An episodic adventure video game that functions as heavily story-oriented, Life is Strange follows the adventures of high school student Max Caulfield as she discovers she now has the power to manipulate time.
Set in fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, this game places Max in the center of a natural disaster building after she has gotten used to her newly found powers. She is a passionate young woman aspiring to be a professional photographer, important to the game mechanics as there are key points in which you are either looking at or taking a photograph. Alongside her is Chloe Price, her best friend since childhood who she lost contact with after moving away from Arcadia Bay, but after returning, they soon re-spark their friendship and discover the secrets to Max’s powers.
Being a fan of the decision-making style of games such as famous Telltale Game titles, I absolutely loved the plot and pacing of this game that leaves you making decisions that affect your relationship with others and alters the plot for each episode. If you are a fan of fast paced games with a lot of combat, then this game is likely not for you, the combat in this game is mostly dialogue based but that doesn’t mean there is not a lot of action suspense in the plot.
The best thing about the game is the music, it is an amazing soundtrack and truly solidifies the setting as this small town where the days are mostly peaceful and everybody knows everybody. Square Enix has truly demonstrated that they are capable of taking the decision making episodic format and allowing to create your own storyline, especially considering how the ending features one of the biggest decisions that give two different endings. I admit I became emotionally committed to these characters and the major decisions of the game required long moments of debate.
For all you gamers that enjoy lots of dialogue and exploring to unlock new lines or world building like I do, I completely recommend this game to you. It is a title I never tire of playing over and over again and cannot wait for this universe to continue its expansion through character and setting.
Score: 5 out of 5