Developed by Dontnod Entertainment (Remember Me) and published by Square Enix, Life is Strange – Episode 2. Max (a.k.a Maxine), a photography student at the prestigious Blackwell Academy, continues to harness her unique power as this unique episodic action/choose-your-own adventure game series continues with this second episode titled “Out Of Time” (“Chrysalis” was the introduction episode)
Players get a third person perspective for the adventures of this 18-year-old photography student who has the special ability to reverse time, which has varied consequences.
Max picks up a new day immediately after Episode One. Important actions begin especially with her relationships with childhood friend Chloe, shy classmate Kate, missing student Rachel, and antagonistic photography classmate Victoria.
The impressive character development continues as the emotions and environments expand. Themes cover personal loss, abuse, money problems, and depression hit close to real-life situations that most players have experienced or can easily relate to.
The Unreal engine graphics, lighting/shadows, and art-style color palettes are impressive though the occasional lip sync/audio mismatches are noticeable miscues.
These powerful emotions enhance the detailed and slightly frustrating diner sequence that also acts as a warm up for the extended sequence in a junkyard. Every action has more weight and players will find themselves exploring every possible area so nothing is missed. The tough choices require strategy and foresight, but also common sense and careful observation.
The music in this episode is even better and continues to set the mood very well. This episode has a memorable ending. Afterwards players can always compare their main decisions with others including their PlayStation friends.
Also available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows PC. Individually priced at $4.99, or get the season pass for a suggested retail price of $19.99. Looking forward to the three remaining episodes in this quality game series. Remember developers have a help line (lifeisstrange.com/talk/) for players who might experience powerful emotions while playing this game. Also available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows PC. Episode 1 – Episode 3 – Episode 4
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