We have all got so used to playing Telltale's adventure games now that we expect only those devs to make these kinds of episodic games. But so often we forget there are other devs out there who are just as talented as Telltale and excel at telling a really intriguing story with their episodic content. Life is Strange is one of those games that I am talking about there. Granted this game doesn't have a budge even near the likes of The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones, it still manages to excel at almost every level in such a constrained budget. So without any further ado, let's talk a bit more about it.
If you are used to playing The Walking Dead where the action picks up right from the go, prepare to be a bit surprised when you play this slow burn games. The first few hours of it are purely spent on character developments. They will make sure that you start liking a character before they kill them off. You feel their plight, their pain, their suffering as they die in agony. This game is brutal man. More often than not, you'd find yourself reaching out for a pack of tissues. That's how powerful this game is. You will be sobbing throughout the journey for sure. While the first episode of this game takes time to set up the plot and the characters, the second episode turns the things around as the roller coaster ride begins from thereon.
Not much action
If you are getting this game for playing it just like a Call of Duty game where you can shoot gazillions of things on sight, prepare to be disappointed guys. It ain't no Call Of Duty. It's an adventure game and thus it's supposed to be played out like an adventure games. There are no guns, or any other lethal weapon in this game. You will have to use your bare hands to fight most of the time. And don't even think about taking on heavy guys in the beginning. They will knock you down in no time; These guys sure as hell know how to fight. Even if you are skilled, you'll be beaten in no time if you aren't playing any attention. Like I said earlier, it's not an action game, so take your time with it to explore every single thing in this game. That's where the real fun lies. I bet that you'll love the experience.
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One of the worst things about playing an episodic game is that it's never really finished. Once you finish the first episode, you have to wait for the next one. And often, the wait is painfully long. While sometimes they release the game within a couple of weeks, other times it takes more than a couple of months. Take Walking Dead for example, the game is not returning this year. Yeah, you heard it right. We are not going to be able to play any Walking Dead episodes this year. There is not a lot we can do about it. The game is in unfinished state and it will likely be unfinished forever as they are planning to move on to more profitable franchises. So there you go.
Talking about Life Is Strange, though, we haven't heard anything like that happening to this game. The next episode from the first season should be dropping anytime now. I expect it to release sometime in September this year as the last episode was released just recently a couple of days ago. It was really dark, gritty and full of twist and turns. In short, it was a pretty breathtaking episode where our protagonist had to go through a lot of near-death experiences to finally emerge half victorious. It's not over for him yet though. There are still enemies lurking around. It's pretty likely that he won't be able to deal with them alone. There will be some sort of help needed from other saviors, but who will it be? That's the question we are soon going find the answer to as we head towards the season 3.
I don't know how many more episodes this season is going to take before concluding this game for the first season, but things are picking up pace now. I can only hope that our hero's plight end soon.
While Life Is Strange is not as huge as some of the other games in this lineup like The Walking Dead, Tales from the Borderlands or Game Of Thrones, it certainly cements its place as unique game of its kind that everyone needs to play. After a really slow first episode, the game seemed to have pick up some real pace in second season and is expected to keep the momentum going in its favor for the rest of the season.