Life is Strange - Season One

Rating Summary

Based on 28 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

76%

Critics Recommend

Based on 28 critic reviews
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5 / 5
Nov 6, 2015

A refreshing take in the adventure game genre, there is a lot to appreciate in DONTNOD's handling of mature themes and emotional gravitas. In its finality, the journey is well worth experiencing.

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9.5 / 10.0
Jan 19, 2016

At its heart, Life is Strange was a game about making you feel something. It evoked something in so many gamers. It elicited a passion that is so often missing from modern gaming.

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8.3 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2016

I am no stranger to episodic games that rely heavily on story and setting to pull a person in. Life is Strange has a lot of similarities to titles from Telltale Games or the King's Quest chapters, but it does enough interesting things of its own to stand out as a unique and generally enjoyable experience.

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85 / 100
Aug 14, 2017

Life is Strange is a great, drama-heavy adventure game with the unique twist of controlling time. The story is touching and ultimately gives you a very compelling, rich and unique experience, which is a worthwhile visit.

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Unscored
Oct 22, 2015

There are so few narratives in this medium that even approach what Life is Strange manages on so many levels, that even if it had to happen within a game which often couldn't decide what it considered important, what it accomplishes despite all its flaws should speak for just how much this game matters, and how important it is to experience for yourself.

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9 / 10
Oct 26, 2015

While the game gives the player numerous choices to make, its biggest detriment is that it ends up pushing all of them aside for its conclusion. That having been said, the story in Life is Strange is still one that everyone should make time to experience.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2016

Life Is Strange is a masterpiece. One of the best story-driven games I have ever played, and one that gave me real emotions in an unprecedented fashion.

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10 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2015

I remember finishing the game, and for the whole week, all I could think about was how amazing this game actually was. I had been through a lull-period with gaming this year, but Life is Strange, truly re-invigorated what I love about gaming in 2015. A passionate tale, about great characters, with great gameplay. It’s seriously, a must play.

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6 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2020

On the other hand, the game feels like it tried to do more than it could and as a result weighed down and did not focus at its strongest point.

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Jan 30, 2021

The perfection of the Telltale's Adventure Game formula comes from Dontnod, a company who gives the players permission and the ability to go back and try out multiple different choice paths before deciding which choice they wish to use moving forward.

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