LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL … so far.
LIFE IS STRANGE
Earlier this year, Dontnod released the first chapter of their new game entitled Life is Strange. The episodic storytelling experience follows the tale of Max Caufield, a young woman who returns to her hometown in Arcadia, Oregon to attend an institute to follow her dreams of becoming a professional photographer. Rich snobs, bullies, jocks and all of the inevitable tropes of being a teenager all fall to the story’s B-Roll when Max discovers that she is something special. The story unfolds and begins to tie knots in the web of ultra-realistic characters in this setting.
As not to fully spoil the game, my overview is here to discuss the fact that this game is remarkable. Episodic gaming has seen a boom in the recent days, but out of all of the games in this format that I have played, Life is Strange has given me one of the most memorable experiences to date.
Here is a brief synopsis provided by the official website: (LifeisStrange.com)
Life is Strange is a five part episodic game that sets out to revolutionise story based choice and consequence games by allowing the player to rewind time and affect the past, present and future.
You are Max, a photography senior who saves her old friend Chloe by discovering she can rewind time. The pair soon find themselves exposed to the darker side of Arcadia Bay as they uncover the disturbing truth behind the sudden disappearance of a fellow student.
Meanwhile, Max begins to have premonitions as she struggles to understand the implications of her power. She must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.
After playing the first 2 episodes, the game already manages to tell a very compelling tale, entwining the lives of several members of the cast. The tale is gripping and makes you really feel like a kid again, going through the turmoil of being a young girl in school trying to fend off bullies and drama on top of honing this strange power. Max goes from worrying about her friend, a troubled Kate Marsh, from being hassled by the school’s worst nightmare Victoria, to saving a girl’s life when she is just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some may refer to it as the modern day Prince of Persia, and even though you can rewind and change your decisions at a seemingly unlimited rate, there are consequences for your actions thus implementing concepts and sciences like the Butterfly Effect and Newton’s Third law.
For those easily immersed in experiences such as this, Life is Strange is definitely worth your time!
If you haven’t played this game or even heard of it, check out the trailer below:
Come back for more on LIFE IS STRANGE when Episode 3 comes out this May!