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Life Is Strange

30 January 2015
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A high school student in Arcadia Bay, Oregon discovers an ability to reverse time and uses it to alter her decisions in life and the people around her.
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I've never been so genuinely pissed off by a game or its characters more than this one has. Christ ._.
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Metal Gear Solid 2 is one of the most celebrated (and hated) games out there because it took the risk of constantly misleading players, tricking them and often going as far as insulting them. And that's the first element that makes Life is Strange such a great game, it's not afraid of constantly playing with its audience, tricking them tons of red herrings, references and cliches that will inevitably lead them into the wrong direction.

Almost every single major twist in Life is Strange can be predicted from just playing the intro of the first chapter, yet I saw tons of people completely missing the obvious hints and themes, instead looking for crazy and complicated explanations that are just unnecessarily complicated. When a person is too emotionally involved in a game it's pretty hard for them to make any good and logical judgments.

And that's the great success of the game: to make the players really care about this characters, to make feel for them and worry about them like if they were actually human, rather than the cartoonish clichés that they actually are. It only works because the emotions inside of us are real, and we can project ourselves into them. All the sociopolitical commentary, the metaphors, the symbolism and all the time travel nonsense is just secondary.
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Liking things ironically has more merit to it than being a stodgy hipster or fitting in with the absurd, existential humor of the millennial/zoomer generation. Some pieces of media genuinely blur that line between pure enjoyment and being an unintentionally ironic farce. One could argue against something with this specific appeal because of the glaring issues it would fundamentally have, thus negating any of its allure on an objective scale. However, there is something truly marvelous about artistic works with this kind of appeal. How else do you explain why Ed Wood still has a relevant legacy despite his consistently bad filmography? Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is just as revered as any of the Oscar-worthy films that were released the same year, albeit for drastically different reasons. Certainly, bad video games can also inspire the same sort of derisive joy as any other medium. One can appreciate the absurdity of something like Shaq Fu or cackle at the broken mess that is Sonic 06. They say that the opposite of love isn’t hate but rather it’s apathy, and this notion definitely pertains to the glibness of liking objectively bad works of art and entertainment.

Life is Strange is one of these games that I love to hate. Its fans would be appalled at the comparisons I’ve made to some of the most notably bad games to ever exist, but Life is Strange exudes this same quality for me. That being said, Life is Strange is not one of the worst games of all time. It has plenty of objectively good qualities that keep it from swimming in the same abysmal cesspool of disgust and derision like the aforementioned titles. The game has even received plenty of accolades from several gaming outlets. However, Life is Strange is no masterwork. Life is Strange still achieves this sensation of ironic pleasure through means other than mechanical incompetency. Over the past few decades, video games have reached a point of evolution where they now have cinematic elements. Some modern video games give precedence to these newfound cinematic elements to the extent that they seem like interactive movies instead of video games. Because of this, gaming has reached a point where the greater emphasis on cinematics can offer the same kind of unintentionally humorous qualities that come from substandard films. These elements range from bad characters, bad dialogue, and bad story writing, and Life is Strange has all of this in spades.

I vaguely heard promising things about Life is Strange from various sources on the internet and saw that it was free to play on the XBLA marketplace. I did not read the fine print however and discovered that only the first episode of this game was free to play and it would cost me a pretty penny or two to finish the Life is Strange experience. I have my own hangups about episodic gaming because I don’t trust the industry. Developers/publishers might use the episodic format to exploit a loophole of what is considered a finished project. They tend to treat individual episodes as full experiences rather than the parts of a whole one, giving them the convenient opportunity to jump ship whenever is convenient and leave the consumer with an unresolved product. It’s like getting free samples of a food product and finding that what you’ve been eating isn’t available as a full meal. See Half Life 2 and its episodic cliffhanger that Valve never bothered to resolve. Fortunately, Life is Strange was fully complete and divided into five episodes by the time I played it, relieving me of my fear of being blue-balled by a video game company once again. Now I realize that offering the full first episode of Life is Strange as a sample to purchase the whole game was an ideal circumstance. If I didn’t care for the first episode, I would’ve simply saved my money and not bothered. Given what I’ve said about Life is Strange’s poor quality, why did I buy into this bullshit? Initially, there were plenty of elements to Life is Strange that intrigued me to keep playing.

