Spoilers for the beginning of Life is Strange 2
As much as I do think we could base a blog on the effect of pokemon on wooing hot sorceresses, I decided to make our lives easier by playing LiS2.
Looks like this is one of those deals where we’re going to have to make sure we don’t spoil things for each other.
I got to see it say “Life is Strange 2 Episode one,” and I’m by a blue sign. If you’re there, we’ll dish.
I do have one question that’s independent of story: Are you noticing that the load times for this are very, VERY long? A couple times I thought the game had locked up.
A blue sign…
No, I don’t think so. I did all the supplies but I haven’t called Lyla yet. If you did: how do you call? All I can do with the phone is read old text messages.
Whoa…..I’m ahead of you…….what is this madness?
Use the laptop, dude. Go back into Sean’s room, use the laptop. Stuff then happens.
OK, so you just loaded his backpack?
Ah…right. Why would I CALL someone on a PHONE?!
Which sounds sarcastic, but in fact should be quite serious, given that I personally use my phone to call people maybe 1% of the time. (The rest of the time is, obviously, about 97.5% Pokemon GO, .5% email and .5% general web stuff.)
Yes, I just packed my bag. I asked Dad for money, of course, rather than steal any from the jar. And I packed chips and soda, rather than taking dad’s beer, because I’m a goody-goody (though I did bring the weed pipe). So we’ll see how that goes.
Dear God we did the same things. Though I took cookies. Girls dig cookies. Did you tell dad the truth? I did. And I ate the choco bar.
So much set up. So very much set up. Lots and lots and lots of set up. Very slow set up.
And load screens.
Which is not necessarily bad. We’ll talk. Later. Well, the load screens are bad. The load screens are endless.
What’s your take so far? It’s early, for sure. I do think they are trying WAY too hard to make American teenagers edgy. It was slightly eye rolly, I thought. Though I do like Lyla.
Also, I assume, you being so thorough, did the sketch. I….am not sure what to make of that mechanic. I have a feeling it will matter some later, as pictures played such a huge part in the first LiS.
We are the same.
I was honest with dad, and I did the sketch.
I also strongly considered taking cookies!–but I figured with soda, chips might be a nice counterbalance.
Oh, and I ate the choco bar.
WE ARE THE SAME PERSON.
Except for those cookies. An interesting deviation, since I personally would absolutely prefer cookies, but was correcting myself trying to think what this kid would like instead.
Told ya man, girls like cookies. Been too long since romance. Gotta get with Jen.
Though really dude, Lyla is into you. Dude.
So did you like the sketch mechanic? I couldn’t decide. Certainly more work than Max’s camera.
It was more work. I thought it was OK, though. An interesting change of pace from the combat mechanics we’re so accustomed to.
And it’s true, girls like cookies. SO MUCH.
Bad, bad, bad news: I’m out of Snickers bars and Amazon doesn’t ship the 48-pack (or, presumably, other sizes) in the summer because of melting.
This is not good. I’ll just have to start swigging one of my gallons of maple syrup, I guess.
We’ll have to see if it matters to gameplay like the pictures did. If it’s just there to be there, then I’m not sure why it’s there.
Dude….no snickers? NO SNICKERS???????
The syrup will have to do.
Or suggest to Mr. O that, when he is home for the summer, the single best way for him to enrich the lives of your children is to teach them to bake. They should practice often. Preferably on rich, chocolately things.
Baking is extremely key. Although also extremely not something one wants to do a lot of when it’s already hot and sweaty.
Which is why we make the kids do it!
Yeah, we’ll have to see whether or not the drawings mean anything. I feel like it will probably come up at some point, it seems like a weird thing to throw in just for the hell of it, but who knows?
That’s the point, dude! You go work in the nicest, shadiest, coolest corner of the house and then have them slave in the kitchen I mean have Mr. O enrich their summer.
If they did throw that in just for the hell of it (and I doubt they did, because that read like a tutorial), then that’s annoying. Things weren’t going all that quickly anyway.
Yeah, it’s not action-packed so far, but I assume this is the slow, peaceful setup before something terrible happens. I mean, we did see that cop car flip over in the intro.
That we did. That we did.
That was not the intro I was expecting. That was very well done. A lot of regular, mundane stuff followed by BAM!
I was also kinda surprised that it asked us what we did in LiS1. I thought this was a stand alone story. I certainly don’t expect to see Max or Chloe.
