Life Is Strange - Episode 1: The Chrysalis | Game Review

Life Is Strange is a five episode rich story line game created by SQUARE ENIX debuted in January 2015. After owning the game since release, but lacking the time to play it due to school, I have finally played it! After spending two hours playing the first episode I have fallen in love! 


Overall Rating: ★★★★✩
Story Rating: ★★★★✩
Aesthetics Rating: ★★★★★
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★✩

Keep reading for my full review of Life Is StrangeEpisode 1: The Chrysalis.
[WARNING: Spoilers Below]

What I liked: 

  • The graphics are beautiful! I loved how since the main character is a photographer, many of the cut scenes--and general angles, backgrounds, etc. of normal gameplay--were beautifully put together. It was as if this phone game was a photograph waiting to happen. This lead to many awesome screenshots I was able to take. 
  • The story line, from the very beginning captivated me. I like how every action or decision you make affects future events in the game. 
  • The characters are very easy to relate to--well other than the fact that Max can control time. Nevertheless, Max and her friends deals with many struggles and issues that many teenagers and  young adults deal with--pressure to fit in, sexual harassment at school, divorce, friendship, pressure to stay powerful, relationships, etc. 

What I didn't like: 

  • Sometimes when I'd be recording game plays for this game, it would lag out a bit. Characters would end up repeating themselves a couple of times. I didn't notice it at first because since it is a game about time warping, I thought it was just part of the game. I later realized it was just lagging out. 

General Thoughts: 

I really enjoyed this episode. They did well with introducing the topic. From the very beginning, I was really caught up in the story line. It was really well put together. I like how some of the quests require time limits, so it makes the game sometimes difficult to do. You really have to have an eye for detail to follow steps accordingly to finish quests, such as setting off the fire alarm or making Victoria move from the stairs to get to your dorm. It is also pretty awesome how your decisions affect future events. You always have the option to rewind time, but in the end, you have to stick with one choice which will later affect your future. 

I really loved this game and would recommend it to anyone who loves games with story lines. Anyone who liked The Wolf Among Us or other story based games, may really like this game. 

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