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Life Is Strange

3 weeks ago

Feature: Do not go gentle

More games should be truly honest about death

This article discusses death and personal bereavement I never intended to make videogames about my brother. He died in May last year, standing in the crowded lobby of the Manchester Arena, at the hands of the radicalised young man who’d walked into the building and detonated a homemade explosive. I learned later, while numbly standing with a police officer in middle of the cavernous, shrapnel-damaged…

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7 months ago

Feature: Superheroes don't swear

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit review

It’s Monday, and what better way to start the day than with a crunchy bowl of Honesty covered in ice cold, full fat Admissions of Failure: I have not played much Life Is Strange. I got about fifteen minutes into the first episode, the dialogue started to grate, and I zoned out. Controversial opinion maybe, but if you’re making a game about teenage girls, it…

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Feature: You won't get away with this, Snowmancer!

Captain Spirit looks heroic, but sometimes tragic too

Oh look, this Life is Strange spin-off is due out next week as a freebie. The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is a two-hour pretend-em-up in which you play Chris, an imaginative kid who fancies himself a superhero on the weekends, and isn’t afraid to take on evil beings like the powerful Snowmancer (a snowman) and nasty beasts such as the dreaded Water Eater (the…

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11 months ago

Feature: The inevitability of "Bury Your Gays"

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm can’t escape the first game’s use of harmful tropes

Spoiler warning: This article includes spoilers for the entirety of both Life Is Strange and Life Is Strange: Before The Storm. Life Is Strange: Before The Storm is, in its own right, a very good game. But it can’t avoid the fact that it’s a Life Is Strange game, specifically a prequel to the original. And in the original, one of its central characters is…

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1 year ago

Feature: Insult fighting

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm is a coming-of-age tragedy

Zack Garriss wants you to feel guilty when bad things happen to good people. The lead writer of Life is Strange prequel Before the Storm is as passionate as any writer I’ve ever met on the subject of interactive storytelling and he has some strong opinions about the future of the medium. Guilt and grief might be the main course, but there’s a side order…

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2 years ago

Feature: Teenage Kicks Against the Pricks

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a doomed romance

There's an obvious metaphor in the subtitle of the Life is Strange [official site] prequel. Before the Storm refers to a meteorological incident in the original game, but this is a coming of age story. Growing up can be as violent, euphoric, frightening and cleansing as a storm. What I've seen of the prequel makes youth seem like the precursor to tragedy. We're going to…

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3 years ago

Feature: Our 13 personal faves

Buy These Games: Our Picks From The Steam  Sale

Dark days for the world. Maybe videogames can save us? Haha yes of course they can haha. Here are some really good videogames, though. They'll take you to a better place for a while. These are the RPS team's 13 personal favourites from the current Steam Summer Sale: we believe in these games, and we believe that you should play them too.

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Feature: No need to rewind.

Game Of The Month: November – Life Is Strange

Life Is Strange [official site] Episode One came out all the way back in January of this year but with the release of the final episode a couple of weeks ago, this is a fine time to celebrate the series as a whole. Dontnod's episodic adventue is a mystery-drama set in a small Oregon town. Combining time travel, photography, tragedy, terror and scrapbooks, it's all…

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Feature: What do Pip and Alice think?

Life Is Strange: Episode 5 Verdict-O-Chat

Pip and Alice have been enjoying Life Is Strange [official site] and getting together for little chats about each episode of Dontnod Entertainment's coming-of-age time travel bonanza as they came out. Episode 5 wrapped everything up last week - or did it? - so they've come together one final time to chat about that, look at the series as a finished piece, and maybe even…

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4 years ago

Feature: Day 8: RPS still does not suspect I am a talking five pound note.

Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 8

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we'll be offering our picks - based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day 8 of the sale.

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Feature: A Stitch In Time

Fail Forward: Life Is Strange

Fail Forward is a series of videos all about the bits of games which don’t quite work and why. In this episode, Marsh Davies discusses Life Is Strange [official site], an episodic adventure series by Dontnod Entertainment set in a US highschool. It's great - not because all of it works, but because it's so interesting when and why it doesn't.

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Feature: It's all in the timing

Life Is Strange: Episode 3 Verdict-O-Chat

In the third episode of Dontnod Entertainment’s teen time drama Life is Strange [official site], everything changes. Now that the episode has been out in the wild for several days, Pip, Adam and Alice gathered to discuss the temporal wobbles and rocky relationships. If you haven’t already played, avert your eyes - there are spoilers right up to the final moments.

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Feature: Time Teen

RPS Chat: Life Is Strange Mid-Season Thoughts

The problem with trying to review the second episode of Life is Strange [official site], Dontnod's five-part teen drama, is that it would be largely the same as the first episode review except steeped in spoilers. That's why our episode 2 coverage is going to be a conversation between Adam and me. Full of spoilers. Like, SWIMMING in spoilers. Hella spoilers. From the start.

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Feature: Cheap Alien Isolation, Life Is Strange & more

The RPS Bargain Bucket: Help, GDC Is Here

In two days, I will be on a plane for 36 hours. I am going to be very sad. Shortly after that, I will be doing my first exhibition at PAX East. Which is alternately both terrifying and kind of amazing. (I think.) So, just a short column this week because my brain is steaming like the air vents in Alien: Isolation. But I will…

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Feature: A gawky teenager of a game

Wot I Think: Life Is Strange, Episode One

Life Is Strange [official site] is Dontnod's interactive story game told over five episodes. The first – Chrysalis – is out now so Pip took a look. Here's wot she thought: There was a fanfiction website I used to read as a teenager. I wasn't there for the fanfiction though, I was there for the original fiction subsite. It bristled with stories about misunderstood teens,…

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