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  • Summary: Two brothers, aged 16 and 9, are forced to run away from home after a tragic incident, while attempting to conceal a sudden and mysterious supernatural power.

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Life Is Strange 2 - Launch Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Nov 5, 2018
    100
    Delivers a heavy dose of truth through beautiful narrative.
  2. Sep 26, 2018
    90
    Following on from Max and Chloe’s time-twisting adventure was always going to be a tricky task, but Dontnod have pulled it off with aplomb in Life Is Strange 2’s first episode. Sean and Daniel’s relationship, the tragedy that sends them on the run, the contrasting people that they meet and the supernatural twists on a modern day drama all come together in wonderful fashion.
  3. CD-Action
    Feb 13, 2019
    90
    At last, a game that has something to say about the world we live in, and is not afraid to do so loudly. The first episode includes a few powerful scenes and touches some heavy subjects, like police brutality, social inequality or toxic relationships. In addition writing and performances from the actors represent the quality level that overwhelming majority of video games can only aspire to. I genuinely can’t wait to see what happens next. [12/2018, p.52]
  4. Sep 27, 2018
    80
    The relationship between two brothers is realistic and cute. The first episode is a bit of a slow start, but the writing certainly is better now.
  5. Oct 12, 2018
    80
    Life is Strange 2 tells a brand new and almost independent story which focuses on teenagers' strange life, and Episode 1 is a good start. The dramatic beginning of episode 1 is shocking, and the characters are impressive. Choices are not as important as I wish, but the money management system greatly makes up those flaws.
  6. Sep 26, 2018
    77
    The first episode of choose-your-own-adventure drama Life is Strange 2 is an ambitious sequel that succeeds in its quietest moments.
  7. 60
    Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 will probably scratch the itch for more of that quirky style, but the story ditches many elements that made the original title great. Fans will likely enjoy the quirky dialogue and aesthetics on display. Just not as much as they did with the original.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 16 out of 27
  1. Dec 10, 2018
    10
    There's an easy test to see if a review of this is earnest and in good faith - if someone starts complaining about SJW's or "racism againstThere's an easy test to see if a review of this is earnest and in good faith - if someone starts complaining about SJW's or "racism against white men", you can probably ignore their review. Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2018
    10
    A game to enter to hall of fame, after Max and Chloe's history, now we have to follow Sean and Daniel on their adventure, the episode is fullA game to enter to hall of fame, after Max and Chloe's history, now we have to follow Sean and Daniel on their adventure, the episode is full of emotion and hype to the next episode, the graphics and the characters motion capture improved a lot! Really excited to the episode 2. Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2018
    10
    I am really enjoying this game, it is nice surprise and discovery for me, maybe I will play LiS 1. Try it, worth for it! And that nicelyI am really enjoying this game, it is nice surprise and discovery for me, maybe I will play LiS 1. Try it, worth for it! And that nicely written and spoken English, whoooa! Expand
  4. Feb 20, 2019
    2
    Life is Strange 2 is a good narrative by most standards. It follows a clichéd story of two brothers whose father was wrongfully killed by aLife is Strange 2 is a good narrative by most standards. It follows a clichéd story of two brothers whose father was wrongfully killed by a police officer, much unlike the originality of the prior entries into the series. The game stacks up well with other choice-based storytelling titles of the same nature. With that being said, it fails to get even remotely close to achieving the special bond that is present in both Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm. In the original Life is Strange, Chloe's need to find Rachel, the one person who was there for her in an intense time of desperation, re-sparks a bond that she and her childhood friend Max once had. Then in the prequel, we get to see something truly special develop between Chloe and Rachel. A friendship.. but more. The type of relationship many of us could only dream of having. While there were a few cringe-inducing dialogue lines in the original, it felt real. Like real interactions taking place between real people with real emotions. The saddest a piece of entertainment media has ever made me feel was the final scene of Life is Strange: Before the Storm. When Rachel's phone is ringing with a call from Chloe and an additional seventeen missed. The player can do nothing but watch as we hear the sound of a camera's shutter capturing a soon-to-be-murdered Rachel. It gives us the same sense of hopelessness that Chloe must have felt calling Rachel. Life is Strange 2, on the other hand feels entirely scripted, and while it is a decent game, good at best, it fails to live up to the name and expectations of its incredible, emotionally-charged predecessors. This game makes me long for nothing more than another continuation of Chloe, Rachel and Max's stories. Maybe one day, DONTNOD or Deck Nine will deliver to us Life is Strange: Beyond the Storm. But until then, we'll have to settle for this.

