Life Happens

Life Is Strange

What It Is: I’ve had a really enjoyable time the last few months playing the video game Life Is Strange. If you play any sort of games these days, you may have heard about episodic games that are all the rage right now. Basically developers send out a new ‘episode’ of a game every few months, usually five in total, which are self-contained little stories that all connect together. These games are often about the choices you make, which impact how the story unfolds – but perhaps to no greater effect than with Life Is Strange.

You are Max Caulfield, a new girl and a bit of an outsider at a prestigious art academy – which also happens to be in the town of Arcadia Bay where Max grew up, but left several years ago. The story starts with Max being awoken by a startlingly real daydream of an impending mega-storm, and shortly after, Max saves the life of a girl – who turns out to be her childhood best friend. The catch? You save her life by reversing time. Max and her friend Chloe team up to try and solve a mysterious disappearance, using Max’s newfound time reversal gift, but they end up getting into far more than they ever bargained for, particularly as Max’s powers seem to have increasingly chaotic effects. It’s a heart-wrenching story of friendship, growing up, family, and making really, really tough choices. I loved it!

Who It’s For: Your teenage niece or nephew, who might relate to Max’s teenage woes (although they’re a little more extreme than the average teen). Your sibling that appreciates a good story – the storytelling and interconnectivity of the choices you make are on another level here. Your video gaming spouse, because guys and girls of all ages have been gobbling this game up!

What It Costs: Depends what version you buy. We downloaded it on our PS3 and it was about $25, but you can buy special editions for PC and newer gaming systems for around $40-$45.

Where It’s At: or try your system’s online store.

BONUS ENTRY into last week’s bedface giveaway – tell me in the comments below, would you be interested in trying this game out? Know someone else that would?

34 Responses to “Life Happens”
  1. aketch says:

    My daughter would love this.

  2. Elena says:

    I’m not huge on games like this but I think my niece would enjoy it.

  3. nicolthepickle says:

    I have two sisters would would like games and this would be just about the right age.

  4. Karen says:

    I would like to tyr it then pass it on to my grandaughter.

  5. redlizzy1 says:

    I’m not a gamer myself, but this sounds like something my tween niece and nephew would love. I like the idea of how what choices you make can affect the game. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Joan G. says:

    Sorry, just doesn’t catch my interest.

  7. Heather Swanson says:

    I don’t think I would play this game

  8. Susan says:

    I think my niece would love this game!

  9. Aimee says:

    I’m not a big gamer, but my teenagers are. They would give this a try.
    I am a subscriber.

  10. Erin W says:

    This actually sounds like a lot of fun, I think I’d love it.

  11. Kim K says:

    Sounds interesting. The game kind of reminds me of the youth books where you have to make a choice of how the story goes by going to a specific page.

  12. Rachel C. says:

    I’d love to try this out myself!

  13. Susan T. says:

    I’m a gamer and this is totally the type of game I would love. I’ll check it out!

  14. Linda Richter says:

    I think I could get quite hooked on this game!

  15. sorry , no time for games

  16. Gigi says:

    I’d like to try this game, I play games but never heard of episodic games!

  17. Alison K says:

    BedFace BONUS ENTRY: I would be interested in trying this game out & I think my cousin’s kids would as well. What an interesting concept.

  18. Daniela Plume says:

    Sure. I’d give it a try. It sounds interesting.

  19. cookie3 says:

    I’m not much for playing games, I’d rather read a good book, however I know quite a few people who would enjoy this game.

  20. intensev5 says:

    My daughter would love this game.

  21. Anne Derkat says:

    I’m sure my 2 grandsons would be interested in trying this one out.

  22. pinksuzanne says:

    I would not be interested in this game but my grandchildren would probably like it.

  23. katydidit21 says:

    I would love to try it out, but I think my son’s girlfriend would love this game.

  24. I would totally try out this game! I’m a gamer girl and I am always up for something new!

  25. beewbedard says:

    I dont think I would – but maybe some of our friends might like it

  26. AliKira says:

    I hear only great things about this game!

  27. Yes I would like to try it

  28. Maryanne says:

    I love episodic gaming! My Steam account is full of them!

  29. Jennifer Kelsie says:

    Sounds interesting, My daughter would like this..and I think I would too!

  30. diane says:

    I don’t think I would but my daughter would like it.

  31. Victoria Ess says:

    I would totally try it with my partner!

  32. janicour says:

    My son is really into these types of games. He would love to try this.

  33. I have a relative who would play

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  1. […] Life is Strange – From ~$25 The fanbase is still as rabid as ever for this entrancing game of choice, where everything you do impacts the outcome of the story – and the final choices you’ll have to make. A wonderful story with a heartbreaking core cast. […]

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