Game of the Month: Life Is Strange. The game plays as an interactive TV show, very reminiscent of those “choose your own adventure” novels that were popular back in primary school. I must admit, this game needed a very strong storyline to make up for the lack of complex gameplay, and it definitely did. If anything, the storyline was so compelling that making the simple choice of what to do next was more than enough to make me feel like I was a part of the game.
Maxine Caulfield is a photography student who discovers she can rewind time. Yet with her extraordinary power, she is introverted and always passes herself off as a plain Jane. This game explores the usual social issues teenagers goes through, and has the typical cast of stereotypical students from the cliques found in schools. Yet these social issues are dealt with it in a sentimental way, rather than going through the melodramatic route. I feel that Max is the reason for this because her thoughts and feelings come across as more genuine and less over-reactive.
Max also has a tendency to always questions whether she has made the right choice. Having the ability to rewind time is equally a blessing and a curse when you’re an over-thinker! The game makes it very vague as to whether your choices in the game are correct, yet this mimics the choices we make in real life (as you know, sometimes there is no correct answer). The concept of the butterfly effect has been explored numerous times in entertainment, yet what I like about this game is that you can literally spend forever constantly rewinding time and decide which choice is the correct one. You set the pace in the game, and you get to experience that sometimes being indecisive can be just as bad as making the incorrect choice.
Life Is Strange is very interactive and immersive, even with its simple concept. It’s a short game that is pretty cheap compared to a full length game, so you have nothing to lose if you decide to give this game a go. Want a technical review of the game? Head over to @nessnminh#lifeisstrange#squareenix#playstation#ps4#gamereview
// Minh’s Game of the Month: Life Is Strange. I was slow on hopping onto this game since it didn’t appear as interactive as the usual games I play, but the storyline intrigued me into giving it a go. And boy, I do not regret it! This five episodic adventure game goes through the life of Maxine Caulfield, who uses her photography skill and her powers of rewinding time in order to fix the social problems she comes across. You use these skills in order to make certain decision that will affect the course of the story. Rewinding time is quite easy, the game usually prompts you as to when to perform it. The hard part is deciding whether you want to rewind time or not.
You also perform other tasks, such as looking for items (which gets a bit frustrating at times because some of the items are hidden a bit too well), evading teachers/the security guard, and playing detective (which was one of the more enjoyable tasks in the game, I wish they had more of it). Probably the best feature of the game is the stats that they show at the end of each episode. It shows you the percentage of players around the world who chose which option whenever a decision had to be made. Since the game places the player is numerous ethical dilemmas, it’s interesting to see if your opinion is in the majority or the minority.