I’m ashamed to admit this, but Life is Strange was also my introduction to the graphic adventure genre. The genre’s golden age defined by the quirky works of LucasArts was before my time, and the subsequent works of their successor Telltale were completely alien to me when I was playing video games as a kid. I first played Life is Strange at the age of 21, a time when I was open to playing a game in a genre where the gameplay consisted of walking around finding clues to puzzles with the occasional NPC conversation. As an entry to the graphic adventure genre, Life is Strange rips its foundation straight from the book of TellTale. Its 3D graphics and textures are heavily stylized, options in conversation make up a sizable portion of the gameplay, and the game’s progression is somewhat determined by the choices the player makes. It’s the industry standard for the modern graphic adventure game, and Life is Strange at least adequately emulates its influences in terms of gameplay. One aspect that is comparatively lackluster to the TellTale games are the visuals. The graphics themselves are appealing as there is a warm sheen to them that helps convey an intentionally ethereal tone. However, the character models move much more rigidly than the characters in any TellTale game. Dontnod, the developers of Life is Strange, were backed by Square Enix on this project, one of the most notable triple-A companies in the industry. There is no excuse as to why Life is Strange shouldn’t be up to par with the fluid character animations of TellTale. Life is Strange is supposed to exude the atmosphere of an indie, “mumblecore” film, not the budget of one.

The unique gameplay mechanic that separates Life is Strange from its graphic adventure contemporaries is the time loop gameplay mechanic. Max, the protagonist of Life is Strange, has the ability to warp back to a certain period of time. In doing this, she alters the chain of events while being the only person who remembers what had occurred before. Her ability is a ripple-effect proof memory trope seen in plenty of science-fiction media. It’s also the mechanic that suckered me into Life is Strange because I am fascinated with any kind of time-travel related fiction and its intriguing tendency to subvert rational physics for the sake of narrative. Max is spontaneously granted these powers without any explanation like Gregor Samsa, so her power’s role in terms of the narrative is simply a plot convenience. Questioning the genesis of Max’s powers will only cause unnecessary confusion for the player. When taking her powers at face value in terms of gameplay, this mechanic is Life is Strange’s killer app. Max can rewind time at most occasions under a certain time constraint, represented by a winding spiral in the top left corner of the screen. The player can use the move at any point, but will often be utilized to solve puzzles and to indecisively change their responses in the interactive dialogue portions. The time mechanic makes the puzzles more interesting and involved, especially compared to when the game imparts fetch quests on the player. Puzzles that incorporate the time bending technique are fairly engaging as they tend to involve multiple steps like dumping paint on Victoria and saving Chloe from being decimated by an incoming train. These puzzles manage to be tactfully executed without deviating from the already finicky rules associated with fictional time travel. Using the mechanic during dialogue options allows the player to pick the best option, implementing a sort of trial and error option to the game.

Life is Strange also makes the wise decision to entice the player initially by starting the game with a crucial scene. The episodic format of Life is Strange gives it the pacing of a miniseries on television. If there is something that separates television from film, it’s the more accommodating pacing involved with telling a story in most television series. Television audiences have lower attention spans than most people, or at least that’s what executives will have you believe. The bursts of exposition confined to a certain time frame allow television to offer quicker payoffs as opposed to the slow burn pacing seen in films. The opening sequence of Life is Strange is what we in the industry (really meaning me) call an “adrenaline hook”. This phrase refers to opening with a high-stakes scene without any context which then makes the audience intrigued and want to fill in the gaps like the very opening scene of Breaking Bad. Max finds herself in a wicked storm on a cliffside hill near a lighthouse. The ominous cyclone in the water lifts a boat out of the water, and Max is crushed by the debris that falls from the lighthouse. She wakes up in a cold sweat in her photography classroom while class is being instructed in a frenzied disbelief that what she just experienced was merely a dream. While this scene is given more context later on and serves as an effective opener, this isn’t the contextless opening scene I was referring to. Life is Strange continues to hook the audience with what is arguably the most pivotal scene in the game. Max runs to the bathroom after her dreadful nightmare as two teenagers of different genders run in arguing about something unbeknownst to them that Max is in there listening to them. The argument gets so heated that the boy pulls out a gun and shoots the girl, leaving her mortally wounded on the bathroom floor. Max realizes that she can use her powers to prevent this from happening as she rewinds time and pulls the fire alarm to prevent the fatality from occurring. One harrowing scene follows another to alarming peril and the player feels as tense and frazzled as Max, hooking them into the plot to put the pieces of what they just witnessed together.

