With Life is Strange hitting PS+ this month, I thought it would be a great time to revisit the game so new players know what they are getting into. Check out our Review Revisited of Life is Strange!
Life is Strange is an adventure game from Dontnod Studios. I actually didn’t play it until earlier this year after picking it up on sale, but I don’t know why I waited. It’s a five episode story in which you play as Max, a senior in a special high school focusing on art. Max is the “original hipster” carrying her Polaroid camera everywhere she goes. You are returning to Arcadia Bay for school as you used to live there a few years ago, but your parents moved to Seattle.
As an adventure game, it takes a similar approach to the many Telltale Games’ series, focusing more on character interactions than finding and using items to progress in the story. You also get a really cool mechanic with the ability to rewind time, which can be used in some very fun ways, including manipulating the environment or taking great pictures you missed. One of my favorites is talking to people over again with the new information you learn from the conversations you erased, allowing you to get more information and new clues.
The story is great… really really great. You care about Max & Chole and the people around them. It deals with some tough topics, including drug use, drinking, growing up, and even assisted suicide. The game gets you right in the gut at certain points, and I would be lying if I didn’t say I was holding back tears at some points.
It’s free on PS+ this month, so there is no reason to not play this game right now. A sequel has been announced even though we probably are not going to see it for quite a while. I can’t wait to see what the team does for the sequel!