- System: PS4, PC, Xbox One
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
- Release Date: August 22, 2019
- 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
As always, the primary focus of Life is Strange 2 is making decisions that affect the narrative. Players continue to assume the role of Sean—the older of the two wolf brothers—and must make choices that will have consequences later. Episode 4 has some truly HUGE choices once again but these choices aren’t so simple. In fact, out of all the Life is Strange chapters, episode 4 has some of the most real-world life choices to make that it made us tear up occasionally while we played. One choice comes from meeting someone Sean knows more than Daniel and dealing with how to interact with said person will affect future elements of the chapter immensely. There aren’t a ton of choices in this chapter, but with several story-based ones, chapter 4 could lead to some big impacts in the final 5th chapter that might take the narrative in a surprising way. Overall though, we loved chapter 4’s various choices and witnessing how they played out hit us in ways we weren’t prepared for.
Outside of the choices, there isn’t a lot to explore or do in this 4th chapter. Life is Strange 2: Episode 4 focuses on moving the plot along without really having Sean run around dozens of areas drawing pictures like he normally does. There are still some sequences that give players a chance to explore some places but it isn’t as big—or engaging—as chapter 3. While this might anger some fans of Life is Strange 2, we actually see this as a positive. Instead of the extremely simple drawing mini game occupying precious time, you’re focusing on getting to Daniel and dealing with various problems that arise from numerous places. Keeping this episode focused on narrative makes the overall plot and story much stronger and even more immersive.
Wrapping our review up we need to discuss the graphics for Life is Strange 2: Episode 4. There are some hit and miss moments with this episode which made it less powerful than episode 3 or even 2 for that moment. As always, character models and some settings in Life is Strange 2 look phenomenal, but we noticed some areas were just a bit weak in comparison. There are a lot less wide-open vistas in this chapter and only a few really made us go wow. Yet, Life is Strange 2: Episode 4 still looked incredible and that is what ultimately matters.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Excellent real-world choices/problems that will hit you in the heart if you can relate
- Several big choices with some heavy consequences this time around
- Stronger focus on narrative then roaming around or performing mini-games for time filler
- New characters are introduced in episode 4 and be ready…they will surprise you
- One scene in particular made us have to stop playing as we cried…again this episode is powerful
- Less free movement in comparison to episode 3
- Don’t expect a long chapter, this one is easily the shortest of the 4 so far