With all of the positives I’ve stated about Life is Strange, why does this game inspire mixed feelings of both awe and contempt, causing a facetious reaction as a result? Well, all of the positive aspects that Life is Strange introduces as early as the first few scenes ultimately crumbles upon itself, both when context to all of the ambiguity is resolved and when the narrative ruins all of the gameplay elements. The core problem with Life is Strange that makes so many of its elements faulty gives it an unintentionally funny appeal is its creative direction and the intended ethos. The game was made in the mid-2010’s and is set around that time as well. One of the most prominent cultural mainstays of that time was the prevailing “hipster” trend among twenty/thiry-something aged millennials. This culture was spurred by many internet outlets and was defined by trends such as introspective, sensitive indie music, pseudo-intellectual savants, being politically savvy, and having a cynical, almost nihilistic disposition on life. Life is Strange is overwrought with all of these characteristics to a hilariously transparent degree. The game is set in the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, a pacific northwest town near the hipster capital of America. Blackwell Academy, the school that Max attends, is a private liberal arts boarding school. Even the douchiest of dudebro jocks here would get in a tizzy over a rape joke. Being that the characters are the same age as me and that I went to a liberal arts college, I am more than familiar with characters like these and have a history of being irritated by their smug auras and general self-righteousness. Does this mean that I have a negative bias against Life is Strange because it conjures up unpleasant memories of being yelled at by girls with short pink hair and piercings about how I’m not allowed to like the movie Ladybird because “women need more representation in films without men adulterating it with their sexist gaze (true story by the way)?” In a way, yes, but I’m not the only detractor of Life is Strange because of this reason. However, the magic of Life is Strange is that it feels as if this game was made for millennials, but not made by millennials. I have a feeling due to all of the unintentionally humorous elements in this game that these writers attempted to capture the youthful experience of a disenfranchised youth, but came up short with their intent.

One of the more ubiquitous elements that make Life is Strange unintentionally hilarious is the dialogue. I don’t know how the dialogue in Life is Strange couldn’t have been hilariously bad. A group of middle-aged Frenchmen in business casual attire sitting at a round table trying to write like a modern, American teenager couldn't have been anything less than a total disaster. While the situation in the introduction is tense, the dialogue between Chloe and Nathan, from the get-go, is rife with malapropisms and awkward “hip” lingo. Chloe’s first line of dialogue refers to her maligned step-dad as “step-ass” and says she wants to talk “bidness”. Later in the game, Nathan tells Max to fuck off by saying “get off my crack, whore”. A favorite of mine that split my sides is during a school party when one inebriated student says he just, “ripped some dank OG bud.” If this game resonated with more millennials as intended, Chloe’s trademark “hella” would have stormed the 2010’s lexicon of vernacular. Oh, and how can we forget Max saying, “ready for the mosh pit, shaka brah?” Is there any need to further explain why these snippets of dialogue can cause nothing but laughter? These lines aren’t spoken by one specific character, but rather the entire cast of teenagers. For better or for worse, this is what older generations think me and my generation speak. In some cases, they aren’t that off the mark. I feel as if slang is more prevalent across the speech of my generation than that of previous ones, but the issue is that it’s too gratuitous here. The characters talk like this even in the most hectic and dire of situations, seemingly unfitting for the scenario. It’s almost as if older generations think younger people are ineloquent to a fault, something I certainly take offense to. As for the voice acting, I suppose the actors did the best they could with the material and direction they were given.

