Life is Strange: Episode 2 - Out of Time
Summary: Life is Strange: Episode 2 - Out of Time does not have as much of an impact as the first episode, with critics noting the gameplay is lacking and the majority of the plot this episode moving the plot along, it is another strong entry in the series and leaves the player wanting more at the end.
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After some frustrating delays, Dontnod more than deliver on the promise displayed in Life is Strange Episode 1.
Life Is Strange is on an interesting path at the moment. Its second episode throws bigger decisions at you than the first and it will leave you racking your brain to try and figure out what the outcome will be in future episodes. Whatever may happen Life Is Strange is looking to be the kind of game that you will go back to more than once, just to see if you did something else would everything be OK.
If you weren't a massive fan of the first episode then this second one is unlikely to change your opinion of the series, but if you enjoyed exploring the world and characters in that first episode then Out of Time has a lot to offer.
The ending is far away, but the journey thus far has been excellent, and so far Life is Strange is proving to be an experience no gamer should miss.
Out of Time may not be as captivating as the first episode, but it leaves plenty to look forward to and answers just enough questions to ask a few more. Coupled with the painting art style, DONTNOD has created a rather lovely and intriguing picture. It's going to be hard to wait for May for the third episode.
In places, Life Is Strange utilizes familiar gestures toward unhurriedness, allowing the player to direct Max quickly to the obvious and clearly designated story/action waypoints, or to meander instead, examining objects and pursuing optional conversations. The moments in the second episode that truly stand out, however, are the ones where the game allows Max to just sit down, and, after a bit of not-great but not-awful internal monologue, just be where she is, as long as she and the player want.
Life is Strange's momentum could do with a little shove for the next episode, but once again I find myself eager for more. At times the episode treads water, but the optional discoverable details turn out to be important aspects that make the exploring worthwhile. It's just a shame that we have to wait six weeks (at least) for more.
'Out of Time' is a step back for the burgeoning 'Life Is Strange'. I can't see the forest through the trees, so to speak, and this episode had some difficulty in keeping me interested. The first hour or so especially almost lost me. There are enough plot threads to warrant a mild interest for the next episode, but I hope we haven't already seen the best of what Dontnod has to offer.
A solid instalment into the series, that'll leave you on the edge of your seats. With a cast of in-depth characters, and a storyline which you aren't going to forget in a hurry, Life is Strange is one of the more unique games on the market today.
Life is Strange Episode 2: Out of Time is fairly entertaining but could have been even better if it could have maintained the urgency and direction of the last thirty minutes. If you have played the first episode then it's worth giving Episode 2 a playthrough.