Episode two of DONTNOD Entertainment’s Life is Strange is here. Can they continue their systematic trampling of everyone else in the genre, or was Episode One a fluke?
Out of Time starts with Max waking up, but rather jarringly it puts you in control, by which I mean it makes you press A to hit snooze on her alarm clock, then press B to get out of bed. It smacks a little too much of Call of Duty’s press F to pay respects fiasco. If there is no meaningful gameplay or interaction to be had, don’t force one in. Just let the scenario play out and put the player in control when you actually have something for them to do. The use of Alt-J’s Something Good for this section is phenomenal though.
Whilst I shall do my best to avoid spoilers for this episode, it’s almost impossible to avoid spoiling to previous episode and explain the plot in any meaningful way, so if you haven’t played Chrysalis yet, go play it now…I’ll wait. Back? OK great.
Continuing from where episode one left off, Max has been reunited with her childhood friend Chloe and embroiled in a mystery at her art academy involving missing girls, a suspicious chief of security and a whole load of teen drama. Oh yeah and she has discovered she has the rather useful ability to rewind time. Out of Time focuses on Max and Chloe getting to know each other again after years apart, as well as Max setting out to prove her powers to her BFF. Max also struggles to help out her friend Kate Marsh, who is being mercilessly bullied after a leaked video of her goes viral around town.