Wow. That’s it, that’s my thoughts on Life is Strange. Ok here’s my more in-depth thoughts on The episodic game.
I was however pleasantly surprised at how engrossing Life is strange is. There are five episodes in total and I was hooked after the first episode (By the way, episode 1 is free to download and try for yourselves).
So, What’s Life is Strange About?
Max Caulfield, a photography student who discovers that she has the ability to rewind time at any moment, leading her every choice to enact the butterfly effect.
After having foreseen an approaching storm, Max must take on the responsibility to prevent it from destroying her town. The actions you carry out will adjust the narrative as it unfolds, and reshape it once allowed to travel back in time.
Slowly but Surely
When I first started playing, it was a huge change of pace after playing more arcade type games. It’s a much slower paced game. After half an hour I got used to it and welcomed it. It was enjoyable watching this interactive story unfold with all its twists and turns.
The game is designed in a way that keeps the story moving along. Each episode is about 2 – 3 hours in length. This depends on how much you explore the environment for interactive items. The more you explore the more you learn about our characters personalities and history.
If there is one gripe I have with the game is the slow walking pace of our character Max. I wish she would speed up just a little when walking.
Each episode in Life is Strange contains a good balance of narrative and puzzle elements. Some puzzles are easier than others. One puzzle, in particular, requires you to piece together a number of clues to reach the correct outcome.
Episodic Games are not for Everyone
Over the past say five years I have shrugged off these episodic type games as I felt I was being short-changed by not having the full story in a one-off payment and end up paying extra for something than if it was in a regular priced game.
And I still won’t buy these games as they are intended to be bought. I understand that developers need to be paid and this is a way for them to capitalise on this.
Anyway, that’s just my opinion and I know everyone is not going to agree with it. I suppose it just depends on how much of a fan you are of the series.
So What Now?
Now I have finally given Life is Strange the chance it deserves. I have come to the conclusion that I will definitely be playing some of the other episodic games. In particular, Telltales series Tales from Borderland. Oh yeah, also Life is Strange: Before the Storm. I hear it’s pretty good too.
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