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  • Summary: The long awaited sequel to the award winning Life is Strange returns with a new 5-part narrative adventure from DONTNOD Entertainment.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Dec 9, 2019
    100
    Life is Strange 2 is one of the best stories in video games. It tackles a lot and handles all of it with grace. It’s emotional, evocative, heartwarming, and heartbreaking. Every choice you make matters not only to you, but also to those around you. The journey of the brothers Diaz is one you absolutely need to take.
  2. Dec 10, 2019
    90
    Dontnod revisits their universe with a narrative-heavy video game filled with difficult choices and supernatural powers. This time, though, they show courage by distancing themselves from the story of the original game and by discussing complicated themes. Complex, political and with a powerful message, everybody should play Life is Strange 2.
  3. Jan 9, 2020
    90
    This is put simply a beautiful poignant game that begs to be played. It is so thoughtful that anyone who does buy Life is Strange 2 is going to feel something when playing it. It is an experience that you will not soon forget after completion. I hope that you take that time like I did to fully go through and savour a game that is truly a joy to play.
  4. Dec 4, 2019
    80
    While the first Life is Strange was a fantastic story that I felt stumbled to the finish line, Life is Strange 2 feels the opposite. It started rough and gradually grew into a strong tale of sibling's rasing one another. How they go about raising one another is ultimately up to you.
  5. Dec 8, 2019
    76
    Life is Strange 2 takes the familiar formula and delivers it on a grander scale while tackling difficult topics across the USA. If you're playing it for the story, you won't be disappointed but don't expect much from the gameplay.
  6. Apr 12, 2021
    70
    Anyone that enjoyed the original Life is Strange and opted not to give a chance to this sequel should reconsider right away. The story may not deliver the same impact or suspense, but this is a poignant narrative that many should find a degree of relatability to, with extremely likeable characters in the form of Sean and Daniel. With the full season discounted often and a new game on the horizon, this is a great time to journey south with the Diaz brothers.
  7. Dec 23, 2019
    50
    A game with noble intent without the skills to fulfill its potential, showing that sometimes life isn’t strange, but disappointing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 155
  2. Negative: 47 out of 155
  1. Aug 30, 2020
    10
    Really amazing and very underrated loved everything about it I played the first game and was not into it a lot but this game was reallyReally amazing and very underrated loved everything about it I played the first game and was not into it a lot but this game was really something else. Idk why people are hating(mostly simps) but this game was far better than the first one in any way Expand
  2. Apr 28, 2020
    10
    Hermoso juego, hermosos personajes, hermosa historia, hermosa banda sonora, personajes muy profundos y diversos finales. Sin duda mejor que elHermoso juego, hermosos personajes, hermosa historia, hermosa banda sonora, personajes muy profundos y diversos finales. Sin duda mejor que el primero y por lejos Expand
  3. Sep 29, 2018
    10
    It's hard to write a review about this game without spoilers, but here goes. While the first episode seems shorter than lis 1's first episode,It's hard to write a review about this game without spoilers, but here goes. While the first episode seems shorter than lis 1's first episode, that's only because it's way more fluid in it's narrative. (You won't waste hours looking at the same pointless Rachel poster.) The game does dive into the political side of America, the ugly side, and it does it well. Let's be honest. We play the lis games for the feels,(and the cool atmosphere/music) and you will have them in the first episode. The best part is that during the entire time I'm was playing, I never once wished it was Max and Chloe on the screen. That speaks volumes about what dontnod has accomplished. Expand
  4. Jul 4, 2020
    8
    I think it is great . It was very emotional and i nearly cried at the end.
    Honestly i think the first one was better but Life is strange 2 is
    I think it is great . It was very emotional and i nearly cried at the end.
    Honestly i think the first one was better but Life is strange 2 is still a great game
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  5. Jan 14, 2021
    6
    I enjoyed the first Life is Strange game to a surprising extent. I found this to be a mildly disappointing sequel and consequently give it aI enjoyed the first Life is Strange game to a surprising extent. I found this to be a mildly disappointing sequel and consequently give it a moderate but passable rating. If you haven't played the first game, do that first/instead. As a guy, I'm kinda amazed I was more empathetic to the teenage girl of the first game, than a younger guy in the second.
    Quick breakdown
    Graphics/Visuals: Exceeds the original.
    Story: Moderately disappointing. As more of a road trip story it lacks as much depth as the first one
    Side Characters: All but 2 are pretty 1 dimensional, to the games detriment. Gone is the moral complexity of the first game. A major loss.
    Main Characters: The brother is pain in the a$$. It waivers between sympathetic/redeemable, and straight up (Profanity). As he's key to the story, its a definite weakness.
    The protagonist: Whiny, effeminate and a bit weak. It colors a lot of environmental observations. You take a lot of blows and unrealistically you can't even try to defend yourself. Not expecting Bruce Lee here, but I know few men who won't want to or try to punch back.
    Best episode for me: 3. Strong but kinda harsh opener episode. Episode 2 was a slow burn that never really burned at all. Episode 3 was more of an adventure, with more excitement, more central characters (only time you feel a group dynamic in the whole game). Episodes 4-5 seemed and felt shorter. They were focused on fewer places, but detail level remained consistent with the first 3.
    Central themes: Simpler but weaker than the first game.
    There just isn't the same central pull as the first game. You can't abandon Danial, as much as you might want to. So its not "protect your brother VS
    And it shows an ugly side of the USA. if you've read this far, consider yourself forewarned. Hope you enjoy.
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  6. Feb 14, 2020
    4
    I actually liked the basic story line, although I find episode 4 far fetched and kinda out there. I also liked the voice acting for Sean andI actually liked the basic story line, although I find episode 4 far fetched and kinda out there. I also liked the voice acting for Sean and Daniel. But I have major issues with the story line, choices and lack thereof.
    First, Sean and Daniel get terrible advice from every adult who helps them - Brody, no matter what you ask, tells them to go to Mexico. The Grandparents, after lambasting him for running in the first place, tell them to run. You don't expect good advice from Finn, Cassidy or that group, but you probably get the most honest answers from them. The mother acts like a spoiled brat, seems to have no care about Sean - the son she actually knew for 8 years, and puts her sons in danger.

