What a game… Life is Strange is probably one of the most deep story telling games I have played in years.
If you are into story based games with multiple-dialogue segments and alternative scenes – Games like: (“Mass Effects”, “Knights Old Republic”, “Shenmue”).
Then you cannot go wrong with “Life is Strange” but you cannot sum-up “Life is Strange” with these few titles because “Life is Strange” works on many levels that pulls inspiration from films like: – (“Donnie Darko”,”David Lynch Short films E.G “Eraser Head”, “Butterfly Effect”, “Matrix”, “Inception”,” Alice in Wonderland”) while also playing on the theory of (Time Travel/ Chaos Theory/Butterfly Effect) and hinting at spiritual connection with the use of “Animal Spirits” that appear in the game.
The game does not shy away from dealing with important issues of empathy and morality.
At times it would appear there are too many loose-ends and story-arcs that could of been explored it appear’s this time they could not cram everything in. I hope there is second DLC for season 2 or a “Life is Strange 2”.
It’s difficult to say what games main goal was in my Lets-Play because at times you feel the main “Protagonist Max” is being pulled into so many directions and the choices she has to make and altering her reality around her when she decides to help people she cares about.
Possible spoiler alert look away now!- “Chloe” it would appear the main goal of the game is to teach you a lesson about letting go of a friend for the benefit of others or you decide sacrifice everything for the cost to save one.
There many twists and dramatic timelines and the costs of warping reality at “Will” but what game doesn’t seem to show you… The emotional and the cost that Max should share by the end of it. Personally if I was in max’s shoes; I would be feeling physically and mentality drained after everything that happened over the course of the week.
By the end of the game you are left with two choices that neither feel like resolution was achieved.
To me ending choices at the end of the game are open to interpretation: I feel we haven’t heard the last of “Max’s Time Travelling adventures” and possible other story arcs that could be explored and the mystery as to why Max can travel and warp time at will. (She was given her gift for reason / unless it was just a plot device and main goal of this game was about letting go).
I don’t like the sound of that at all to me pretty warped and twisted to do that to someone who at the end of the story has to make ultimate choice-over (who lives & who dies), plus things are implied allot over this game. I personally would love to see “Life is Strange two” to wrap-up these loose ends and focus on why Max got her powers in the first place.
My personal Theory why max can warp time and space and why she was chosen: Max was chosen because of her purity. She was never corrupted by Arcadia Bay, she was an outsider lucky enough to get place at the School for talented photographers. When you talk to the “old woman” – (she says that last time you heard storm like that was over 100 years ago) – “Basically hinting this most likely connected with passed events”. I believe Max was chosen to correct something that has been corrupted to it’s core in “Arcadia Bay” she has the chance to not only save her friends but also Chloe possibly undo corruption.
The story-arc with Chloe and her friends and the town just greater test and consequence of her altering time; I think more of a sick and twisted test, to see if she could handle further implications if she changed time and space and took on the responsibility maybe changing over all out-come of Arcadia Bay.
I hope this will be explored in future Life of Strange Games, if not…. I am not that worried because it’s been fun talking about “Theories” surrounding Life is Strange and introducing to such deep and fantastic and well thought-out characters and story-arcs.
Life is Strange gets 10/10 from me.
– Streaming Setup
Decided to stream my “Lets Play” this time if you are like me and from the UK haven’t upgraded to Fibre and still using a ADSL+ line, you know how sluggish the upload speed can be for streaming.
Still it doesn’t mean it’s impossible just have to make few comprises over quality and what games can be played. Lucky enough Life is Strange is one of them.
- OBS Studio for Streaming
- 700 bitrates
- 720/ 1280 resolution
- Turtle Beach Headset