Arcade Sushi’s Life is Strange Review: A Deep, Welcome Analysis
Dontnod Entertainment has delivered a dramatic, even intense adventure game that features a high school girl as the protagonist. Her experiences, coupled with a haunting, occasionally touching atmosphere, make the game well worth your time. Provided you can appreciate a bit of sentiment mixed with a fair amount of compelling emotion, Life is Strange could be the episodic series for you.
If you’re still uncertain, we’ve selected our favorite review of the first episode. It comes from Arcade Sushi, where critic Luke Brown penned an excellent analysis that pays homage to the game’s style. When you’re evaluating a game that aims to please based on more cerebral interactive elements, that should be reflected in the text of the review. We get that here, as Brown dives into the story with gusto, telling the reader everything he or she may wish to know (and without giving away crucial plot points).
At the same time, it’s a candid, straightforward review that doesn’t fall prey to the emotion in question. Let a bit of artistry seep into the review for the sake of the game, but don’t go off on these long “inspired” tangents that basically bore the reader. We love a good piece of writing but we also love tight, informed, entertaining reviews that are well-balanced. And that’s why we’ve picked Brown and Arcade Sushi to represent Life is Strange: Episode 1.
Why We Like It:
— A great balance between the artistically inspired and the objective evaluation. Usually, games like this are an excuse for critics to flex their creative muscle, which is fine, but they often lose the thread of the review when they do it. Brown doesn’t.
— In-depth and detailed, but not filled with teasers and spoilers. There’s a fine line to walk with narrative-driven adventures and it’s all too easy to step over that line, in one direction or another.
— It’s not an easy game to review, but this critic tackles the task and passes with flying colors. The writing can be a bit wobbly but the energy and verve override any shortcomings.