Life Is Strange 2 - Episode 3: Wastelands

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Life Is Strange 2 - Episode 3: Wastelands is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 40 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

59%

Critics Recommend

Based on 40 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

USgamer
Unscored
Unscored
May 10, 2019

It's the weakest episode yet, even with its cliffhanger ending. The choices you make throughout Episode 3 don't feel as if they carry as much weight, even on a pure brotherly level.

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The Games Machine
Unscored
Unscored
May 13, 2019

Wasteland is the classic middle episode, capable of a captivating plot twist to the point of making it difficult to wait for the next episode.

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Checkpoint Gaming
Disliked
Disliked
May 24, 2019

...after such a long wait between episode 2 and 3 it feels like there should have been more on offer here

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 4, 2018

think this has been my favourite episode because it went from “superhero bros on the run” to being more of a bildungsroman for Sean. And if it ramps up the psychic powers stuff from this point on, there will likely be less of that. Which would be a shame.

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Scored Reviews

Wccftech
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 22, 2019

Life is Strange 2 - Episode 3 continues to impress in terms of soundtrack, setting and character development. It's not as fast paced as the others in this series, but it works perfectly for the emotional narrative underpinning the overall journey.

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Geeks Under Grace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2019

While the first Life is Strange was clear in its story direction, Life Is Strange 2 Episode 3 builds off the strong foundation of the first two episodes towards something entirely surprising.

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We Got This Covered
May 21, 2019

By choosing to flesh out the supporting cast, Life is Strange 2 reaches a new high with the release of Wastelands. It's an emotionally intense episode that both builds and destroys the bonds Sean has worked so hard to forge.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
May 13, 2019

Episode 3: Wastelands might be a shorter experience compared to past episodes, but that doesn't stop Dontnod from pulling off an excellent story at the halfway point of Life Is Strange 2.

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AnaitGames
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 15, 2019

This third episode is as contemporary and fresh as the first one, Roads, and also as heartfelt and subtle as the second, Rules.

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NoobFeed
85 / 100
85 / 100
May 9, 2019

Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 Wastelands starts off slow, eventually gaining traction and concluding with a bang. Providing multiple new characters and old souls from the previous episode to interact with. All while building and Sean and Daniel's relationship, which has become increasingly rockier since the previous episode. Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 Wastelands is full of emotional moments and will leave the player craving the next episode.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 28, 2019

In the series' third chapter, Life is Strange 2 delivers its best episode yet that touches on Sean and Daniel finding themselves in the wild.

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Spaziogames
8.3 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

8.3 / 10.0
May 9, 2019

Wastelands is the best episode of Life is Strange 2, at least the most mature one

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RPG Fan
83%
83%
May 12, 2019

With a slow start, Life is Strange 2 is finally starting to ramp up.

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Bloody Disgusting
May 9, 2019

Wastelands is a satisfying experience and an excellent step up in the story of Life Is Strange 2. Given the episode’s ending, I cannot imagine what will even come next. The Diaz brothers, along with the rest of the cast, make Wastelands the strongest chapter so far in the story, offering great emotion and characters.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 22, 2019

A bit different from the previous episodes in terms of tone, Wasteland is a very pleasant crossroad for Life is Strange 2, with some very interesting characters, a good evolution of Sean and Daniel's relationship, heartbreaking choices to make and a shocking ending that promises a lot for what's coming next.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 9, 2019

Life Is Strange 2: Episode 3 introduces exciting new faces, familiar threats, and difficult impactful choices that shape the Diaz brothers.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 13, 2019

Life is Strange 2's third episode is the shortest so far, but that doesn't mean it doesn't still pack a punch.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

"Wastelands" has a better understanding of what makes Life is Strange 2's story work, and is more enticing for it

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MonsterVine
4 / 5
4 / 5
May 31, 2019

Episode 3 has some questionable turns, but reignited my love for the series.

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Gamerheadquarters
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 14, 2019

Life is Strange 2 Episode 3: Wastelands is a better effort than the previous episodes and feels more like the original game in the franchise.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 17, 2019

Life Is Strange 2 Episode 3: Wastelands is the weakest and shortest installment of the game so far. The dialogue-heavy episode starts slow but finishes strong and sets up a new obstacle for Sean and Daniel with a real cliffhanger of an ending.

