Disclosure ‐ This review was based on the first episode of Life Is Strange
Everything in Retrospect
I like trying narrative games. They give players something to sit back to and just enjoy. Often they are just have a single story they wish to tell and they colour in the surrounds just enough to engage the player. Life is strange is not all that different, but when it does diverge from the popular track, it instead crafts something truly unique.
Life is Strange is a five part episodic game. It is created by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix. You follow the story of Max, an 18 year old girl who has just returned to her home city to study, as she settles back and rediscovers herself. She explores her school and gets to know her classmates (with many of whom she studies photography.)
As one would expect, it is not all smooth sailing. The more she sees, the more she realises that not all is as it seems. Something is wrong. Apart from making new, and discovering old, friends. She keeps getting disturbing visions of the future. She also gains a new power which allows her to rewind time. This allows her to use information she discovers in the future in situations from the past, this allows her to manipulate the future.
The story is very good and well written. It introduced the characters and set the scene well. If you do get this game though, do make sure that you get all the episodes. Episode 1 by itself feels like a demo and I am disappointed that they are still selling it independently of the rest of the game. Even though it is light on gameplay elements, it is still a great experience. Play it.