I can almost forgive the haphazardly hip dialogue in Life is Strange only if the characters weren’t also rife with glaring flaws. Max Caulfield is an unassuming young woman with many typical protagonist traits. She’s demure, soft-spoken, constantly has a doleful facial expression, and her wobbly tone of voice sounds like she could turn on the waterworks at any moments. She logs her feelings in a journal on a daily basis, she wears modest clothing, and her main focus in her photography class is taking artistic selfies. She’s Dontnod’s depiction of the modern teenage girl, but there is another element of her role as a protagonist that irks me. Caulfield, her last name, is no coincidence. It’s a direct reference to Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of JD Salinger’s brooding young adult classic, “The Catcher in the Rye.” Max even has a poster of the book’s cover with a legally sanctioned title to make this connection even more overt. The brooding, cynical correlations are fairly clear, but not to the same extent. Holden Caulfield was an inherently unlikeable protagonist whose detailed angst emitted his myriad of flaws. In Life is Strange, the writers seem to want the player to think that Max is a redeemable protagonist by also having her be the Blackwell Academy collective’s de facto therapist. She comes to the aid of seemingly every Blackwell student to solve their problems whether it be keeping their pregnancy scandal under wraps or talking a girl out of suicide. The writers did this to make the player feel like she is a kind, considerate person, but I feel like this contradicts Max’s other characteristics that stem from Holden Caulfield’s general misanthropy. The game should let the player decide whether or not Maxine shall treat her peers with compassion or scorn them, but it’s another way to expose the fact that choice in this game doesn’t really matter. Overall, Max’s intentionally quirky traits that are supposed to make her likable come across as brooding and wince-inducing.

Max’s questionably effective individual role as a protagonist does not compare to the enraging, blood-boiling relationship she has with the game’s deuteragonist. It turns out that the girl whose life Max saves in the bathroom is Chloe, her former best friend who she hasn’t seen in years after moving away during their formative adolescent years. They reconvene after the events earlier that day and Max finds that Chloe has changed quite a bit since they were thirteen. Chloe is now a rambunctious punk who dropped out of Blackwell and sticks her middle finger up at the world screaming “fuck you” at everyone she sees, most notably her Blackwell security guard stepfather David. Personally, I find her punk persona laughable. She vaguely has the punk-rock attitude but then her personal “punk” playlist consists of Bright Eyes and Sparklehorse? Are hardcore kids freebasing heroin to The Smiths these days? Again, this is what middle-aged frenchmen think a punk and their culture is, but that is a nitpick that barely scratches the surface of the problematic character that is Chloe Price. I could write an entire essay about how unlikeable, vexatious, and utterly insufferable Chloe is, but other critics of this game have already beaten me to the punch. How about a highlight reel? Chloe is absolutely irresponsible and ungrateful, leeching off of her poor parents while also screaming obscenities at them. She is impulsive to the extent where it seems like she believes her actions are inconsequential. An altercation with her drug dealer Frank leads to her killing both him and his dog with a gun she waves around like it’s a toy. She’s preposterously selfish and unsympathetic. When Kate Marsh either kills herself or attempts to kill herself depending on the player’s actions, she couldn’t care less as she continues to bellyache about her problems. She’d even steal the money from a handicap fund to extenuate her debt to Frank. All the while, we’re intended to believe that Max and Chloe are the best of friends and this reunion reinvigorates their long lost friendship. Chloe however uses Max and her powers as nothing but a tool for her own self-interest and throws a tantrum wherever Max expresses any concern or objection to Chloe’s ideas. Sounds like a wonderful pair, don’t they?

The main reason for Chloe’s dissent into absolute moral depravity is due to the trauma of losing her dad in a car accident when she was thirteen. Max then discovers that one of her powers is warping to a time and location seen in a photograph. She does this with a photo taken that day and prevents the accident from happening. If anyone is familiar with any fictional time-travel rules, the butterfly effect takes place and the course of history is altered. Max is now one of the popular, preppy girls at Blackwell sitting in the ranks of her once rival Victoria Chase. Chloe is still not a student in this fabricated future, and Max goes to her house to find that she is a wheelchair-bound parapalegic due to another car crash only in this timeline. Here, Chloe is anything but the one we’ve come to know and not love due to being dealt a radically different set of circumstances. Here, Max and Chloe rekindle a believably sweet and substantial relationship until Chloe has Max enact assisted suicide to alleviate her pain. Surprisingly, the death of a character is almost poignant, except for the fact that Max treats this reality as a simulation and travels back to the realm of familiarity where Chloe is a raging thundercunt. She’s relieved to see Chloe with working legs, but the player is anything but glad to see her. The writers had to make Chloe a borderline vegetable who is euthanized to elicit any kind of sympathy for her and make everyone not hate her guts. Does any other sensible person here also find this to be a huge problem?


