Life is Strange by Developer Dontnod

SpacePProtean wrote:

I've actually been having to unhype myself for the remastered versions of the original and BtS, because I'm assuming the redone animations won't be nearly as good as they are here.

So at least on, I think, everything but the Switch, those are available today. I got the Deluxe or Super or Special edition of TC, which included these remasters because, no sh*t, of course I was going to do that. I've pretty much just had time to do the opening section of LiS1, up to where you're wandering the quad, and I'm largely pleased with what I'm seeing. When the trailer for the remasters first dropped, I recall seeing a lot of comments that the two versions look the same, and this in not entirely untrue, it's clear that most if not all of the effort went into the faces in motion, which isn't something that shows well in that sort of before and after trailer. I think this is great, I think the one absolutely valid criticism you can levy against the first game is that the tech is somewhat limited and the characters aren't as expressive as they really need to be. They don't seem to be on the same level as TC, but that's an unreasonable expectation, and it can be a little odd when paired with some of the more puppet-ish body animations, such as Max's nervous hair brushing and face flicking fidgets (tangential invalid criticism I've come across, if I may indulge myself: "Max is a bit of a cypher." Motherf*cker, you spend an entire game listening to this character give her thoughts and feelings about every single person, thing, and incident she comes across, to the point you can put a name on her terrible taste in movies, if you think she's a cypher, that is on you). Still, the lip movement is much better, and the little changes in expression are fluid or, you know, happen, and for a story that really is this reliant on emotional states, that's clutch. I kind of wonder what that aforementioned critic would change his tune about this more obviously expressive Max. All in all, I'm pleased. Can't wait to get to the diner.

I've finally gotten around to playing Life is Strange 2. I'm not enjoying it nearly as much as Max and Chloes' stories.
I'm only in the second episode so far, and the story is good, but I find so much of my time watching quite long story sequences without any agency, not even touching the keyboard. Also, it feels like a lot of the choices made by the characters aren't made by me. You're only making incidental choices and the big choices are made for you, and some of those are not the choices that I would make. I kinda guess that is possibly because you're not the main hero of the story in a way, but your brother's keeper.
I'm mostly playing it for my story completion OCD, because I'm really wanting to start playing True Colors, which looks very cool.
I'll post back when I've completed LiS2 with more thoughts.

Oh, I should also mention, I've gotten down a rabbit hole of reading the Life is Strange comic book series. It's EXCELLENT, and I highly recommend it. The only downside is that the last episode doesn't come out until the 8th of Feb, a whole week away! I thought it was already finished, and I want to see the end result.

For those who haven't seen it, it's a story starting immedately after LiS1, about Max and Chloe after they chose to be together, leaving Arcadia Bay in ruins.

Buzzrick wrote:

I kinda guess that is possibly because you're not the main hero of the story in a way, but your brother's keeper.

I think that's a big part of it. Do you have children? I don't, but I imagine this kind of story might be more resonant with parents, because all you can do is guide them and hope they make the right choices-- knowing they won't sometimes. The way you respond to their choices can shape them over the long term, but you aren't always getting the gratification of an immediate change, or even knowing how much affect you're having.

Buzzrick wrote:

Oh, I should also mention, I've gotten down a rabbit hole of reading the Life is Strange comic book series. It's EXCELLENT, and I highly recommend it. The only downside is that the last episode doesn't come out until the 8th of Feb, a whole week away!

Thanks for sharing! I, at least, didn't know about this. But at this point, I'll wait and hope for a collection.

beeporama wrote:
Buzzrick wrote:

I kinda guess that is possibly because you're not the main hero of the story in a way, but your brother's keeper.

I think that's a big part of it. Do you have children? I don't, but I imagine this kind of story might be more resonant with parents, because all you can do is guide them and hope they make the right choices-- knowing they won't sometimes. The way you respond to their choices can shape them over the long term, but you aren't always getting the gratification of an immediate change, or even knowing how much affect you're having

I’m a parent and it didn’t resonate with me at all. It just fell flat to me and I questioned quite a few of the older brother’s choices which I had no control over and deemed spectacularly irresponsible. If anything, I bounced off of it even more because I was a parent.

Eleima wrote:
beeporama wrote:
Buzzrick wrote:

I kinda guess that is possibly because you're not the main hero of the story in a way, but your brother's keeper.

I think that's a big part of it. Do you have children? I don't, but I imagine this kind of story might be more resonant with parents, because all you can do is guide them and hope they make the right choices-- knowing they won't sometimes. The way you respond to their choices can shape them over the long term, but you aren't always getting the gratification of an immediate change, or even knowing how much affect you're having

I’m a parent and it didn’t resonate with me at all. It just fell flat to me and I questioned quite a few of the older brother’s choices which I had no control over and deemed spectacularly irresponsible. If anything, I bounced off of it even more because I was a parent.

I think I agree with both of you @beeporama and @Eleima. I am a parent of 5 kids, and there is definitely a lot of my thoughts going into how I can prepare them for their futures, futures that I'm unlikely to be closely involved in.

Looking at some of the post chapter statistics (just finished Chapter 2 yesterday), it does seem like a lot of the ways that I had reigned Daniel in (eg: getting him to tell the truth, etc) had an effect on how he had acted at later points of the story. It seemed like if I had spoiled him at earlier points in the story, or let him steal, then his actions later in game would have been more like a spoiled brat.

But, yeah, I agree that some of Sean's decisions which I had no control over, were a bit jarring.

Buzzrick wrote:

Oh, I should also mention, I've gotten down a rabbit hole of reading the Life is Strange comic book series. It's EXCELLENT, and I highly recommend it. The only downside is that the last episode doesn't come out until the 8th of Feb, a whole week away! I thought it was already finished, and I want to see the end result.

For those who haven't seen it, it's a story starting immedately after LiS1, about Max and Chloe after they chose to be together, leaving Arcadia Bay in ruins.

The comics are wonderful, though I've been following them through TPBs, so I have to wait until March 22. Early on, I told myself "Okay, I accept this direction if this is where it is going," and sure enough, it was. Looking at the rest of that company's output, it sure feels like someone is happy to be working on a project where the splash pages are all outbursts of affection.

Buzzrick wrote:

For those who haven't seen it, it's a story starting immedately after LiS1, about Max and Chloe after they chose to be together, leaving Arcadia Bay in ruins.

Really? The comic is based on the ending that the developers barely put any effort into despite it being the obviously correct ending?

iaintgotnopants wrote:

Really? The comic is based on the ending that the developers barely put any effort into despite it being the obviously correct ending?

I'm sorry, but I really hate this line of thinking that this ending was "low effort." Pretty sure it was here I said it's like getting a perfect slice of pizza, and then complaining that the next kid got one that looks bigger but was also covered in sh*t. Ending A was exactly what it needed to be.

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