|System: PC*, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360|
|Pub: Square Enix|
|Release: March 24, 2015|
|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.
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.
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.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: March 25, 2015