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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 314
  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. Jun 27, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Despite some cringy dialogue and a slow first two chapters, this game has one of the most emotionally devastating stories I have ever seen. I know the ending is controversial becuase it all comes down to one decision, but the whole game prepares you for that moment, and it feels like a very natural conclusion. The "sacrifice Chloe" ending was the only time I have ever cried because of a video game. Expand
  3. Dec 21, 2021
    10
    One of my top 5 games. It really hit my heart and made me cry. As someone who knows how loneliness and depression feels, this game really madeOne of my top 5 games. It really hit my heart and made me cry. As someone who knows how loneliness and depression feels, this game really made an impact. Loved it and cannot recommend it enough. Expand
  4. Feb 27, 2018
    9
    A-MA-ZING!

    Very good story. Emotional. Engaging. Voice acting... Every time I ear the soundtracks, it takes me to Arcadia Bay. I've
    A-MA-ZING!

    Very good story. Emotional. Engaging. Voice acting... Every time I ear the soundtracks, it takes me to Arcadia Bay.

    I've played two times because of the two endings. Which one is the good one?
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  5. Mar 28, 2022
    9
    Trama muito boa e com vários plot-twists, escolhas que realmente interferem na história.
  6. Sep 8, 2019
    8
    Presentation and atmosphere is beautiful like a piece of art. This is a great game.
    However, if you are older adult, it's hard to get into
    Presentation and atmosphere is beautiful like a piece of art. This is a great game.
    However, if you are older adult, it's hard to get into it... the story is about high school life. It's really awesome for teens though. I'm giving it an 8 because we need more games like this made out of love.
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  7. Dec 6, 2020
    1
    اللعبة ذي كس و زق سامع يا محمد و ون بيس زق بعد

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