Game Review: Life is Strange (Episode 4 & 5)



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 – August 14th, 2015 。Episode 5: Polarized – October 21st, 2015 。

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Episode 4: Dark Room

Life is strange Episode 4, is the most heart breaking episode in the series. Like I mentioned in the previous life is strange post, I was hoping that Max wouldn’t mess with the time, in order to avoid a time paradox. Though apparently that’s how the story goes. When Max changed something in the past the consequences were sever and she had to make some tough decisions. After that Max undo the change she made in Episode 3 thank god for that and look for Rachel with Chloe again. By the end of Episode 4 Max and Chloe mange to find Rachel, however the most heartbreaking and shocking thing happens. I hated life is strange after finishing that episode, and I couldn’t sleep that night. It was that bad…

Episode 5: Polarized

I was still loathing the series but I had to see how they would end this game. Episode 5 was all over the place, you will already find out who’s the bad guy in episode 4. Though in episode 5 you’ll see how messed up that person is. Max almost reaches her breaking point in episode 5 and finally starts to express some emotions. I believe that was the highlight of the episode. Also from episode 4 actually, your actions start to have serious consequences. So everything you do counts. The game has two endings a good ending and a bad ending. You get to decide how to end the story. You can also decide if Max and warren should be together or not. Personally I believe that Max is in love with Chloe. Thus all my decisions in the game were based on that theory. ;p

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In all honesty I enjoyed the game. I mean its not everyday that you come across a game that makes you mad, makes you laugh, makes you cry and makes you happy. I highly recommend this game. Its better than any movie or game you’ll come across.

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