Other Blackwell students are relatively unique, but many of them are inconsequential to the plot. There’s the pudgy victim of circumstance Alyssa, stoner Justin, resident hot chick Dana, fat school punching bag nerd Daniel, etc. Their frequent occurrences make the school feel lived in, but they are ultimately relegated to the background. Max’s friend Warren is a notable character without any sway, but still has some major precedence due to his embarrassing simping for Max. The (attempted) suicide of timid, good-natured christian girl Kate Marsh is a massive plot point but no matter what the outcome is, she ultimately sits on the same bench in the background of Blackwell, or so to speak. I wish she appeared more after her incident because her predicament is much more sympathetic than Chloe’s ever was. The staff of Blackwell shares the same role as the students with a few exceptions. Mr. Jefferson is Max’s dashing, world-renowned photography teacher who has a dominating presence to the point where it feels like he’s the only teacher at this school. David the security guard and Chloe’s “step-ass,” has a negative dominating presence where we are supposed to believe that he’s the villain. Considering most of his contention is with Chloe, David’s anger is understandable. Then there are Nathan Prescott and Victoria Chase, the clear antagonists of Life is Strange that the players are clearly intended to root against. However, the game makes it a little TOO clear that we’re not supposed to like these preppy Vortex Club members, the “phonies” in Max’s world, by making them so malevolent that it comes off as cartoonish. It’s hard to figure how these two people have organic relationships and can function in society.

The plot of Life is Strange that holds all of these banal and or knotty characters is probably the biggest detriment overall. The hook that drives the player’s interest early in the game progressively gets weighed down by forced plot conveniences. Most of the time Max and Chloe spend with each other is solving the mystery of Rachel Amber, a pretty and popular girl from Blackwell who was Chloe’s best friend in the wake of Max’s absence. Her disappearance correlates with an incident involving Kate Marsh, where Nathan Prescott drugged her at a party and took a video of her acting foolish in an intoxicated stupor. The blowback she gets from her peers and her friends once this video goes viral which escalates to Kate jumping off the roof to kill herself, or attempting to, depending on if Max gives her the right responses. Either or, there is something fishy in Blackwell, and the two “best friends” must get to the bottom of it. Meanwhile, the storm Max envisioned in her dream is a looming threat that might occur and potentially wipe out the town. The duo find disturbing photos of Rachel and Kate drugged together, which affirms their suspicions. They lead this to a creepy studio located in a barn complete with binders on binders of passed out girls and find that Rachel has unfortunately passed away. The plot offers the player a mess of red herrings ranging from David, Frank, Nathan, etc. but none of them are substantial leads. It’s revealed that the perpetrator of all of this is Mr. Jefferson, who kills Chloe and anesthetizes Max. Mr. Jefferson being the killer was very shocking to many people including myself, but I realize that’s only because this reveal doesn’t make sense. What is Mr. Jefferson’s motivation? We don’t know because he doesn’t say, and the player can’t make sense of it through context clues. It’s also unclear exactly what he’s doing when he drugs these girls. He’s taking pictures of them passed out in his studio bunker, but one would think there would be sexual connotations with these actions. Rachel died due to an accidental overdose, so there’s no murderous intent either. Is it a case of the writers being censored or thinking these motives were too gruesome? The game is intended for mature audiences! Mr. Jefferson’s role as the antagonist is confusing as a result.

