Chad   Storrs, Connecticut, United States
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I've always been a big fan of the episodic "choose-your-own-adventure" style games that Telltale Games introduced me to with The Walking Dead, but I feel like Dontnod Entertainment has surpassed them in practically every way with Life Is Strange.

The story follows eighteen-year-old photography senior Maxine Caulfield attending high school at Blackwell Academy in the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon. She discovers she has the power to rewind time and alter the events happening around her after unknowingly saving her old friend Chloe from being shot, and soon finds herself deeply engrossed with the mysteries of the town. This rewind power is a brilliant game mechanic, bringing a new element to this cinematic narrative genre. Having the ability to rewind time allows you the opportunity to try multiple paths of dialogue or take different actions to see which one you think is best, and gives you a unique perspective when solving puzzles.

The art style chosen for this game is absolutely stunning, weaving lots of warm colors together to paint a backdrop for Oregon that feels particularly nostalgic. I found myself taking the extra time to explore every crevice of each area the game introduced just to engross myself in the environment, as well as snoop around for hidden photo ops and achievements. To add to the aesthetic, the soundtrack is a perfectly selected mix of indie, folk, and rock music that lends itself to the mood of the entire game, highlighting emotional moments and complimenting the game's visuals wonderfully.

The story elements of the game are what really resonated with me. Though I admit I thought the dialogue was kind of cheesy for the first couple episodes, I really started to get captured by the character development. I was completely fascinated at how things were playing out in the plot and really began to feel the weight of my choices as I progressed. The pacing of the series was on point, hitting me with a good mix of suspense, anticipation, and amazement, not once leaving me bored or disenchanted. The game tackles social norms and taboos with an unapologetic elegance, utilizing the setting of a private high school to perfection. Most important of all, the plot left me amazed, heartbroken, and in a state of self-reflection. If you've ever had a friend, if you've ever been in love, if you ever had to face the realities of growing up; this game will most definitely make you think and make you feel.

Hell, it's only been three days after completing it and I'm still left with a whirlwind of emotions, listening to the soundtrack and soaking in all the fanmade content I can find: art, songs, cosplay, and the like. I've never felt so connected to a narrative before, let alone the fictional characters playing it out. I openly admit this is one of the few games that has brought me to tears. It's beautiful. It's sad. It's beautiful because it's sad. I cannot give this game enough praise. With the first episode now free to play, I hope that people will give it a shot and discover Arcadia the same way I have. Life is hella strange, yo.

Also, I thought it appropriate to post this on Max's birthday. :)
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Sukanar Sep 18, 2017 @ 7:08am 
lol yeh
Mr. Pink Sep 10, 2016 @ 3:31pm 
This is for a Steam task.
Mr. Needful Jul 4, 2016 @ 12:27pm 
This comment still stands.
Mr. Needful Jun 22, 2015 @ 1:46am 
I swear every time I see you log on you're up another Steam level.