I have just finished playing through episode 4 of Dontnod Entertainment’s Life is Strange, which is entitled Dark Room. This is not really a review of it; just my thoughts and impressions.
Although the story is gearing up for the climax (episode 5, Polarized, is the final episode), I felt this episode was a bit flat at the beginning. I think that’s because the whole resolution of episode 3’s cliffhanger took a little bit too long. But once that was over with, the story picked up nicely and the puzzles in this episode are probably the best of the entire game so far. So overall, I think this episode is just about on par with the preceding ones. I don’t really want to say too much more about Dark Room, because I don’t want to spoil anything for those that are yet to play it, but I will say that the story certainly gets a lot darker and to a point, scarier. Especially the ending. So be prepared!
After I finished playing episode 4, I watched the trailer again once more, because there was something that I wanted to check. As I wrote in last week’s Life Is Strange post, I got the impression that Max was going to find herself in a deserted world in his episode. Alas, it seems that I misinterpreted what I saw: no such thing happens. But I also noted something else. Have a look at the image below, which I captured from YouTube.
This looks like a hospital, right? Am I correct in assuming this is the hospital where Kate Marsh is in, if she is still in your story? I never saw this location in episode 4, because Kate Marsh is no longer in my story. I never saw Nathan’s rant about a coming storm either. While he did yell at Max and her companions, his said something, possibly because of the choice I made earlier in the storylinee. I think Dontnod shouldn’t include “choice-dependent” sequences like this in its trailer. It just makes things a bit confusing. But that’s just a minor gripe.
To end this brief post, I’ll show you all one more screenshot.
I took this screenshot for a bit of fun, but as it turns out, it is eerily prophetic…
Anyway, that’s all for now. If something else occurs to me about Dark Room, I’ll write a follow-up post. Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!