Review Life Is Strange Episode 3: Chaos Theory

Written by Twisted Ideas

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Initially, I wasn’t going to talk about Life is Strange again until the finale. This really isn’t much of a review as it is my reactions due to the events that blindsided the entire game up to this point. I’m going to be as vague as possible because Life is Strange is becoming something that stands out from Telltale in the best way.

Life is Strange dabbles with the broader scientific concepts of time and space but has felt more interested in Max and what she does with time travel. She does research these topics off-screen but other than her and Chloe experimenting with her abilities it’s not the focus. We’ve been look at the people instead of the science so far and that has been surprisingly good.

The episode is titled “Chaos Theory” but mainly isn’t about chaos theory. Max and Chloe are investigating the disappearance of Rachel Amber (friend of Chloe, missing before the start of the game). Chloe really has little clue where to start. She’s reaching for the lowest hanging fruits and drags Max along for the ride. It turns into a girls night out more than anything and we get a more insight into Chloe and the first good look into Rachel.

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We haven’t seen major effects of chaos theory or the butterfly effect until maybe the end of Episode 2 beyond minor and/or immediate occurrences; Reason being that Life is Strange takes place over the course of a week. The world isn’t going to change that drastically in that short period of time or stretch beyond the limitations of the game. Turns out I was wrong.

The twist near the end of the episode comes out of nowhere and changes everything. It’s not too far removed due to the mysterious nature of Max’s abilities though. I was unsure where the story was going aside the day of Max’s premonition. So far it has been this slice of life school drama with time travel and ominous unexplained events and we were just along for the ride. It was really hard to gauge where episode 2 and 3 were going other than the building plots throughout. Now we have a hook that will probably carry us at least part way towards the finale.

Life is Strange is a game that keeps on surprising me. This story shift is a game changer for everything that has been built up until now and this is what the game needed. The game could have naturally progressed and lasted on its charm and writing as it was but now we have the biggest hook of the series yet. Embracing the sci-fi elements, we have a story that can go anywhere. Whether it be now or when the series wraps up, Life is Strange is a game that you should check out.

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