I have finished playing through episode 5 of Dontnod Entertainment’s Life is Strange, which is entitled Polarized. This is not really a review of it; just my thoughts and impressions. Oh, and please be aware that although I don’t intend to divulge details about the gameplay and story of this episode, don’t read what follows if you are trying to avoid spoilers.
OK, first of all I think I’ll say that I’m aware a lot of people were disappointed with this episode and as a result, the game as a whole. I have to agree that the grand finale to this game was a bit of a letdown, but overall I think it was a reasonably good game. Now then, why didn’t I like this episode? I think it all boils down to the fact that the game’s big climax (i.e. the final choice you had to make) was not a difficult choice at all. It was, after all, a choice between thousands of people (some of which we know for a fact were decent folk, such as Joyce, Kate and Warren) and one selfish, self-centred brat. For me, this is where Dontnod Entertainment tripped up: they were too fixated on creating an edgy, super hip anti-hero and forgot all about creating a character the player could really care about and genuinely hate to lose. As a result the final choice was a no-brainer and therefore a huge anticlimax.
I’m sure everybody has noticed Dontnod Entertainment have labelled this episode the Season Finale, so it’s a safe bet that they already are planning, if not working on, a second season, but I believe that they have stated that the second season would feature different characters. I certainly do hope Dontnod Entertainment continue making games like this in the future; I’m a bit tired of the same old action games being churned out ad nauseam by game developers these days.
Well, I guess that’s about it for this post. Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!