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Panzer Skank
Jan 11, 2004

He's a regular-crab.
Not, like, a sex-crab.





Hi! Hello! I'm very excited to welcome you to my Let's Play of Life is Strange!

Life is strange is an adventure game with a strongly choice-based story developed by DontnoD Entertainment and published by Square Enix. Dontnod is a French game studio who also made the very stylish but rather poorly received Remember Me. In LiS, we live a week in the life of Max Caulfield, an 18 year old girl who has just entered her senior year at a college prep school called Blackwell Academy. I won't spoil any more details of the story in this post, you'll have to watch the videos!

By the way! If you're looking for more THRILLING CHOICE-BASED ADVENTURE, please check out my buddy Kaubocks' sweet rear end Tales from the Borderlands thread!! It's great and so is he!!

About Decision Making: Most of the time when we come to a large decision, I will be putting a poll in the thread for you, the viewer, to vote on! Polls will be posted with new episodes on Monday and will close on Friday of the same week.
There are a lot (A LOT) of smaller decisions in the game, so many it would be very difficult to poll the thread for every last one, so I'll be making the small decisions on the fly. This includes dialogue and some choices that I already know the best outcome for (i.e. the best schedule for watering our plant). HOWEVER, it is pretty easy for me to go back and catch a video if there's any small choice you'd personally like to see the outcome of, so let me know!

Thread rules!!!

1. Please NO SPOILERS!!!! None!! Not even behind the fun black bars!!
2. Feel free to speculate as hecka much as you want but don't call someone out if they speculate correctly cause that ruins the fun
3. I ain't wanna see no arguments about character's sexual orientations. It's weird I even have to add this but it's an argument that seems to explode outta control with any discussion of LiS, please don't?? I love you thread I believe in you.





Part 1 - Welcome to Blackwell Academy
Part 2 - Calm, Relaxing Times at Blackwell High
Part 3 - Girls Dormitories
Part 4 - Chloe's Room
Part 5 - David's Garage
Part 6 - Obstacles


Part 1 - New Day
Part 2 - Breakfast at Two Whales
Part 3 - American Rust
Part 4 - Train Tracks
Part 5 - Rain Showers
Part 6 - Eclipse
2-X Bonus: Kate's Conversation
2-X Bonus: Warren is Playing the loving Field


Part 1 - Breaking Curfew
Part 2 - Trespassing
Part 3 - Late Night Swim
Part 4 - Pancakes with Joyce
Part 5 - Frank's Trailer
Part 6 - Focus
3-X Bonus: Time Travel Prank


Part 1 - An Alternate World
Part 2 - William and Joyce
Part 3 - Return
Part 4 - Boys Dormitories
Part 5 - Playing Detective
Part 6 - Mountains
Part 7 - The Party
Part 8 - Midnight
4-X Bonus - Ruining the Party


Part 1 - The Dark Room
Part 2 - Gallery Visit
Part 3 - Confrontation
Part 4 - Storm
Part 5 - Nightmare
Part 6 - The End
5-X Bonus - Theorycrafting


(Here's a link to the full youtube playlist!)

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Panzer Skank
Jan 11, 2004

He's a regular-crab.
Not, like, a sex-crab.





Through the events of the game, Max keeps a rather detailed journal of her adventures! It's really cool and gives a lot of insight into her character, so I'll be screenshotting the pages and putting them here!

Episode 1 - Monday's Entries








Episode 2 - Tuesday's Entries






Episode 3 - Wednesday's Entries






Episode 4 - Thursday's Entries

Alternate Timeline



Primary Timeline






Episode 5 - Friday's Entries





After Destroying the Contest Photo



In the Broken Reality





Max also writes entries about each character in the game! This is much easier for me to post than writing an individual bio for every person we interact with so thank god for this.

Max Caulfield


Victoria Chase


Kate Marsh


Mark Jefferson


Nathan Prescott


David Madsen


Principal Wells


Chloe Price


Rachel Amber


Warren Graham


Joyce Price


Frank Bowers




This game has a really excellent soundtrack! DontnoD's choice of songs for pivotal moments really nails both the emotion of the scenes as well as telling a story with the lyrics. I'll be throwing some links to the tracks on youtube here so you can enjoy them outside of the game!