The final chapter is when the plot implodes on itself to the point of a nonsensical clusterfuck. Max finds herself in Mr. Jefferson’s lair and saves herself by warping to the scene of the selfie she took in his class on the first day. She tells David about Mr. Jefferson and Nathan and they get their comeuppance. In this alternate reality, Max’s artistic selfies are being lauded at a San Francisco galleria. It seems like the ideal timeline, but that monster storm will still blow through Arcadia Bay and wipe out the town. Through a confusing Silent Hill-esque surrealistic nightmare sequence, Max realizes that the only way to prevent the storm is to return to the time before she ever used her powers. She also realizes that preventing the storm also means that Chloe dies as a result. The player should know by now that the disclaimer at the beginning was a flatout lie and player choice doesn’t mean shit, but the ending choice the player has to make for Max is both hilarious and a kick in the teeth. Let’s see: save the moody, selfish, despicable blue-haired uberbitch who uses Max as a tool or save all of the innocent people who don’t deserve to die…it’s such a hard choice! Besides, the developers provide some fanservice with Max kissing Chloe goodbye with some tongue action! Yipee! Anyways, this decision takes Max back to the bathroom on that fateful day. Chloe dies, but it turns out that Nathan and Jefferson were arrested anyhow and there is a funeral service for Chloe. This is by far the best timeline that Max wished to come to, and anyone who says otherwise is full of shit. I’m convinced that the other ending where Max and Chloe drive through the wreckage of the town (how the hell did they survive!?) is seen by people who are on their second playthrough and choose it out of curiosity. From the former choice, I anticipated the same feeling I got from the ending of Majora’s Mask, but all of Life is Strange turned out to be all for not anyways. Max did not need to cause several alternate timelines to build the strength to conquer an enemy; in fact, she didn’t even need to use her powers at all and things would’ve been hunky dory. All of this negates the entire story.
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For the most part, Life is Strange is a competent game that functions well as a graphic adventure title. The time loop mechanic is used well in the gameplay and makes it more accessible for those who aren’t familiar with the graphic adventure genre like I was when I first played it. However, the most vital aspect of a graphic adventure game is not the frills of the special mechanics. The story and characters drive the quality of a graphic adventure game, and Life is Strange fails in this department to an embarrassing degree. This team of frenchmen attempted to make a profound work of art that delved into relevant teenaged subjects like alienation, abuse, and defying authority with The Catcher in the Rye as a primary influence, but the lack of self-awareness turns the whole work into a total farce. How is the player intended to take everything seriously when the plot is full of holes, the characters are problematic, and the entire atmosphere and ethos of the game is overwrought with saccharine melancholy? I don’t, even though most people do because that’s what is intended. Taking Life is Strange seriously results in two reactions. Either people are moved, or people are dumbfounded and pissed off at it. Considering how acclaimed the game became, most people are in the former group, but there has always been a vocal minority in the latter. I’m more in the latter group, but I choose to see Life is Strange for all its positives, for better or for worse. It’s my favorite interactive trainwreck trying to convey mid-2010’s teenage angst.
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Life Is Strange is probably a masterpiece full of flaws. It's one of my favorite walking simulator games and it has one of the most memorable characters and feelings that i had in a game.

Graphically is great, has a paint filter with pencil drawings on everything with a soft pastel palette which gives the game a dreamy and teen vibe overall. It's not very detailed and a lot of the photographs and graphics on the walls look like hand drawings.

The soundtrack is amazing, composed by a lot of indie artists, match the hipster vibe of our protagonist Max and the moody and sad story, it goes incredibly well at all times, really fits every scene in particular and as a whole game scenario.

Voice acting is decent, the timbre of the voices is good but the speech feels sometimes weak. The bad lip-syncing doesn't help at all sadly. You probably gonna find a lot of people who would say that Max has a very questionable voice acting, which is an opinion that i also had in the first episode, but the more you know her, the more than that shy and scared voice becomes essential for her as a character.

Gameplay is very simple, just a point and click mechanic with an interesting time travel feature that makes the game fresher given that u cant take every path the game offers (usually) and unlock some extra dialog. This same feature makes the game impossible to fail, which along with the simplicity of the game as a whole, it becomes one of the most accessibles games out there.

