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: Amazon.ca 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?