Life Is Strange 2 - Episode 3: Wastelands
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Life is Strange 2's third episode is the shortest so far, but that doesn't mean it doesn't still pack a punch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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...after such a long wait between episode 2 and 3 it feels like there should have been more on offer here
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.
Episode 3 has some questionable turns, but reignited my love for the series.
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.