    Then there's the story itself - as opposed to actually picking a direction, the story forces you into one bad decision after another. I have played the game many times just to see what would happen and no matter what, the ending is terrible. I am older and there is no way I am letting a 16 year old get sent to prison for 15 years for something he didn't do. Meanwhile Daniel, if he helps me across the border, ends up under house arrest. Realistically, he either wouldn't have been charged at all or the government, noticing his powers, would have put him in some program - out of sight. If Daniel comes with me across the border, we still seem distant. If I give myself up, there are no articles about the trial, no chance I will not get convicted or will be prosecuted for my only real crime (stealing the car out of the hospital parking lot). Also, the points or cents you are given for your choices at the end don't make sense. What does the game actually want you to do?

    I agree with one of the reviews that they seemed to have copped out or rushed the game. So much time between chapters (in the game - months have passed, weeks, etc) I only found out what happened during that time by reading Sean's notebook. I think the dialogue doesn't fit with the characters - and a lot of stock dialogue means no matter what you choose, the response or your next lines will be the same.

    The game never really deals with Daniel's powers and the possibility that the government would want to study him or lock him up - this is more of a reason to keep running than any of the other stupid reasons "adults" give the kids.
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  7. Apr 1, 2022
    0
    An attempt by developers to go into sales due to the reputation of the first LiS, which was great. But this game is a complete disappointment.An attempt by developers to go into sales due to the reputation of the first LiS, which was great. But this game is a complete disappointment. No, this is not even a game, but a socio-political whining that has nothing to do with reality. A game for the urban far-left hipsters of West Coast, not for normal people. Expand

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