Life is Strange: Episode 4 - Dark Room

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Life is Strange: Episode 4 - Dark Room is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 47 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

75%

Critics Recommend

Based on 47 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameZone
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 30, 2015

With just one episode left, I'm both anxious and intrigued to see how it all comes together -- or does it?

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 29, 2015

Life Is Strange is still a strong candidate for my game of the year but this episode raised a bunch of problems.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 8, 2015

Character inconsistencies and story dead-ends mar an otherwise superb narrative series that is starting to really pay off.

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Dealspwn
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 28, 2015

An overlong episode, but one bookended with some terrific scenes. The impacts of the tiniest details via time travel are explored and the continuing plot strands about the underbelly of Arcadia Bay take their darkest forms yet. There's a lot riding on the season finale though.

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Scored Reviews

Game Debate
9.5 / 10.0
Game Debate

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2015

I have little hesitation in suggesting Life is Strange will be a narrative adventure masterpiece when it concludes with part five - bar a horrific final episode. The way in which DONTNOD has blended teen drama with sci-fi craziness and more than a hint of Twin Peaks is to be commended. It's certainly not something I wholly expected after Episode 1, and it feels like a genuine journey. By the time the credits rolled on Dark Room I knew I'd just played something outstanding, and it only makes the wait for conclusion even harder.

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2015

The best episode so far, with a lot of problems ironed out and double the playtime added. Dark Room will not disappoint any but the hardest to please fans of Life is Strange.

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GearNuke
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Aug 9, 2015

Life is Strange Episode 4: Dark Room ends with another signature cliffhanger. The game's story is coming around though and I'm sure DontNod have an explosive finale planned for us, here's to hoping it comes out sooner rather than later. If the final episode doesn't end up being a disappointing mess, I can see Life is Strange becoming my favourite Adventure game ever.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2015

An emotional tour de force that has considerably upped the ante as the final episode approaches. That last episode can't come soon enough.

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IBTimes UK
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2015

Dontnod has something truly special here. All they have to do now is finish on a high.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 28, 2015

Episode four of DONTNOD's Life Is Strange continues the exceptional level of quality that episode three delivered. It even goes so far as to surpass what came before in a variety of ways.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Jul 29, 2015

Life is Strange has been getting better with each episode and with the best story by far found in Episode 4 – The Dark Room, the upcoming finale is setting up to be mindblowing.

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PushStartPlay
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2015

Dark Room is the strongest episode of Life is Strange. It leaves you wanting to see what happens to Max Caulfield and the rest of Arcadia Bay whilst also delivering a truly entertaining slice of gaming.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jul 29, 2015

[W]hile I quite enjoyed the change of pace from having to use my brain for some logic crunching, some folks may feel that the episode's puzzles bog down the flow of the game.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Aug 4, 2015

With each episode managing to impress and surprise us more than the last, I can only assume that the next and final episode of Life is Strange will make our jaws drop yet again. For now, we just have to patiently wait until we can get our hands on it.

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Game Rant
Aug 23, 2015

Life Is Strange Episode 4 is a series of gut punches, making new strides in gameplay and storytelling that take the series from interesting to must-play.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2015

I firmly believe Life is Strange is an amazing series, and I stick by this statement. This episode kicks it into overdrive and now makes the next month and a half wait for the finale that much longer.

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DarkZero
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 28, 2015

I'm with you to the end Life is Strange.

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NZGamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2015

As much as I'm looking forward to the conclusion of Life is Strange, I'm glad the episodic structure gives me a bit of reprieve. Days later, I'm still trying to process my thoughts and feelings on Dark Room, and I feel like this episode (and Life is Strange, as a whole, unless the final chapter completely drops the ball) is something we'll be talking about for years to come.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jul 27, 2015

With Episode 4: Dark Room finishing on a brilliant cliffhanger, Dontnod will no doubt be firing on all cylinders as they head towards the finish line for Life Is Strange with some serious momentum behind them.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 28, 2015

As the credits rolled at the end of the episode, I was left trying to digest not just the final few moments, but the episode as a whole. There were several very powerful moments, with Dontnod's mature approach to the subject matter and ambiguous decision making key, as they tackled the theme of life and death that ran throughout. Alongside some great puzzles and use of Max's time warping power, this is the best episode yet.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2015

So, after another cliffhanger ending, we're left awaiting the conclusion and with no real idea where the narrative might go. Dark Room has been the most masterful installment in Life is Strange thus far, and it sets us hurtling toward the finish line. If the first 80 percent is any indication, it probably won't be a "happily ever after" ending. Only one thing's certain, though: that ever-present throat lump will be along for the ride.

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Critical Hit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2015

I think the developers are on to something really special here, and if they properly end it off in the next and final episode, Life is Strange will stand as a giant in the genre. Now, all that's left is to wait for the finale, and what a long and gruelling wait it's going to be.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2015

Emotionally powerful and engaging, Life is Strange Episode Four: Dark Room cements Dontnod's teen drama as a real contender for Game of the Year. Roll on Episode Five!

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ActionTrip
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2015

Now we wait for several more weeks before learning all of the truth behind the horrific things happening at Blackwell and Arcadia Bay, and hopefully how and why Max was given this power. Even though DONTNOD made something a bit predictable, they have left plenty of roads open to continue their usual unpredictability. I can honestly say at this point, I have no idea what will happen next. So many unanswered questions, and I have my expectations high that all will be revealed without any disappointment.

