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  • Summary: Darkroom follows the antics of series protagonist, Max, as she attempts to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of Rachel Amber and get to the bottom of the bizarre happenings in Arcadia Bay. With the ‘End of the World’ party on the horizon, time is running out for Max to become theDarkroom follows the antics of series protagonist, Max, as she attempts to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of Rachel Amber and get to the bottom of the bizarre happenings in Arcadia Bay. With the ‘End of the World’ party on the horizon, time is running out for Max to become the saviour of the town. Expand

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 2, 2015
    90
    A masterful coming-together of all plot threads explored in the series so far, Dark Room is an intense ride into the deepest, darkest secrets of Arcadia Bay.
  2. Aug 17, 2015
    85
    It shows the still known mechanical faults, but the story is worth every minute, as it sets the tone for a hopefully tense finale.
  3. Aug 5, 2015
    82
    Regardless, Episode 4 reassured me with a powerful episode that tugged at my heart. Max and Chloe truly feel like lifelong friends, and I want them to have happy closure.
  4. Jul 29, 2015
    80
    A great episode in which and Dontnod delivers some of the greatest moments of the series. Characters, stories, arts, gameplay : everything is still excellent in Dark Room and its conclusion can let us think that we're going to have a hell of a conclusion in the next and final chapter.
  5. Jul 30, 2015
    76
    Dark Room starts with a bang, with one of the most intense, soul crushing moments ever lived in a videogame. After that, tedious dialogues take over, together with few trial & error moments and some plot holes. This is probably the worst episode of an otherwise great series. Cannot wait to play the season finale.
  6. Sep 29, 2015
    74
    The episode starts with the narrative on hold. But when it reaches its middle point it gets on track and we can enjoy a long investigation all action and puzzles. Something happens, at last.
  7. Jul 30, 2015
    60
    Dark Room finally sets off the mystery but it’s the least consistent episode of Life Is Strange so far.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jul 29, 2015
    10
    The strongest episode in the series so far.
    It kicks off right away with an intense travel back to our reality and after a short buildup and
    The strongest episode in the series so far.
    It kicks off right away with an intense travel back to our reality and after a short buildup and some detective work it gets really really dark and darker.

    That's been a really interesting and unique emotional experience
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  2. Aug 1, 2015
    10
    Best episode so far, in my humble opinion. Pure emotional trip. The game still sins at times for being too simplistic in my opinion, butBest episode so far, in my humble opinion. Pure emotional trip. The game still sins at times for being too simplistic in my opinion, but that's hard to avoid when you mix time travel with a teenage drama together. Still, a sharp 10 - if only for the absolutely incredible soundtrack (but for so much more) Expand
  3. Jul 28, 2015
    10
    Just when I thought that video games can no longer affect me as they used to came Life is Strange (especially Ep 4). Yes, it is the mostJust when I thought that video games can no longer affect me as they used to came Life is Strange (especially Ep 4). Yes, it is the most glitched episode (time mechanic, sound sync), but what a story!!! I've never been so shocked (even though what Dontnod did in the Ep 4 with story is what I suspected after previous episodes) as with this game. "Dark Room" certainly doesn't deserve 10/10, but for the first time I have to give such a mark. Unbelievably high bar is set for Dontnod and their final episode of Life is Strange. Expand
  4. Mar 17, 2020
    9
    9.2/10
    По причинам, произошедшим в третьем эпизоде, четвертый эпизод воспринимается как нечто новое, пусть и подобные сюжетные ходы уже
    9.2/10
    По причинам, произошедшим в третьем эпизоде, четвертый эпизод воспринимается как нечто новое, пусть и подобные сюжетные ходы уже успели набить оскомину. Ты словно смотришь на уже полюбившуюся историю совсем под другим углом. До середины эпизода создаётся ощущение, что он нагружает игрока скорее количеством событий, но не их качеством. Но в итоге в плане геймплея этот эпизод оказался самым разнообразным, на мой взгляд. Момент с расследованием получился действительно необычным и заставляет игрока пошевелить мозгами, а заодно и воспользоваться бумагой с ручкой. Более того, даже некоторые комбинации цифр, которые я выписывал на бумагу из эпизодов ранее, оказались не просто применимыми, но и полезными в данном эпизоде. А что сюжет? А сюжет напоминает игроку то, что эта игра, конечно, прежде всего про сюжет и есть, и последний час эпизода ощущается, как что-то действительно глубокое и интригующее и по-настоящему атмосферное.
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  5. Sep 3, 2015
    9
    Life is Strange is hands down the best interactive story I played so far. It feels like it targets a specific "creative" crowd, but thatLife is Strange is hands down the best interactive story I played so far. It feels like it targets a specific "creative" crowd, but that doesn't make it unappealing to everyone else. The story is very engaging, at times dark, and in the course of 4 episodes it escalated to some really unexpected events. I would easily give it a 10, if it wasn't for some mildly annoying graphic bugs on PC. Expand
  6. Rem
    Jul 28, 2015
    8
    Episode 4: The Dark Room in many areas is a rocket ship up in intensity and emotional payoff in the ever growing beloved world of Max andEpisode 4: The Dark Room in many areas is a rocket ship up in intensity and emotional payoff in the ever growing beloved world of Max and Chloe. But a big warning to those following the story so far, this is quite one of the darkest episodes not just in Life is Strange, but in gaming in general. Instead of using buckets of blood and violence, The Dark Room bathes in creepiness, the unknown, and general paranoia of something much darker on the horizon. The beginning I have to admit however, is an emotional roller coaster, probably the best I've ever experienced in a game so far because it harkens back to the relationship between Max and Chloe and manages to bring me to tears at several points in this Episode alone. Episode 4 more than the other 3 Episodes sees the culmination of your past choices and actually alter the little stories in the game rather than the overall arching narrative. What this Episode does absolutely right is setting up powerful scenes. I can recall at least three times within the 5 hour frame where I was ready to spill tears because of how wonderful of a job the VA for Chloe did. Also the shift to a darker tone while not an easy transition sells itself really well in letting you know something awful will occur. So what does EP4 stumble with? Well, for one, it's the least polished episode with numerous audio glitches, a broken time mechanic, and a certain sequence which really underwhelmed. But I do appreciate DontNod for adding to their gameplay by having Max do somewhat detective work even if it's just connect the dots esque. The music does not always hit the right notes, but when it does it keeps hounding you until the Episode has wrought you free of all your tear ducts. In many ways, Episode 4's shocking conclusion will set up to be what is most likely to be an ending for the ages in terms of video game storytelling. Expand
  7. Aug 25, 2015
    7
    This is a highly entertaining game, and this was probably the most entertaining episode yet. Prior to this episode, the game felt like itThis is a highly entertaining game, and this was probably the most entertaining episode yet. Prior to this episode, the game felt like it didn't know what tone it was trying to go for, and a lot of the dialogue would just drag me out of the experience in a hilarious fashion (this is not a bad thing by the way). But this episode has a distinctly darker and more mature tone right from the get-go. The beginning of the episode had me feeling a whole mess of emotions, from depressed to bittersweet. Needless to say, it was the most affecting scene in the series so far. That said, some characters I find hard to connect with, so this dragged my experience down a bit. I am very excited for the fifth episode, and I can't wait to see what happens. Expand

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