Life is Strange

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I wasn't aware of this game until today. Looks like it has some potential. The previewer quotes are referencing games I like, such as Heavy Rain and Walking Dead. It is similar to those titles in its heavy emphasis on narrative, so people who don't like those types of games might not like this.

It's published by Square Enix and is developed by the guys who did Remember Me. The story centers around a girl who investigates a death by jumping through time.

It's an episodic game. Part one of a five-part series is coming on January 30th.

 

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Probably wait for season pass then like The Walking Dead...
I'm going to buy the first episode to see what it's like. I would buy a season pass if I was sure I wanted to play the whole series, but I'm not sure yet. My concern is that it might be too heavy on the teenage girl vibe or too cheesy for me somehow.
 

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Yeah, this game seems pretty out there. I don't like the idea of paying for episodes either. I'll probably just wait until they release the whole thing on one disc.
 

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This game looks kind of strange, alas, such is life.
 

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Good, I need someone to talk about the game with. It's getting more traction at GAF than it is here. I think a lot of these smaller, weirder titles die a slow death here, unless someone shines the spotlight on them.

Looks interesting to me. Worth a try, anyway.
 

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I'm going to buy the first episode to see what it's like. I would buy a season pass if I was sure I wanted to play the whole series, but I'm not sure yet. My concern is that it might be too heavy on the teenage girl vibe or too cheesy for me somehow.
Let us know how it is. I love these types of story games though.
 

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Good, I need someone to talk about the game with. It's getting more traction at GAF than it is here. I think a lot of these smaller, weirder titles die a slow death here, unless someone shines the spotlight on them.

Looks interesting to me. Worth a try, anyway.
I've actually found myself playing more of these smaller, "weirder" games this year. And I haven't played too many games from start to finish this year, but for the percentages of games I've finished this year, these kinds of games are a landslide ahead of full retail games. I don't think that's all because of the length of the game either.
 

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I've actually found myself playing more of these smaller, "weirder" games this year. And I haven't played too many games from start to finish this year, but for the percentages of games I've finished this year, these kinds of games are a landslide ahead of full retail games. I don't think that's all because of the length of the game either.
Yeah, I think you get a uniqueness with the smaller games that you don't get with the big titles. I hope developers continue to take risks and give us new and "weird" gaming experiences. I find most of the big game landscape pretty boring. Even my choice for GOTY, Dragon Age, is just a nicer version of a game I've played a dozen times before.
 

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I've actually found myself playing more of these smaller, "weirder" games this year. And I haven't played too many games from start to finish this year, but for the percentages of games I've finished this year, these kinds of games are a landslide ahead of full retail games. I don't think that's all because of the length of the game either.
& Indies have more creativity in their games than most AAA titles. Some Indies title even looks as good (i f not better) than some AAA titles. Look at Ethan Carter, & it was done with an early build of UE4.

With third party engine like UE4, Cryengine available to all, high visuals fidelity is not just the privilege of AAA developers.
 

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It's $5 per episode and $20 for the season pass.

The community liason answered a few questions in the GAF thread:

"We’re obviously fans of Gone Home as well as Telltale’s most recent games, and some of the key staff have worked on Quantic Dream’s latest productions. In terms of general mood, it is really that of independent films that we are trying to capture and bring to life.

"A lot of you asked how long it will be between episodes. The team have mentioned there will be approximately 6-7 weeks between each episode. The nature of episodic games means it’s hard to be exact but we want to ensure players don’t have to wait too long. Each episode lasts approximately 2 – 2.5 hours per episode depending on the pace you play.

"There are currently no plans for a boxed version and we are 100% focused on the digital release. We think a boxed version would be great but that’s something we can re-visit further down the line.

"As for the ability to rewind, Max can do this at any point in the game apart from some key cutscenes where we push the narrative forward. The game will feature free roaming areas for you to explore as well as more cinematic focused scenes where you make choices."

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=954010&page=3
 

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Your man card is at stake playing this game.

If you must, be sure to play behind a locked door, in the late evening after all have turned in, and play using an alternate tag lest your friends list may see and achievements unlocked would appear on your permanent record.