Video 1-1: Syd Matters - To All Of You [lyrics]
Video 1-4: Angus & Julia Stone - Santa Monica Dream [lyrics] "Maybe it reminds her of Rachel?"
Video 1-5: Sparklehorse - Piano Fire [lyrics]
Video 1-6: Syd Matters - Obstacles [lyrics] We've been migratory animals/Living under changing weather
Video 2-1: Alt-J - Something Good [lyrics]
Video 2-2: José González - Crosses [lyrics]
Video 2-6: Local Natives - Mt. Washington [lyrics]
Video 3-3: Bright Eyes - Lua [lyrics] And I know you have a heavy heart/I can feel it when we kiss
Video 3-6: Mogwai - Kids Will Be Skeletons [no lyrics]
Video 4-3: Amanda Palmer - In My Mind [lyrics]
Video 4-6: Message to Bears - Mountains [lyrics]
Video 4-7: Breton - Got Well Soon [lyrics] Has anything like this ever struck you?
Video 5-4: Mudflow - The Sense of Me [lyrics]
Video 5-X: Foals - Spanish Sahara [lyrics]




by Danaru


this ATROCITY by Nyagato


by Danaru

#LifeisParadise animations by Rumrusher:
First
Second


by Evilspacehopper


by Skincrawling


by Sir_Phobos


by Dingwall

TOILET PAPER SHAME CORNER



by Kaubocks


by That Italian Guy



by Waffleman


by Dire Lemming


SPOILER ART BELOW THIS LINE




by hawk16zz

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blackflare
Dec 6, 2004

I am a Purrrfect Princess



I'm really excited! I've been waiting for all of life is strange to come out to finally look at an lp of it and this comes at a good time. It's gonna be weird watching you lp something sober.

Llab
Dec 28, 2011

PEPSI FOR VG BABE


I'm glad you did decide to LP LiS. I like to play episodic games all at once, so everything is pretty fresh in my mind. Good luck!

Extra Tasty
Aug 5, 2014



This game really nails the pretentious teen thing, so I can never fault it for that. I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting, too! It's cool to see an LP of it.

EDIT: and yeah, a really good sountrack! I wonder how many youtube let's plays of this game got content ID'd with all that indie music, though...

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Buzzsaw Roomba
Feb 13, 2012

Christ, what an asshole.


Max is a great protagonist. I was never a teenager, but she strikes me as very true to that stage in life.

I'm hella into story/choice-based adventure games like the Telltale model, so Life is Strange quickly caught my attention. Unfortunately I don't have the platform to play it myself (Mac user), so I settled for watching a blind run. While watching real-time discovery can be fun, it'll be nice to see Panzer do a proper LP and really get into it.

I voted to REPORT NATHAN - When offered a choice to Do Thing or Not Do Thing, it's usually more interesting to Do Thing.

Ometeotl
Feb 13, 2012

It's MISSEL! Or SISSLE!
I confused myself...






Report that fucker anyway.

Daimion
Jan 17, 2015


I'm really excited to see you finally do a solo Let's Play again- especially since it's of a game I've been really interested in for a while now!

So far, the game looks really great, despite some occasionally... questionable writing (like the fact that the script writers seem like they've never talked to a teenager before)- the characters all seem really interesting (especially Victoria, I feel like I'll like her a lot later on, assuming that she gets character development beyond just being a "mean rich girl", and Chloe, assuming she stops saying "hella") and the time travel mechanic is a really cool way to put a spin on these episodic-adventure games.

Also, I vote that we snitch on Nathan, just on the slight chance that Nathan will actually get in trouble over it.

Logicblade
Aug 13, 2014

Festival with your real* little sister!


Let's snitch because I have a feeling it'll lead to a bad route, and you should always do bad routes first.

Thanatz
Nov 4, 2010


Shieldhill posted:

Max is a great protagonist. I was never a teenager, but she strikes me as very true to that stage in life.


How does that work exactly? I wasn't aware that puberty is something you could just skip.

NinetySevenA
Feb 10, 2013



Report Nathan.

Looking forward to the LP. I've seen streams of the game, but never the entire thing.

Xanderkish
Aug 10, 2011

Hello!

I vote we Report Nathan. Guns are not allowed in schools, and neither is murder.

DropsySufferer
Nov 9, 2008

Impractical practicality


Can't she just rewind time again, call 911 and tell them Nathan has a gun and is shooting up the school? That would bring a couple SWAT teams down on him and correctly solve the problem. But I'm guessing that won't be a choice I guess we'll have to settle for reporting Nathan.

Erwin the German
May 30, 2011

:3


ABS, Always Be Snitching.

Also, this is a good, if flawed, game.

Demp
Nov 5, 2003

GLORIOUS


Nathan Prescott is a garbage person so snitch on him as hard as you can. He deserves it.

