Life is Strange Image
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 2433 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 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?

Trailer

Please enter your birth date to watch this video:
You are not allowed to view this material at this time.
Life is Strange - E3 2015 Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 4, 2016
    100
    Life is Strange really cannot be described. It is a totally unique EXPERIENCE, that in unbelievable way deceives and its magic can only be experienced firsthand. [Issue #259]
  2. Nov 2, 2015
    90
    Life is Strange is one of the episodic series in the short history of the genre. The game has a great story, skillfully takes on serious issues and has a really good soundtrack. What's more - there is at least as much gameplay as there is simple viewing, and the entire game can take more than a dozen hours to finish. There are some minor flaws here and there but they won't overshadow the fact that this is one of the best stories of the year.
  3. PC PowerPlay
    Dec 3, 2015
    90
    Maybe too mumblecore for some, Life is Strange is a wonderfully dark story of friendship and personal apocalypse. [Dec 2015, p.63]
  4. Oct 26, 2015
    80
    As you would expect from a point and click game, almost the complete value of Life is Strange resides on its narrative. There are a few moments in which gameplay takes center stage, but it ends up being crushed by the intensity of the story and the development of the characters. Having said that, in order to really enjoy the experience, you better play the complete game, as it is getting better with each chapter.
  5. Jan 19, 2016
    80
    Life is Strange is flawed, but this paranormal coming-of-age story is nevertheless refreshing proof that small stakes can still feel important, given strong characters.
  6. Nov 20, 2015
    80
    Sometimes awkward but sometimes brilliant, Life Is Strange brings a fresh new perspective to episodic, choice-driven storytelling.
  7. Nov 30, 2015
    67
    Life Is Strange is a very controversial game. On one hand, it sets a new quality standard in ‘cinematic’ adventure games — from now on, they must give freedom to players and make them emotionally invested in on-screen events. On the other hand, it’s packed with dumb gaffes and disastrous shortcomings. Still, if you managed to reach the end credits and spent the next couple of days thinking about the characters, then it was worth it.

See all 16 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 316
  1. Feb 3, 2015
    10
    A fantastic game from Squire Enix
    1.Graphics is just awesome.Color combination used here is just perfect and capture the true American
    A fantastic game from Squire Enix
    1.Graphics is just awesome.Color combination used here is just perfect and capture the true American theme...what is more, the attention given to graphics is insane ..even the little things are done with care....(10/10)

    2.Main character Max is likable person...they should give little more attention to side characters and story (7/10)
    3.interesting game mechanic...
    4.F**k you IGN for misguiding people with this game...this a fantastic effort
    Expand
  2. Aug 23, 2019
    10
    My friend someday just told to me to search more about "Life is Strange" so i saw what the first episode was free on steam and i play it and iMy friend someday just told to me to search more about "Life is Strange" so i saw what the first episode was free on steam and i play it and i loved, all the characters, all the history is awesome this game is so far the best "storytelling" game what i have played in my life Expand
  3. May 30, 2017
    10
    Absolutely Beautiful game. From the characters, to the story, to the gameplay, to the thematic graphics. It was a total joy and honorableAbsolutely Beautiful game. From the characters, to the story, to the gameplay, to the thematic graphics. It was a total joy and honorable pleasure to indulge myself in what I now consider, to be one of the greatest games of all time. Expand
  4. Nov 22, 2017
    9
    amazing game and experience! to this game you can be attached and love this. Beautiful music and stile. But so strange system of choice endingamazing game and experience! to this game you can be attached and love this. Beautiful music and stile. But so strange system of choice ending in this game Expand
  5. Feb 7, 2015
    9
    I really enjoyed this game. I am confident I will remember the game years from now, and I can only hope we find more games from all publishersI really enjoyed this game. I am confident I will remember the game years from now, and I can only hope we find more games from all publishers like this in the future. I enjoyed the female protagonist, the Telltale-influences gameplay, and beautifully created world. It is not just a "walking simulator" like Gone Home (which I also enjoyed), and has more depth than The Walking Dead or The Wolf Among Us.

