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I'm still not feeling this season all that much. It's not bad, don't get me wrong, but it hasn't grabbed me like season one did. I felt episode 4 was particularly by-the-numbers.
I don't know about you, but I liked Season 1 more because it had a tighter focus and greater sense of urgency. Season 2 feels like it jumps from place to place with little cohesion, and that's partly because the "main plot" takes a backseat to episodic shenanigans.
And because this cannot be stressed enough, the wait between episodes is hype-killing.
Episode One came out on September 27, 2018; Episode Two was released on January 24 2019, Episode Three on May 9, Episode Four on August 22 and Episode Five is scheduled for December 3. 15 months between the start and finish.
Compare this to Season 1; Episode One on January 29-February 3 2015, Episode Two March 25 2015, Episode 3 May 19 2015, Episode Four July 28 2015, Episode 5 October 20 2015. 9 months.
Edited by VeryMelon on Sep 6th 2019 at 10:40:43 AM
I've said it before, but the best part about Season 1 to me was the mystery, both figuring out why Max's powers are a thing and figuring out what happened to Rachel. This season has done practically none of that.
Bluntly, I think that there's very little in common between the two games aside from format.
I feel like I'd enjoy this game more if it was called Brothers or Road Trip.
Edited by CharlesPhipps on Sep 6th 2019 at 1:50:27 AM
The lack of a supporting cast is also a huge negative. In Life is Strange 1, we had the fantastic relationship to Chloe, but also side characters like Kate, Warren, the other Blackwell students, and Chloe's problematic family. Even the more villainous characters like Nathan and David were interesting so much in that I hated or at least disliked them. Max and Chloe had consistent relationships to other characters.
The characters in Life is Strange 2 all disappear right after we start learning about them. No one aside from Sean and Daniel are developed, and it is hard to form attachments to the story because of it.
I had a similar problem with The Walking Dead: Season Two. It'd dedicate an episode to developing a character, and then kill them at the end. And introduce new characters rather than develop the ones it had.
Edited by SilentColossus on Sep 6th 2019 at 2:30:22 AM
I do find that a valid criticism, but personally I don't mind the rotating side-characters. They all have their place, don't overstay their welcome, and progress the brother's character development. My issue is that the story feels like a Random Events Plot, with every episode having lose connections to what's supposed to be the actual narrative.
Edited by VeryMelon on Sep 6th 2019 at 3:56:30 AM
Yeah, I agree with all of the above. The new location and new characters every episode is a big part of what's killing it. Not only are the side characters not given time to develop, unlike in season one they're usually nothing more than what they appear to be. Characters in season one often appeared to be conforming to some stereotype or trope, but when you get to dig deeper you find out more about why they are the way they are, and that there's more to them than just the archetype. There's none of that in season two.
And I hadn't really realised this, but yeah, there's no mystery. Daniel's powers don't even seem to have much plot relevance.
Thread hop. There's a big sale for LiS 2 on Steam, but I'm seeing lots of mixed reviews. How does this compare to the first game?
I should also note that I still haven't finished Captain Spirit. I saw an abusive parent and kinda ran away.
I'm enjoying it but I'm also watching a let's play rather than playing it myself. That said, if your favorite thing is the mystery/plot season one is better. If you're in it for the characters I'd probably say they're about equal though season one has a more stable cast so if that matters to you it's probably better in that aspect as well.
Captain Spirit is a glorified demo for the updated engine Life is Strange 2 uses, and nothing from it is plot relevant. Including the abusive dad, whose abuse is never followed up on.
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