Review: Life is Strange 2 – Episode 3
The third chapter in DONTNOD’s Life is Strange 2 is upon us. The next episode doesn’t come out for quite a while, so this part of the Diaz brothers’ journey has a lot depending on it. As always, we try to avoid spoilers as much as we can in our review, focussing on general topics and the overall quality of the story.
Episode three starts off strong with the brothers returning to the place that started it all at the start of the game. This is accompanied with an emotional music score and genuinely feels like you’re returning home in a bittersweet way. Eventually the brothers end up at a camp site, somewhere they will stay for most of this chapter.
The camp site is a welcome change of pace in comparison to the previous two episodes. Players will be able to get to know new characters, which are fully fleshed out and feel like they are having their own story and just happened to cross paths with our protagonists. They aren’t simple NPC’s without too much depth or feeling put in there to serve a role in the Diaz’ story, they are all following their own path. This is illustrated very well through optional conversations whilst working in the camp (read illegal weed plant), sitting around the camp fire or just going along with your day. This way of storytelling does experience the same issue the whole of Life is Strange 2 has and that’s the lack of interaction as a player. More puzzles, important items or interactive scenery pieces should have been added just to make everything feel a bit less like you’re watching a story from the sidelines.
The relationship between Daniel and Sean is developped further once more. Making choices can be difficult, especially considering Daniel has superpowers. These come into play a little more and we love every piece of it. The episode is filled to the brim with meaningful choices and the interaction between characters feels real. The best part of a Life is Strange game is how real characters and their interactions with eachother are and this episode executes this very well.
Considering how the best part of the episode can be considered a little slow-paced, we already know everyone will love the finale. It’s a brilliant climax, filled with a rollercoaster of gut-wretching moments and we won’t spoil a single piece of it. It sets up the episodes to come and is what makes us most excited about the continuation of the story.
Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 can be a little slow at times and still lacks some player interaction, but damn is it well-written. The new and returning characters all play meaninfull roles and the interaction between them is exceptionally well done. The finale sets up future episodes perfectly and we honestly can’t wait to see where the story goes next.
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Developer: DONTNOD Entertainment
Publisher: Square Enix