Life is Strange: Episode 2 - Out of Time
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Bad writing and VO hurt Life is Strange Episode 2, but an amazing ending makes it all worth it.
A solid second episode that meanders a little at first but has some of the most complex and thought-provoking moral decisions in any video game to date.
While the second episode is flawed, I'm still invested in these characters and curious how things will turn out
Life is Strange still suffers from some problematic dialogue and "gamey" sequences, but the emotional payoff is worth the effort.
If you played Episode 1, this is a must-play. If you're new to the series and still not sure, I'd say that five dollars a chapter is more than worth the price to give it a chance.
While Out of Time has a tendency to meander (like Max herself), it hits hard in its critical moments. This episode succeeds in that it's adept at creating sincere concern for most of the inhabitants of Life is Strange. That depth is appreciated, but Out of Time felt like a giant step to the side, as we aren't much further along than we were at the end of episode one.
Life Is Strange promised to explore mature and realistic themes from the start, and this second episode continues to do so even amidst the sci-fi trappings of time manipulation. Aside from a few miscued points here and there with pacing or the game's general presentation, this builds upon the first episode and draws you further into its tangled web of mystery.
Following through on the tone of the first episode, Life is Strange: Episode 2 - Out of Time features natural story and character progression with gravitas-laden decisions that will shape the future.
Improves on what made episode one so great, while adding a bigger, more impacting story.
The key is, I do enjoy playing it. I'm still far from finished, but have played for an awfully long time. For a tenner, that's a lot of game. It's somewhat obnoxious, but special for just getting on with being a game.