Life is Strange by Developer Dontnod

Bump.

I just played through Ep. 2. I need to process a bit, then I will post something more substantial.

So I finished Episode 3 a few nights ago, and I have thoughts. Well, more like half-formed ramblings.

First, I think the series went spiraling out of control with the revelation that

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Sera is Amber's biological mother.

I really liked the first two episodes up to that point, and after that I thought it went into the absurd.

As presented, I understand Rachel's dad. I love my son, and would I do anything to protect him from his crappy biological family. Absolutely. Would I...

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keep tabs on bio mom's dealer: yes. Would I pay her off to stay the f*ck away: absolutely. Would I hire someone to kill her: if need be.

You don't get to be a mom after passing out high when your baby needs you, and you sure as hell don't get to be a mom after being a junkie for 16 years.

Would I lie to my son about his past, no. But I get it.

Lost in this is Amber's real mom.

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Not Sera, her real mom. The one who loved her and cared for her.

What is her role in the story? How did she get involved? And

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How did she meet Mr. Amber and get married so soon so Rachel has no memory of Sera.

Lost in the game is her role, and it was a shame. Rachel's real mom must be going through so much at the events in Ep. 3, and she is never allowed to voice them.

I really liked the first two episodes, but the game feels strangely tone deaf after the reveal at the end of Episode 2. And I don't know if I even want to revisit the pre-prequel that is somewhere on my PSN account.

Snagged this on Record Store Day last weekend! Really like the soundtrack by Daughter more as I listen to it separately from the game.

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tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Snagged this on Record Store Day last weekend! Really like the soundtrack by Daughter more as I listen to it separately from the game.

Now if only they'd repress the first one...

beeporama wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Snagged this on Record Store Day last weekend! Really like the soundtrack by Daughter more as I listen to it separately from the game.

Now if only they'd repress the first one...

Lowest price sold according to Discogs: $250...

Not sure if anyone else gave this a listen.

FYI, Captain Spirit is now available to download on Steam. Thanks to the Steam Sale I had no idea, but luckily it was on my wishlist so I got an email alert!

No cheevs on xbox. Boooooo.

BUT, 100% more Bat for Lashes than previous Life is Strange games. So swings and roundabouts

pyxistyx wrote:

BUT, 100% more Bat for Lashes than previous Life is Strange games. So swings and roundabouts

Oh, nice!

Seriously, they licensed Sufjan Steven's Carrie and Lowell for the opening of Captain Spirit? I'm so sad after that opening.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Seriously, they licensed Sufjan Steven's Carrie and Lowell for the opening of Captain Spirit? I'm so sad after that opening.

My partner (a big Sufjan fan) saw that and was like "yeaaaahhhh, this is going to be uplifting..."

So according to the PS store page where I finally found Captain Spirit, Life is Strange 2 comes out in September... nuts.

I'd say Captain Spirit is odd, intriguing, and refreshingly imaginative, but also refreshingly mundane. I like saving the world as much as anyone, but I also really like that this series is out there making you survive as art students, troubled teens, and little kids.

Three connections to the original I found, one expected, one hilarious, one chilling:

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Expected: Mom went to Blackwell

Hilarious: The train company warns of confrontational teenage gangs riding the rails!

Chilling: Mom had a book of Marc Jefferson's photos, regarding homeless teens in Seattle in the 90s.

I feel like DONTNOD are really nailing playing with perception and perspective in games. The immersion into Chris' fantasies are great, and they're doing similar but different things in Vampyr with elements of vampire mythos--the "hunger" that renders people as nothing but glowing circulatory systems and the crosses that blind. It's really cool.

yeah, that book tho'

So what are the thoughts on where this takes us into LiS2?

Personally, I kinda agree with Aoife and Johhny from Eurogamer in that whatever the original intent for the series, it has somewhat established itself as a story about and revolving around the lives of teenage girls (specifically, queer teenage girls) and it's going to be really jarring if we end up switching perspectives to something more mainstream (i.e dudes - I'm thinking specifically the neighbour kid that shows up in the very last frame).

There are still plenty of interesting directions it can go even IF that is the case, but as someone who is SO BORED of playing as straight white dudes in ANY game I'm kinda nervous about it tbh.

In terms of Chris himself, and the ending to the episode...

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Was his levitation trick at the end real? They have said Chris won't be the main character, so that makes me wonder why they would set HIM up with the supernatural abilities this early?

Or was that him projecting his imagination again? Given that it happens in the "real" surroundings it's probably going to turn out to be real, but it wouldn't surprise me if he next shows up in LiS2 in a wheelchair, and surviving the fall intact was just another piece of escapism.

Setting...

