that. It would be great to see how they first met. I believe that Doc hired Marty to clean up around his lab. Perhaps Doc put out an ad in the paper, and Marty was the first to respond?

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