Trundel
Mar 13, 2005

+ =
- a sound investment!

Looking forward to this since this will be the first solo LP of you that I've watched, so I'm curious as to your style outside of multi-person ones.

Misandu
Feb 28, 2008

STOP.
Hammer Time.


DropsySufferer posted:

Can't she just rewind time again, call 911 and tell them Nathan has a gun and is shooting up the school? That would bring a couple SWAT teams down on him and correctly solve the problem. But I'm guessing that won't be a choice I guess we'll have to settle for reporting Nathan.

That probably wouldn't save that girl's life though! Plus Max is a panicked 18 year old who just discovered her time powers, I doubt she's thinking super rationally.

Suspicious Dish
Sep 24, 2011



Fun Shoe

please let me know where i can mod the onion, thanks

SageNytell
Sep 28, 2008

<REDACT> THIS!


This looks so neat! Thank you for LPing this, I love weird time travel stories!

SloppyDoughnuts
Apr 9, 2010

I set fire to the rain watched it pour as I touched your face

That man is too hunky to be a high school teacher. This is ruining my immersion.

Kafka Syrup
Apr 29, 2009


Yesssss. As a former teen wanky photographer, I am so goddamn psyched for someone to finally LP this.

Also rat Nathan out. That boy has problems, and he won't get the help he needs if noone points that out.

Panic! at Nabisco
Jun 6, 2007

it seemed like a good idea at the time


SloppyDoughnuts posted:

That man is too hunky to be a high school teacher. This is ruining my immersion.
I, a very closeted teen, had a hunky Italian former-underwear-model for a 9th grade biology teacher and let me tell you, it hosed me right up

But I'm excited for this. This game really nails the feeling of being an ~alternative~ pretentious teen, simultaneously the victim and feeling superior to everyone else. The part where Max thinks "ugh it's like they make them in a factory...actually she's nice to me I shouldn't be so mean" was so high school me it hurt.

YorexTheMad
Apr 16, 2007
OBAMA IS A FALSE MESSIAH

ABANDON ALL HOPE

Life is Strange isn't the best game of 2015 but it's probably my favorite. It is, at least, the one I've dedicated the most time thinking about this year.

One little inconsistency that I don't think counts as a spoiler: Max's journal entry describes Blackwell as "a private school for 12th grade seniors," but that's pretty explicitly not the case. Some of the characters have been at the school for a lot longer than three weeks, and there are at least Juniors at the school. Max probably means to say she was accepted into the Senior program or something, not that only Seniors attend the school.

Like I said, minor thing, but Blackwell is a loving web of drama that couldn't exist if it only housed a year's worth of students at a time.

SkinCrawling
Oct 9, 2012



The game does a pretty good job at capturing what it's like to be an "alternate" teen, even if some of the dialouge is a bit cringy.

I confess that the game made me buy a camera and go out to take photos. It feels a little weird when a game makes you interested in a hobby.

bewilderment
Nov 22, 2007
man what

I liked roughly 80% of this game! Nice to see an LP now that it's all over. I hope the thread will have the same level of wild speculation that the thread in Games did during the original release.

anilEhilated
Feb 17, 2014

But I say fuck the rain.


Grimey Drawer

This looks pretty interesting, horrendous dialogue aside. Gonna watch with interest. Don't tell on him, blackmail's blackmail.
edit: Right, I probably shouldn't be so hard on the dialogue; I guess it's realistic? Still annoying as hell though.

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Spudd
Nov 27, 2007

Protect children from "Safe Schools" social engineering. Shame!

Life is Strange is my favorite game this year, I loved it entirely and I may have 100%'d it. Although I'd love to see other people perception on this so I look forward to more!

For the poll I say tell on Nathan.

anilEhilated posted:

Still hella annoying though.

ftfy

Mr. Highway
Feb 25, 2007

I'm a very lonely man, doing what I can.

The biggest mystery in LiS is how a fifteen year old girl convinced everyone she's eighteen.

I have strong, conflicting opinions on this game. This is either the worst best game or the best worst game. The overall story is intriguing, but some twists are less than surprising. Some characters are complicated and interesting, but the dialog is generally horrible. The puzzles and the time travel mechanic work well, but all puzzles are just an extension of "use time travel." But, despite all the flaws, the game's one of my favorite gaming experiences.

This game also showed that "alternate" teens still had a better time in high school than I did.

Samovar
Jun 4, 2011

me irl


Snitch that sucka.

General Ironicus
Aug 21, 2008

Something about this feels kinda hinky


Nathan won't be able to keep his problems covered up forever. Snitching will either help him get the help he needs, or at least some I-told-you-so points when the cat gets out of the bag.

