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  • Summary: Reunited with her friend Chloe, Max begins experimenting with her power and starts to wonder if it is related to her visions or the weird snow from the previous day. But life goes on in Blackwell Academy and a certain viral video has become a serious topic of discussion. Meanwhile, what DIDReunited with her friend Chloe, Max begins experimenting with her power and starts to wonder if it is related to her visions or the weird snow from the previous day. But life goes on in Blackwell Academy and a certain viral video has become a serious topic of discussion. Meanwhile, what DID happen to Rachel Amber? Expand

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
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  1. Apr 10, 2015
    90
    It brings suspense and intrigue to the forefront, while still tackling the science fiction and drama effectively. Emotions run high in multiple points, always keeping you eager to see what’s going to happen next.
  2. Mar 27, 2015
    88
    Life Is Strange's writing, atmosphere and sense of place have a direct line to the heart and soul of anyone who ever grew up in a small, sleepy, yet mystical town, went out into the big wide world to study and then came back to the only kind of magic that really exists in this world. Top notch writing, voice acting and stylistic framing make Life Is Strange one of the most compelling interactive movies of its generation.
  3. Mar 24, 2015
    87
    We can't but confirm our good impression about Life is Strange: a great interactive novel, with a charming art direction, an awesome soundtrack, and a plot that's getting even more complicated.
  4. Mar 25, 2015
    78
    Episode Two of Life is Strange really hooked me. I still want to know more about this world.
  5. Mar 29, 2015
    74
    A Telltale-esque title set in suburban America that hints at maturity.
  6. Mar 25, 2015
    73
    Even with Maxine's story taking form and the drama getting more intense, with a great moment in the ending, Dontnod's project still needs to reflect about its characters and plot to achieve greatness.
  7. Mar 23, 2015
    65
    Characters and circumstances need be more natural and plausible for me to buy into this world. So much is too overblown.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Mar 26, 2015
    10
    This is the first review I've ever written, so bear with me.

    This game is, quite honestly, one of the best games that I have ever played.
    This is the first review I've ever written, so bear with me.

    This game is, quite honestly, one of the best games that I have ever played. Before I get into the review I just wanted to say, though, that it's very possible you've heard something about the social justice undertones in this series. I can confirm these. On multiple occasions the protagonist mutters phrases like "wow, I should volunteer for [save the bay effort]", or have hints that the best friend wouldn't use hair products with animals in it, or that guns should only be for women, etc. The protagonist herself is very reminiscent of a hipster, for a number of reasons too.

    Even will all of this, I can still say that the story is one of the best I think I have ever experienced. Throughout the day you make large and small decisions - never quite knowing if you made the right one. This creates some great self-narrative. The protagonist will mutter to herself "oh wow, that was really bad. I should probably change what I said" which makes the narrative really immersive, since you have to make decisions but still have control over the consequences you'll get since you can change what you said. This dynamic is really very cool. I'd really hate to spoil anything about the story, and since you definitely should have played he first episode you should know what you're getting yourself into anyways. Suffice to say the story is really amazing, and that every decision you make matters in the end.

    Onto the dialogue. It was pretty poor. There were some moments where a line was delivered and I felt bad for whoever had to voice-act it. It was just so simplistic at some points. I can't exactly put it into words. Also, the banter is compeletely out of touch. I heard the word selfie over and over and over again I just couldn't get it out of my head. Writers- please stop it. Nobody takes selfies all the time. Nobody uses a camera as old as the protagonist does. Nobody in california, where I live, uses the word "brah" unironically. Stop sterotyping your characters. Not everybody is a) a cheerleader/athlete b) a jock c) a geek d) a skater. That's just not how cultural dynamics are anymore, and also saying that bullies are a serious issue is a cliche too. I feel like, when I am playing the game, I am playing an anime or the sims. I really wish that the less serious moments weren't just guided by these cliches.

    The graphics are decent. The optimization could be improved, though (I could run this game max settings at about x2 MSAA at ~45 FPS, but on Battlefield 3 I get a full 60 on ultra...) The game does not look anywhere as good as BF3, of course. Still, if you have a nice machine this should be no problem. Everything looks strikingly like the sims, I have to say. That can be a good or a bad thing.

