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  • Summary: Reunited with her friend Chloe, Max begins experimenting with her power and starts to wonder if it is related to her visions or the weird snow from the previous day. But life goes on in Blackwell Academy and a certain viral video has become a serious topic of discussion. Meanwhile, what DIDReunited with her friend Chloe, Max begins experimenting with her power and starts to wonder if it is related to her visions or the weird snow from the previous day. But life goes on in Blackwell Academy and a certain viral video has become a serious topic of discussion. Meanwhile, what DID happen to Rachel Amber? Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Apr 14, 2015
    90
    Despite its generic title, “Out of Time” is the best episode yet of Life Is Strange. It increases the complexity Max’s life and the power she commands.
  2. Mar 30, 2015
    85
    What I was wondering was answered in episode two, and was well done enough and has me wanting to see what will happen in the next episode.
  3. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    May 15, 2015
    80
    Simmers quietly but enjoyably, before boiling over in a tense final act. [June 2015, p.80]
  4. Mar 30, 2015
    73
    Life is Strange is still a great game in this second episode. The feel, the dialogues, they are great. The gameplay elements are a nice extra in this movie-esque game, but they are not always as well done as the rest of the game.
  5. Apr 1, 2015
    70
    Best of all, Out of Time really sticks the landing. The finale is extremely emotional. I just hope for a more fleshed-out story in the remaining three episodes.
  6. 70
    With Life is Strange: Episode 2 - Out of Time, developer DONTNOD Entertainment has lessened the wow factor and upped its focus on development. Through this, some pacing issues are created, though the final product remains decent and has a few memorable moments up its sleeve.
  7. Mar 23, 2015
    65
    The second episode bites off more than it can chew, putting you on an emotional rollercoaster exposing you to all kinds of traumatic events. While some scenes end up raw and honest, a lot more are frustrating due to the extremism of the world and the mixed messages sent about how to handle these complicated subjects.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 7, 2016
    10
    Hey metacritic, hop off dev dick and fix your **** Anyway, to the game. Bruh! Bruh! This **** broke me inside, the gay is still there, but IHey metacritic, hop off dev dick and fix your **** Anyway, to the game. Bruh! Bruh! This **** broke me inside, the gay is still there, but I almost cried. As a matter of fact, let me take that back because I ain't no **** This **** wasn't **** I felt no emotion. Also everybody's lip sync looks like their trying to get peanut butter from the roof of their mouth. Eat my ass. Expand
  2. Apr 1, 2015
    10
    This episode 2 managed to beat the already beautifully done episode 1, which is quiet remarkable.
    Once again the only drawback is the short
    This episode 2 managed to beat the already beautifully done episode 1, which is quiet remarkable.
    Once again the only drawback is the short play time, while at this episode we have one of the greatest endings in a video game in years. Amazing.
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  3. Mar 28, 2015
    10
    Beautiful hand-painted artwork and a compelling story that draws you in and lets you honestly care about the other characters.

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    Beautiful hand-painted artwork and a compelling story that draws you in and lets you honestly care about the other characters.

    I've read the critics reviews, and I understand the complaints about pacing and some of the choices offered. While I disagree, I love that the reviews read like they were reviewing this "game" less like a game and more like what it appears to be positioning itself as - a piece of art worthy of critical thought.

    I do feel like Episode 2 tried to accomplish a lot in a short time, but it did so in a way that felt really honest. I'm sure we've all had that crazy day in our life where we almost can't believe how insane things got and how much happened by the end of it. The beauty in Life Is Strange as a whole and especially in Episode 2, for me, is that the more I try to think about it as if the characters were real, the more it all works. Sure, lots happened, but sometimes that really does happen. That's life, and nothing in the episode (other than time-travel powers) really felt so outrageous that I can't picture the day playing out exactly as described.

    And like the plot, the characters benefit a lot from trying to imagine them as real. In the light of most video games, the actions of antagonists could almost have you picturing them in their evil lair plotting against Max, yet the developers were careful enough to insert enough human moments to remind you that (within the context of the story, anyway) these are real people with their own upbringing and motivations. In that light, the game plays almost like a good book or movie, while empowering you to (try to) do real good and see the results of your choices play out.

    Overall with that in mind, I almost feel like the rating system typical of game reviews is insufficient. Life Is Strange deserves a critique, not a number. Since that's not how game reviews work though, I have to give it a full 10 as I feel the developers had a goal in mind and they knocked that goal out of the park. I can't wait for the next episode.
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