Life is Strange Image
Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1293 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 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?
Buy On

Trailer

Please enter your birth date to watch this video:
You are not allowed to view this material at this time.
Life is Strange - E3 2015 Trailer
Score distribution:
  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.

See all 24 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 172
  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. Dec 17, 2017
    10
    Though I can imagine not everyone would be captivated by Life is Strange's story, it's unquestionably moving. Upon completing the game, IThough I can imagine not everyone would be captivated by Life is Strange's story, it's unquestionably moving. Upon completing the game, I found myself lost in emotion for days. This is certainly one you have to play for yourself. Expand
  3. Feb 8, 2016
    10
    Life is Strange propels the medium of story-telling in games to new heights. Games like this mark the beginning of a new era. With the shiftLife is Strange propels the medium of story-telling in games to new heights. Games like this mark the beginning of a new era. With the shift to open-world elements in games(I'm looking at you Metal Gear Solid 5 ) I'm happy to see that there is still a big focus on engaging story-telling and cinematics. Expand
  4. Apr 29, 2016
    9
    A fantastic story-based adventure with serious depth. Better than most Telltale games. It is also visually gorgeous and it has an appropriateA fantastic story-based adventure with serious depth. Better than most Telltale games. It is also visually gorgeous and it has an appropriate soundtrack. Occasionally slow-paced but delivers all the way. Expand
  5. Jul 19, 2018
    9
    Life Is Strange has an incredible, original, unravelling story with many well-written and believable characters. No game I've played in theLife Is Strange has an incredible, original, unravelling story with many well-written and believable characters. No game I've played in the past five years has had such an emotional impact on me. As i worked through the episodes I became more and more eager and impatient to play the next one; rarely have I been so addicted to a game. Very rarely did the game get slightly boring. Its biggest flaw IMO is the bad lip-syncing (not surprising given the budget of the game but better lip-syncing certainly would've helped). User control over the core rewind power you have could also feel more responsive. The graphics and art style work together well, and I never thought the game needed much more detailed textures. Certain music in the game contributed greatly to the emotion, while still sticking to the theme of the general soundtrack. I couldn't recommend the game enough if you enjoy a really good plot in video game medium. It was once free on PS Plus, so check your purchased games to see if you purchased it at the time and can play it now for free. Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2017
    8
    The first episode greatly sets up what other episodes will become. And that is mess up, fix it, mess up more, fix it again. Then it drags onThe first episode greatly sets up what other episodes will become. And that is mess up, fix it, mess up more, fix it again. Then it drags on to some teen drama that didn't bother me as much, but maybe eye-rolling to some. The game then turns its table for the best on the third episode until final the episode.There are emotional moments that are sad but overall didn't grip me as Telltale's The walking dead season 1 did.

    Graphics are stylistic, music is very hipster (can be good or bad but its totally up to your taste), the story of friendship is beautiful somewhat weird (I guess life IS strange), the journey is awesome with some nail biting events and some memorable characters, the actual/true conclusion is a good way to end it but totally could have been better.

    Life is strange is a good game that you can just sit back and relax since it doesn't require intense button pressing.
    Expand
  7. Mar 29, 2017
    1
    I can’t believe this “game” has such a high rating. It’s so bad I literally threw it in the trash after playing the first episode. ThereI can’t believe this “game” has such a high rating. It’s so bad I literally threw it in the trash after playing the first episode. There doesn’t seem to be any conceivable way to die or lose the game – you’re just playing through a story about a bunch of losers who obviously will never make anything of themselves in their lives. The whole time travel thing is nothing more than a gimmick – it has the exact same effect as any game where you can save prior to making some supposedly critical choice, using the save to view the immediate impact of each choice, and then deciding which choice to make. Expand

See all 172 User Reviews