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  • Summary: Darkroom follows the antics of series protagonist, Max, as she attempts to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of Rachel Amber and get to the bottom of the bizarre happenings in Arcadia Bay. With the ‘End of the World’ party on the horizon, time is running out for Max to become theDarkroom follows the antics of series protagonist, Max, as she attempts to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of Rachel Amber and get to the bottom of the bizarre happenings in Arcadia Bay. With the ‘End of the World’ party on the horizon, time is running out for Max to become the saviour of the town. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 90
    Life is Strange has been getting better with each episode and with the best story by far found in Episode 4 – The Dark Room, the upcoming finale is setting up to be mindblowing.
  2. Aug 6, 2015
    90
    As much as I’m looking forward to the conclusion of Life is Strange, I’m glad the episodic structure gives me a bit of reprieve. Days later, I’m still trying to process my thoughts and feelings on Dark Room, and I feel like this episode (and Life is Strange, as a whole, unless the final chapter completely drops the ball) is something we’ll be talking about for years to come.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Oct 16, 2015
    90
    LIS has built a series of pivotal plot-forks based on seemingly innocuous actions, but the isolated nature of this heartbreaking scene makes me fear it’ll be forgotten when the series draws to a close. [November 2015, p74]
  4. Games Master UK
    Oct 15, 2015
    86
    The series continues to establish itself as one of the year's most surprising and excellent prospects. [Oct 2015, p.75]
  5. Aug 10, 2015
    80
    After a brief emotional detour, Life is Strange gets back to its main plot. The beginning and end of this episode are strong, with a lot of tension and emotional payoff, but the middle feels like it's padding out the gameplay time instead of serving the story. Still, this is the best episode yet.
  6. Jul 30, 2015
    80
    It might not be the best chapter so far, especially when you realize Max's powers have been mostly cut due to pure balancing reasons, but it still paves the way for the (hopefully) grand finale.
  7. Jul 27, 2015
    60
    A hugely disappointing penultimate episode, but if you enjoyed the first three it’s still nowhere near enough to put you off from following things through to the end.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. May 9, 2016
    10
    This episode has more depressing as heck choices and is genuinely a bad time. I actually had to stop and think for like 20 minutes before iThis episode has more depressing as heck choices and is genuinely a bad time. I actually had to stop and think for like 20 minutes before i finally decided about the choice with the thing. tl;dr make sure you are mentally prepared and that you aren't in a bad time. Expand
  2. Aug 2, 2015
    10
    What should I say? If you somehow like this kind of game, it's an absolute no brainer! I simply can't wait to see how everything comesWhat should I say? If you somehow like this kind of game, it's an absolute no brainer! I simply can't wait to see how everything comes together in the end!

    However, if you did never try out this kind of game, there is no better way to do it than with Life is Strange. There is just so much depth here. This will be one of my top games in 2015.
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  3. Oct 1, 2015
    10
    I don't want to give any spoilers but...

    This has some of the most disturbing scenes I've ever had in a game. Seriously, disturbing. But
    I don't want to give any spoilers but...

    This has some of the most disturbing scenes I've ever had in a game. Seriously, disturbing.
    But it starts with a horrible choice I couldn't make easily. Even knowing this is a game it was hard to make a choice.
    Interactions with Chloe's parents were tear jerkers as well. Gah, so much, but can't give away too much! 10/10!
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  4. Aug 24, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. possible spoilers!

    So I have really enjoyed this game so far and as I see it there are going to be so many different endings that I can't even think of every possibility. The game begins slow which is needed so that most players learn that they have a choice! You can chose any out come for each interaction. The problem with changing something is that you will never know the final out come. What looked bad at first could be a blessing later on. The real moral seems to be that you should be nice to everyone because you never know who it will be that will save you in the end. When you water the plant early on and it says your actions will have consequences I was like "oh time to panic."

    Graphics over game play
    I have seen reviews saying the graphics are poor and the textures are awful. I am not sure what they mean. I have heard of people saying that the game runs bad as well. The graphics are good they are not some ultra realistic almost real life graphics. At no point do the graphics need to be better. I will pick game play over graphics any day of the week. I might mention that CSGO is still very alive because game play. The game is hand painted and looks amazing as it is. Also a game will only run as well as good as the hardware that is playing it.

    Emotion
    I have never had a game where I felt so strongly about the characters as this one. This game twists your heart around so much in the later episodes that it may not be fair, but it is how it is. Even with all the power Max has even she cannot predict how an action will play out. can any of us really see what will happen next? Most people I have seen play including my self have all said "this game man." Its okay to cry just do it even I shed a few tears at multiple parts.

    10/10 for the game as a whole up to part 4.

    DISCLAIMER: This game is not for everyone. It is story based and have no gun fights. If you want to shoot things play call of duty or destiny. If you are bored of shooting stuff and need a change of pace for a while this game is the ideal pick.

    I was into shooting game until gone home and life is strange. This is a new age in story telling. We have reached the point where games like this are possible.
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  5. Aug 2, 2015
    10
    again and again each episode of life is strange is better then the previous episode.This episode end will make you cry and wait for episode 5again and again each episode of life is strange is better then the previous episode.This episode end will make you cry and wait for episode 5 the episode is fun and cant wait for episode 5!! Expand
  6. Jul 29, 2015
    9
    These episodes continue to wrench your gut, and Dark Room did so in a horrifyingly brilliant way. You could poke holes in some of the minorThese episodes continue to wrench your gut, and Dark Room did so in a horrifyingly brilliant way. You could poke holes in some of the minor story lines, and there didn't feel as interactive as the early episodes; who cares? And you get every penny of that $5 or less, nothing like the lazy game of thrones episodes. Expand
  7. Jan 30, 2016
    8
    Best episode as the tension rises before the finale.
    While some of the episodes might feel boring, this actually keeps you interested,
    Best episode as the tension rises before the finale.
    While some of the episodes might feel boring, this actually keeps you interested, especially the latter part of the episode.
    Solid 8
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