Was It All Worth It In The End ? | Life is Strange Episode 3 Final

Welcome everyone to the last part of our Life is Strange playthrough. This last part we believe is probably one of the best sections of the series so far. As always you can watch it at the bottom of the post.

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Last part we we fled and spent the night at Chloe’s. Max and Chloe discuss Rachel and young love. We need to get dressed but our clothes still smell of chlorine. Chloe suggests we wear Rachel’s old clothes. Chloe admits that she had a crush on Rachel and that she thinks Rachel and Max are the quite similar. The conversation takes an interesting turn when Chloe dares us to kiss her, which we do.

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We get a text from Kate who is really grateful for what we did on the roof. We were just happy that she was alright. We aren’t too sure if she is going to return or not though. Max goes downstairs and helps Chloe’s mum make us some breakfast. There is so much to look at in this game that we simply cannot even write about all of it. Freakishly enough there are dead birds littered in the garden. We think our powers are destroying the world around us.

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After finding the ingredients for breakfast we sit and chow down. Chloe’s mum shows us some old pictures of Chloe and Max when they were young. Chloe’s family is still very much grieving the lose of William Chloe’s father. While Chloe distracts her mum Max goes to the garage to see if we could find out anymore information about Rachel.

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We look around the garage and find David’s computer password. All we find on his computer are some disturbing stalker information about Blackwell students. David returns in a bad mood and starts a fight. We are given the opportunity to bring out all the things we have found. It doesn’t end well as Chloe’s mum asks David to sleep at a hotel that night. It seems like a small victory for us.

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Our next mission is to find out more information from Frank. To get this information we have to get into his RV. He has a guard dog so Max has to think of another way. Max has to use her powers to get the key from Frank who is eating in the Diner.

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Max’s power lets us mess around a little with Frank. We get to use our powers to get information from the officer and Nathan by rewinding time after getting some clues. Eventually we get the keys from Frank and get into the RV by distracting the dog.

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The RV has some secrets if you look hard enough and we find out that Rachel was seriously involved with Frank. Chloe felt betrayed by this information and decides to throw a tantrum. We leave the RV and head back to school. She drops us off at school to which we return to our room. Max takes some time to think things over and looks at the old picture of her and Chloe.

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Max can hear things from the photo. As if she was looking into the distant past. After little mini game Max travels back, all the way back to when William (Chloe’s mum’s husband) was still alive. Throughout the playthrough of the game we have been told that when William died, the whole family changed. Max wants to save William from dying. William died because he was going to pick up Chloe’s mum from the groceries store. He was then involved in a car accident.

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Max has to hide the car keys from him. We manage to hid them and convince William to take the bus. The future begins to change. Of course this is always a bad idea. Max comes back to an all too different future. She is part of the cool kids groups. Warren falls for Stella and not Max. David becomes the school bus driver. This isn’t the biggest and most shocking change.

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We take the bus to Chloe’s house. There are dead whales on the shore of our beach. When we get there William opens the door. Max is happy as she feels like she accomplished what she wanted to. The universe always finds a way to bring back balance. Because William didn’t die Chloe became seriously ill. This future is not what we wanted and it is certainly not what Max wanted. The story telling in this game has gotten so great. We truly felt dread for what we did. This is where this episode ends.

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Late Night Swim | Life is Strange Episode 3 : Part 1

Welcome to our playthrough of Life is Strange Episode 3. This playthrough is going to be split into two parts. As always you can watch the playthrough at the bottom of the post. Please do check out the previous two episodes if you haven’t already watched them as this post contains spoilers. You can check them out here.

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After a quick recap of what happened in the last two episodes this episode begins during what seems like the evening of the Kate incident. The one thing that we like about this game is how well it creates an atmosphere with its scenes. The music is well selected to fit the mood and the visuals compliment it. Max gets a text from Chloe. It seems like they want to break into the school to see if they can find out any clues about what happened to Rachel.

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It seems like the suicide attempt by Kate really hit everyone really hard. Everyone’s door plaque has a message hoping that Kate will come out of this ordeal fine. Max even points out the level of hypocrisy that is going on as a lot of the students wishing Kate well, are the ones who put her in this situation in the first place.

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We start snooping around looking for some clues on what happened to Kate in Victoria’s room. We find out that Victoria and her friends are going drinking, Victoria is also a closet geek. We leave the dorms to the outside world. A beautiful night indeed. There is a bench for us to sit on and think about what happened. Simple game design mechanics like this really show that the developers aren’t afraid to let us just chill.