I liked the mystery plot of the story, and how the game focuses on characters, giving a lot of dialogue, reading journals, SMS, and how the environment itself tells you a story every time. You get to know characters directly (by pure dialog) and very indirectly, like by just looking at the scenario.
The main plot, the power of time travel, makes the game very loose to interpretation which in addition to the overall emotional drama, makes it very personal. Although, you should take into consideration that the game will never resolve this and it is their intention. The real main plot is the relationship between Max and Chloe and the death of the last one.
Dialogs are very good for the most part, they are very genuine and representative for which character is speaking and the time and scenario of the game.
Characters are the best part of the game, most of them are very likeable and unique. Max and Chloe are probably two of my favorite characters on a videogame ever, both very different but complementaries. Max makes a great protagonist for a walking simulator given her introspective nature, emotional but very introverted mind with a power that forces her to interact with the world, which, she isn't very good at it, making her very genuine and honest at all times. Her power acts as a second chance for every event that she thought of surpassing her comfort in order to do what she really wanted to, a thing that is very connected to her blame for never answering her best friend that now is dead. Chloe makes the perfect drama character given her tragic nature, loneliness, and rebellious personality, making her very relatable.

The main problem i can find on this game, that it is on every Life of Strange game, and in a lot of these walking sim / interactive story games, is that the end is reduced to a binary choice and that all the choices you choose before that, doesn't matter. In fact, you can play the last chapter and still complete the game. However, i think because of the nature of the main plot and because the choices do matter before the end and are reflected in the world, this game is all about the progress before the ending, and i got a lot of entertainment and emotions during it that i forgot the negativity i felt in the ending.

Overall, i think if you are a person that loves story-driven games, you like emotional dramas and want a very accessible game, Life Is Strange might be the masterpiece that you are looking for, i don't want to spoil anything, but there is at least one episode that makes the game worth it.
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MatiasPauer 2022-03-10T21:51:10Z
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I highly recommend you, if u really liked this game, to play the prequel Before the Storm and the DLC bonus episode Farewell, they are a nice supplementary to the feeling of this game.
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A definição de blasé em forma de jogo eletrônico.
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A flawed masterpiece
Okay look, this game came into my life at a strange time and maybe that will influence my feelings about it. But I don't care. I loved this game. I've become a fan.
Granted, like many other things I love, I have a few issues with it. And this game is certainly flawed but, the positives of the game outweigh the negatives so much, I still love this experience to bits.

First of all, the positives. The game in general runs very smoothly and well. Except for a few odd stutters that were probably more my Xbox's fault, the game is well optimized and playable. For the most part, the game looks nice and is appealing to the eyes. Nothing is too obnoxious to look and it's just a pretty game in general, although some close-up shots look like a mix of wet Play-doh and mud and just take the seriousness out of some scenes. But again, a minor complaint.
The characters are also rather nice for the story. The game really nails the small coastal town vibe. Everyone knows everyone and it feels like an actual community, an actual place instead of the backdrop for the lead protagonists to destroy the fabric of space and time.

And now for the best part of this game for me. The story. Now, in all of these games where gameplay is basically not touched for a big portion of the game, the story needs to be damn near perfect so that the player can actually care about what's happening. And this game nails that... kinda. The story is absolutely insane, to say the least, and that's why sometimes when you step back and look at it, it feels jarring and weird but the game flows with that. It kinda understands that it's wild and makes fun of that well too sometimes. The game is also well written (again, for the most part), and that also really helps with caring for everyone in the story including the main antagonists which while obvious, do have a redemption arc and show true emotion for once instead of being assholes for the sake of being assholes.

I just liked the whole aspect and tough choice of saving a town you love or a person you love and all the struggles and things you need to do to even start thinking of making a final decision. It is heartbreaking to sacrifice Chloe, the game, in general, is very sad but also somewhat life-changing. And if a piece of art is powerful enough to make me cry and change your real-life outlook on some things, I have no choice but to praise it.

The soundtrack for this game is also just... absolutely magical. Each and every song fit the game so well, you'd the whole soundtrack to be made for the game. But no. So many of the songs came out before probably even the conception of this game. Whoever chose the songs for this game needs an absolute raise. The soundtrack is almost on par with something like the Guardians of The Galaxy soundtrack. It's that good. Some of my personal favorites include, Mt. Washington by Local Natives, Mountains by Message to Bears, Obstacles by Syd Matters and Something good by alt-j. And a lot more, the soundtrack just has a lot of great songs.