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TechRaptor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

Life is Strange 2: Episode 3: Wastelands provides some much-needed breathing room for Sean and Daniel, allowing them to unwind and relax a little. The result is the tightest, most rewarding episode yet with a top-notch cliffhanger.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 9, 2019

Short but intense episode that begins to show what this season of contents is going to be capable of showing. Multiple endings and a satisfying cliffhanger for this 2 hour adventure that leaves us wanting the 4º episode.

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COGconnected
78 / 100
78 / 100
May 13, 2019

The original game charmed people with its characters and premise but fell through on delivering a satisfying story. This game feels like it’s been mapped out from beginning to end, and this strength carries me through its weaker moments so I can experience events like the climax of Wastelands.

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Game Informer
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

Despite a thrilling conclusion, this episode suffers from imbalanced pacing and annoying characters

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TrustedReviews
May 17, 2019

This is the weakest episode of Life is Strange 2 so far, but that doesn't make it a bad one. DONTNOD has decided to tackle a number of brave, progressive themes and explores more of the characters I've come to love.

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BaziCenter
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 13, 2019

More than halfway through the story of Life is Strange 2, and it seems that the series story is still off the track. Wastelands episode offers the same solid music and tempo that we expected, but nothing more, and the only reason it can be considered a good episode is because of the way it concluded and opened up a huge potential for the next episode.

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Jump Dash Roll
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 20, 2019

Wastelands' thrilling finale means it's a step up from Rules, but it makes a few missteps in its handling of the brothers' relationship to get there.

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Critical Hit
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2019

Life Is Strange 2: Episode 3 still has a problem with pacing and may put off players who aren't diehard fans of this series. But for those willing to forgive some of its more mundane passages, this episode delivers a pretty compelling denouement and hints at better things to come.

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Saudi Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
May 14, 2019

Wastelands seemed slow-paced and filled with boring pointless chores. However, Dontnod captured the bumps in Diaz brothers relationship pretty well and in a mature manner.

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Just Push Start
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
May 13, 2019

Life is Strange: Episode 3: Wastelands is going to ultimately appeal to long standing fans. Instead of worrying about narrative or pushing the brothers closer to Mexico, it's more about the characters and their lives. This allows some of the characters, namely Daniel, get a moment to explain their feelings though it doesn't do much for the overall experience. Given the path thus far, I don't know if it will be satisfying or if they'll make the most of the supernatural elements but at least the characters are strong enough to endure the storm.

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IGN
6.9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

6.9 / 10.0
May 14, 2019

Life Is Strange 2 Episode 3 has a thrilling conclusion but its core conflict and new characters never fully make a connection.

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GotGame
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 14, 2019

Overall, Wastelands is a small bump in the Life is Strange 2 road. The story is still engaging enough to keep players going, but perhaps this episode was too ambitious.

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Destructoid
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 10, 2019

There's no question that Sean and Daniel leave Life is Strange 2's third episode with more scars than they began with. Scars have a way of robbing innocence and dispiriting the spirited. It's no wonder Daniel is disillusioned. But that headstrong attitude leaves Wastelands feeling like an episode without much development. Deep in the California forest, the weed is growing but that's about it.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 10, 2019

Another slow-paced and only intermittently interesting episode, that underlines the fact that the story and characters are never going to be as engaging as the first episode suggested.

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Thumbsticks
May 21, 2019

Wastelands dishes out some of Life Is Strange 2’s strongest moments as well as its weakest. Sean gets some welcome character development and the darker tone fits well, however, Daniel’s repetitive plot arc simplifies him into a whiny brat, and a series of scattershot sub-plots seriously bloat the story. A strong finale does set up a dramatic hurdle in the brothers’ road, but Life Is Strange 2 still has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to match the quality of its predecessor.

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God is a Geek
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

While Wastelands improves on episode two for the most part there's still a long way to go to hit the heights of season one.

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RPG Site
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 21, 2019

The third episode of Life is Strange 2 doesn't really nail its emotional beats but sets up for what's bound to be an exciting next episode.

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GameMAG
6 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

6 / 10
May 15, 2019

Life Is Strange 2: Wastelands is an unsuccessful attempt to create a rebellious product. Characters are badly written and a story is boring. And that's the worst verdict for a modern interactive adventure.

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Game Revolution
May 13, 2019

Whereas the first episode was a promising start and the second episode seemed like anomaly, this third episode appears to disprove that by setting a disappointing tone for the rest of the season. And we’ll have to wait yet another four or so months to see if that’s accurate or not.

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