Square Enix is one of the most well-known gaming companies in the world. They have many amazing games under their belt including: the Final Fantasy series, Tomb Raider, Chrono Trigger, Hitman and Sleeping Dogs. But more recently they released something completely different called Life is Strange and let me begin by saying bravo.
Life is Strange is a five-part episodic game that centers around the character Max Caulfield, a photography student who discovers she has the ability to rewind time when she unknowingly saves her childhood best friend, Chloe, from getting shot in the girls' bathroom.
A little later on in the same episode Max has a vision of her hometown, Arcadia Bay, getting completely destroyed by a monstrous storm, and this is where the choices she makes, to rewind time or not, really matter. You, as the player, control Max and make decisions throughout the game that really determine the outcome and what will happen in the story.
I think the storyline is one of the all time best I have ever seen in a game. It touches on the subjects of friendship, depression, suicide, hard decisions, family and young love. You really start to feel every emotion that Max and Chloe feel; I definitely laughed and cried along with them while playing the game.
I think my favorite part of this game is the ability it has to really make you feel all kinds of emotions. I don't think I have ever felt so attached to characters in a game before. My heart broke for Max and Chloe on multiple occasions. At one point I actually had tears in my eyes. It has a way of sucking you in and making you feel like you are actually in Arcadia Bay alongside them.
To me that's amazing; to be able to lose yourself so much in this virtual world and really feel like you're a part of the story. Don't even remind me of the ending - that was the hardest decision I've ever had to make in a game.
The twists in the game are completely unexpected and really add value to it. It's one of the only games out there that is about what young adults are actually going through today; aside from the rewinding time part, of course.
I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was playing Life is Strange. Waiting for each episode to come out was pure torture. On multiple occasions I just wanted to jump through my TV screen and help out Max or save Chloe or give Kate a hug. Square Enix hit it out of the park with this title and I hope to see them continue with this style of game.