I also hope it doesn’t get action packed. I remember that when the first one had you do “gamey” things it got very annoying very quickly. Remember that god awful sequence where you had to sneak by all those copies of the evil teacher? Wish mushy controls? That kinda really sucked. I can live without that in this game. Or any game.
I feel like I didn’t mind the game-y bits in the last one as much as you did, but I’m certainly not attached to repeating those elements.
I did notice that it asked you about the first one. I did not save Acadia Bay, and I’m wondering if I’ll find newspaper stories referring to its horrific destruction or something. Or maybe we will run into Max and/or Chloe somewhere (with basically the same outcome, except that if we sacrificed Chloe, it would be Max alone, or something).
We shall see. I must say, though I haven’t done much, I’m intrigued and looking forward to continuing.
And also filled with a sense of vague fear, both from expecting something bad to happen to these people in this story, and because THIS IS DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION IN 2016, so, LOOMING HORROR.
Or, if you’re a different person playing this game, gleeful anticipatory triumph.
Dude, that one sequence was controller throwing rage. So much rage.
I, too, did not save Arcadia Bay, which, if I remember correctly, was also in Washington state. Or was it Oregon? I think it was Washington.
You’ll be more into it after tonight, if you play. You should play.
Oh, shit, I didn’t put that together! You’re right! I was confused by that at first, all “I didn’t think this game was that old” but now I see! Yes, that plus a Mexican family…. hm. (I do not …..hm because I know anything you don’t that would make me say that.)
Yeah, it doesn’t bode well. It’s going to be interesting to see how that election comes through in a game. As what must turn into some kind of plot point (why make the date that specific otherwise?).
I have a gnawing sense of foreboding, though.
Maybe we should have gone with TLOU. At least that was about an apocalypse that hasn’t happened yet.
Haha, wild exaggeration. Ha.
That would be some serious “going there.” I’m rather surprised, because the first one didn’t spend a lot of time going down heavy paths. It wasn’t much more than a story (a good story) about friendship and love and acceptance. It didn’t go there on race and society and shit.
This might turn out to be a story about love and family. All you need to do is look at the box to know that Sean and Daniel’s relationship is pretty central to the game.
We shall see.
Wild exaggeration. Sigh.
Yeah, it’s clearly about family and relationships. But also, that text message from…I forget who…”he’s not gonna win, right?” And Sean says “I dunno, man.”
They’re going to say something about it. What, I don’t know, but I have a feeling it’s going to come up.
We shall see.
I’m sure it’s gonna be great, and we’re going to love it.
Ooo shit. Missed that. I didn’t read the text messages because I actually noticed that he said “I should skype Lyla FROM MY LAPTOP” emphasis mine.
I’ll look tonight.
Well, I guess I was too busy reading the messages to pay attention to what he said.
Score 1 point and take away 1 point for each of us for observation skills.
But, as we’re talking about things you missed hearing……
Have you noticed there is ALWAYS music? There is always music playing. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Yes, music is common in games, but it usually conveys something, like, “fight!” or “new area!” or “you don’t have to worry here.”
This just seems to be music for music’s sake. I can’t tell if it sets the mood, breaks immersion or both. Though, this game isn’t really going for immersion.
I remember there was a lot of music in the first one as well. Even I noticed it! And yeah, it’s more just there, like the background music in a film… But also not just subtle background-y music, necessarily, it’s like they really wanted you to hear this.
Yeah! And…I think I like it? I mean, the game has a lot of “This isn’t real, this is a story, this is art” elements, like the prompts being like someone scribbled them like notes.
Though this game, and maybe this is just budget or that I’m playing it on a pro, looks A LOT more realistic than the first one. The lighting, the trees, everything. The first game, at times, was intentionally “drawn,” for lack of a better word. This game is reaching for photorealism at times. I’m not sure if that’s something I like, what with the dreamy elements of constant music and the obvious “this is fake” nature of the drawn prompts.
Interesting–this doesn’t really look that much more realistic to me than the first one. Maybe because I’m not in HD? I mean, yes, it has moments of very clearly defined images, but they all look like to me as if they’re meant to be sharply drawn illustrations, rather than that they’re trying to be photos.
But you’ve played the first one more recently than I have, so your comparisons are probably better.
Maybe it’s the pro. The lighting in this (at least on the pro) is nuts. They are in love with sunlight coming through the trees. I think they had a whole team of dudes who’s job was “sunlight through trees.”