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  • Summary: The two brothers continue their journey into the winter months & struggle against the cold. As Daniel gradually falls ill, Sean decides they must make their way to their distant grandparent’s house to recover. During their stay, they encounter next-door neighbor Chris, a young boy whoThe two brothers continue their journey into the winter months & struggle against the cold. As Daniel gradually falls ill, Sean decides they must make their way to their distant grandparent’s house to recover. During their stay, they encounter next-door neighbor Chris, a young boy who believes he is a superhero by the name of Captain Spirit. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Feb 4, 2019
    100
    Episode 2: Rules is a fantastic experience and continues to build on Dontnod’s reputation as the king of episodic gaming. Life Is Strange 2 has the potential to mesmerize players with its three remaining episodes and become a worthy contender for 2019’s GOTY (despite the first episode being released in 2018, of course).
  2. Jan 27, 2019
    81
    The second chapter of Life is Strange 2 overtakes the previous episode. Despite the traps that it does, "Rules" manages that we can empathize with Sean and Daniel more. If the beginning of the journey of its protagonists hooked you, you can't miss the continuation for anything in the world.
  3. Jan 24, 2019
    80
    Life is Strange 2 continues its streak of excellence with Roads, an episode that advances the story of Sean and Daniel Diaz with a series of brave, unpredictable events. While it fumbles when touching upon heavier political themes, the emotion at the core of this story succeeds, and is ultimately what matters the most.
  4. Jan 22, 2019
    78
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. Mar 25, 2019
    70
    Though it doesn't quite build up on the first episode's potential, Life is Strange 2's second episode offers several compelling moments.
  6. Jan 22, 2019
    70
    While this episode brings interesting themes of its own, I was disappointed at how racial tensions and politics weren't built upon further, and that many consequences didn't tie over in meaningful ways from the previous episode. Instead, Rules feels like a turn in the wrong direction, with choices that never quite hit their mark. Hopefully the Diaz brothers carve a new and more interesting path as their journey continues.
  7. Jan 27, 2019
    50
    Life is Strange 2 Episode 2 feels more like a crossover bonus sequel to The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit than a true continuation of the first episode. While it does slowly inch toward the story at large, it fails in making a meaningful plot of its own in the meantime and lacks much substance thanks to the clumsy dialogue and boring scenes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Jan 28, 2019
    10
    I am a huge fan of the Life Is Strange universe and I am reminded of this each time i play a new episode. There is a certain beauty in theI am a huge fan of the Life Is Strange universe and I am reminded of this each time i play a new episode. There is a certain beauty in the writing that simply grabs you by the arm and pulls you in to the world. The narratives are heart felt and honest. You may not sometimes agree with which direction the story takes you but hey, that's the point, life works in strange ways. I simply can't get enough of this world. With episode two i was eager to see how Sean & Daniels story would link with the Captain Spirit story arch and it doesn't disappoint! Of course, there might be a very sad and perhaps shocking moment (most people will know what I'm talking about) but it's short lived and it's in there for valid reasons. You move on and push forward. Because that's all you can do. Nothing is perfect in life. Except maybe this game. Expand
  2. Feb 25, 2019
    8
    I thought Ep 2 was reasonably more fleshed out than the first and thankfully brought me some relief from the "endless road trip" vibe I got inI thought Ep 2 was reasonably more fleshed out than the first and thankfully brought me some relief from the "endless road trip" vibe I got in Ep 1. Without going into spoilers, a good chunk of the episode is devoted to building and managing your relationships with not only Daniel but other characters as well (something I thought Ep 1 was severely lacking). That being said, the plot of the episode wasn't particularly gripping but it does offer some potential side goals for the boys. Expand
  3. May 15, 2019
    7
    Don't trust the overall user scores, most of them have no idea what they're doing, giving this episode a 0 score.
    The episode continues and
    Don't trust the overall user scores, most of them have no idea what they're doing, giving this episode a 0 score.
    The episode continues and progresses the story pretty nicely. The music's good, as usual and the game has a convincing relationship between the characters that make the experience fun. This episode is on the chill side of things as most high-octane stuff happens infrequently.
    However, with some awkward dialogue and a lotta wooden voice-acting combined with some un-appealing character animations, it's not an entirely pleasant experience.
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  4. Feb 8, 2019
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. EPISODE 2:
    the episode started kinda awesome by you being the older brother training (in a way) Daniel by giving him stuff you pick up with his new power but mostly this episode was a waste of time because they made a crossover of sorts with captain spirit and basically the whole episode is training Daniel and teaching him new rules and getting annoyed by captain cringe and learning more about him also we get to learn more about Sean and Daniels mother and why she left but mostly that's it the episode was really boring and felt like a filler all i got from that episode is father skills after yelling and schooling Daniel and that brings me the score which is 5.5 out of ten it was a really slow episode and i wish they put in more stuff in it
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  5. Feb 23, 2019
    0
    Muito triste que um jogo que eu gostava tanto chegou a esse nível pq vocês não gastam a grana de vocês tem e contratam outro estúdio paraMuito triste que um jogo que eu gostava tanto chegou a esse nível pq vocês não gastam a grana de vocês tem e contratam outro estúdio para fazer outro tipo de jogo? Expand
  6. Feb 7, 2019
    0
    Here we go again, another utterly disappointing episode of such a (used to be) great franchise. I feel bad for those who try this out beforeHere we go again, another utterly disappointing episode of such a (used to be) great franchise. I feel bad for those who try this out before trying the first game, if they will even try the first game after playing this... Which is a shame because the first game, even with its flaws, was one of the best experience of mine when it comes to storytelling games. It made me care about the characters, it showed real life situations, it gave us an exciting time travel mechanic, it gave us great puzzles, interesting plot and great conversations... But let's talk about this one...

