Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. Nov 1, 2015
    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. Oct 23, 2015
    One of the best efforts of the year, unafraid and willing to take chances, and well-deserving of your time.
  3. Nov 7, 2015
    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.
  4. Feb 1, 2016
    The Limited Edition of Life is Strange doesn’t introduce anything new. The graphics are the same, as well as individual episodes that form this wonderful adventure. The art book and soundtrack are still a nice plus that could push some collectors to purchase this edition.
  5. Jan 8, 2016
    With tremendous cunning, Dontnod’s game moves from a teenage super-power fantasy toward a comment on our universal wish to repair time.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 16, 2015
    A nearly perfect interactive experience. [Christmas 2015, p.79]
  7. Power Unlimited
    Dec 10, 2015
    Life is Strange is our sleeper hit of the year. A new benchmark for the adventure genre and a must play for everyone that enjoys a good detective story. [dec. 2015 / page 067]
  8. Nov 7, 2015
    While it isn’t perfect and there are limitations evident in each episode, Life Is Strange sets a new precedent for episodic gaming and reiterates why it’s a bona fide contender for 2015’s GOTY, despite facing fierce competition for that distinguished accolade.
  9. Oct 30, 2015
    Life is Strange is a beautiful adventure in which Max and Chloe have to struggle through time and different choices to figure out what's happening in Arcadia Bay.
  10. Oct 21, 2015
    It has its weaknesses and flaws as a game, but this is a deeply impactful game that shouldn’t be missed.
  11. Jan 19, 2016
    Life is Strange is a personal, beautiful and captivating adventure game that builds on the foundation of the friendship between two girls who seek their place in the world. A risky and very emotional game.
  12. Oct 29, 2015
    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.
  13. Jan 19, 2016
    Life is Strange is a brilliant concept that you will love if you forget prejudices.
  14. Feb 5, 2016
    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".
  15. Jan 19, 2016
    Life is Strange is not perfect, but it has a soul, and that's something quite rare those days. If you like this new Telltale-like adventure genre, Life is Strange is one of those games you don't want to miss.
  16. Dec 29, 2015
    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.
  17. Jan 21, 2016
    Despite its obvious flaws the reactive story and compelling characters make this one of the best storytelling experiences of the current generation.
  18. Oct 30, 2015
    It's the mix of the mundane and the mercurial that makes Life Is Strange worth living. - Aaron Riccio
  19. Oct 22, 2015
    Life is Strange fails to execute in critical spots, but it's beautiful world, fun time-reversal, and honest look at adolescence makes it a game worth remembering. A diamond in the rough.
  20. Oct 26, 2015
    The Max's journey ends with this fifth episode and she knows she has achieved many good ideas but, for the way, she also has left other important things. Life is Strange is classic and fresh at the same time, but Dontnod Studios should have had more money to develop an unforgettable game.
  21. Nov 8, 2015
    The first season of Life is Strange is an experience between Quantic Dream productions and Telltale games. Something like a third lane, that becomes only darker and deeper with time. We're looking forward to see what Dontnod can make with the rewind in a second season.
  22. Oct 26, 2015
    Life is Strange got off to a so-so start, but strong storytelling and impressive choice and consequence mechanics boost its first season. Soon the world really gets its hooks in, and you'll enjoy it despite yourself.
  23. Oct 21, 2015
    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. Dec 8, 2015
    Like an inquisitive teenager, Life Is Strange raises a lot of questions without ever providing answers, and it’s here that the game’s story might be incongruous with the player’s mindset.
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 2118 Ratings

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  1. Jan 23, 2016
    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. Full Review »
  2. Mar 29, 2017
    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. Full Review »
  3. Sep 29, 2018
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This game is a damn masterpiece dude its so freaking awesome! The game has insanely awesome story!!!! Its story is so awesome and emotional. The both endings are sad but are great this game from the beginning chapter to its final chapter always amazed me!! End of every chapter had something awesome that made people eager for whats to come in the next chapter! A must play game every gamer should play it!! Full Review »