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  • Summary: Life is Strange is a hand drawn work of art and every action enacts a butterfly effect - but with the power to rewind time, what would you change? And would it turn out to be a change for the better or worse?
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Nov 1, 2015
    95
    From its opening moment until its final scene plays, Life is Strange is a wonderful, beautiful, captivating, touching adventure built upon the undying friendship of two girls trying to find their place in the world.
  2. Nov 7, 2015
    91
    If you’re on the market for a dramatic and original episodic series with unique gameplay mechanics and an intriguing story to tell, then consider checking out Life is Strange. I definitely need to reiterate how impressed I am with Dontnod Entertainment's first foray into the episodic adventure genre, and we're definitely excited to see where they'll be taking us next.
  3. Jan 8, 2016
    90
    With tremendous cunning, Dontnod’s game moves from a teenage super-power fantasy toward a comment on our universal wish to repair time.
  4. Oct 29, 2015
    87
    The greatest strength of Life is Strange is that the excellent character work, supernatural twists, and serene environments manage to overcome any technical issues. It was easy for us to get hooked on guiding Max through this tumultuous time in her life, and the ending left our hearts and minds drained.
  5. Feb 5, 2016
    85
    An honest, sometimes even painful, story about friendship and finding yourself. Life is Strange is played with a lump in the throat and its ability to make a grown man tear up is its true "power".
  6. Dec 29, 2015
    85
    Due to excellent voice performances, a mysterious, sleepy little town that has plenty of intrigue and secrets, the added benefit of some exploration, and the undeniably appealing rewind feature, the game has a unique and extremely absorbing feel.
  7. Oct 21, 2015
    70
    As a whole series, Life is Strange has been an intriguing and emotional experience. The rewind mechanic is an intelligent inclusion to the interactive drama genre and gives the impression of having significant control over the narrative. That said, there's certainly an argument that player choices have all been leading to a singular binary decision which somewhat softens the finale's emotional punch.

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  1. Negative: 9 out of 149
  1. Jan 23, 2016
    10
    Further proof that video games can tell emotionally engaging stories and present relatable characters. Superb voice acting, beautiful artFurther proof that video games can tell emotionally engaging stories and present relatable characters. Superb voice acting, beautiful art design, a smooth score, and good use of licensed music all help to make this story game one worth playing. If you are looking to take a break from the usual RPGs and shooters, then I recommend you start with Life is Strange. Expand
  2. Jun 9, 2017
    10
    Life is Strange is not only a video game, it is a work of art. The story is told so well and the characters are interesting enough to make itLife is Strange is not only a video game, it is a work of art. The story is told so well and the characters are interesting enough to make it feel like a TV show. The game is even structured in various episodes for this very reason. Early on it will pull you in like a good Netflix binge except in this case you get to actually interact with the characters and the world around you. You play as main protagonist Max Caulfield, who wields the ability to rewind time. You are able to use this ability throughout most of the game to change choices you made or things you said. This creates a very interesting and unique gameplay experience unlike any other game out there. The story also touches on many important life themes that will cause it to stay with you for a long time. And finally the characters are also very memorable and will most likely resonate with you as well. If you enjoy story telling in games and unique gameplay experiences I would highly recommend Life is Strange. Expand
  3. Mar 7, 2016
    10
    'Life Is Strange' is the best-written computer game I've ever come across. Game play and cinematics are a bit ho-hum, but the writing pays for'Life Is Strange' is the best-written computer game I've ever come across. Game play and cinematics are a bit ho-hum, but the writing pays for all. You can't find a better use for $20! Expand
  4. Oct 11, 2016
    9
    After playing this game start to finish, I'm left wanting way way more lol, wow what an amazing, engaging story filled with bright interestingAfter playing this game start to finish, I'm left wanting way way more lol, wow what an amazing, engaging story filled with bright interesting characters you actually give a monkeys about, the game follows the story of to young ladies, max and her best freind Chloe in the search of a missing girl called Rachael, I cant really say much more as I don't want to spoil it for anyone, the game pritty much keeps you guessing from start to finish its just nothing short of fantastic, I really reel that telltale has some major competition in the title as anyone that has played this game will tell you there very similar in a lot of ways, which is by no means bad, if you a fan of telltale style point and click games please oh please don't miss this game it's great you would be robbing your self of a very enjoyable title. Expand
  5. Apr 26, 2018
    9
    Well, when you're about to play a game like "Life is Strange", you can't expect loads of action or a rush of adrenaline to the brain everyWell, when you're about to play a game like "Life is Strange", you can't expect loads of action or a rush of adrenaline to the brain every corner. These kinds of game are all about the story and how much it keeps you interested. It has its style, even graphically speaking, which are made, on purpose, not very rich in details, such as many other games on the PS4. It is not exclusive for the PS4. And, since the PS3 and the Vita can easily run it, it's clear that graphics aren't spetacular, . It was a development choice for a smaller studio to create a very charming looking and really fun game. Also brings one new feature in terms of gameplay and it adds a brand new way to play games of this gender, interactive stories (not spoiling it).
    I, personally, love the movie "The Butterfly Effect", games like Heavy Rain and, by experiencing Portland, WA, once, the northwestern region of the US, therefore, this game is a delight. The story is very cool, sort of cliche if you think of all mistery, ficcion and drama plots we've seen on screen over the years, but playing it was very very fulfilling and it does make us care about what happens.
    Plus, played most of it on vacation. R-e-l-a-x-i-n-g. Add to all this a wonderful soundtrack (just wonderful!), lots of guitar melodies, alternative rock and folk music. Seriously, search for it on YouTube!
    A few flaws: The game is kind of short, but I wouldn't say that's bad, since it worked for it, it could be longer, though. Also, despite of being charming, more realism would make this such a pleasure to look at and I can't help but miss some realism. No one can't use this as foundation for not recommending LIFE IS STRANGE. Pun intended: nod to it. Go on and play it. I would only not recommend it if you don not like action-adventure interactive story-telling games, such as Heavy Rain, Beyond two souls, this one is more slow-paced, but it is also brilliant. I'm not taking one more point out of my score cause, man, the feeling brought by some moments while playing this (images + music) really make you forget those games that I compared this one with. It's a 9.0.
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  6. Jun 18, 2017
    8
    The first episode greatly sets up what other episodes will become. And that is mess up, fix it, mess up more, fix it again. Then it drags onThe first episode greatly sets up what other episodes will become. And that is mess up, fix it, mess up more, fix it again. Then it drags on to some teen drama that didn't bother me as much, but maybe eye-rolling to some. The game then turns its table for the best on the third episode until final the episode.There are emotional moments that are sad but overall didn't grip me as Telltale's The walking dead season 1 did.

    Graphics are stylistic, music is very hipster (can be good or bad but its totally up to your taste), the story of friendship is beautiful somewhat weird (I guess life IS strange), the journey is awesome with some nail biting events and some memorable characters, the actual/true conclusion is a good way to end it but totally could have been better.

    Life is strange is a good game that you can just sit back and relax since it doesn't require intense button pressing.
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  7. Mar 29, 2017
    1
    I can’t believe this “game” has such a high rating. It’s so bad I literally threw it in the trash after playing the first episode. ThereI can’t believe this “game” has such a high rating. It’s so bad I literally threw it in the trash after playing the first episode. There doesn’t seem to be any conceivable way to die or lose the game – you’re just playing through a story about a bunch of losers who obviously will never make anything of themselves in their lives. The whole time travel thing is nothing more than a gimmick – it has the exact same effect as any game where you can save prior to making some supposedly critical choice, using the save to view the immediate impact of each choice, and then deciding which choice to make. Expand

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