If you already have Barbie's Horse Adventures or Nickelodeon Dance on your games played list then no worries as your man card has already been revoked.

I mean seriously, the game may be cool but playing as a troubled teen girl crosses over into creepy for me anyways.
 

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Your man card is at stake playing this game.

If you must, be sure to play behind a locked door, in the late evening after all have turned in, and play using an alternate tag lest your friends list may see and achievements unlocked would appear on your permanent record.

If you already have Barbie's Horse Adventures or Nickelodeon Dance on your games played list then no worries as your man card has already been revoked.

I mean seriously, the game may be cool but playing as a troubled teen girl crosses over into creepy for me anyways.
Playing a game where the main character is a girl threatens your sense of masculinity? Cooties?

I've played a lot of videogames where the main character was a girl or a woman, and I've never felt like my sense of masculinity was threatened. It's like playing a game with an alien as a main creature (e.g., Morrowind) -- I don't feel less like a human. Or playing a game as violent/ignorant man (e.g., GTA) -- I don't feel less intelligent. I don't feel like the game is somehow a reflection on me, as a person. I just think of it as art/entertainment. I'm taking a spin in another world, another reality, having a different experience. I know who I am. My sense of identity isn't threatened by the gender of the character on the screen.

I know plenty of guys, especially in the current climate, who feel the same though. Seems macho and insecure to me, but that's just my take.

I'm just hoping the narrative is engaging. I don't care if it's a girl or a boy, I just want the story to be interesting. If it is too emo or heavy-handed -- if it feels like it was written for teenage girls -- then I may bow out.
 

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I'm hoping this is essentially the video game adaptation of Juno.
 

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  • Your last sentence was the feeling I got from the trailer, hence the creeper out feeling. I'm no macho, I carry my wife's purse when needed, buy her Kotex, yadda , yadda.
 

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I never got to play Remember Me despite being so hyped for it. I hope more story games like these keep releasing. I enjoy the interactive stories.
 

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Your man card is at stake playing this game.

If you must, be sure to play behind a locked door, in the late evening after all have turned in, and play using an alternate tag lest your friends list may see and achievements unlocked would appear on your permanent record.

If you already have Barbie's Horse Adventures or Nickelodeon Dance on your games played list then no worries as your man card has already been revoked.

I mean seriously, the game may be cool but playing as a troubled teen girl crosses over into creepy for me anyways.
lol @ playing female characters = man card at stake.

Grow up.
 

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Plenty of good games have female characters -- Last of Us, Tomb Raider, Buffy, Bayonetta, Dreamfall, Beyond Good & Evil, Metroid, Child of Light, The Walking Dead, etc. I'd hate to miss out on them, because of that sort of attitude.

Not that this game belongs in the same camp as those, necessarily. We'll have to wait and see.
 

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Plenty of good games have female characters -- Last of Us, Tomb Raider, Buffy, Bayonetta, Dreamfall, Beyond Good & Evil, Metroid, Child of Light, The Walking Dead, etc. I'd hate to miss out on them, because of that sort of attitude.

Not that this game belongs in the same camp as those, necessarily. We'll have to wait and see.


 
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Not at stake for playing female characters, did I say that? No.

For playing the one depicted in THIS trailer, yes.

But just my opinion, have fun ladies. :tounge::wink:
 

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My sense of what it means to be a man must be broader or more secure than yours is. It also seems like I can differentiate myself from a character on a screen, whereas for you, the character affects your sense of sexual identity. That seems kind of weak to me -- sort of the opposite of manly, if you think about it. But that's okay. Go play Gears or something like that, and you'll feel better.
 

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First of all, you don't know me.

Second, the character does nothing for my own sexual identity. It just seems a little creepy for a 50 year old man to be "playing as", "taken on the persona of", whatever you want to call it...of that of a high school aged female.

This is like me saying you "doth protest too much" means it's actually you that's insecure about the whole matter. We can run in circles on this all day, so I'm done. I am here for fun and games and not debating much, especially a handbag fight where both sides come away looking like old ladies. If you need a "win" here, it's all yours...I'm manly enough to take it. LOL. :grin: