Life is Strange: Episode 3 - Chaos Theory

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8 / 10.0
May 19, 2015

Life Is Strange: Episode 3 takes a massive turn with a heartfelt and ambitious new story.

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8 / 10
May 18, 2015

There's a lot of downtime at the start, but another shock ending does little to dilute what is the best piece of interactive storytelling so far this year.

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7 / 10.0
May 18, 2015

I wish more happened in this episode, but the story is still intriguing and the cliffhanger is shocking

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8 / 10
May 19, 2015

The third episode of Life is Strange marks the series' high point, with poignant emotional moments and a twist that turns the narrative on its head.

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May 28, 2015

Life is Strange takes a hard turn with Episode 3 as Max's supporting cast gains a bit more nuance and depth. So far, each episode of Life is Strange has improved upon the foundation laid by the last one. With Episode 3, the developer makes the player really think about the scope of Max's powers and actions. Great stuff.

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8 / 10.0
May 26, 2015

The cliffhanger that Chaos Theory ends on is so perfect for this portrayal of the fictional Arcadia Bay, Oregon where nothing's ever perfect. However, it's also scarily dangerous in that it very well might render most of the world-building a moot point. It'd be such an absolute shame if that were to happen. We have to wait to see if that's the case. But, Life is Strange now has me in its grips, and if I'm worried, it's only because I care. I finally really, truly care.

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May 18, 2015

Life Is Strange has always had a nice down-to-earth quality for a video game. Sure, the time travel gimmick is just that, but Max and the rest of the occupants of Arcadia Bay still keep me invested. And only two episodes remain.

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7 / 10
May 19, 2015

In the shadow of the incredibly powerful second episode, the midpoint in the series is a solid episode that felt for large parts like it was waiting for the next big thing to happen. Thankfully, Dontnod did just that with an almighty twist in its final few scenes that has you on tenterhooks with the seemingly infinite possibilities the story now holds.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 5, 2015

It is also an interesting melding of the episodic adventure popularized by Telltale, the Doublefine puzzle game and the emergent genre of Cascadian environmental and self-exploration of which Gone Home is the definitive example. Fans of these forms are likely to find much to enjoy. Gentle, unhurried and with an ambient layer of puzzle-solving, this is a so far very successful melding of genres.

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7.5 / 10.0
May 19, 2015

A shorter episode, but still a good one. Life is Stranges continues to be hella good.

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70 / 100
May 25, 2015

Chaos Theory can't escape the shadow of its superior predecessor, but that's not to say it's a bad experience. Once you power through the dull fetch quests and irritating Chloe Time, it manages to provide some powerful moments and the best ending of any episode so far.

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Jun 7, 2015

'Life is Strange Episode 3: Chaos Theory' packs an emotional wallop that, despite the occasional missteps, shows that this game won't be easily forgotten.

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May 25, 2015

Life is indeed strange. Meddling with time is not as easy as you would think and this engaging story does a great job of driving that point home. The moral decisions that players make really do have an affect on the story's future. The game's time-rewinding mechanics mean that all options can be considered and those all-important decisions need not be rushed. While the story so far has followed a fairly predictable path, the events of Episode 3 have really turned things on their head. Dontnod has the potential to mix things up in Episode 4. Will they stick with this new direction or will we be turned back onto the path that we have been treading so far? Only time will tell.

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9.5 / 10.0
May 27, 2015

With the power to rewind time and choose what happens it always comes with a price; it could be good or bad, but in the end it will always affect us. Life is Strange has shown that in a spectacular way, and I highly suggest it to anyone reading this review.

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8 / 10
May 17, 2015

We weren't particularly sold on the first two episodes of Life Is Strange, but we could see the kernel of potential that was hiding beneath the surface. Episode 3 – Chaos Theory is where that promise finally bursts to the forefront, delivering an almost perfect balance of tense storytelling, organic dialogue, and improved gameplay – all while setting up a potentially brilliant follow-up episode. This series is finally delivering what we always thought it could, and that makes us hella happy.

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8 / 10.0
May 19, 2015

Life is Strange Episode 3 is another thrilling entry in this intriguing adventure series, featuring some of the best plot development to date.

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86 / 100
Jun 1, 2015

Let me just say, after playing episode 3 you'll wish episode 4 was already available.

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6 / 10.0
May 19, 2015

A disappointing second act, dragged down by the mundane but saved with an unexpected and game-changing twist.

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May 19, 2015
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May 21, 2015

The development team at Dontnod have successfully crafted a story that explores the mental strain of growing up. The subject matter is mature, but because of its stark exploration of humanity rather than shocking violence. After three episodes, "Life is Strange" rivals some of the most intriguing prime time dramas on television.

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