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GameCrate
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2015

Life is Strange: Dark Room does a masterful job at bringing us to the finale, and it currently stands out as the best chapter in the series. While some may find fault in the shallow gameplay mechanics and the absence of multiple choices, the plot more than makes up for it, leaving us anticipating the last chapter with great excitement.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2015

But, despite the occasional jarring conversations or the surprisingly calm reactions to horrific events, Life is Strange: Episode 4 is able to deliver some intense emotional blows, while at the same time begin to wrap up some key mysteries and keep the entire adventure highly exciting. This is one of the best episodes in the season, and it alone can be listed as a reason to buy Life is Strange if you haven't already taken the plunge.

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Gamers FTW
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2015

After the shocking conclusion of Chaos Theory, Life is Strange Dark Room ups the ante once more and continues on it path of out of the blue surprises. Taking a darker and at times almost gruesome turn, episode 4 offers not only the longest story of the four but the best in the series so far. Character development reaches a new emotional level of depth and the gameplay has developed further again to gain a sense of challenge.

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GamesBeat
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jul 30, 2015

Dark Room doesn't give you much room to complain, unless you hate things that make you have feelings. It's the best-paced, most emotional entry yet, and it handles its super-serious subject matter with skill and maturity. This is the chapter we've been waiting to play since the beginning.

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RPG Fan
82%
82%
Aug 4, 2015

A Telltale-esque title set in suburban America that hints at maturity.

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Telegraph
Aug 11, 2015

Life is Strange's progression from a promising, awkward experiment to a confident, bold narrative is one of the year's most interesting gaming tales.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 3, 2015

From the gate it was clear that Life is Strange was a title to keep an eye on. It's now evolved into an experience over a million players are constantly on the edge of their seats to continue, and is poised to become one they'll likely never forget. Even a seemingly shorter, more linear episode like this one shines in all the right places; it's a visual novel with a choose-your-own-adventure twist in which choices matter, and consequences are finally catching up like the dark cyclone ever hurdling toward Arcadia Bay.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 2, 2015

All in all, episode 4 is a good instalment and let's hope that the next episode comes sooner rather than later which may hurt the revelations found in episode four but if you enjoyed the previous stories, you'll enjoy this one. So how does Amber, Frank, Nathan, Veronica, Warren, Chloe and Max all connect? The answer will be found out in episode 5!

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We Got This Covered
Jul 28, 2015

Life is Strange: Episode 4 - Dark Room is easily one of the game's best episodes thus far, which is saying a lot. Not only does it successfully build upon the gut punch that was its predecessor's ending, but it also progresses the plot in very interesting ways, and concludes with a shock that will once again leave players breathless.

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Gamestyle
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 30, 2015

The wait for the next episode is going to be quite painful.

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USgamer
Aug 9, 2015

After a brief emotional detour, Life is Strange gets back to its main plot. The beginning and end of this episode are strong, with a lot of tension and emotional payoff, but the middle feels like it's padding out the gameplay time instead of serving the story. Still, this is the best episode yet.

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Game Revolution
Aug 5, 2015

This is the fourth time in as many chapters that Life Is Strange has shocked me big time. So bring on the conclusion stat. I am ready for one more trip to Arcadia Bay.

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Examiner
Jul 29, 2015

Life is Strange Episode 4 Dark Room is terrific, once again delivering a magnificent blend of reality, authenticity, danger and twists. The uncalled for cork board investigation scene is not enough to derail Dark Room entirely, and the ending more than makes up for it. Life is Strange continues to be one of my favorite games of the entire year and I hope DONTNOD can finish off the story with the same impact in episode five, as they have delivered in the first four episodes.

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Kill Screen
73 / 100
73 / 100
Jul 30, 2015

But there is one more episode left and the town of Arcadia Bay has yet to be saved. There is still time for Max's story to be subsumed by melodrama, for the game to simply spend the emotional currency it has worked hard to gather on a cliffhanger for the sake of having a cliffhanger. Come October shall we look back and wonder where this potential went? Perhaps we shall ask ourselves what could have been done differently. Or, perhaps, Life is Strange will navigate these concerns, becoming the game we hoped it would be.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2015

We can't wait to see the conclusion to the story we started back in January, as well as playing the role of Max one last time. It's been a long and bumpy ride, but we're glad we are on board.

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High-Def Digest
Jul 29, 2015

'Darkroom' is not quite as substantial as the last episode, but 'Life Is Strange' has real potential for a strong, surprising finish. This episode sags in the middle but the choices that are offered to the player are still difficult, and it's a good thing when an episodic game torments its players with self-doubt after tough decisions. The series has been a capable story thus far and I'm very curious to see how Dontnod finishes everything.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2015

When Dark Room moves beyond its initial twist in order to return to the mystery at the centre of the game's overarching plot, it succeeds at offering exciting gameplay in lieu of maintaining its thematic focus.

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The Game Fanatics
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2015

Dark Room brings out the darkness in Arcadia Bay, but fails to continue one of the best parts of Life is Strange.

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Polygon
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 13, 2015

'Dark Room' exhibits the best and worst of what Life is Strange has to offer

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Game Informer
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2015

Episode 4 wraps up some mysteries, but leaves you with even more questions, enticing you to stay on the turbulent ride

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 27, 2015

Life is Strange's penultimate episode abuses its own mechanics and drags the pace down, but bookends its slog with two powerful, well-worth-it gut punches.

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IGN
6 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2015

Dark Room finally sets off the mystery but it's the least consistent episode of Life Is Strange so far.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 27, 2015

A hugely disappointing penultimate episode, but if you enjoyed the first three it's still nowhere near enough to put you off from following things through to the end.

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