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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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  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Nov 1, 2015
    95
    From its opening moment until its final scene plays, Life is Strange is a wonderful, beautiful, captivating, touching adventure built upon the undying friendship of two girls trying to find their place in the world.
  2. Nov 7, 2015
    91
    If you’re on the market for a dramatic and original episodic series with unique gameplay mechanics and an intriguing story to tell, then consider checking out Life is Strange. I definitely need to reiterate how impressed I am with Dontnod Entertainment's first foray into the episodic adventure genre, and we're definitely excited to see where they'll be taking us next.
  3. Jan 8, 2016
    90
    With tremendous cunning, Dontnod’s game moves from a teenage super-power fantasy toward a comment on our universal wish to repair time.
  4. Oct 29, 2015
    87
    The greatest strength of Life is Strange is that the excellent character work, supernatural twists, and serene environments manage to overcome any technical issues. It was easy for us to get hooked on guiding Max through this tumultuous time in her life, and the ending left our hearts and minds drained.
  5. Feb 5, 2016
    85
    An honest, sometimes even painful, story about friendship and finding yourself. Life is Strange is played with a lump in the throat and its ability to make a grown man tear up is its true "power".
  6. Dec 29, 2015
    85
    Due to excellent voice performances, a mysterious, sleepy little town that has plenty of intrigue and secrets, the added benefit of some exploration, and the undeniably appealing rewind feature, the game has a unique and extremely absorbing feel.
  7. Oct 21, 2015
    70
    As a whole series, Life is Strange has been an intriguing and emotional experience. The rewind mechanic is an intelligent inclusion to the interactive drama genre and gives the impression of having significant control over the narrative. That said, there's certainly an argument that player choices have all been leading to a singular binary decision which somewhat softens the finale's emotional punch.

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  1. Negative: 14 out of 264
  1. Jan 23, 2016
    10
    Further proof that video games can tell emotionally engaging stories and present relatable characters. Superb voice acting, beautiful artFurther proof that video games can tell emotionally engaging stories and present relatable characters. Superb voice acting, beautiful art design, a smooth score, and good use of licensed music all help to make this story game one worth playing. If you are looking to take a break from the usual RPGs and shooters, then I recommend you start with Life is Strange. Expand
  2. Jan 8, 2020
    10
    Um jogo com uma historia profunda e cativante que força o jogador a tomar decisões que vão definir o rumo da história.
    Life is strange aborda
    Um jogo com uma historia profunda e cativante que força o jogador a tomar decisões que vão definir o rumo da história.
    Life is strange aborda assuntos delicados como suicídio, drogas e abuso. Para um jogador que procura uma história emocionante e que faz você se apegar e se identificar com os personagens, Life is strange é um game imperdível. O único ponto fraco para mim foram os gráficos que podiam ser levemente melhores
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  3. Nov 10, 2020
    10
    I'm not spoilering nothing. Is just one of the best games ever. Attention. This game will leave a big print on you. Play it. I recommend
  4. Jun 7, 2017
    9
    Life is Strange
    Some of the best story telling in gaming history
    Life is strange is a 10 hour long interactive choose your own adventure
    Life is Strange
    Some of the best story telling in gaming history
    Life is strange is a 10 hour long interactive choose your own adventure game like the telltale games but with much more polish..
    Here you play as aspiring photographer max… she has a vision of impending doom for the town of arcadia, and soon after she discovers she has the ability to rewind time after she saves her best friend Chloe from being killed…
    The game is spread up into 5 episodes, and each episode does a great job of leaving you wanting more and feeling like self-contained stories…
    You feel like you’ve accomplished everything in each episode.. none felt filler
    You do play as a high school senior, and the game does a great job of feeling like you’re a high school girl, dealing with bullies, dealing with students having crushes on you, balancing friendships… and dealing with some pretty heavy emotional situations you’d expect from a bunch of high school kids
    if you have a heart, you will cry playing this game, multiple times…
    Where things get interesting is the rewind ability…
    This is still an adventure game but not a nonsense adventure game…
    it’s pretty easy knowing what to do in a situation, though one puzzle in a later episodes gets a little too complicated and slows the game down a bit…
    But puzzles are found both in the environment and in dialog…
    As you have to make sure you don’t say the wrong thing to someone while trying to get information out of them that you need…
    or if you don’t like a reaction they had, you can rewind time and try something else…
    As well as outcomes of a few important situations.. The game will indicate that a choice you made will have consequences and you can decide to deal with those consequences or go for a different outcome and deal with tem... but by time you learn what these consequences are, its too late to go back and change... so while I was worried at first.. This makes your decisions and choices still matter in the game…
    much like the telltale games, I wasn’t a fan of the sections that I had to walk around and interact with items in the environment…
    Most did add to the story…
    But a few did annoy and frustrate me and felt like they were there to just drag the game out
    10 hours of pure story though... definitely does get exhausting…
    so this isn’t really a finish in one sitting kind of game.. especially with the at times poor pacing…
    but the story telling here is so good that even if you do get tired you want to keep pushing to see what’s behind the next corner and what twist the game is going to throw at you next…
    People have been recommending this game to me since it came out, and I’m glad I finally got around to experiencing it
    The gameplay isn’t the best, but the powerful story telling makes Life is Strange a must experience game…
    I give Life is Strange
    an 8.5/10
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  5. Oct 25, 2020
    9
    LIS is one of the best stories told in recent memory. the characters , realistic experiences , and the relationship of max and Chloe is oneLIS is one of the best stories told in recent memory. the characters , realistic experiences , and the relationship of max and Chloe is one you don't want to miss. The episodic nature of the game [similar to telltale] is great and makes you really have to choose the outcomes your self. Expand
  6. Sep 29, 2017
    8
    Life is Strange is simply awesome ! one of the best games ever of story teller type. Make sure you'll do the right choice, because it couldLife is Strange is simply awesome ! one of the best games ever of story teller type. Make sure you'll do the right choice, because it could change the whole story, you have the power of regress in time and change the present ! Expand
  7. Feb 16, 2020
    0
    This wasn't a game, it was a 3d click through visual novel about being in a boarding school in oregon where the photography teacher drugsThis wasn't a game, it was a 3d click through visual novel about being in a boarding school in oregon where the photography teacher drugs women. An perverse ad campaign for semite hollywood oligarchs. Expand

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