    So it should really speak volumes that I still love this game - every bad element can be overlooked easily. There are flaws, sure. But the serious issues that are confronted during the story and the way that you can effectively set up the ending you want throughout is just amazing. So to everybody reading this, I would say go buy the full series. It is a story you won't want to miss out on. To the devs... well.. don't mess this up now! I have faith in you, just don't end up finishing out a great series like mass effect 3. You really have something going right now.

    Who cares about this review anyways. You should start with the first episode, hopefully this review just tells you to go out and get this one too, and the rest of the series! Full price is absolutely worth it. You can pirate the first episode first too as a demo, too, if that's your cup of tea. But these devs do deserve your money.

    And before I go, one last thing. I think it was really cool that the devs put in elements that not necessarily every player was going to see. That sort of thing is dying out, but these guys really went the extra mile. I'll say it's something similar to how GTA has it's electric cars switch from gas to electric depending on your speed- it builds immersion but almost nobody'll know that. That attention to detail is just amazing.
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  2. Jul 28, 2015
    10
    The first episode was quite interesting, placing characters and gameplay. This second episode is growing our interest for the characters.The first episode was quite interesting, placing characters and gameplay. This second episode is growing our interest for the characters. Especially with the last game sequence which pushed me to replay the episode in a different way. Then, I was waiting to see how it modifies the story. Interest is still growing ; where will it lead ? Expand
  3. Mar 26, 2015
    9
    I have throughly enjoyed this game and I think they have really one-upped all of the Tellale cannon.

    I want to see so many more games like
    I have throughly enjoyed this game and I think they have really one-upped all of the Tellale cannon.

    I want to see so many more games like this. I could play 10 or more of these per year. I also want more female protagonists and regular settings with light sci-fi.
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  4. Apr 22, 2015
    8
    Life is Strange Episode Two delivers on its early promises of big choices and interesting gameplay, but those hoping for an improvement onLife is Strange Episode Two delivers on its early promises of big choices and interesting gameplay, but those hoping for an improvement on E1's ropey dialogue and character tropes will be disappointed. Expand
  5. Rem
    Jul 10, 2015
    8
    Life is Strange Episode 2 continues the strange life of Max Caulfield as she tries to go about her everyday life while trying to stop aLife is Strange Episode 2 continues the strange life of Max Caulfield as she tries to go about her everyday life while trying to stop a tornado that will wipe out Arcadia Bay. DontNod once again nails the mood and atmosphere of the setting with soft guitar strums and moments of idleness punctuating the best parts of the game. While the game inevitably turns into a five bottle fetch quest halfway through, it's still captivating because of the charming, immature nature of each character which are fleshed out even further in this episode which hits a fantastic conclusion. While the lip syncing is still way off, your choices still have an impact in this game, and the simple gameplay makes it really easy to begin enjoying this rather short episode. Take your time when you play and you'll see the charm and exquisite details hidden in this beautifully realized world and the characters that inhabit it. Expand
  6. May 9, 2015
    8
    Its a really cool game episode, well, at the end of it, you will be crying or tremendous, really incredible experience, BUUUTT as usual, thereIts a really cool game episode, well, at the end of it, you will be crying or tremendous, really incredible experience, BUUUTT as usual, there are some freaking boring parts, such as finding some random bottles! SOOOOOO FUUUUUNNN! Expand
  7. Apr 13, 2015
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Life is Strange Episode 2 - Out of Time. In my opinion isn't a very good episode, the first episode is a little better but still isn't a great game.
    The graphics of the game look nice. I also like how they have done 'some' of the characters, some of them are too stereotype. For example, Victoria being the bully but is nice to you when she wants something out of you.
    I found this game to very boring and you are just in a walking simulator at the end of it. You don't have many choices to choose from (as this is a choice based game), I feel like you only have two choices and nothing in between.

    I am giving this a 1/10 because of the story, the characters and just the way the game is set.
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