When was the last time you experienced a good story? I don’t necessarily mean reading one, but that counts too. I mean a story that lingers with you, even after you’ve put it away?
Square Enix, known best for the Final Fantasy series, has joined the band of developers focusing on narrative-driven gameplay with their latest contribution, “Life is Strange.”
Max Caulfield is a high school student in Arcadia Bay, OR, studying photography at Blackwell Academy. When she witnesses a shooting in the school bathroom, she discovers that she has the ability to rewind time and change everything. Shortly after, she is reunited with her childhood friend, Chloe , who tries to help her make sense of her visions of a lighthouse destroyed by a tornado.
“Life Is Strange” follows a recent trend in gaming that focuses on the ability to make choices. The Mass Effect series might be a better-known example of this, but “Life Is Strange” isn’t a shooter by any means. It has the feel of a relaxing indie movie, complete with polaroid pictures and an indie soundtrack. The characters are intriguing and the plot wraps players up immediately, giving them a chance to rewind and explore the consequences of their decisions.
“Life Is Strange” is an episodic game, meaning a new “episode” is released on a monthly basis. As with writing, only the first of five episodes is available, with the second being released later this month. You can pick up “Life is Strange” for PlayStation 3 or 4, Xbox 360 or One, or PC.