Release Date: 31rst December 2008Platforms: Linux / PC (Microsoft Windows) / PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360 / Mac / PlayStation 4 / Xbox One
Genre: Adventure, Narative, Role-playing (RPG)
Age Rating: 16+
Game Play Time: 15h average
Reunited with her former friend Chloe, the pair will attempt to uncover the uncomfortable truth behind the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber. With high-quality production values and a unique hand-drawn art style, LIFE IS STRANGE is a compelling, story-driven experience where choice and consequence play a key role in how the narrative unfolds. But there is a twist. At the beginning of the game, Max discovers she has a remarkable power… the ability to rewind time. In LIFE IS STRANGE the player has the power to affect the game’s narrative and also change the course of history itself.
Description from: here
Amongst the gaming community, my opinion on this game is an unpopular one. On Steam the ratings and review are “overwhelmingly positive” so I still believe many of you will like this game. But here is my opinion.
Things I liked:
- The gameplay. The game’s mechanics are easy. Every beginner can play this game and immerse themself right away.
- The story. The story of a girl being able to rewind time and she uses this power to unravel the mystery of the disappearance of another girl is very intriguing and well-executed.
- The style and art are unquestionably beautiful.
Things I didn’t like:
- Although the story writers did a decent effort to have your choices matter most of the time they didn’t really matter. I good example is when I spend 15minutes looking for a clipboard to write my name on a guest list so I can have access to a party. Well, it didn’t matter because once I was there I was still not allowed to enter and I have to find another way in. The same thing would have happened if I didn’t put my name on the guest list. So what was the point of it? That’s also mean that there is no replay value. No matter your choices the story will be the same.
- Chloe. Chloe is supposed to be Max’s best friend and Max also has a crush on her. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stand her! To me, throughout the game, Chloe is just a spoiled little brat that doesn’t take responsibilities for her actions and expect you to constantly fix everything that she messes up. To add to that throughout the game she is kind of leading you on but she also constantly reminds you that you are looking to find out why the girl she is in love disappeared. So yeah…
- [SPOILER] This is a spoiler but I can’t leave it out because this is the main reason I didn’t like this game and, quite frankly, I’m mad at it. So the game is all about choice and how they affect the story. So obviously and the end they had to have a big terrible choice. The problem with that choice is that it cancels every choice you’ve done during the game. Either you kill everybody (but one) and it doesn’t matter how hard you work to make the right choices or you save them all (but one) and the choice you made again doesn’t matter. What? No! Also, the fact that I didn’t like Chloe because of my previous point did the choice very easy for me so again I was robed of the “soul breaking”, “moral questioning” finale.
I’m very picky about my narrative games. Especially if the concept is supposed to be that every choice and actin matters. And this game for me didn’t deliver. However the main story in interesting and the art beautiful so I still recommend it for players that just want to have a nice time following the story of a girl with the ability to rewind time trying to unravel the mystery of the disappearance on another girl.
What about you guys? Have you played this game? If yes what were your thoughts? If not do you think you would like to give it a try?