Posts Tagged ‘Life Is Strange’

Clickuorice Allsorts: Making good detective games

Detective games are a strange genre because it’s so rare they manage to conjure up the feeling of you being a great detective. They fail for a range of reasons but my solution to the genre’s struggle has tended to be that you should play as Watson not Sherlock or Hastings not Poirot – there’s a reason the books are often from the perspective of a bystander – and yet that’s still a cop out. Mark Brown (formerly of Wired and Pocket Gamer, now of YouTube) has poked at the subject in a video* which was a good prompt to think more about the things which do work. If you like it, you can support Mark’s work via Patreon.

*Slight spoilers for Life is Strange. The Shivah and Discworld Noir.

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 of emotional highs and the occasional bout of expletive-laden insult swordfighting, minus the swords.

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9 whole minutes of Life is Strange: Before The Storm

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

As someone who loved Life if Strange and will probably play Life is Strange: Before the Storm [official site] immediately I have been avoiding pretty much all news and spoilers regarding the latter. To the point where I will a) not be watching this 9-minute video at all and b) don’t actually know what the game involves other than being set before the first game.

That puts me in rather a bind when it comes to this being a news story about a 9-minute video for Life is Strange: Before the Storm so here’s the thing: I’m going to embed the video after the jump in case you want to watch it and then just write a load of words I like so that there is #content BUT if Graham asks you could tell him it was a great and relevant news story full of insights and also perhaps that I deserve a payrise? Read the rest of this entry »

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 play through the origin story of teen rebel Chloe and we’re going to see the buds of a romance that moves through awkwardness to realisation and eventually gets lost in the horrors of a missing person case. In one of the scenes shown to the press at E3, Chloe can choose to describe her relationship with Rachel as a friendship or “something more”, but however she chooses to see it, and however she can’t help but feel it, we know the end is loss.

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Steam summer sale: our giant recommendations list

The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. Either that or the store just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! Well, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some recommendations – both general tips and some newly added staff choices.

Here are the things you should consider owning in your endless consumeristic lust for a happiness which always seems beyond reach. You’re welcome.

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Life Is Strange: Before the Storm starts in August

Heartbreaking teen melodrama Life Is Strange will return on August 31st with a three-episode prequel starring Chloe, named Life Is Strange: Before The Storm [official site]. Set three years before the first game, it’ll tell how Chloe’s doomed relationship with gal pal Rachel Amber began. Life Is Strange makes clear how that all ends so sure, go on, twist the knife, you monsters.

Unexpectedly, this is in addition to the new Life Is Strange game that creators Dontnod Entertainment recently announced. Yup, a different team is making it, so two new Lives Are Strange are coming. Here, check out the announcement trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Give me a hella yeah: more Life Is Strange coming

We loved Life Is Strange [official site] here at RPS. Even though we’re so old that we had to Ask Jeeves (.com) what all of the slang its characters used actually meant, we fell in love with the autumnal world and the people sighing and struggling through their strange little lives. In a tale as old as time-manipulation, a photography student uncovers mystery and rekindles friendship in a quiet town on the brink of disaster. We’ve all been there.

And we’ve been waiting for more. Turns out development studio Dontnod have been holding out on us because they’ve been working on the follow-up for some time already, as they make clear in the video below.

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Weird: Life Is Strange Live-Action Series Announced

The fab time-travelling teen drama Life Is Strange [official site] is to become a live-action television series, Square Enix announced today. Or whatever it is we’re supposed to call television shows made for cybernet screens. A “digital series”, they say. Netflix or something, perhaps? We don’t know who what where when – or why, really – but we do know Squeenix have partnered with Legendary’s Digital Studios arm for it.

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Life Is Strange Ep 1 Now Free, Available On Mac/Linux

Time-altering teenage dramathon Life Is Strange [official site] has just made its first episode free to download forever and ever, while also making the whole story playable on Mac and Linux. For those of you who don’t remember, it is the story of photography student Max and her tough toque-wearing friend Chloe. It’s an adventure game by Dontnod (the studio that made sci-fi action adventure Remember Me) with hints of Heavy Rain and Telltale-style decision-making. Look, they’ve created a new trailer to show off bits of the whole saga. Be warned, though, there are some spoilerish things involved.