    Edit: I almost forgot to mention, there are two other huge reasons that many are unhappy with Life is Strange 2. The first being that you cannot purchase the episodes individually, which makes some feel like they are paying for a preorder of an early access game rather than a polished episodic sequence. Another is the forced and unrealistic depiction of racism towards Hispanics in the Pacific Northwest. Dialogue often feels extremely exaggerated and unnatural in both currently released episodes due to this issue, something not present in the first two Life is Strange games. I also find it significantly more difficult to connect with the Diaz brothers on an emotional level than I did with Max, Chloe and Rachel.
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  5. Oct 9, 2018
    1
    Avoid!!

    If you played Captain Spirit and thought you were getting something like that, you're completely wrong. And this is what they call
    Avoid!!

    If you played Captain Spirit and thought you were getting something like that, you're completely wrong. And this is what they call BAIT and SWITCH

    What made LIS good is its world, possibilities of talking to so many characters, and getting to have that sense of belonging and finding your niche even in a school with mean girls and bullies.

    LIS2 has none of that. There is no sense of belonging, things are kept realistic and there's little mystery, and I mean who plays a game where they HIDE, worry, steal, experience nightmares and get beaten up by a strange guy. Is that what you call FUN? Or is that a GAME I'm supposed to buy and enjoy? And I'm bad person if I don't? How's that?

    So cons:

    - Game's atmosphere is downright MISERABLE.

    - You spend your time babysitting your younger brother (again, such fun!)

    - You're on the run and you're stealing food or dumpster diving or talking to people who treat you with contempt. Again, this is totally why I buy video games, I'm a masochist.

    - There's no sense of mystery or escape or world building like in LIS. Game has no LIS soul.

    - World in LIS2 is a hiking trail, the woods, and some bully's cabin. Wait, what worldbuiling are we talking about?

    - Politically charged narrative. Whether you're left-wing, right-wing, centrist, are you really buying games to spend your precious free time in ugly and a miserable world where you're on the run and being treated like a criminal by ugly people in the middle of nowhere? Wait, so I'm buying a game for THAT? Why not just go on Twitter?

    - Feels are indeed forced. When you're scared or on the run or thinking about stealing, it's very hard to connect to positive emotions of nostalgia, warmth or serenity. When you're scared and miserable and dumpster diving, there's THAT and nothing else. You can't have your cake and eat it, too.

    And FYI, I felt exactly the same thing when playing Detroit: Become Human so this is not tied to politics and being a good or a bad person or who you're voting or not voting for.

    Playing as Kara, ALL you do is take care of Alice, avoid miserable situations, hide from people who want to hurt you, and see the very worst of human kind.

    Fair but I'm not playing my games to be depressed, oppressed, afraid, or ruminate about things I can't control. That's not fun and that's not the world I want to be in.
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  6. Jan 25, 2019
    0
    This game is trash. Poor performance because of Denuvo S* it Story is bad. Not compared to the good LIS 1
  7. Sep 29, 2018
    0
    Another racist (stereotyping white men), heavy handed SJW political story that manages to be even less compelling while being more on-the-noseAnother racist (stereotyping white men), heavy handed SJW political story that manages to be even less compelling while being more on-the-nose with its propoganda than David Cage's 'Detroit: Become Human.' That's just sad when your story has less subtlety than his and the gameplay still manages to be unimpressive and even unplayable with that awful camera. Both of these points make this game even worse than the first LiS, which I didn't think was possible.

    Can we please get a game that doesn't reference "Drumpf" in some manner (looking at this and Wolfenstein 2)? The TDS is real and I didn't even vote for the man, smdh.
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