Life Is Strange: A gripping story with twists, turns and mystery

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This incredibly story-rich episodic adventure game has now made its way onto Linux, being one of the first of the big series of this type get ported. For those not aware, these kinds of episodic story games are a fairly recent phenomenon and are somewhat comparable to the high-budget television miniseries which have become increasingly popular over the years.

Their role is to tell a gripping story, using the medium of video games to their advantage, such as player choice and exploration to do things not possible in front of the television. Life Is Strange does just that, delivering an excellent story, memorable characters and great voice acting which helps further the immersion.

The game puts the player in the shoes of Max, an 18-year-old photography student who can turn back time. The main premise is that, by using these abilities, she can stop or alter unfortunate events that are going on around her. As such, the game deals with some pretty heavy themes, though manages to do so in a dignified and mature manner. If you like story in games, it’s hard to pick too many holes in Life Is Strange, with the only obvious caveat being that turning back time and seeing possible outcomes tends to detract from the tension that comes from having less control over a situation.

That said, it is still a rollercoaster of a story with a replay value not found in linear narratives. Rather than spoil the story, it’s best to try it out for yourself given that the first episode is now free, which should hook most people into buying the other four – all of which are available now. CCbySA3.0

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