"What is this?"
Life Is Strange is an episodic interactive drama graphic adventure video game developed by Dontnod Entertainment (Another game of theirs was "Remember Me"), and published by Square Enix. The game's plot focuses on Maxine Caulfield, a photography student who discovers that she has the ability to rewind time at any moment, leading her every choice to enact the butterfly effect. The game will consist of five episodes. With six weeks between each episode, it released its first on 30 January 2015 (Ahem, today). Life Is Strange is available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 via digital distribution.
Life Is Strange is a graphic adventure, played from a third-person view. Introducing the mechanic of rewinding time allows the player to go back and redo any action other than what is done past a checkpoint (however long a checkpoint lasts). The choices made will alter and affect the story through short, mid or long-term consequences (think Telltale's "The Walking Dead" or "Wolf Among Us") Dontnod creative director Jean-Maxime Moris added however that "for each one of your choices that you make there's no definite answer. Something good in the short-term might turn out worse later". Whenever a course of action poses an influence to the story, a butterfly symbol comes into view. Accessible possibilities are itemised at the end of each episode. Dialogue exchanges can be rewound while branching options are used for conversation. Once an event is reset, the details provided earlier are permitted to avail themselves in the future. Items that are collected before time traveling will be kept in the inventory after the fact. The player can also examine and interact with objects indicated by a system of hand drawn icons, which enables puzzle solving. As a large part of the gameplay relates to exploration, easter eggs have been implemented accordingly
After five years of absence, senior photography student Maxine Caulfield (voiced by Hannah Telle) returns to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon. As she reunites with her estranged best friend Chloe Price (voiced by Ashley Burch), she discovers that Chloe's father had died the year Maxine left town. While Chloe was grieving her father, she found support in a girl named Rachel Amber, who later went missing under suspicious circumstances. Max and Chloe decide to investigate Rachel's disappearance, and as a result of which make their way to unravel the city's hidden secrets.
Personal Comment: This game is super beautiful, with the art direction, lighting and OST. The story can be cliche at times, but I think it's definitely worth a look since it's out on all platforms for only 5 bucks.