The Life is Strange franchise has gone from strength to strength since it launched back in 2016, receiving a prequel in the form of Before the Storm, and a midquel named The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. The time has now arrived for Life is Strange 2 to take centre stage, with DontNod Entertainment providing us with another five-episode series to give us another emotional experience with just a hint of supernatural mystery.
Max and Chloe have now been given the ending to their story, so it is the turn of sixteen-year-old Sean Diaz and his ten-year-old brother Daniel to play the part of the protagonists. The first episode, Roads, starts in relative peace, until a tragic set of circumstances take away a beloved family member. Sean is gripped by the fear that he or Daniel will take the blame, so he takes his younger brother on an Incredible Journey style adventure to go back to their native Mexico. Things are made more complicated by the fact that Daniel has inexplicably obtained psychokinetic abilities that he lacks the ability to control.
As you may imagine, the relationship between Sean and Daniel is distinctly different than the friendship shared by Max and Chloe. Not only is Sean having to act like a loving big brother, he is now being forced to take on a parental role during their expedition, teaching Daniel several lessons in moral etiquette such as waiting for food rather than stealing some from an abandoned car. This implementation of the choice and consequence mechanic in Life is Strange 2 is a refreshing change to the life altering decisions in games such as The Walking Dead, as it forces the player to consider the implications of teaching a child how to accomplish certain tasks in a positive or negative fashion.