Life is Strange is a contender for best new IP of 2015 and if you act fast (offer expires tomorrow), you can download the entire season for just £8. Apparently, you don't need to be a Gold member to get the discount, but you do need to be signed in to see the £8 price. You can buy via the link below or on your dashboard.
Life is Strange is an episodic adventure game similar to those by Telltale. However, the lead character has the ability to rewind time, giving a fresh new take on the genre. Some of the script is a bit painful thanks to the teen/hipster vibe, but overall the experience is well worth checking out. Be sure to check out my spoiler-free reviews of Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4 and Episode 5.
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Life is Strange's five part episodic series began life back in January and the last episode was released nearly three months ago. It's safe to say the release schedule has been a mess. Even the originally-planned six-week gap between episodes should have been flagged as a narrative momentum killer.
Such is life when reviewing and playing episodic content these days. If you're smart though, you'll have stayed away until today. Now the final episode is out, you're free to play through the whole story at your own pace. And to get right to it: you really should.
With so many questions left unanswered, Episode 5 has a lot of work to do. Without going into any spoilers, I can tell you that events of the 'dark room' narrative are satisfactorily tackled. Thankfully, that damn storm that's been lingering unexplained throughout finally gets some attention in the plot. Whether you'll accept the reasoning behind it may prove divisive between players.
DONTNOD and Square Enix have released a very short teaser trailer for the finale for Life Is Strange that's short, dark, and gets right to the point. Warning us that the storm is almost here, and showing us that Max's day is about to get a hell of a lot worse (which is kind of impressive considering how Episode 4 ended) it reminds us that the conclusion arrives in just 13 days.Click here to read more...
Remember Life is Strange? That very promising episodic adventure game? Well, we finally have a release date for Episode 5, the final part in the first season.
The previous episode released at the end of July, and the gaps between episodes continues to grow as the finale won't be ready until October 20th. That's an absurd 12 week difference. Dontnod originally intended to release episodes every six weeks, but the second half of it has fallen way behind schedule.Click here to read more...
Life is Strange is becoming known for killer WTF endings to each episodes, making that damn six week gap between episodes absolutely excruciating. Don't worry I'm keeping up the habit of not giving away any past plot events for those of you waiting for the season to wrap up before diving in, Netflix-style.
The opening section of Episode 4 is a radical departure for the story given the ending of the last entry. Max's whole reality is seen from a new point of view. There are new entries in her SMS log, a new group of friends and her relationship with Chloe has transformed.
Expect to sit back and listen to a lot of dialogue for the first hour in a scene that goes on a bit too long without much meaningful player interaction. Don't worry though, the narrative sucker punches you without warning before you get too impatient.Click here to read more...
Could this be the episode that sees the promising series finally stop treading water? After Episode 3's ending, we'd certainly expect so. The new trailer looks like the search for Rachel Amber and the foreseen storm are going to feature heavily in the next part of Max's adventure.
In other news, the series has already reached one million sales. Here's to hoping Dontnod won't make us wait another six weeks for the final episode.Click here to see the new trailer.
I expected the dramatic conclusion to Episode 2 to be the catalyst that would drive the series' pace forward with a much needed boost. More so with questions about the events at Arcadia Bay's school and the strange events around town being no closer to getting answered.
The first part of Episode 3 starts with Max and Chloe breaking into the school Principal's office. To get through the locked door, you have to sneak through the school at night to find a few items. It feels a bit by the numbers really, with only bonus photo maintaining my interest.
Later in this segment, you'll need to evade the security guard to make your escape, which given the fact you can rewind time, isn't exactly difficult. From here the pace again drops dramatically as you hang out with Chloe the day after and talk to her mum, filling in little details that are eventually important, so try to pay attention.Click here to read more...
Episode 3 of Dontnods rather excellent Life is Strange launches tomorrow and we have a new trailer for you. I was hoping the next episode would inject a little extra pace and it looks like I won't be disappointed as Max and Chloe seem to be entering a storm of events in this mid-season episode. Episode 3 is set to land on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
You really should dive into Dontnod's new series, as it's shaping up nicely so far. Be sure to check out my spoiler-free reviews of Episode 1 and Episode 2. To see the game in action, take a look at Carl's new Backseat Gamer series as he and Becky play the game together (Part 1 and Part 2).
That was close, we'd almost forgotten Life is Strange existed as there's such a gap between episodes. Episode 3 is set to land on May 19th on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
This middle episode could find the season gather some much needed pace, which shouldn't be hard after the previous episode's incredible ending, which I can't talk about at all really. As the picture above shows though, it'll feature Chloe and Max breaking into the very shifty Principal Wells' office.Click here to read more...
Seven weeks is far too long to wait between episodes. Episode 1 was a fantastic opener, but the initial six-week wait between episodes became seven after a small delay. Considering Capcom recently released four episodes in four weeks for their episodic Resident Evil: Revelations 2, it would seem to make much more sense to follow their model by finishing development of a game and then releasing it, rather than frantically trying to meet deadlines every six weeks.
More to the point, with story-heavy content like this, it can be difficult to remember just what the hell is going on. The major events stuck in my head easily enough, but some of the interactions with smaller characters were much harder to recall. That said, checking Max's diary and her character bios was a big help, and for the most part, I felt like I was up to speed enough without needing to replay the first episode. Naturally, if you're holding off until every episode is out, you're not going to have a problem.
As we learned in Episode 1, Max has discovered that she can rewind time, giving the player an enormously satisfying skill of rewinding conversations, testing out multiple dialogue trees and carefully choosing what to say to people. Actions can be rewound too, which is something this episode plays with more as Max shares her skills with Chloe (the girl with the striking blue hair).Click here to read more...
Save yourself a few quid by picking up Life is Strange season pass on PC for just £13.59.
Episode two was released this week and I was seriously impressed with episode one. Here's a sample of my review: An intriguing start for Dontnod’s leap into episodic gaming. Chrysalis is very much a scene setter, easing us in gently to a host of intriguing characters and ensuring we get to grips with the rewind mechanic before we’re asked to make any seriously tough choices. As long as the momentum continues to build pace, this could turn out to be something special.
For years, Telltale has been the only name associated with quality (yet incredibly buggy) episodic gaming, but we’re delighted to see some new blood enter the blossoming genre. Life is Strange is leading the way with Remember Me developers, Dontnod Entertainment, bringing us a brand new IP over five episodes through digital platforms.
I’ve always been rather cautious with this type of game. Knowing I have little patience for waiting, I’ve played the likes of Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us once a season has finished, as I didn’t want to wait weeks/months between episodes to find out what happens next. It’s a Netflix mentality that’s going to drive me insane with Life is Strange. I’ve played one episode and I’m hooked. The time between episodes is going to draaaag.
Of course, how you play is up to you, you can wait until the season finishes -and keep your fingers crossed for a discount too- or you can dive in now and not have to throw a magazine across the floor or stick your fingers in your ears whenever the game’s name is mentioned. A Game of Thrones syndrome if you will.Click here to read more...
Green Man Gaming are currently offering the chance to knock a 25% off of their price for episodic adventure Life Is Strange. Steam and the Humble Store currently have the season pass for £14.39, so you're saving yourself £3.59 on the closest price.
Remember to use voucher code 25OFFL-IFEISS-TRANGE to get it for £10.80.