Not going to post a trailer for this as I found it rather spoily. All five of the first season episodes are out. I think I had posted about it in the indie game thread, but this really isn't an indie game: Pro company with square-enix publishing.
This is one of those games that you finish and then think about constantly for days. I'm not sure if anyone here will like it's slow pace and adventure game style play, but the whole package works together so well. I've not been affected so strongly since Journey.
The areas are so well lit, everything either feeling warm or soft or cold and stark. The voice acting is pretty good for american (the upcoming japanese port will no doubt be better), writing is solid (I didn't forsee events like I often do), though the characters are a bit formulaic. The UI has a highschool scribbly doodle look to it, and as you progress stuff is recorded in a great diary with little drawings and such, it's great.
The setting is a small town art school. It has a bit of teen drama to it, but it isn't overpowering. If you ask people that have played what the game is about, you'll probably get different answers. The game changes depending on your choices (seems pretty close to branch-and-bottleneck from Standard Patterns in Choice-Based Games | These Heterogenous Tasks)
My advice is to go into it blind, if you hunt around on forums you are going to hit major spoilers. It is a polarizing game, so there's a ton of talk about the story right now.
If you want to compare the gameplay to something, it's practically identical to Telltale's Walking Dead, Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, etc. games. About the only thing missing is the QTEs, not that that's any loss. The main character has a power that allows her to rewind time, which is interesting from a story perspective but also a great mechanic for this style of game because it allows you to explore the short-term effects of choices without having to save and reload the game, sit through a bunch of loading screens, or replay entire chapters. Of course, there are long-term effects that may cause you to want to redo the whole chapter too, but it least it's not like Telltale games where I find myself irritated that I am constantly crossing points of no return that require a full replay to change.
I just finished the game a couple days ago and I really liked it. More than any Telltale game so far, which surprised me a lot considering this was Dontnod's first attempt at the genre. Makes me wish they had done Remember Me in this style too, because that game would have been far better with a ton more of the memory manipulation stuff and without the half-assed fighting system. Waiting for the whole thing to come out was definitely the right choice; waiting months for some of the cliffhangers to get resolved would have annoyed the shit out of me. I don't touch any episodic series anymore until the whole thing is done for exactly that reason.
Don't let the fact that the setting is some pretentious art school in the pacific NW, or that the main character's best friend is a blue-hair voiced by Ashly Burch turn you away if you think the game looks interesting. It could easily have been a SJW shitfest, but it isn't like that at all. There's maybe 2 or 3 eye-roll moments throughout the whole thing. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who's a fan of Donnie Darko and enjoys this style of adventure game.
My only real complaint is that there's two endings and the only one I'd ever choose is much shorter and less fleshed out than the other. That, and I feel like I made the 'correct' choices the whole way through and have little desire to play it again just to see how the one or two things I wish I'd done differently pan out.
Last edited by Vorph; 10-27-2015 at 11:17 PM.
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I echo a lot of what Vorph said. The initial setting and early previews were totally offsetting to me. In disclosure I have not actually played it but watch maybe 4-5 streamers go through the game from start to finish and thoroughly enjoyed watching everything unfold each time, as well as the person's response to the game. There are a few times when it seems really teen angsty but then again those are the characters and the setting, and it quickly moves on to the story. Puzzles are good, the time rewind mechanic is well done, music is good in that indie type whatever crap... it fits.
Anwways, now that the whole 1st part is released I'd recommend it. I'm thinking about grabbing it as a playthrough for the wife and I for something she'd get in to and would work well for a cooperative playthrough with a significant other. Surprisingly good, not GOTY or anything, but solid.
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I beat it and it was decent.
I loved Episodes 1-3, and have played through them twice. I'd go so far as to say I enjoyed them as much as Telltales' Walking Dead. Half way through episode 4 though I started to lose interest in the conversations, the writing seemed to take a nose dive and whereas before I was totally into the characters and story after that point I found myself getting bored. Episode 5 I still haven't got around to completing yet as it's just weak.
Definitely don't judge LiS too harshly on Episode 1. The game only gets better and better until Episode 3 or 4.
The game certainly earns its mature rating.
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