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International Women's Day: Life is Strange Review

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 and to show that when it comes to gaming there is no gender dominance, we reached out to some of our customers to ask if they could provide us with a guest review of their favourite games.

Life is Strange Review

After winning numerous accolades for Best Original Game at the Global Gaming Awards and Games For Change at the The Game Awards, plus the favourable reviews it has received so far, Life Is Strange has been on my list of games to play this year.

Life Is Strange is a five part episodic game that focuses on a photography student named Maxine Caulfield, who discovers she possesses the ability to rewind time, her choices enacting a butterfly effect. Plagued by visions of an approaching storm, Max must do all she can using her new found powers to stop the storm from destroying her hometown, Arcadia Bay.

The story begins at quite a slow pace but soon picks up and does really well at drawing you into the setting. It gives you a chance to not only meet and get to know the characters, but to understand them and explains rather well the reasons they behave in the manner they do. The conversations you have with each character all depend on the dialogue you select and whether you choose to invest the time to help them.

“Choose your own” games are often criticised when the moral choices made have little or no influence on the outcome of the ongoing plot, but the choices you make in Life Is Strange can make quite a big difference to how the characters treat you and have a profound effect on their actions. One strong example of this comes in episode two, your previous decisions contributing to the outcome of the episode, which in turn affects the whole cast and their behaviour throughout the rest of the game.

You will realise you come to care for the characters, which makes you really consider what the outcome of the choices you are presented with will be and question if you’ve made the right choice. I can’t count the number of times I panicked when I made a decision and up popped the butterfly symbol to tell me the choice I had made would have consequences. Fortunately there is no limit to the number of times you can rewind time, so you can play and replay each scenario until your heart’s content.

One of my favourite things about the game is the friendship between Max and her childhood friend, Chloe, which really is one of the most genuine and realistic I’ve seen portrayed in any game. Though chalk and cheese, Max being rather shy and unassuming whilst Chloe is stubborn and rebellious, it is clear both characters care deeply for one another. I found myself making choices I might normally have made simply because it benefited Chloe and I wanted to make her happy.

It really is hard to write a review and avoid spoilers at the same time, so all I will say to you is, depending on the choices you make, you may very well need that box of tissues for episode five. I was so incredibly upset that I restarted the game in an attempt to “fix” everything using the knowledge I had gained and still had a lump in my throat by the end of the first episode. It also gave me a chance to explore my surroundings more and I found I noticed things I hadn’t the first time I played. I would recommend making a note of all the choices you make in the game on your first play through if you intend to play the game more than once, to serve as a reminder of the choices you have previously made. I intend to play for a third time and deliberately make all the “wrong” choices to see how that affects the game!


+ Compelling storyline
+ The ability to affect the outcome of the game
+ Catchy soundtrack


- Poor dialogue (there’s only so many times you can hear “step-douche”, “hella” and “are you cereal” before they become annoying)

About International women’s day 

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. Find out more here


Edited On 03 Mar, 2016

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