Life is Strange by Developer Dontnod

Yeah, makes me glad I’ve put it off. Figure I’ll get into it closer to when Ep. 5 comes out.

I'm curious how many people are waiting for the full season before starting LiS2, and how many are starting each episode as they arrive?

For me, I'm waiting for all of them to be released.

I am definitely waiting for the full season to release.

Jow wrote:

I am definitely waiting for the full season to release.

Likewise.

I am too old to remember what happened in a game like this from 3 or 6 months ago. With the story spread out for more than a year I would be entirely lost. When it is finished in December then I am sure I will buy it.

Already bought the season months ago, didn't realize it'd be so long between episodes, but pile's big enough to wait til the whole thing's out before I start it.

Waiting here also. I still have to catch up on that free downloadable story that I can never remember the name of. So I have some time, if the final episode isn’t coming out until the end of the year

Also waiting. Because the Pile and because I’m old.

I will get it before, because it seems everyone else is waiting.

Actually seeing some stats on how episodic games do would be fascinating.

Garth wrote:

Waiting here also. I still have to catch up on that free downloadable story that I can never remember the name of. So I have some time, if the final episode isn’t coming out until the end of the year

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, I believe.

I bought LiS2 just after it came out and still haven’t gotten around to starting it. Now that I see how spaced out the episodes are going to be I’m thinking about just waiting.

Waiting here as well; I've tried playing episodic content as it releases and find that it never quite works for me.

I'm definitely more wary of buying episodic content, at least season passes, since Telltale folded.

I'm about to head out to see Jose Gonzales tonight!!!

So is everyone still waiting on LiS Season 2 to finish before starting it?

I re-completed the first episode on Xbox via Game Pass in the last month or two (having played the first episode on PC on its original release but wanting to switch for reasons), and was reminded that it's really quite excellent. I'm a little sad I haven't seen more buzz around it... It does feel a bit like people may have connected with Max and Chloe more than they did with DONTNOD's broader adventure game chops, which is a little disappointing to me (Max and Chloe rule, but there are obvious challenges to extending that story). But who knows, maybe Season 2 so far is a wild success for them and I'm just missing the signs of that.

Anyway, seeing LiS episodes 2 and 3 are available on Game Pass and episode 4 just got released, and the end of the season is in sight, I'm tempted to begin the second episode now. With the final episode due in December, I figure I can play through an episode every month or so between now and then, in between the other things I'm playing, keeping the gaps between episodes small enough that it'll all stay fresh in my memory. The biggest thing holding me back from jumping into episode 2 is that, honestly, it's less fun to play when no one else around these parts is chiming in with their own thoughts! But I suppose the worst case is that this thread is me yammering into the void and some day, months from now, people begin to play this season and look back at what I said and get some value out of it.

I think I'll try to start Episode 2 around when I finish Fire Emblem Three Houses, sometime in the next few weeks...

I am definitely waiting for the full season to be out. I like to be emotionally devastated all at once.

Me too. I will be interested in the discussion once I can play it all.

Yep, same here, I'm waiting for it to be done.
I started Season 1 before it was completed, and screwed myself a bit because when I got back into it after a break I had forgotten some important details. I have the memory of a goldfish so that happens if I leave a game for too long.

Yeah, I'm waiting for the season to be complete before I start playing. I picked it up during the summer sale, so I'm just waiting for that last episode to drop.

Yup same want the full season to be out.

Played the first season month to month and it was great and I always looked forward to the next release.
This season's releases seem to be more sporadic but I haven't been paying super close attention.

Yet another waiter here... it's what I did with the original, too.

I played the original Life is Strange in succession and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I'll likely do the same with the follow ups, eventually.

Ditto, I'll be all in when it's all out.

I really love the idea of episodic games. And back when Telltale was getting their feet wet, I was so on board. The problem with LiS and Telltale is that the gaps become longer between episodes and I eventually just lose interest because they aren't keeping a schedule where I can even remember what happened in the last episode. At this point I will be waiting also, otherwise its a very fragmented gaming experience.

