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  • Summary: The two brothers continue their journey into the winter months & struggle against the cold. As Daniel gradually falls ill, Sean decides they must make their way to their distant grandparent’s house to recover. During their stay, they encounter next-door neighbor Chris, a young boy whoThe two brothers continue their journey into the winter months & struggle against the cold. As Daniel gradually falls ill, Sean decides they must make their way to their distant grandparent’s house to recover. During their stay, they encounter next-door neighbor Chris, a young boy who believes he is a superhero by the name of Captain Spirit. Expand

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Life Is Strange 2 - Official Live Action Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 22, 2019
    80
    his care and attention to detail extends to the environments, which feel genuine and lived-in.
  2. Jan 22, 2019
    80
    With this new episode, DONTNOD manage to blur the lines of the script, immersing the player into a deeper and more interesting story for the Diaz brothers. Characters are better written, music is great and we can't wait to see what's coming next.
  3. Feb 4, 2019
    79
    Episode two is of a much slower pace in comparison to its predecessor, and comes with less emphasis on heavy choices, as well as some minor bugs. The end result makes for a segment that doesn’t quite meet the quality that was paved by what came before it, but surprisingly manages to hold its own nonetheless. Rules is a solid addition to the Life is Strange world, and a great lead in to the challenging choices, inevitably still to come.
  4. Jan 27, 2019
    78
    Life is Strange 2: Episode 2 - Rules is a step forward in this new franchise installment. Episode 1 disappointed us and we hoped that DONTNOD would be able to get back on track. Rules manages to develop the important characters as well as their relationships in addition to having emotional signature scenes.
  5. Feb 4, 2019
    70
    You can’t deny the intelligence of Life is Strange 2 – or any part of the entire Life is Strange franchise for that matter – but I feel that sometimes this at the expense of entertainment. It would be great to play at least a small portion of the game as Daniel, so you get to experience using his power – this would add a welcome new dimension to the gameplay.
  6. Jan 23, 2019
    70
    Rules is bookended by some heartrate-spiking sequences, but the majority is spent relatively comfortably. Music has crescendos and decrescendos because they're dynamic. Loud has more impact when everything was soft just moments ago. Rules is a decrescendo. It's quiet and it's retrained. But all indications are that Life is Strange 2 won't stay quiet much longer.
  7. Feb 1, 2019
    60
    Aside from the pacing, the episode is let down by a variety of technical issues which add a layer of frustration and detract from the experience. Fortunately we can see that the pace of Episode 3 is likely to pick up, and hopefully that finally reaches the potential this story is promising.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Feb 11, 2019
    6
    Look, this is a really engaging dramatic cartoon, with lovely art style, pretty good story writing. As a game.. it's not on par with it'sLook, this is a really engaging dramatic cartoon, with lovely art style, pretty good story writing. As a game.. it's not on par with it's predecessors. Also it's a LOT more buggy, (Played on Xbox One X). I get Sean Floating and not animating, in cut scenes.. it also crashes to dashboard. I don't have any issue with the racism agenda setting as I'm neither American or Mexican. I am curious how this will tie into the previous games, and I enjoy it's link to captain Spirit. Expand
  2. Feb 7, 2019
    0
    Here we go again, another utterly disappointing episode of such a (used to be) great franchise. I feel bad for those who try this out beforeHere we go again, another utterly disappointing episode of such a (used to be) great franchise. I feel bad for those who try this out before trying the first game, if they will even try the first game after playing this... Which is a shame because the first game, even with its flaws, was one of the best experience of mine when it comes to storytelling games. It made me care about the characters, it showed real life situations, it gave us an exciting time travel mechanic, it gave us great puzzles, interesting plot and great conversations... But let's talk about this one...

    Characters: I don't care about them. I don't care if Daniel Skywalker the force user of the franchise dies. I don't care about the character we play, i don't even remember his name.

    Plot: We, part of a minority, running away from the cops and everyone thinks we are killers because... we are mexicans... the racism agenda in this game is way overexaggerated. I can't take it seriously because it's laughably bad. We are talking about 2 kid for christ sake... Did they even investigated on the scene? I don't think so.

    The conversations are bad, they are not important, they are boring and they don't change the story at all, choices have no consequences. Do you guys remember Kate Marsh from the first game. Now THATS what all storytelling games should have. Now that was some heavy consequence and it was brilliant and i felt like sh*t when i failed to save her. There? Captain Spirit gets hit by a car because his dumb*ss runs in front of it because dumb*ss young skywalker lied to him.... I was so not impressed its not even funny. I didn't care at all, because most likely that kid won't be part of the upcoming story episodes anyway.

    Puzzles in this game are almost non existent and the existing ones... i don't know what to say. Find a key? Really? Oh but wait, i can talk to young Skywalker to use the force and open the door anyway.

    Young skywalker... Who thought giving the special ability to the character we can't play was a good idea? It's terrible. It's young skywalker's story and we are just making not important decisions for him...

    The game is full of bugs, camera, visual, audio bugs, the game suddenly crashing for people and they lose their save. All that after waiting for like... 3-4 months?

    I'm really disappointed and the next episode will be their last chance for me to get their stuff together because if that's going to be as bad as the first two episodes... I'm not willing to pay for that and i'm not willing to play that. I want to keep my good memories about the first Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm. To be honest, at this point i'm pretty sure that it's going to be bad, but i just want to give them one more chance...

    The best case scenario for them would be cancelling the story of young skywalker and the whole game, and start all over again and give us the story of Max and Chloe again... You know... What everyone wanted.
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  3. Jan 29, 2019
    0
    In hindsight I should not have given the first episode a zero because this episode is even worse than the first one.
    Boring storyline, still
    In hindsight I should not have given the first episode a zero because this episode is even worse than the first one.
    Boring storyline, still boring and largely characters you can´t relate to, still full of false choices changing nothing except the final cutscene of the episodes. The characters still make terribly stupid choices you can´t avoid.

    But the real problem is that they took four months to release this and it still is full of bugs ranging from graphical errors to sound errors that force you to restart the game to your saves being deleted!

    And if that weren´t bad enough they do not sell episode on it´s own, Forcing you to buy the whole season, which will be complete in or close to 2020.
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