I'm using my post-release break to play a few games.
Life is Strange is an episodic adventure game about a photography-obsessed girl name Max who has returned to her home town on a scholarship - and discovers she has time-rewinding powers. Into Max's life we introduce a rich boy with a gun, an old friend with problems, a security control freak, a new friend with white-knight tendencies, and a disappeared girl. And many varieties of bullying. And a coming mega-tornado.
The production values are very high, and it's a nice, playable game, with puzzles that revolve mainly about choices leading to social consequences. And I enjoyed playing the first episode of this game, and liked Max, and I'm probably not going to pick up the rest of the episodes.
Two issues - there's so much powerlessness going on here, so many different vortices of bullying, that I just feel no anticipation for the play experience, even if the likely end result is vindication or escape.
And - particularly in a game where the main character runs around taking photos of everything - I kept having to keep myself from shrieking "Take some video! Gather evidence! Video the creepy home surveillance system. Video the rich boy with a gun! Video the bullying security guard!"
The mega-tornado also feels weirdly unnecessary given all the other stuff going on.
Anyway - I do recommend this game to anyone with higher tolerance for this kind of story. It's very atmospheric and interesting. Just a not-for-me game.
Mildly spoilerish bit..
Willing to bet that the all-around-wonderful photography teacher is a creepy murderer and video-taper of girls.
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