Previously on our Life is Strange Review, we told you how the game depicts the life of a teenage girl and tugs at our heartstrings as she goes about life, trying to fit in. We also told you about the twists as Max found herself fighting through a tornado, as well as trying to help others fight through the problems that being a teenager at high school brings.
In Episode Two, developer DontNod Entertainment takes the teen angst up a notch, while providing less focus on the tornado which Max is convinced will soon destroy the town. It's a pretty intense episode all, which is quite hard to talk about without spoilers. Episode Two certainly gives Max some tough choices, she has to help out a friend in need, while also trying to satisfy her friendship with Chloe Price, her blue haired childhood 'Hella' best friend, whom we met in the last episode.
There are a lot of tough choices to make in this latest episode and it really plays on the turn back time element of the game. Concentration is of the essence as you try to prove to Chloe that you have these powers by watching events and then rewinding time and predicting the future before her very eyes. This results in you going off with Chloe to shoot a gun at a junk yard and from here things really kick off with two pretty major events having you try to remember everything that went on previously and coming back to haunt you if you made the wrong decisions.
That's the thing about Life is Strange though, actions really do have consequences. Often you'll make a decision and then instantly regret it, but the great thing is that you can rewind time before you move on. So as long as you are confident about your decision, you can then leave the area, at which point the decision is set in stone. Any decisions you do make will come back later in the game, for instance in one scene I had Max clear some graffiti from a mirror and because of this, when she entered her dorm the person responsible had got their own back. There are much more life changing decisions throughout this episode of course, but often even little decisions like not answering a telephone can have major repercussions.
Near the end of the episode there was certainly decisions I wish I hadn't made, therefore I was being extra careful when in the last scene. Episode Three will certainly be an interesting one for me and obviously it'll be too late to change any decisions I made previously. What a difference an episode make though as while I could certainly see the potential in Episode One, this latest release really steps things up a notch. The decisions and time rewinding ability really come into their own, but so does the story and all of a sudden I can't wait to find out what happens next, it almost seems a shame the game is episodic as I really want to play now.
Life is Strange Episode Two is a good one, so good that I'd recommend grabbing the season pass and checking out both the episodes released so far for yourself. I get the feeling that this game is only going to get better and better, so don't miss out.
Words by Joe Anderson
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(Version Tested: Xbox One)
+ Story is becoming stronger
+ Rewind mechanic beginning to make sense
+ Decision making really makes the game
- Chloe is still 'hella' annoying