Jolyne Cujoh
Dec 6, 2012

It's not like I've got no worries...
But I'll be fine.


I voted to rat out Nathan, but I've wondered for a while (having watched like 3 people play the beginning of this game but not having played it myself yet), can you just walk out and ignore the principal? I'm guessing the answer is yes, but the game treats it as if you just hadn't ratted out Nathan.

Kaubocks
Apr 13, 2011

she is beauty
she is grace
she'll go so fast
she'll melt your face


casting my vote for go back in time, take picture of Nathan holding gun, then show it to the principal

Panzer Skank
Jan 11, 2004

He's a regular-crab.
Not, like, a sex-crab.



YorexTheMad posted:

Like I said, minor thing, but Blackwell is a loving web of drama that couldn't exist if it only housed a year's worth of students at a time.

I gotta tell you, as someone who went to a private high school for a single year, we had more drama in a grade of twelve people than i ever saw when i moved to a regular public high school. Smaller groups of teens seem to distill the drama down to a finer grain.

anilEhilated posted:

This looks pretty interesting, horrendous dialogue aside. Gonna watch with interest. Don't tell on him, blackmail's blackmail.
edit: Right, I probably shouldn't be so hard on the dialogue; I guess it's realistic? Still annoying as hell though.

Argument against keeping it to ourselves: but will we be able to blackmail him? He's got a gun and he's demonstrated that he is 100% willing to shoot teen girls with it. Actually, if we try to intervene in the bathroom scene, Max will refuse to leave the cover behind the stall insisting that she would get hurt.

General Ironicus posted:

Nathan won't be able to keep his problems covered up forever. Snitching will either help him get the help he needs, or at least some I-told-you-so points when the cat gets out of the bag.

Argument against snitching: is this a situation where we would get to have I told you so points? The principal didn't seem real interested in pursuing this, or protecting Max from what she deemed to be a very real threat.

Raenir K. Artemi posted:

I voted to rat out Nathan, but I've wondered for a while (having watched like 3 people play the beginning of this game but not having played it myself yet), can you just walk out and ignore the principal? I'm guessing the answer is yes, but the game treats it as if you just hadn't ratted out Nathan.

You actually can't leave, he'll stop you for the dialogue to happen.

Kaubocks posted:

casting my vote for go back in time, take picture of Nathan holding gun, then show it to the principal

KAUBOCKS there is literally no way he would not immediately shoot us in the face !!! We are a Small Teen Girl !

Kaubocks
Apr 13, 2011

she is beauty
she is grace
she'll go so fast
she'll melt your face


you have fuckin' time travel powers just poke the camera around take a picture and immediately go back in time it's not that complicated

Panzer Skank
Jan 11, 2004

He's a regular-crab.
Not, like, a sex-crab.



Kaubocks posted:

you have fuckin' time travel powers just poke the camera around take a picture and immediately go back in time it's not that complicated

WHAT HAPPENED HAS HAPPENED and now we gotta deal w/ da fallout and make decisions based on events we can no longer change !!!! Though here's a question: even if we had a photo would that have changed the principal's reaction?

MachuPikacchu
Oct 15, 2012

Sacre vert! Maman!


I imagine the principal would take the picture and rip it up, then pretend he never saw it.

And now I'm picturing him feigning ignorance while Nathan runs around in the background, waving his gun around and yelling conspiracy theories.

General Ironicus
Aug 21, 2008

Something about this feels kinda hinky


Panzer Skank posted:

Argument against snitching: is this a situation where we would get to have I told you so points? The principal didn't seem real interested in pursuing this, or protecting Max from what she deemed to be a very real threat.

Even great tragedy will not stop my smugness. Whether Max is the same way, I guess we may or may not find out.

JordanKai
Aug 19, 2011


Tell the truth about Nathan. That kid is a threat to everyone around him and needs to be stopped. I just hope snitching on him doesn't come back to bite that blue-haired girl in the rear end.

JT Jag
Aug 30, 2009

Fandom is misery.



MachuPikacchu posted:

I imagine the principal would take the picture and rip it up, then pretend he never saw it.
Now now, I'm pretty sure he's not THAT bad.

He'd say 'he'd look into it' and wait until he's in the office to rip it up and pretend he never saw it.

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Eldataluta
May 31, 2012


Snitch

What I don't understand is why we can't tell the art teacher about it, like, keep the timeline fuzzy just let him know we think we saw a gun. He seems more likely to believe us.

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