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I played – Life is strange

What a game! I had only heard great things about Life is Strange and when I saw a good deal on Xbox I immediately bought it. I have to say I have never before played a game like this. Right from the start I was captured by the music. The atmosphere created by it is beautiful, dreamy and sad. I was intrigued.

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You play 18 year old Max Caulfield, an aspiring photographer who attends Blackwell Academy in the fictional small town Arcadia Bay. Max spent her childhood there and then moved to Seattle for 5 years. After her return things have changed and friendships have suffered.

Life is strange is an interactive, story based adventure game. Throughout the game you are given choices that impact the game and often you have to look for clues and objects to trigger the next sequence. The game consists of 5 episodes. The first came out in January 2015, the last one in October 2015. The studio behind Life is strange is Dontnod Entertainment, a french studio established in 2008. Before Life is strange they did Remember me (2013). Their future project „Vampyr“ is coming out this year. Life is strange is available on all platforms.

So back to the game itself. Right at the beginning of the game Max discovers that she can rewind time, which becomes a well used feature as you can imagine. The gameplay overall is good, not super intuitive (at least for me), but ok. I think the most fascinating part of the game is the amount of emotion generated in the player. I had tears in my eyes not once but definitely up to 3-4 times. The choices you have to make are pretty huge at times. And with huge I mean in a philosophical/moral way. The game puts you in a spot you might not have been before, raises questions you may not have thought about before; in a way it’s a game about life ethics. And maybe the grand „What if“? Is there more than one life? Can I change lives (if given the chance of time travel) or is everything destined to happen one way or the other?

Life is strange is also pretty dark at times. Topics like suicide, bullying, murder, euthanasia and general teen angst are all in the game. At least the latter applies or applied at some point, for a lot of people. And I, although I am in my 30’s, can still remember what it felt like to be a teenager.

I really, really enjoyed the game and I can only recommend it. I am not sure about the upcoming Vampyr game though. It is hard to tell at the moment with only the trailer. Maybe it is the setting that bothers me. But anyway, go play Life is strange.

Next up in „I played“: Virginia.

 

 

I played – Firewatch

Since I don’t only play Halo I want to add game reviews and recommendations of other games I played to this blog. Mix things up a little. I just finished playing Firewatch, so here we go!

Firewatch is kind of an adventure game with an interactive story. The protagonist, Henry, starts a job as a Firewatcher…is that a word? Well you know what I mean. It’s 1989 in the Wyoming National Forest.

The game has a very emotional beginning but I don’t want to give away anything of the story. You establish Henrys backstory with choosing from 2-3 different story options. Just one example: Your wife wants a dog. It can be either a german Sheperd or a Beagle. I chose the Beagle because it says she loves it. My boyfriend said he would’ve picked the Sheperd, so he can protect her. The decisions you make don’t really affect the game itself but it’s a nice touch.

The beginning really brought me to tears and I was sucked into the game immediately. You start in the forest and instantly meet Delilah who talks to you via walkie talkie. She will become your guide throughout the story in giving you several tasks and overall talking to you while you run around solving problems. At first you do small things like finding a supply cache or looking into some disturbance. You are equipped with a map and compass to find your way through the wilderness. The controls are pretty easy and I used the map quite often. The whole game has an orangey tint, as if there was a constant sunset and the landscape is just beautiful.

Soon the game changes. Mysterious things happen and Henry and Delilah try to find out what is behind all this. I won’t get into the story any further in case you want to give this game a try.

I can highly recommend this game. The story isn’t very long and it is something different than your shooter or RPG. I wish there would’ve been more music because when there was music it was beautiful and well placed.

Firewatch first came out in February on Playstation 4 and then in September on Xbox One. It costs around 20 $ but I think I got it cheaper on some Xbox One sale. The studio behind this lovely game is Campo Santo.

 

 

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