I generally agree--episodic distribution is great in theory, but multi-month gaps are not conducive to a good story experience. However, I will say that, with 4 relatively lengthy episodes out now and the 5th promised for December, I feel like my plan of tackling an episode every month or so will give me a good blend of spacing things out enough to let me play other things while not going too long between any chapter. But then again, we'll see how long Fire Emblem and other games keep me wrapped up between now and whenever I start episode 2...

Oh that is a great plan. Perhaps I will do the same.

Garth wrote:

I really love the idea of episodic games. And back when Telltale was getting their feet wet, I was so on board. The problem with LiS and Telltale is that the gaps become longer between episodes and I eventually just lose interest because they aren't keeping a schedule where I can even remember what happened in the last episode.

mrlogical wrote:

I generally agree--episodic distribution is great in theory, but multi-month gaps are not conducive to a good story experience.

Thirded. I appreciated the use of "previously" recaps at the beginning of episodes to mitigate this, but generally, the kind of gaps you get with games means each episode needs a pretty satisfying standalone story. You can't maintain the tension the same as with weekly episodes.

I did end up getting the game after all the eps were out. Will it be making an appearance in the Community GotY thread? Maaaaaaybe
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i picked it up on sale. not...massively hooked off the bat. (i just played it up to the opening title card so far).

The protagonists are just not a set of characters i'm particularly interested or invested in (especially the whiny kid). but maybe it'll grow on me.

Playing it right now. Finished episode 2. So far liking it a lot less than both LiS1 and BtS. Both due to the characters, but also the story, which is just not very interesting so far. LiS1 was a thriller with some very clear story hooks. I guess LiS2 story is (sadly) more realistic and appropriately relevant though.

The gameplay mechanic of timetravel also worked really well in LiS1, though BtS showed that you could make a fine LiS game without it. LiS2 mechanic is not nearly as well integrated into the game as the time-travel though.

Definitely going to finish the game, and still enjoying it. But taking a lot of breaks, instead of being unable to stop playing.

SpacePPoliceman wrote:

I did end up getting the game after all the eps were out. Will it be making an appearance in the Community GotY thread? Maaaaaaybe

Heheh, looking forward to it.

I played the first episode during Extra Life back in November. I'm not massively invested in it, and I'll get around to the rest eventually. But there are just so many other games right now...

Shadout wrote:

Playing it right now. Finished episode 2. So far liking it a lot less than both LiS1 and BtS. Both due to the characters, but also the story, which is just not very interesting so far. LiS1 was a thriller with some very clear story hooks. I guess LiS2 story is (sadly) more realistic and appropriately relevant though.

The gameplay mechanic of timetravel also worked really well in LiS1, though BtS showed that you could make a fine LiS game without it. LiS2 mechanic is not nearly as well integrated into the game as the time-travel though.

Definitely going to finish the game, and still enjoying it. But taking a lot of breaks, instead of being unable to stop playing.

This is pretty close to how I feel about it (also just picked it up because the season is complete, and it was on sale).

Except, like, dontnod is kinda doing the same thing they did with LiS1 - trying to tackle big issues that maybe they shouldn't. Excessive police violence, anti-immigrant sentiment, etc. I haven't yet seen them handle any of these topics especially egregiously, but I don't really trust them.

I have only finished episode 1, and the game prompted me that I should play Captain Spirit before doing episode 2. Thanks for going from...

Spoiler: LiS2 Episode 1 Spoiler

Kids getting their super nice dad killed in front of them

To...

Spoiler: Captain Spirit Spoiler

Alcoholic abusive dad

I mean, I don't expect all games to be sunshine and lollipops - after all, LiS1 begins with manslaughter, but at least that isn't tone-setting for the entirety of the experience. Whenever I sit down to play something, I'm usually thinking about what to play besides LiS2, and it's largely because this one is SUCH a downer right up front. I'm usually trying to escape Trump's America when I'm gaming.