Life Is Strange

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a game by Dontnod Entertainment
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 9.5/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown
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Life Is Strange
Life Is Strange
Life Is Strange
Life Is Strange

The Paris-based game studio Dontnod Entertainment, launched in 2015 Life Is Strange. An episodic adventure in the style of Telltale titles, with a touching story, interesting turns, and great narrative. Taking the players into an emotional journey and a huge adventure worthy to behold. There's much more in Life is Strange than it shows at first sight, and you can clearly tell it's a game made with great care and affection.

We all know that this episodic game blew up as soon as it was published, by the hands of Square Enix by the way, and there are plenty of reasons why, But what is it that makes Life is Strange so special? Is it as good as they say? Well, let’s talk about it.

Everything changes

When it comes to defying Life is Strange, it would be a little like that, strange. Two main things are constant in the game, both for the gameplay and for the story: Time Travel, and the Butterfly Effect. It is mostly a science fiction adventure mixed with normal life problems.

Max is back in her hometown Arcadia Bay, to fulfill her dream of studying photography at the prestigious Blackwell Academy. It won't be an easy one of course, as Max is a shy girl and has to face all the issues that come with being a young student, and the hardships of life. She meets with Chloe, one of her childhood friends. Max and Chloe are complete opposites, but they have an intimate relationship where we get to know them as they get to know each other better.

But things aren’t as simple as just surviving as a student, as you’ll often find in Life is Strange, nothing is what it seems. Max discovers her new time powers, and she has to use these abilities to help solve the mystery of the disappearance of Rachel Amber, Chloe’s intimate friend that’s been missing for months.

More than a graphic adventure

At first, the episodic nature of Life is Strange struck very similar to that of Telltale games. Not only for the episodic nature of the game but for many of the gameplay mechanics too. But unlike Telltale's The Walking Dead, there's much more than dialogues and quick-time events, or QTE for short.

The time travel mechanic in Life is Strange is an interesting twist to the nature of choosing, but keep in mind that it’s not as simple as it seems. Going back in time does not mean that what you do has no consequences, and the consequences can be so big that they get out of control.

In its year, Life is Strange wasn’t the biggest game, nor was it the most popular, but it built a loyal, big, and passionate fanbase. The mature way it faces life hardships, mixed with science fiction and mystery made Life is Strange unique.

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There are references to pop culture elements like Twin Peaks and Donnie Darko all over the place. But as it turns out, for many people Life is Strange is just as good as any of those. And there’s even a season two, even though the ending of the first one is simply stunning.

Pros:

  • Excellent graphics
  • Great Visuals
  • Amazing Story
  • Incredible Character Development
  • Mature Narrative
  • Polished mechanics

Cons:

  • Slow paced
  • Too easy

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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