Life Is Strange 2


Genre:    Adventure 

Developer:   DONTNOD Entertainment

Publisher:    Square Enix

Released:   Sept. 26, 2018              

Requirements (minimum):

  • OS: Windows 7 or higher, 64 bit 
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 (3.1 GHz) or AMD Phenom X4 945 (3.0 GHz)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Radeon HD 7770 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 with 2GB VRAM 
  • Storage: 14 GB available space
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Additional notes: Note that 32-bit operating systems will not be supported




By flotsam


Life Is Strange 2

DONTNOD Entertainment

A very impressive beginning.

I started the first game, but never finished for a variety of reasons, none to do with the game itself. There was a lot to like, albeit perhaps a bit "teeny" for me, and the time wind back aspect was particularly interesting.

There was then a prequel (apparently) and now a sequel, but seemingly in name only. The teeniness is still here, but we have a completely new cast, and you don’t wind back time. Life though is indeed still strange.

Sean Diaz is 16, and its Seattle in October 2016. Like many boys his age, partying, girls and college are part of life's tapestry. So too is a younger brother, and his best friend Lyla. Alcohol and condoms feature as well, at least tonight.

Scratch a little deeper and we find a presidential debate. And what Lyla and Sean think about some of the issues discussed. It frames what is to come. The socio-political landscape is reflected and never far away.

It's a guided story, with your choices affecting the narrative. Steal or don't steal, empathise or not. I have no idea how much the choices effect how the story unfolds, but the beauty of such things is in the retelling.

The voice acting is excellent, the characterisation almost exemplary. There is a rich detail that imbues every character, be they central or not. Many of the peripheral objects and actions contribute to that detail, so explore everything, poke around, read your texts and rummage through your backpack. You will be glad you did.

While it's relatively slow paced, there are bangs that interrupt the events. To tell would be to spoil. Suffice to say we are no longer in Seattle, and brothers look out for each other.

The soundtrack and the visual world admirably hold up their ends. The game saves automatically and periodically, and you pick up from the last save. It is completely mouse driven. There isn't really any puzzling, although there are some situations to work through. Occasionally I wanted something more to do, but the story is the thing. I very much look forward to the rest.

I played on:

OS: Windows 10, 64 Bit

Processor: Intel i7-6700 4GHz


Video card: AMD Radeon RX 580 8192MB


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