In the spotlight today, we have Life Is Strange, a five part episodic game where you make choices that affect the story.
The first thing I want to say about this game is that the art style is absolutely amazing. The world is beautiful, and alive. The main character, Max, is an 18 year old girl with an Indie lifestyle. She spends most of her time looking at the world through her old-school instant camera. She recently returned to her hometown from Seattle, only to find that the dream school she got accepted to wasn’t as perfect as she had imagined it. There were the same old cliques, bullying, and drama as any school.
The characters feel realistic, and you can probably relate them to at least someone you know in real life. The writing is a bit cliche’ at times, but it kind of adds to the charm. You have a bit of freedom to explore the world around you, and often get humorous narration from Max. Max is her own person, although you can affect her encounters with the people around her. You can talk to almost everyone on campus, but you may not get to talk to them for long if you don’t relate to them. If you say something wrong, they will pretty much blow you off. You can always go back in time and answer them correctly. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention… Max can rewind time.
I played through the first episode and was really happy with it. There were a few things that I missed out on, so I will probably play through the game one more time. There are some hidden photo opportunities that can only be found by making certain decisions throughout the game. There is definitely some re-playability to the game, although the story won’t be all that different. I really loved the characters, and there was a perfect mix of real life drama and supernatural for my taste buds. You can also learn a lot about photography and cameras while playing the game, since the game also focuses on Max wanting to get the courage to show the world her photos.
I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of story-driven games, with just enough interaction. The game does involve drug use and some touchy subjects, so make sure you’re okay with those things before you spend the $4.99 that the game currently costs on Steam. You can buy it one episode at a time, or you can get a Season Pass if you know you want to play the whole game through. After the ending of Episode 1 (no spoilers) you will probably be inclined to check out the next episode.
Until next time,