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Originally Posted by RMJ1984
Its kinda sad, there wasnt put more work into going back in time. i mean like actually sitting in the delorean, punching in the numbers, then driving up to 88mph. A huge missed chance, but again, its probably because of engine limitations i would imagine.
I really hope they are working on some Next Gen tech.
The engine is the same that powers The Walking Dead (albeit an improved version), so it's not an engine limitation. In this case, it's definitely a game play limitation (for instance they did have driving in Sam & Max, so it's technically possible). They skewered the game play towards the really casual and tried to keep things as simple as possible.
I'm actually not really sure what benefit you could get from driving the DeLorean up to 88 yourself since it would add too much to the game without much reward (driving straight until you hit 88 really doesn't seem like it would add much to a game that's all about story, and honestly, it would make for a pretty tedious mini-game if you had to drive it manually every single time you time jumped).
However, I definitely agree with you though that actually entering the dates could be really fun. It reminds me of the old Bill and Ted game for PC where you entered the dates and there were some fun places to go outside of the regular path if you entered the unused dates from the manual. Though, in that game they used the "call could not be completed" line to show a date that you couldn't go to and it worked since the time machine is a phone booth. I'm not sure what kind of similar thing Telltale could do if you entered the wrong date, since the DeLorean should be able to take you to whatever time period you want (at least from 0 AD to 9999 AD), and the game can't reasonably be expected to do that.