Tag Archives: Life Is Strange

Life Is Strange ep. 3: Chaos Theory

Life-is-Strange-Logo-New

I was cautiously optimistic about the first episode of Life is Strange and fully satisfied with the second. I thought I had a good handle both on what the game’s level of quality would be going forward and what direction the story would take. Apparently I was wrong on both counts, because Chaos Theory is far better than the two episodes that came before it and takes the story in dramatic, shocking and exciting new directions. I have no idea where the this thing is going to end up, and I’m excited as hell to find out.

Continue reading

Life is Strange ep. 2: Out Of Time

Life-is-Strange-Logo-New

[Reminder: the next Let’s Read will start on the 12th of April]

I had initially planned on waiting until all five episodes of Life is Strange are out before reviewing the rest, mostly because you have to buy parts 2-5 together, but after the first episode the game got its hooks into me firmly enough that I wanted to talk about it some more. Keep in mind that I’ll be pretty cavalier with spoilers for preceding episodes in these reviews- I won’t talk about any really dramatic story twists, but if you want to play the episodes fresh, avoid.

Continue reading

Life Is Strange Ep.1: Chrysalis

Life-is-Strange-Logo-New

I’m not used to being pandered to when it comes to video games. Most commercial releases from big-name publishers tell stories that hold absolutely no interest for me and increasingly employ gameplay types that I struggle to engage with on any meaningful level (do a search for “Ubisoft” and read the resulting reviews for a prime example).

So I’m pretty stoked about Life Is Strange, a new episodic adventure game from Square Enix and Dontnod, the french developers behind Remember Me, which seems to have been created by shoving Telltale’s recent output into a blender with Gone Home and adding in a sprinkling of The Last Of Us: Left Behind. Since those three things constitute some of my favourite gaming moments of the last few years, Life Is Strange is almost tailor-made for my enjoyment. This first episode (which I’m reviewing separately because you can buy it on its own for five currencies, eschewing Telltale’s buy-it-all-at-once model) is a promising start, setting up some eminently endearing characters and intriguing mysteries despite a few rough edges in the writing and technical presentation.

Continue reading