    Characters: I don't care about them. I don't care if Daniel Skywalker the force user of the franchise dies. I don't care about the character we play, i don't even remember his name.

    Plot: We, part of a minority, running away from the cops and everyone thinks we are killers because... we are mexicans... the racism agenda in this game is way overexaggerated. I can't take it seriously because it's laughably bad. We are talking about 2 kid for christ sake... Did they even investigated on the scene? I don't think so.

    The conversations are bad, they are not important, they are boring and they don't change the story at all, choices have no consequences. Do you guys remember Kate Marsh from the first game. Now THATS what all storytelling games should have. Now that was some heavy consequence and it was brilliant and i felt like sh*t when i failed to save her. There? Captain Spirit gets hit by a car because his dumb*ss runs in front of it because dumb*ss young skywalker lied to him.... I was so not impressed its not even funny. I didn't care at all, because most likely that kid won't be part of the upcoming story episodes anyway.

    Puzzles in this game are almost non existent and the existing ones... i don't know what to say. Find a key? Really? Oh but wait, i can talk to young Skywalker to use the force and open the door anyway.

    Young skywalker... Who thought giving the special ability to the character we can't play was a good idea? It's terrible. It's young skywalker's story and we are just making not important decisions for him...

    The game is full of bugs, camera, visual, audio bugs, the game suddenly crashing for people and they lose their save. All that after waiting for like... 3-4 months?

    I'm really disappointed and the next episode will be their last chance for me to get their stuff together because if that's going to be as bad as the first two episodes... I'm not willing to pay for that and i'm not willing to play that. I want to keep my good memories about the first Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm. To be honest, at this point i'm pretty sure that it's going to be bad, but i just want to give them one more chance...

    The best case scenario for them would be cancelling the story of young skywalker and the whole game, and start all over again and give us the story of Max and Chloe again... You know... What everyone wanted.
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  7. Jan 29, 2019
    0
    In hindsight I should not have given the first episode a zero because this episode is even worse than the first one.
    Boring storyline, still
    In hindsight I should not have given the first episode a zero because this episode is even worse than the first one.
    Boring storyline, still boring and largely characters you can´t relate to, still full of false choices changing nothing except the final cutscene of the episodes. The characters still make terribly stupid choices you can´t avoid.

    But the real problem is that they took four months to release this and it still is full of bugs ranging from graphical errors to sound errors that force you to restart the game to your saves being deleted!

    And if that weren´t bad enough they do not sell episode on it´s own, Forcing you to buy the whole season, which will be complete in or close to 2020.
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