Life is Strange: Episode 5 - Polarized Image
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  • Summary: In Episode 5: Polarized Max learns that time is impossible to control as she moves inexorably towards the most agonizing decision of her life. Arcadia Bay, meanwhile, is preparing to weather a huge storm as Life is Strange comes to a gripping and gut wrenching conclusion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 26, 2015
    93
    Expansive, bittersweet, artistically complete. Life Is Strange opens up new possibilities for what is feasible in video games in terms of narrative. A gorgeous, coming-of-age tale that will resonate with players long after the end credits have rolled.
  2. Oct 26, 2015
    90
    The entirety of Episode 5 pulls at the soul, using the series' history as a catalyst for existential query.
  3. Oct 20, 2015
    90
    This fifth episode efficiently concludes a whole season that has just been constantly brilliant in terms of narrative and staging. A lot of surprises happen and lead to a final decision with potential consequences that will definitely help to remember this whole season of Life is Strange as a beautiful present from Dontnod to the players.
  4. Nov 4, 2015
    90
    Grand finale of an unconventional adventure is a success and the whole game has truly the one of the best stories of this year.
  5. Oct 23, 2015
    83
    Even though Life is Strange doesn’t utilize all its potential on the final stretch this is a strong emotional finish to a cracking mystery thriller.
  6. Oct 26, 2015
    80
    Life is Strange: Polarized is a brilliant pay off. All the choices we have made, along with the awkward narrative style finally make sense. And we are confronted with issues much deeper than expected.
  7. Oct 20, 2015
    60
    Life is Strange paints an excellent, vivid picture of a young woman's struggle for acceptance and justice, but trips itself up by trying to make things gamey.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 43
  2. Negative: 9 out of 43
  1. Jul 23, 2017
    10
    This game is one of the best games I have ever played. This game made me cry. This game is f**king awesome and you can't disagree. LIS has anThis game is one of the best games I have ever played. This game made me cry. This game is f**king awesome and you can't disagree. LIS has an awesome soundtrack and breathtaking story. You must give Life is Strange a chance because it really deserves it. It was the first game which gave me feelings like that. I was crying like 5-yrs old girl at ending... I never thought that video game would affect my emotions like LIS has done... Expand
  2. Oct 28, 2015
    10
    One of the best endings of the game. Wonderful hipster story of little girl Max. Interesting way to show time in different dimensions!

    ha
    One of the best endings of the game. Wonderful hipster story of little girl Max. Interesting way to show time in different dimensions!

    ha ha P.S. I chose left option ;)
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  3. Oct 20, 2015
    10
    Dontnod Entertainment and the people behind it have done something no one would have expected when this game was announced. They have craftedDontnod Entertainment and the people behind it have done something no one would have expected when this game was announced. They have crafted the best episodic adventure game yet. Episode 5 cemented Life is Strange as an exceptional piece of storytelling that should be played and experienced by everyone. Expand
  4. Oct 28, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I feel like there was a simpler solution than completely changing the time line to save your girlfriend, such as writing everything max would need to know in her own journal to prevent anything bad from happening. Like bold letters: Mr Jefferson did this, the town is in danger, evacuate and enjoy your relationship with Mrs. Punk Rock. But I guess that would just make the story dry. I also feel they overdid it with Jefferson as to his psychotic tendencies. While it does have to be emphasized he's a lunatic, it was just over the top stereotypical for the psycho to be how he is, especially as compared to how collected and calm he is through the other episodes. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the series and wouldn't know how to conclude it myself, but I'm gonna go with the other people in saying that it could have been better. Expand
  5. Nov 3, 2015
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The finale of Life is Strange fell short of expectation. There are too many plot holes at the ending of the game. The game having two endings felt really forced and everything you played from episode 1-4 didn't really matter in this episode. The story would work well in a movie or set of movies, but not in a game where you put your hours on the first 80% only to be wasted on the remaining 20%. Every effort and dilemma I put on playing the first four episodes just faded away, like a bubble. Expand
  6. Nov 10, 2015
    6
    Impressive story with interesting characters i really enjoy the game but i don't know something missing there is too much space in scenarioImpressive story with interesting characters i really enjoy the game but i don't know something missing there is too much space in scenario and i don't like the ending other episodes was better or i expect too much for finale.

    At the end 6/10
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  7. Oct 22, 2015
    0
    Once again, this game is derivative garbage.

    Bioshock Infinite does Bioshock Infinite much better than Life is Strange does Bioshock
    Once again, this game is derivative garbage.

    Bioshock Infinite does Bioshock Infinite much better than Life is Strange does Bioshock Infinite.

    Horrible writing, shallow teenage-dream stock characters, and that holier-than-thou "high art" atmosphere, what a bunch of crock.

    If the purpose of this game is to satirize, parody, and make fun of it's own playerbase/ subject ( Millennials), than I recant and give it a 10/10!

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