Life is Strange - Season One

Rating Summary

Based on 26 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

78%

Critics Recommend

Based on 26 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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8.5 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2016

Life Is Strange is an imperfect video game and the actual mechanics of playing it, including the time rewind, can become annoying of frustrating, especially when the development team tries to borrow from another genre. But the game makes it easy to create a connection with Max and to care about her choices and trials, a rare feat, and that means any fan of narrative-driven experiences should try it out to see how he deals with the feelings of the protagonist and the impact they have on Arcadia Bay.

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83 / 100
Oct 27, 2015

Life is Strange is an endearing adventure title where time folds naturally around two good friends trying to uncover a dark mystery.

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