LIFE IS STRANGE: OUT OF TIME (EPISODE 2)
By Kevin "Methodone89" van Dongen on March 29, 2015
The plot thickens in this thrilling new episode of Dontnod’s game: Life is Strange. Join Max and her time shifting powers in the gorgeous Arcadia Bay.
Episode 1 was a great intro to this epic tale about 18 year old Max who has gained the power to rewind time. At the end we saw that a huge event is about to happen, darkened skies, a tornado; let’s just say things are getting worse in a short period of time.
In this new episode. Life is Strange does deliver on character bonding and character development, you will create a bond with your long lost childhood friend Chloe, Get entwined in Kate’s life, a life in which Kate doesn’t feel like she belongs. In episode 1 I didn’t get the feeling that characters mattered, only Max was important. This resulted in a lack of interest for supporting characters like; Chloe, Kate, Warren, even the douche Nathan.
Out of Time set things right, you’ll strengthen the bond with Chloe, even if it’s through showing off your powers in a “guess what’s in my pocket” game and bottle shooting. You’ll learn that there’s more to Chloe than first meets the eye, you’ll see a girl who lost herself through losing her best friend Max when she moved away.Chloe struggled to get her life back while her mom married a complete moron, she found a new friend in Rachel, who now has been missing for quite some time.
On the other hand you struggle with Kate, Kate is a good Christian girl who struggles with events that happened to her, there is a viral video of her kissing multiple guys, and for that she is being branded the school slut. You’ll try to support Kate and offer her your friendship, once she trusts you she will tell you that there’s more to the story than we’ve known so far. She didn’t remember any of the things she did on video. Last thing she remembers is being at a party when she started to feel sick and another classmate offered to take her to the E.R. apparently, she never got there. You can feel the pain Kate endures, and even if it’s not explicitly mentioned during the game, you can almost guess what happened to her. Either way you wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone.
Out of Time gives us so much more than the first episode, we discover a new “power”, just when we need it most. Max can not only rewind time, but discovers she can freeze time in trying to save someone dear to her. Out of Time starts off with some typical events , but soon starts to build the tension and strange events start to happen, getting worse by the minute. In the end you’ll wonder if you could have done more, could have done things different. While playing the game, we discover the downside to Max’s power and in doing, Out Of time gives you a sickening feeling of guilt; couldn’t Max have used her powers for better things than guessing what’s in someone’s pocket?
Out of Time is a great episode and sets the new standard for things to come in the Life is Strange series. In the few areas where episode 1 didn’t live up to my expectations, Out of time double than makes up for it. The cliffhanger at the end of Out of Time promises even more strangeness for episode 3, which should be released in about 6 weeks.