Life is Strange: Episode 2 - Out of Time Review
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Life is Strange: Episode 2 - Out of Time Box Art
System: PC*, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
Dev: Dontnod
Pub: Square Enix
Release: March 24, 2015
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence, Use of Drugs

It’s also worth noting that the game has a real devotion to making your choices matter, far more than most Telltale games in a similar format. There are simply pieces of content in this episode you cannot see if you didn’t make certain choices in the last episode. Whole parts of the game are cut off every time you make a decision, and even though you are trying to make things work out for the best, you’ll likely not get the outcome you really want. Of course, this just gives you more reason to play again. It also puts Episode One in a far better context. I have a feeling that Life is Strange will be at its best when you can play all the episodes at once.

Life is Strange: Episode 2 - Out of Time Screenshot

Despite that general high quality, there are a few flaws in the narrative and decision-making aspects of the game. The Vortex Club, a society of rich kids, simply seems far too powerful to be believable. The rich kids themselves are also too powerful, holding principals and cops in their hands easily, stealing your personal info, vandalizing your room, and making death threats with no consequences. The most tense points in the game come out of left field, with characters randomly showing up, or worse, having these odd emotional swings where they go from your best friend to an annoyed enemy with little provocation.

Still, this game sold itself to me as a must play when I reached the final screen, after the climax, and after the credits. It was just a simple and powerful message that gave you info for support groups if you are dealing with depression, suicidal tendencies, or any other issue that the game has tackled. That, is where it is really innovating. Life is Strange has a connection to real life that few other games do. It doesn’t only seek to let you empathize with teenagers who may be experiencing this right now, but also gives you the resources you need to help yourself or your loved ones should you need it. It wants to make your life better, and that is a noble cause, even if it comes from a somewhat flawed game.

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Episode Two of Life is Strange really hooked me. I still want to know more about this world. I want to know why Max has her powers. I want to know why teenage girls are mysteriously disappearing. I want to know how the rich kids' families destroyed the town. I want to know how Max could possibly save the town from the impending tornado she keeps having visions of. I want to know more, because the game tugged at my heart strings, even though it simultaneously pressed my anger buttons. I supposed I could deal with a couple more hours of Bottle Finder 3000 if it means I get to see what happens next.

By
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: March 25, 2015

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
The graphics haven’t changed, and still serve the story well.
3.5
Control
KBAM controls continue to infuriate, but controllers work just fine.
4.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is likely the most excellent thing the game has to offer.
4.0
Play Value
The story is compelling if you can get past the bouts of Bottle Finder 3000.
3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • A beautifully written modern adventure game.
  • Rewind time to change the course of events.
  • Multiple endings depending on the choices you make.
  • Striking, hand-painted visuals.

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