Folks, the conclusion to Life is Strange 2 has finally released in the fifth and final episode. Once more you will be seeing into the tale of the Diaz brothers as they make their way to their father’s homeland but endure one final challenge that will test them unlike ever before. Every single choice you’ve made will alter these brothers’ fate and depending on your big choices in this final installment, the Diaz brothers might find peace or tragedy. If you haven’t already, be sure to read our previous episode reviews—we did each episode—before continuing onwards. For those who are prepared, enter our review of Life is Strange 2: Episode 5 and see what our thoughts are for this highly anticipated conclusion!
What to Expect
Life is Strange 2: Episode 5 acts as the conclusion to the series once more putting players into the role of Sean Diaz. Sean and Daniel have finally reached the final stretch of their long journey to Puerto Lobos but that doesn’t mean the challenges ahead will be any easier. Together, these brothers have endured never ending challenges and will need to rely on their past actions to alter their future. Choose wisely in this final episode readers. The Wolf Brothers journey will wrap up here…but how it ends is up to you.
Sean and Daniel Diaz have joined their mother in a place unmarked on any map. Despite their constant struggle, the brothers remain together but their wills have been put through the ring. With the law right behind them, Sean will need to make the proper choices to ensure him and Daniel escape to some form of freedom. However, every choice and action up till now has led both of the brothers to become very different than how they started this tale. The Wolf Brothers journey ends now and how that end comes to light will be based on the actions up to this very dramatic conclusion…
At this point we hope you readers don’t need us to explain how Life is Strange 2 works. In case you do though—please play the first episode if you decided to start at the end—here’s what you can expect from the series. Players control Sean Diaz whose brother is armed with an unknown power that causes their lives to change after an incident befalls them—and their father—in Seattle. The last several games have charged players to make choices to survive and shape the so-called Wolf Brothers tale down specific roads. Every choice you made and every major action you took—which was shown by having split image decision at certain points of the game—have led to this last entry in Life is Strange 2. We will be avoiding major spoilers for the story as a whole but you can expect some minor ones if you continue reading below.
In our last episode, Sean and Daniel’s mother—Karen—has rescued the duo from a strange cult. Now, the Wolf Brothers are on the move again but have been allowed some rest in a place secluded from the world. That unfortunately doesn’t mean the brothers can rest just yet. Their main goal to reach Puerto Lobos still hasn’t changed but the brothers have indeed undergone some major changes as human beings.
What sets apart the fifth episode from the rest is that this episode is focused more on narrative than exploration like the past entries. This might turn off some of the fans of the series—exploration is still here but its minimal—but in our minds, this helps the conclusion have a true ending feel. Rather than walk around aimlessly doing side missions or exploring various items/characters, our last chapter has only two major locations with any form of exploration and the rest are quite linear. The choices made in these sections though truly affect how the ending wraps up and you’ll see your decisions have that gravity when the ending scenes come forth.
Speaking of endings/decisions, this is where Life is Strange 2: Episode 5 shines above the rest of the series. These last few choices in the Life is Strange 2 have some truly big consequences that change the conclusion in more than one way. For example, deciding to attack a group of cops or surrendering can make the Diaz brothers either go into a truly impossible situation or a realistic one. How you embrace your mother—or don’t—can also affect the ending and that will also affect you in a more personal sense. The biggest take away from this final episode is how you decided—as a person—to make choices in the series. Did you look out only for yourself—meaning Sean—or did you become the super brother you needed to be for the youngest Wolf Brother? Did you forgive those who wronged you—in this case Sean/Daniel’s mom—or did you scorn the world for how they treated you in this dire situation? These choices have always had gravity in the tale of Life is Strange 2 but not just on the game. Ironically, if you were invested in this series as much as we were, you probably question your own thoughts with how you go about handling difficult situations or rising to the challenges of being a brother/sister to your sibling. Life is Strange 2 might be a fictional tale with supernatural elements but the choices and story within could be felt in the real world in a multitude of ways.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
Life is Strange 2: Episode 5 nearly had us in tears as we wrapped the game up. We could see how our past actions truly altered the fate of Sean and Daniel Diaz and in many ways, we wanted to go back to see what else we could do to shape their ending just a bit differently. With the endings we got—we did replay the very last segment twice—our hearts are heavy but not in the way we expected. We want to spoil the ending so bad to Life is Strange 2 but to do so would be an injustice to this incredible journey. Trust us readers, this is an ending that is on par with the original game without a doubt. Life is Strange 2: Episode 5 will put your choices to the ultimate test and in many ways…that is where this series goes above most like it.
The conclusion to this tale—the several of them—are truly some of the best endings we’ve seen in a game to date
Several big choices to be made here folks, all of which will make the ending that much more different
Impressive voice acting with some truly emotional scenes thanks to it
A very surprising cameo thanks to an unexpected character from the first Life is Strange
Don’t expect much to do in this final episode
Could have used a bit more for one of the several endings
Honey's Final Verdict:
There aren’t too many games out there in the digital sea that truly hit us as hard as Life is Strange 2. This fifth and final episode wasn’t incredibly long or had as many choices/decisions as the previous four episodes but the few here really alter the journey in some huge ways. The drama to be found in this fifth episode was on point with the series and ultimately created an ending we won’t forget about anytime soon. Life is Strange 2 is done and we truly wish there was more of it…that’s how much we loved this series. Are you now excited to see how the Diaz brothers’ tale ends in Life is Strange 2? Comment down below to let us know what you thought of this fifth episode, and of the series as a whole! For even more game reviews don’t leave our amazing hive here at Honey’s Anime!
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