Light theme

Life is Strange review
by Sebastian

I'd call this game an interactive story in which you decide at certain points how the protagonist acts which in turn influences how the rest of the story plays out. The protagonist, a young girl that returns to her place of birth to attend academy. What makes her special and what the whole story revolves around is that she has somehow aquired the power to rewind time, coupled with a dream or view into the future which paints a dark future of destruction for her hometown, reminiscent of  the Upside Down from Stranger Things (this games does not have horror elements, however).

What divides people over this game is the emotional reactions the game devs try to elicit from the player. The narrative revolves around the protagonists former childhood friend who at some point lost her father, became estranged from her mother and despises her mother's new boyfriend, lost the protagonist as her best and only friend when the protagonist moved away, found a new best friend which went missing shortly before the story begins, got into drugs and then got thrown out of college for that. The game begins with another tragic event happening to her and the game ultimately is about how the protagonist tries to fix things for her using her power and, but that depends on your choices, succeeds or fails at it.

Some will find the game exceptional, some will not like it.

Very fitting OST, think two of the songs made it to my spotify lists.

Other reviews21

Absolutely no idea why or how so many people love this game. Granted, there's a kind of peacefulness and nostalgia that a lot of the more slice-of-life moments capture, which I for the most part enjoyed. I think this is captured best in the early episodes where you're just walking around the school, examining items and listening to the relaxing and autumnal indie-folk soundtrack - that or the scene where you're exploring Chloe's room and Lua by Bright Eyes Starts playing. I found myself being able to get lost in the peaceful and somewhat bittersweet rhythms of high school life during these segments. 

However, any segment of the game where a character opens their mouth is somewhat of a disaster. Really, truly, a terrible depiction of high school students. To their credit, a lot of games and movies and tv shows get high schoolers wrong, but this game is truly something else. It reads like it was written by someone who never went to high school in the USA and actually only really knows about American high school from watching poorly translated episodes of Beverly Hills 90210. The writing in this game is stilted, cringey, and occasionally just bizarre. As of yet, I haven't heard anyone offer good reasons for this is not the case, but if you have some, id love to hear them.
Would be so good if Chloe wasn't insufferable and the story didn't wet the bed in the end
«Reviewers bribed»
Made me cry ( more than one time )
Thank you DONTNOD.
«Blew my mind»
«Time-tested»
10/10
So... This is OVERATED as fuck.

THIS REVIEW MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS

The characters are boring stereotypes of what a 40 year old french man thinks teens (millenials) are.
Chloe, a grade A bitch. Max, boring and has no emotion.
Villain, uninteresting, bland and came out of the bloom.
The background characters are bland and have no real weight on the story.
The only character I was actually interested in was Kate Marshall, but she was completly toss to the back after, like, episode 3.

The dialog and dellivering, OMFG!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

That's so fucking bad and cringy. Just... omg...

Contrary to most say, I actually like the art style and aesthetic of LiS, even if it looks iffy sometimes, mainly on close ups on the models faces.

The story... As a LLLOOOOTTTT of plot holes, contrivances, paths that lead nowhere (I'm speaking to you Episode 4...), things that are left unexplained.
Yet, I enjoyed it when I played for the first time.
But the most I thought about it, the least I started disliking it.

The soundtrack, pretty darn good. As an art student I hear that type of music in my school and believe that fits the game's theme, characters, period and setting. (I have the CD for LiS:BtS, and it is a banger)

The choices you make during the game are pretty much meaningless.
If you want to play a game where you decisions really matter and change the story, go play Detroit: Become Human or early Telltale Games like The Wolf Among Us.

This game has a LOT of problems, yet I think it is a pretty good on time play game.
Doesn't have that much replay value.
Read more...
«Disappointment of the year»
«Boooring»
Until near the end of the "game" its a near unsufferable 90's teen drama projected into modern days.

The last chapters big revelation dont save the title from the trainwreck ending and lack of real choices.
Pretty good game, I liked the plethora of characters and the big twist, decisions felt meaningful, definitely worth jumping into.
«That ending!»
«OST on repeat»
ep 1-3 was good and then it flopped
I bought this game for £5. I now realise it is worth so much more; how I missed this game for two years I don't know, I'm glad I finally got around to playing it; I haven't felt like this in a long time after playing a game, a completely lifechanging experience.

Life is Strange is slightly similar to games of the Telltale series, your choices affect the outcome of the game and make subtle and huge changes throughout. You feel empathy for the characters in the world, and whilst handling mature themes such as depression, the game grips you to your seat. It is amazing! A masterpiece. The writers are on par with some of the best TV shows and films out there, it makes you question every choice you make, your own reality. As a player you actually feel like you affect the relationships between the characters.

The music and art design are unique and aesthetically pleasing, which is a nice change from the usual games I play. The voice acting's brilliant, the lip synchronization is not so much, but it is not awful. Without spoiling anything, the twists in this game, WOW. I can see why this game has critical acclaim.

Finally I must end saying how much I recommend this game. I've experienced nothing like it before, if you read this. Please try this game. You won't regret it.
Read more...
«Blew my mind»
«Underrated»
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
The game can be compared to the telltale games, although I like the art style and the music in life is Strange all the more. Everything seems so everyday and authentic (the time travel skills left out). Even though I was even more enthusiastic about the pre-quel and generally I still want the version for the mobile phone, I was a little disappointed at the end. Especially in episode 5, several bugs appeared. As an example, in the end sequence the Men music was constantly playing. Not even the end music appeared until I restarted the game. This initially destroys the entire atmosphere. And some of maxine's animations did not even exist when she started talking (in a completely animated sequence). And somehow david appeared in the picture much earlier, which looked a bit funny, as he was stuck in the table: D If sometimes the limbs were penetrable or even temporarily invisible, I can still understand. But especially the music really disturbed me in the end. And of course there was the star deduction, because I've been waiting four months for the last two episodes. And getting those bugs included is a bit sad. Too bad, otherwise it has been perfect content for me. Not technically yet. We are sorry to hear that you have functional problems with Life is Strange on your device. Please contact support.eu.square-enix.com to contact us and provide us with more details about your issue so we can assist you.
Read more...