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Life Is Strange (Series) Review

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Posted: 22 months ago, last updated 5 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

This is a click/tap-to-move adventure where you play a student at high school in a sleepy American town. Despite the idyllic setting, you have a foreboding premonition of a disastrous storm. Along with this prophetic vision, you discover the ability to rewind time. As the game unfolds through relationships with friends, parents and teachers you must decide how to treat the people around you. An intriguing mystery develops along with some substantial teen angst, mental health and identity issues.

The choices you make change the story in ways you can see, and, if you so choose, you can rewind and change. At the end of each chapter, can compare your decisions to other players’.

The games can be purchased in a single episode or as a series. There are the following available:
  • Life is Strange (2013)
  • Life Is Strange: Before the Storm (2017) prequel
  • The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (2018) a free game that introduces characters for the next season.
  • Life Is Strange 2 (2018)

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 19/01/2016

Platforms: Android, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @DONTNOD_Ent

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 15 hours and 25 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game. It takes up to 3 hours to complete each of the 5 episodes, bringing the completion time to 15 hours. To find everything in the game and experiment with alternate choices can take over 25 hours.

CostsCosts

Life Is Strange usually costs £4.99 to £64.99. 

Life Is Strange 2 Complete Season

XBox Store Xbox One £25.95
XBox Store Xbox One £32.79
PlayStation Store PS4 £25.96

Life Is Strange 2 Episode 1

Life Is Strange Complete Season (Episodes 1-5)

XBox Store Xbox One £15.99

Life Is Strange Episode 1

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm Complete Season

XBox Store Xbox One £13.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £13.99

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm Deluxe Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £19.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm Episode 1

XBox Store Xbox One £5.19
PlayStation Store PS4 £4.99

Life Is Strange: True Colors

XBox Store Xbox One £49.99

Life Is Strange: True Colors: Deluxe Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £54.99

Life Is Strange: True Colors: Ultimate Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £64.99

Life Is Strange 2: Episode 1

 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. It's free to play the first chapter but then has in-game purchases for subsequent chapters.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

The first Life is Strange series was rated PEGI 16 for frequent moderate violence and strong language and infrequent use of illegal drugs.

The second Life Is Strange series was rated PEGI 18 due to depictions of violence towards vulnerable and defenceless human-like characters, glamorization of the use of illegal drugs, and use of sexual expletives. Content-specific issues: This game contains infrequent depictions of violence towards vulnerable and defenceless human-like characters. One example of this involves a 16-year-old boy who has been forcefully handcuffed to a metal pole and unable to escape. During the scene the boy confronts his captor which leads to him being violently kicked in the face as punishment. Another example can be found in the third episode, in which a child is shot in the shoulder. The boy lets out a pained cry as a large amount of blood appears around the wound. Episode three also contains glamorisation of the use of illegal drugs. As part of the storyline the teenage protagonist and his younger brother work on an illegal marijuana plantation. They also meet up with a group of young adults who have worked on the plantation for numerous seasons and praise it as a reliable option for earning money. There is a minigame where the player must prepare the marijuana in a timely manner to sell it on. This game also contains frequent use of sexual expletives, the word “*!@?*” and its derivatives can be found throughout.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Although this isn't a simple game, because you can rewind time without a penalty, there are no high-pressure or quick reaction blocks that can't be retried. On smartphones and tablets, there are more control options, and one enables you to navigate by tapping on the screen where you want to go.

Although subtitles are visually excellent, and internal monologue is distinguished from voiced speech with italics, there is no identification of the speaker. There isn't captioning of cross-talk and ambient speech or music and sound effects. Some effects such as thunder trigger gamepad vibration. You are reminded of your next objective with voiced directions, although these can be quite frequent and don't indicate the correct path.
 
Our Life Is Strange Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:


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