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Summary: The first episode of Life is Strange 2 sets up the season for success, with two brother as protagonists that hook players early. However, not all narrative statements land; the politics can feel forced, and the the pacing can feel off.
Developer: DONTNOD Entertainment
Publisher: Square Enix
Genres: Interactive Story, Adventure
The first episode of Dontnod's Life is Strange 2 promises a bigger, more complex story than told by its predecessor, charting a cross-country road trip across Donald Trump's America. Though its social criticisms feel broad and rather clumsy so far, its core story of brotherhood and fraternity between two believable characters is already enormously touching. Like the original, Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 makes time for small details and quiet moments, and when it does it's capable of a beauty we rarely see in video games.
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