But now, the negatives. My god, does this game have drawbacks. And it sucks that such a well-made story is bogged down by so many things. Firstly, the gameplay. Its... fine, I suppose but what did I expect from a game where you're you'll be staring at the back of the main character's head the whole time and is story-driven. But at the same time, you can barely consider it a game sometimes. The cutscenes are obnoxiously long but they can be boring at times. And the times the player does get to do something, it feels so minuscule, it's kinda pointless. There aren't even any quick-time events which, while incredibly cliched, would've made the game more interesting to, ya know, actually play. The game also just lacks direction sometimes, in the literal sense, in which you might be stuck in a certain section of the game and you'll be stuck there because the game only gives you a slight hint and makes you figure out all the rest. And in a game like this, It kills tension. Would it really have been that detrimental to give us an objective?

Chapter 3 in general is a big mishap of this game It is just so weak, it made me entirely reconsider my love for this game. It just feels so nothing, the most boring out of all the episodes. Like, half the time spent in that episode is just breaking into Blackwell at night, aka, making a lively enviornment not lively and making it hard to play in and hard to care about. And the subsequent scene where Max and Chloe swin in the school pool and "bond" is one of the most cringey things ive seen come out of a video game. Thank GOD, it doesn't last. The rest of the episode just feels like fluff. Nothing of value. Just talking to NPC's you don't like and nothing else. Chloe also radiates horrid bitch energy toward the end and just makes her horribly unlikeable.
The only reason the episode is there is to make light of the fact Max can time travel via old photos, which while insase, is kinda cool.
And the plot twist at the end of the episode is also heartwrenching and sad. But thats really all the episode has going for it. It doesn't even end on a memorable song.
Its just such a weak link in this pretty strong story.

The sacrifice Arcadia ending in this game is easily the worst thing about said game. What an absolute slap to the face it is. Purely storywise and even visually it sucks. Its a horrid way to finish off the game, almost like a cliffhanger. But it doesn't go anywhere. Its so stupid and it saddens me that the best song on the soundtrack, Obstacles, is used in that ending. It shocks me that Dontnod thought that ending was soutable for the game.

But ya know what, even with one bad ending, even with arguably bad gameplay, and bad writing at times. I can't hate this game. I simply can't because it has really changed me. It made me feel more connected with me and made me realize that relationships are the most important thing in life.
Take the time to be great for people, even if that means just standing around for them or talking with people you don't like. Because you might not have the time to do that in the future.
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MasterIruka Life Is Strange 2022-08-12T09:14:05Z
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LETSPERISH Life Is Strange 2022-08-11T21:50:21Z
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IrritatedPizzaNoises Life Is Strange 2022-08-11T16:42:47Z
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phazonfire Life Is Strange 2022-08-09T22:05:41Z
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ile7 Life Is Strange 2022-08-08T22:39:22Z
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4.5
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Hesick Life Is Strange 2022-08-08T13:26:57Z
2022-08-08T13:26:57Z
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allisTRAGEDY Life Is Strange 2022-08-07T11:09:40Z
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LilJazy Life Is Strange 2022-08-06T23:03:55Z
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2trucks Life Is Strange 2022-08-06T20:58:22Z
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2022-08-06T20:58:22Z
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jollermcawesome Life Is Strange 2022-08-06T01:56:15Z
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Kacperr Life Is Strange 2022-08-05T23:56:20Z
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  • ZoeMGS 2022-05-17 21:23:24.844102+00
    amazingly lol
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  • hell_io 2022-06-20 04:31:48.790677+00
    I think because of the time this game appeared in my life and the connection I've built with it, I can't find it within myself to dislike it at all. Something about it feels like home to me and it's one of those "comfort games" that I think about quite often. I in particular love Max and her shyness and I think she's one of my favorite protagonists in media despite how corny her dialogue is. Kind of breaks my heart to see how disliked the game really is but I also find comfort in others sharing the same feeling as I do as well. Imperfect, but very special game.
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  • ThaArtist 2022-07-10 20:58:57.838942+00
    Idk I thought this game was pretty great
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  • monkey47 2022-07-23 02:45:13.18803+00
    If David Lynch was a hipster teenage girl with severe daddy issues
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  • monkey47 2022-07-23 02:49:06.664302+00
    But genuinely a great game despite its plotholes. 3.36 is undeserved
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  • MasterIruka 2022-08-12 09:07:08.202414+00
    this game is a perfect balance of dumb shit and total magic. as is life
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