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Life Is Strange Episode 1 Going Free Tomorrow

The full first episode of Life Is Strange [official site] will tomorrow be set free forever. We’ve written a lot about one of our favourite games of 2015, about individual episodes as they each came out and giving them the Fail Forward and Cogwatch treatments and… it’s weird to be thinking about Episode 1 again. Now knowing where Life Is Strange was going and what it would become, I want to add disclaimers like “Look, Episode 1 is awkward but it really does find itself, okay.” I’m weirdly protective.

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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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Life Is Strange Mod Gives Max An Emo Makeover

It didn’t occur to me that people might mod Life Is Strange [official site] – I guess it seemed a better fit for Tumblr cosplay and fanfiction and fan art so I didn’t really think about people tweaking the original until the Max Punk mod turned up.

The idea is that it converts Max’s clothing, makeup and hair to present her more in line with the teen emo aesthetic. You can now imagine her listening to a lot of Evanescence and (and I’m aware of how badly I’m showing my age here) having a Livejournal. Actually, I think Max would probably have an Instagram and a Tumblr and maybe be part of all manner of classic camera communities ALSO she would probably be a really active part of the lomography community.

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Life Is Strange Director’s Commentary Released

As much as I like Life Is Strange [official site], I’ll not pick up the episodic magiteen story’s new boxed Limited Edition. I will, however, gladly reap the benefits of this gussied-up new release. A new patch is out now for everyone, bringing improved subtitles in loads more languages, for starters. The promised Director’s Commentary is now here too, free for folks who own the game.

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Life Is Strange Finally Has A Demo On PC

Oh good grief, look, I’m out of ways to tell you I really like Life Is Strange [official site]. Go read its entry in the RPS Advent calendar. Or! A demo has finally arrived on PC, yonks after it hit consoles, letting all and sundry have a wee go at the time-travelling adventure. Head on over to Steam if you’re curious what I’m always banging on about.

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The RPS Advent Calendar, Dec 17th: Life Is Strange

What is the best story of 2015? The RPS Advent Calendar highlights our favourite games from throughout the year, and behind today’s door is…

Life Is Strange!

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New Vampyr Details From Life Is Strange Developer

Although announced prior to the start of episodic adventure Life Is Strange earlier this year, Vampyr [official site] was thereafter resigned to the shadows cast by its Spanish flu-ridden early 20th century London cityscape setting. Developers DONTNOD Entertainment have only now revealed more about their upcoming vampire-infused action RPG.

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Life Is Strange Getting Boxed ‘Limited Edition’

Life Is Strange [official site] is pretty great – great enough to be our current game of the month (er, whoops, we’ll have more to say about it once we wrassle Fallout 4 down to the ground and hogtie it). It’s great enough that even I, who no longer owns any game in hardcopy, can understand why someone might want to have on their shelf and hold it at night. Good news, gamehuggers!

Square Enix today announced a ‘Limited Edition’ physical release for Life Is Strange, coming in January with extra odds and ends. But not to North America, it seems.

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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 but untouched by the typical canon of gaming inspirations and feels entirely comfortable within its episodic format. If you only have time for one game this month, catch up with this unexpected treat.

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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 answer the big question: just how strange is life?

This chat is, of course, oozing spoilers from every teenage pore.

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Wot I Think: Life Is Strange

The final episode of time-meddling drama Life is Strange [official site] has arrived. My thoughts about the game still haven’t entirely settled so I might revisit the game in a few weeks when they’re firmer BUT right now I’m going to do a mini Wot I Think (no spoilers) and then a separate chat with Alice who has also played (that one will have spoilers coming out the wazoo).

In case you’ve missed us chatting about it on here, Life Is Strange tells the story of Max Caulfield, a teen girl who discovers she has the power to rewind time after witnessing a crime. With her newfound power and the reappearance of a childhood friend she finds herself investigating the disappearance of a fellow student and fielding visions of an impending apocalypse. As the player you get to fiddle with time in order to make and remake choices, adjusting the adventure as you go.

Here’s Wot I Think [At The Moment, Before I’ve Had A Chance To Really Let Everything Settle]:

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