Publisher: Square Enix
Year Made: 2015
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360
Price: First Episode: $4.99; All 5 Episodes: $19.99
Content Areas: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Health
Suggested Age Level: Upper High School
Play Length: 3 hours
Number of Players: Single Player
Difficulty Rating: Medium
Warning: Mature rating. Drugs, alcohol, profanity, violence, and sexual themes. Some sensitive material (described below).
First, if you have not yet read our reviews of Episode 1, “Chrysalis,” Episode 2, “Out of Time,” and Episode 3 “Chaos Theory,” and Episode 4 "Dark Room" please do so before reading the review for Episode 5, “Polarized.” This review will contain major spoilers and focus heavily on “Polarized” and the season finale, so you should try the other episodes first. For those of you unfamiliar with episodic games, think of them like chapters in a book. Each episode builds the story off of the episode before it to create one overall story. You wouldn’t read chapter five before you read chapter one! So follow the links above to catch up on Max’s story as she rewinds time to save her friends and her town.
Anyone who has followed this series of reviews has probably noticed by now that I am a massive fan of Dontnod’s episodic saga Life is Strange. Despite the sleepless nights that ensued, I developed a pattern of playing the next episode the instant it downloaded to my PC and staying up until dawn to write my review while the tumbling emotions caused by the episode were still fresh in my head. After playing the final episode, “Polarized,” however, I had a different problem inspiring my game-related insomnia.
I couldn’t write the review.