Life Is Strange is a five part episodic series that will be delivered over the next few months. This review is for Episode 3, titled Chaos Theory. It will attempt to cover the value of Episode 3 both by itself and as part of a larger experience. More importantly, given how important the story is to experience Life Is Strange, this review is spoiler free but may contain light spoilers for the first two episodes.Life Is Strange follows Maxine Caulfield, or Max for short. Returning to her hometown of Arcadia Bay in Oregon, she enrols in a prestigious academy as senior photography student, working with some of the most prestigious in the business. The academy is rife with rumours and speculations regarding the mysterious disappearance of Rachel Amber, a girl whose reputation changes depending on who you talk to.
Without giving too much away, the events of Life Is Strange are thrust into motion when Max reunites with her estranged best friend, a more rebellious Chloe. Chloe’s father died the same year that Max left town, leading to the two becoming estranged. Max and Chloe both have a mutual goal, however, as both were involved with Rachel Amber, and as such, investigate her disappearance together.Whereas the last episode of Life Is Strange solely focused on conflicts within the student body of Blackwall Academy, Chaos Theory focuses on the bigger picture – which you’d expect given the episodes title. We’re almost past the halfway point in Life Is Strange and thankfully the stakes are really starting to ramp up.
There’s not a lot that can be spoken about without absolutely ruining the episode for players, but things get interesting pretty fast especially as the consequences of all those choices made in the first two episodes begin to come full circle. And, as always, it ends with a killer pay-off.As the series continues, it has become apparent that not much is going to change in terms of presentation when it comes to Life Is Strange. The uniquely stylised visuals are still here – helping cement the games dreamlike, unapologetically indie flavour it employs in its presentation. The third episode continues this vibe pretty well although it does take place in some darker locales so it’s less of a showy episode, in terms of presentation.