Life Is Strange: Episode 3 – Chaos Theory (2015) Review

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Life Is Strange proves with the release of each episode why it’s shaping out to be one of the BEST stories ever told through a video game medium. Life Is Strange Episode 3: Chaos Theory takes a slight breather from the high intense drama that we were left with at the end of Episode 2, but not for long because another heart wrenching plot twist awaits in Episode 3. The ending changes the game boldly, making the wait for the release of its next episode extremely hard.

life-is-strange-ep-3-chaos-theory-02Episode 2 left off with a traumatic event taking over BlackWell High School. As you can expect the faculty and students are shaken up, emotions are high and through the roof as drama continues to escalate throughout the campus.  Max is taking it rough, as she was the closest to Kate Marsh, and you can see how Kate’s tragic end as a result of cyber bullying is bothering Max even more. With everyone in shock, this is where Max and Chloe have the advantage to sneak into school and find some info on what’s going on with Rachel Amber. At this point in the game, Max and Chloe’s relationship grow much stronger than ever before. These two characters are so relatable that it almost feels like they actually exist. Voice actors Hanna Telle and Ashly Burch continue to impress me, especially how they play off each other’s dynamic personalities.  It’s something marvelous to watch, and with Dontnod’s writing it really helps pull you into the story. Hearing Max’s thoughts in her head throughout the game really helps you relate to the type of person Max is becoming and her feelings towards Chloe. Dontnod has made an excellent choice in casting Hannah Telle to give life to Max.

life-is-strange-ep-3-chaos-theory-03With Max’s powers growing stronger, the puzzles are getting more difficult. Episode 3 changes up the physical puzzles and places more emphasis on dialogues and conversations in the game to change specific situations. Using Max’s rewind ability to solve these puzzles, the animation of which is often times perfectly executed, it doesn’t take long before you realize that these puzzles are some of the most clever, fun and rewarding puzzles created. Episode 3 requires you to use a lot of the rewind ability to learn secrets, find answers then rewind time some more to get the answer you were looking for from the start. As the verbal puzzles are creative and fun to complete, the physical puzzles could get annoying pretty easily. One in particular was the puzzle involving Chloe’s mom making breakfast for you. You would assume that eggs and bacon would be in the fridge or near the kitchen vicinity, but instead I found myself wandering all through the house before finding those eggs. Puzzles like this feel tedious and they’re just a waste of time. On the other hand though, you have some high intense scenes that will have your heart racing.  These are the most rewarding puzzles/challenges that Life Is Strange has to offer.

The performance issues that have been plaguing this game since Episode 1 are still present. Lip synching, distorted textures and delayed animations are easier to overlook in Episode 3 only because of the way the story is going, and so it becomes easier and easier to ignore them.

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Max and Chloe are getting more closer to each other as each episode progresses. We quickly realize that these two girls need each other more than ever if they’re ever going to find out what’s happening to Arcadia Bay. Things are becoming stranger in town. We’ve seen snowfall, an eclipse and now sightings of dead birds all across town. The vision Max had of Arcadia Bay is closer to materializing with each passing day. As if that’s not enough, Max and Chloe are picking up more clues related to the missing girl from Blackwell High School named Rachel Amber. More evidence is coming to the surface which makes it harder to trust anyone in town like the paranoid school cop David Madsen or the rich brat Nathan Prescott. Just as you think you are close to solving the mystery of Blackwell High, Dontnod throws us the curveball of the century. The ending of the game is so heart wrenching that it’s almost impossible to not be emotionally impacted by it. The plot twist at the end is a major game changer. It changes everything we know of Arcadia Bay thus far, paving the way for Episode 4 to be one heck of an episode.

life-is-strange-ep-3-chaos-theory-05Life is Strange episode 3: Chaos Theory is the best one so far, keeping players invested and curious about the mystery of Arcadia Bay. Social media and cyber bullying are all major topics the game touches on. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend this game as it is one of the best point and click adventure games to come out in a long time. If you have played Life Is Strange, let me know in the comments below on your thoughts of Episode 3 as I would love to hear your opinion on the game so far, and for all your latest game reviews, keep it locked to FGE!

Good

  • Amazing plot twists
  • Lessons and morals of the story
  • Max and Chloe's bond
  • Hannah Telle and Ashly Burch's voice performance

Bad

  • Lip synching
9.1

Amazing

Gameplay - 9
Story - 9.5
Graphics - 9
Sound - 9
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  • Entonations

    Too bad this broke 21:9 aspect ratio support.

  • tplarkin7

    Good game. Definitely worth $5 per episode.

  • Definitely an amazing game. Everyone should give it a go.

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