    The time rewind feature adds an interesting twist to adventure gameplay. It doesn't feel like "cheating" because although you might know the immediate consequences of your decision, you can't rewind past maybe 30 seconds and you can't see how these things will affect the future.

    I am pumped for more episodes!
    Expand
  6. Jun 10, 2016
    8
    Everything the naysayers say is right:

    Flaw 1. The author tries to make the characters talk like "kids these days" and falls hilariously on
    Everything the naysayers say is right:

    Flaw 1. The author tries to make the characters talk like "kids these days" and falls hilariously on his face.

    Flaw 2. The story breaks its own rules and the story and the time travel mechanics lacks internal logic.

    Flaw 3. Interacting with things is wobbly and unpredictable due to a strange "click and drag" mechanic.

    And so on and so forth.

    So, given all that, why do I rate it 8? That's pretty damn good, right?

    Because, I actually LIKED the game! It spoke to me emotionally on several occasions. And I thought the lead heroine was cute and likable. All characters are cliche as F, but it works somehow anyway.

    That's just me, some people will of course disagree violently on all points mentioned.

    Sure, it makes no sense logically, and it's a bit awkward when they feel the need to show how "progressive" they are by scoring some cheap LGBT brownie points in the end (totally out of the blue, and contrary to the character development so far, which is the gripe here, not the LGBT inclusion as such).

    But even that ending on a sour note couldn't take away the fact it was an enjoyable experience FOR ME and I'm glad I played it!

    I'd like to see more games like this in the future!
    Expand
  7. Feb 15, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Waow... I have no words.

    What an absolute waste of time and money.
    With that said, I decided to give Life is Strange a try... and oh boy do I regret everything about it.

    First thing that messes with me is the mouse sensitivity, either you put that thing ALL the way down and make navigation in menus insufferably slow, but your camera doesn't fly round when you're in character mode... or you just have 2000% motion blur all the time but are able to normally use your menus.

    So... Starting a new game! Now, as a brand new player to the series, at least that's what I would consider myself, I went all in on the tutorials, getting things explained and show, little did I know I would have to sit and just read for hours before the game itself even started... or well, the game tutorial started. at this point I was already considering whether this was worth it since this lowered every expectation I already had... I mean how can I be expected to remember all this stuff with no way of getting it explained again unless I have to break the pace of the game ,minimize it and google stuff?

    So getting to moving around... barely, every time I move what seems no more than 10 meters, there's a new pop-up telling me "this is important and you do it like this, which will affect the world you play in" generic message. Cool choices matter, I get that by now.

    So (extremely) slowly and with a ton of pauses because of explanations, I FINALLY get to the combat section of the tutorial. And what do I get... never before have I had to read that much to understand a combat system. I could go on about the wall of text new players are met with.

    After finnishing reading more stuff about this minor obscure detail in combat, I get to the actual thing... It's worse then Skyrims system. Extremely clunky, free-targeting-city unless you choose one specific target... which somehow always ends up in the back ranks so you might as well retarget, and suddenly, that target is in the back ranks... oh my lord. At this point I'm about ready to give up, Heavily discouraged by what feels like The Shakespere Collection in text that has to be read and understood, and utter stupidity in combat systems. But I press on becuase there has to be some light at the end of this tunnel.

    So at an all-time low in-game, I decide to atleast try to get some more exp so I can be at least somewhat useful... Oh wait, let's pause the game becuase during the tutorial we didn't make you read about skill points,
    Just great...

    After actually giving up on reading and just wanting to mess around, I slam my space button and just skip it and decide to figure it out at some point when I really need it.

    I finally just gave up and closed the game.

    So what did I learn.
    - Unless you're willing to come out of the game with a PHD in iLife is Strange stuff, don't open it up.
    - Whatever you try to do, assume you have to read about it in some random book, stupid pop-up or your journal.
    - Combat is insanely clunky
    - Story is very unimmersive and flat. at least the tiny bits I got to "experience" (Seriously, just 2 edge-lrods in some tavern)
    - There are so many systems that are extremely confusing to new players that they don't even bother.
    - Unless you can connect a controller, the game is nearly unplayable with mouse and keyboard.

    Im biased and i dont know what im talking about KEKW
    Expand

See all 316 User Reviews