Life is Strange Revisited
Life is Strange is a beautiful and basically perfect episodic adventure, I just loved this series from its characters to the charming world it presented. Playing as Max Caulfield you gain the ability to manipulate time and with that, the awesome responsibilities of it. You meet up with your long time friend Chloe Price and get ready for the mosh pit, shaka brah. On a serious note, it's been some time since Max has returned home and is doing so for some schooling. It's a place she remembers, but one that has changed quite a bit. Using your observance of the world and collection of photographs for collectibles you explore this area through a series of episodes. Each builds upon the following one by either filling in the back story or helping develop the present case as you try to discover what happened to this missing girl.
Life is Strange released in 2015 and was spread out across five episodes within the year. It was released on Xbox One; Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3 and PC. The game developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix. The season was available digitally or via a special limited edition disc set that was a lovely package. The game also later received a spin-off prequel in 2017 that tells the events of what happened before Max's arrival with Chloe acting as the lead.
The setting of the game is Arcadia Bay, Oregon and starts with Max witnessing a girl getting accidently killed. From there she gains the magical ability to rewind time at any point with only minor consequences or issues involved with that. It turns out that this girl was Chloe, someone she hasn't seen in a long time. The two immediately get close once again to some interesting results depending your choices. That's really what's magical here is the sense of choice while still telling a compelling story. The narrative is heavy with some emotional and mysterious aspects. You're never sure what's going to happen and the journey is exciting.
Each episode is a perfect treat making you want more as you discover further aspects of time tweaking. The music was fantastic and matched the tone of season very well. I loved the characters that were present and you could always see that there was so much going on. It had just enough action to make it exciting that was opposed by calming moments where you could interact with the world. It was linear for the most part, but you did have some freedom to look around the various sets. I never expected it to be as dark a story as it turned out to be and I just really do find this to be one of the best games of that year. It'll always be one of my favorites and can't ever suggest this enough to anyone.
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