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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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Life is Strange - E3 2015 Trailer
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  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.

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  1. Negative: 24 out of 273
  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
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  2. Jul 22, 2018
    10
    This game is a perfection in its own genre. If you like "choices matter" and "story rich" games, just buy the whole bundle. The epic ending ofThis game is a perfection in its own genre. If you like "choices matter" and "story rich" games, just buy the whole bundle. The epic ending of episode 5 is especially mind-breaking. Don't let the apparent, naive, teenage vibe fool you, it's a deep game. Expand
  3. Apr 17, 2018
    10
    This must be the most beautiful game I played in 30 years of gaming.
    Atmosphere, music, character design, cinematic, story -- everything
    This must be the most beautiful game I played in 30 years of gaming.
    Atmosphere, music, character design, cinematic, story -- everything perfectly matched and balanced. You just can't help falling in love with the protagonist(s). I even sat through the final credits, so moved I was. After every single of the five episodes.
    i will definitely play it again after some time making different choices here and there.
    Meanwhile there's the prequel "Before the Storm".
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  4. Nov 18, 2017
    9
    GOTY 2015. If you found any of the Telltale games enjoyable, you'll probably love this one as well. It's one of my absolute favoriteGOTY 2015. If you found any of the Telltale games enjoyable, you'll probably love this one as well. It's one of my absolute favorite interactive games and it was worth every penny. In response to some criticisms:

    Note that this is a melodramatic story and you need to employ a certain level of suspension of disbelief in order to find it enjoyable. Characters are exaggerated/stereotypical in order to evoke emotion—something it does very successfully. The time travel feature is just a plot device for generating enjoyable and interesting drama. Don't overanalyze it. It's not that type of game.
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  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!
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  6. May 23, 2015
    8
    The closest you get to a Western slice-of-life game. A solid mix of and interactive film and a slice-of-life game with more gameplay andThe closest you get to a Western slice-of-life game. A solid mix of and interactive film and a slice-of-life game with more gameplay and dignity than Telltale titles, decorated with powerful cinematography and ambience. Expand
  7. Jan 5, 2019
    0
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