Game Review: Life is Strange (Episode 1-3)



Life Is Strange is a five part episodic game that sets out to revolutionise story based choice and consequence games by allowing the player to rewind time and affect the past, present and future.

You are Max, a photography senior who saves her old friend Chloe by discovering she can rewind time. The pair soon find themselves exposed to the darker side of Arcadia Bay as they uncover the disturbing truth behind the sudden disappearance of a fellow student.

Meanwhile, Max begins to have premonitions as she struggles to understand the implications of her power. She must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.

General Information:

Genre: Graphic Adventure
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
ESRB: M – Mature
Release Date: Episode 1: Chrysalis – January 30th, 2015 。Episode 2: Out of Time – March 24th, 2015 。Episode 3: Chaos Theory – May 19th, 2015 。Episode 4: Dark Room – July 7-14th, 2015 。Episode 5: Polarized – August 25th-September 1st, 2015 。

Episode 1: Chrysalis

Life is Strange Episode 1, was a strong beginning to the series. It was an interesting way to unravel Max’s story. However it was a but confusing for me as I didn’t know the characters, and had to guess how Max should react. I know that there is technically no wrong answer… but I felt like Max had a certain image she needed to maintain. I adore Chloe, she the only reason I thought about getting the game to begin with, I like that episode 1 was as much about her as it was about Max. I also enjoyed discovering new things about Chloe. Like how she and Rachel know each other.

Episode 2: Out of Time

Life is Strange Episode 2, Started with a fun atmosphere. Sadly that changed once we met Frank. The story became very hectic.Chloe almost died twice. Kate is acting suicidal. Somethings about Rachel, get discovered. Also everyone suddenly becomes suspicious. I also noticed how much of a sweetheart Warren was in episode two. Episode 2 ending depends on whether or not you manage to save Kate.

Episode 3: Chaos Theory

The most awesome thing in episode 3 is that Max’s powers develop. You can do awesome stuff with them and pretty stupid stuff. Breaking into the school and using the swimming pool were some of the highlights in this episode. The thing that I disliked though… the lack of options in the episode… like you can only agree or agree on certain events. The ending of the Episode still has me on my toes… cause I really didn’t want to mess with the time paradox. Even though this is how the story goes.

Overall I love life is strange and I cant wait for episode 4.

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