- System: PS4, PC, Xbox One
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
- Release Date (Episode 2): January 24, 2019
- Price:$7.99 (Season Pass $39.99)
- Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: Adventure
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://lifeisstrange.square-enix-games.com/en-us
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
A bit of warning for those who are about to enter into Life is Strange 2: Episode 2; when you start the episode up, a warning message will play out asking for the player to play the free “demo” of The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. We tell you folks to take that warning seriously as playing through it will give you a huge character arc for a young man named Chris who believes he has powers as he takes the moniker Captain Spirit. If you decide to forgo playing The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, you’ll lose a big understanding of Life is Strange 2: Episode 2. Play the “demo” as it’s quite short—it clocks in under an hour even with all the “quests” being done—making it a short but sweet story.
Episode 2 of Life is Strange 2 picks up shortly after where episode 1 left off. Sean and Daniel are still on a journey to Mexico, but equally, are trying to master Daniel’s powers. Life is Strange 2: Episode 2 focuses though a major aspect of having powers, rules need to be instilled. It makes sense quickly why Life is Strange 2: Episode 2 is named “Rules” as Sean attempts to make Daniel understand that his powers have to be kept in check. The brunt of Life is Strange 2: Episode 2 will have players choosing what to do and not to do with Daniel’s abilities and the effects can be seen in several ways during the episode. We loved seeing Sean take a more protective and caring approach to Daniel’s use of his powers, but we equally were amazed of his harsh actions if he felt Daniel went out of line. We won’t spoil one moment but there’s a big choice that has to do with taking a life or sparing it with Daniel’s power and it makes you understand the struggle Sean has with his younger wolf brother. Episode 2 doesn’t have a lot of moments like this where you see your actions cause ripple effects like in episode 1, but we can only assume that when episode 3 drops your actions—especially near the end—will cause some big changes in both Sean and Daniel’s life.
The biggest issue we had with Life is Strange 2: Episode 2 was actually playing the game outside of the big choices. Life is Strange 2: Episode 2 has a lot of actions to undertake that affect the story in some way or another but most of the earlier actions feel like chores. We understand that these simple choices give Life is Strange 2 a feeling of normal everyday life—something the brothers desperately need after all they’ve been through—yet it feels like busy work and can get very monotonous. Drawing still also feels shallow as players once more hold a button down and then waggle the controller’s thumbstick to make images on Sean’s notepad appear. We doubt Life is Strange 2 will fix this issue—seeing as how it’s part of the base game—but it makes the impact of those drawing moments feel shallow even when they should be more impactful.
Lastly, Life is Strange 2: Episode 2 as a whole still looks hit-or-miss in terms of graphics. In our first episode review, we talked about how Life is Strange 2 looks a lot better than the original. Episode 2 at times still keeps that solid design but character models this time around seem a bit…off. The various environments and surroundings look amazing, but character models seem a bit too cartoony. It’s not a big issue as we think Life is Strange 2: Episode 2 still looks—and sounds—incredible, but it’s a noticeable detail that might be seen by others playing.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Sean and Daniel still are amazing protagonists with a lot of heart and emotion
- Choices still carry some impact that might be game changing in future episodes
- OST still sets just the right mood
- Characters in episode 2 all feel full of life and drama
- Solid graphics in terms of setting and environment
- Many goals and choices in episode 2 feel less noteworthy
- Character models look a bit strange in this episode