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We hear what seems to be the voice of the principle. He is complaining at some door he cannot open. He seems to be drunk and we try to sneak past him but he catches us. We have to find a way around him and after awhile we figure out that if we rewind time to when he is complaining at the door we are able to just walk past him.

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We make it to the front entrance to meet Chloe. Before we are able to make our break in, Victoria and Mr Jefferson are leaving the school. We over hear what their saying and it seems as though Mr Jefferson and Victoria are doing something a teacher and student should not be doing. She is also trying to bribe him to let her win the photo competition. The bribe turns into a threat and the conversation ends on a sour note.

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We get into the school and get stuck at the principles office. It is locked and we have to get some help from Warren about making a makeshift door explosive. We go fetch the key ingredients needed for it in the school and return with our makeshift explosive. Door goes BOOM and alarm goes WAAA.

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We make our way into the room and rewind time to then unlock the door from the inside. The game is certainly becoming smarter with the use of Max’s power. We look around the office finding files on all of the main students of Blackwell. The files tell us that Nathan’s family really has a hand in Blackwell and that there isn’t much information about Rachel apart from a cryptic message. Before we leave we are faced with a moral issue of stealing the handicapped fund to pay back Frank. We decide to leave the money.

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Instead of leaving the school we end up going to the swimming pool. We take a nice stroll through the changing rooms of both genders. There are many little graffiti messages and doodles everywhere. After switching on the lights both of the characters decide to jump into the pool and just have a good talk.

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Things instantly turn bad when the security guards enter the swimming pool and we now we have to play a game of hide and seek. Life is Strange just turned into a stealth game. We narrowly escape to outside and flee the scene in Chloe’s car.

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We flee to Chloe’s house and spend the night. We wake in the morning and there is more talk between the two characters. This is where this part ends.

Thank you reading and thank you for all of the support.

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Life is strange Episode 1 : Part 3 – Who cares about friends!!!

In this episode we find out that Max can leave her beat up friend on the ground grovelling….. it seems the friend doesn’t mind much either. Where them morals at Max???

Life is Strange Episode 1 Review

I have been looking forward to playing Life is Strange. I have recently finished episode one and decided to share my thoughts in this review. Hope you enjoy it. The playthrough can be found on our YouTube channel. Video review on the way.

Story

Story

Life is strange is all about consequences. From small things like opening cupboards to saving a friend in need. Time plays a big role in this. The player is given the opportunity to redo decisions to see how they turn out. Ultimately these decisions will make a bigger ripple as more of these episodes are released. This first episode is really all about setting things up so you will be spending a lot of time wondering how this will affect you later. Spoiler Alert! The bigger picture is that Max (main character) has to figure out how to use her power to save her town from being destroyed by a big storm.

Max is a shy girl who seems to be confused by life and that shows with some of the things she says. The game plays around with such themes as bullying, abandonment and friendship. I personally felt that it was played out well. Some of the writing was a little off but it is good enough to keep you engaged in what is happening on screen. The characters around Max have somewhat stereotypical but distinct personalities. Her friend Chloe stands out the most because of her free nature even if her screen time isn’t that high.

Gameplay

Gameplay

Like I said earlier this game is all about decisions. Decisions are presented to the user through button presses. One main gameplay feature is the ability to rewind time. It only allows you to rewind at certain specific times, usually after a decision is made by the player. There are times where the game feels like it is steering you in a specific way to progress the story which can be a little annoying depending on your expectations on how freely you expected to use Max’s power.

When you are not using Max’s power you’re spending it looking at things. Posters, photos, laptops and many more things are up to be observed. This can take up most of your time. It kind of reminded me of L.A. Noire where you have to look around for evidence. The games controls are simple to use and pretty responsive.

Presentation

Presentation

This is where I believe Life Is Strange really prevails. The game seems to have this sunset filter on everything and it makes everything look really beautiful. Character models can look a little clunky when they are moving around but it kind of just looks normal for the style of the game. The lip syncing in the game is bad though. I don’t know if this is on purpose or they tried to make it sync but it is a little distracting.

The game also likes to play around with different types of effects on its objects. For example items of interest when looked at have scribbly lines over them. Some pictures have certain filters on them just so they don’t look boring.

The music in this game is fantastic. It uses a lot of indie tracks to help create an atmosphere. The music makes scenes like walking down a corridor seem so much more special. If you are not into this type of music you might not like it but I would say give it a try :).


Good

  • Plays around with meaningful themes
  • Good supporting characters
  • Power is really cool
  • Lovely art style
  • Music selection is great

Bad

  • Writing can be a little weird
  • Sometimes game feels like it is holding your hand
  • Lip syncing is completely off

Story:  8.0

Gameplay:  8.3

Presentation:  8.8

Total: 8.3