There's a couple of places i think it can go, but the one I WANT it to go is to set it around that Comic book convention, 'cause I think that would be a neat setting around which to base a dramatic story. And with the superhero theme of this little demo I thought that it's probably a reasonably safe assumption?

As long as the Before the storm team is allowed to make new games in their part if the LiS universe too, I’ll have an easier time with dontnod taking theirs in other directions.

I certainly thought it was just Chris’ imagination.

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Fall wasn’t that far, and there was snow, nothing major had to have happened.

I had half-composed a rambling post about my privilege but also my understanding, and how the whole game sphere needs to step up, but since I didn't know that they had said what pyx says they said in her spoiler, I'm dumping a wild, almost certainly wrong, but bold as f*ck guess before I run out the door:

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You play as someone involved in the hit and run that killed Mom.

Speaking of which, for a moment in the story I was like,

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maybe the ones hitting Mom were Max and Chloe while driving from Arcadia Bay. You only have to ignore time for it to fit, which is hardly an issue!

Alternatively

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Kid ends up moving to his grandparents, because of the accident while Dad is drunk. You play as the grandmother.

i did a bit of poking around online and apparantly there's been some 'datamining' of the game which has suggested that the...

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...kid in the neighbours yard is most likely going to be the protagonist, who might be called Sean Diaz but obviously none of that is confirmed .

Hmm..

Which, on thinking about it leads me to the opinion that...

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The telekinesis is HIS power, and he used it to catch Chris before he hit the ground. Hence not looking all that surprised during that whole scene

There are also datamined references to...

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blech.... Warren..... *rolls eyes* I should have blown you up while I had the chance!

SallyNasty wrote:

No cheevs on xbox. Boooooo.

None on PS4 either, so you're not missing out, buddy. There was a time, uncivilized and dark, where games didn't have cheevs. I fear with this administration, we're heading back to those dark days.

i think technically this is classed as a demo rather than a stand alone game, at least as far as achievements are concerned?

So I feel like I missed something:

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Who exactly was the old lady at the end of the game? I read it as a social worker doing a check and then getting the police to remove Chris, but my friend thinks she was just a neighbor. I didn’t read everything, so I’m sure I missed something about her. And I could be putting more of myself in that scene than is really there.

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There is a letter from CPS in the truck that I didn't double check, but everything about the lady and the scene says Neighbor to me.

I finally got around to playing the Epilogue of Before the Storm and all of Captain Spirit.

The Epilogue was nice, although felt a bit heavy-handed on the tear-jerking, but I think some of that feeling is probably from me not having been in this world for several months now, that Epilogue is jumping straight into the emotional deep end without much warm up. Anyway, it was still nice and had some cute moments.

I liked Captain Spirit a lot. I really like pyxistyx's suggestion about who was responsible for what we see happen at the end.

Is it clear when Captain Spirit is supposed to be taking place? Most of the notes and letters I found were circa 2014, but I'm not sure how old those notes are supposed to be. But 2014 makes sense, if Chris is 10 or 11 in 2014 and LiS2 is 2018/2019, Chris would be in the age range I expect them to be dealing with.

Did anyone complete all the objectives? Is there any reason to go back and do so, other than just seeing whatever info you might find? The end felt a bit abrupt, I had only completed 3 or 4 of the objectives, and I thought I heard some suggestion that some data from Captain Spirit would be imported to LiS2.

My favorite little detail in Captain Spirit was the super lo-fi animation of the basketball game the dad was watching. They do such a great job with these little impressionistic smears of images that convey the absolute minimum amount of detail to suggest the thing they're trying to represent, and it always looks great.

Can't wait to see where Life is Strange 2 goes and how it follows on this.

SpacePPoliceman wrote:
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There is a letter from CPS in the truck that I didn't double check, but everything about the lady and the scene says Neighbor to me.

I replayed the game and got a different outcome in that scene. You’re right.

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She is clearly the neighbor.

Woohoo!

I still need to finish Captain Spirit. It kinda bummed me out, so I stopped.

YESSSSSSS.

Hyped!
Guess there is stil 6+ months before it is fully released sadly.

Shadout wrote:

Guess there is stil 6+ months before it is fully released sadly.

I'm so glad that the episodic format works well for this type of game because it would be even more painful to wait another couple years.

Getting a bit of a "Chronicle" vibe from that teaser.

pyxistyx wrote:

Getting a bit of a "Chronicle" vibe from that teaser.

Thank you for keeping me from posting "Getting a vibe like...uh... sh*t, that one movie, you know the one, that piece of garbage wrote it, but it also starred Michael B Jordan? You guys remember what I'm talking about? Superpowers?" It nearly happened.