Life Is Strange
Typically in the past, episodic games and content such as Life Is Strange have had patchy launches. The idea behind releasing one part of a story regularly over a certain time period makes sense but is usually met with any number of development issues along the way, making episodes come out late and compounding subsequent delays more and more. Telltale Games, being the force behind this game format resurgence, know this better than anyone and over time have ironed out a lot of these issues. French developer DONTNOD Entertainment, in collaboration with Square Enix, has gone one step better with Life Is Strange.
It has been six months since episode one of Life Is Strange hit the digital shelves, and in the last 180 days three additional episodes have been released in regular intervals. To say that the game has been well received is putting it lightly with over 17,500 reviews on Steam alone, 97% of which giving the game an overwhelmingly positive rating. Critics have sung their praises as well with claims such as the game being "one of the freshest and most intriguing titles I've seen in a long, long while".
So what do the 3% have to say about this series? Even they are impressed with the game in their reviews, mentioning the good choice in music as well as the art style and graphics. Some people have a few choice words to say about the writing while others complain about the voice over work. You can't please everybody.
In late July it was announced shortly before the release of the fourth episode that Life Is Strange had reached one million sales across all platforms. While that is no small feat for any studio and especially for an independent developer at that, it does mean that expectations are at an all-time high for the final episode which is likely to drop in late September.
Depending on how the series as a whole is received upon completion, there is already talk about a second season which only makes sense. Development for that would be on the back burner for at least a little while until the newly announced Vampyr full retail game is released in 2017.
For just $14.99USD right now at Green Man Gaming, Life Is Strange is very much worth your time and money if you're one for narrative experiences the likes of which don't come up all too often. You only have to look at the official Life Is Strange website where they are promoting phone hotlines to talk to people if you are struggling with depression to know that this game goes in deep and you will likely come out the other side with an attachment to at least one of the several well written characters.