In the Life is Strange games, players have to make a lot of hard decisions. Fans had to think carefully about what they wanted to do.
The Life Is Strange series began in 2015 with the release of the popular game Life Is Strange and its first episode, “Chrysalis.” Since the first game in the series, there have been several more, including two mainline games with different main characters, each with their own skills and choices to make.
The Life Is Strange series is known for making players make tough choices that change the way the game goes and might even have effects on other games in the series. In all three games, players have to make a lot of tough decisions, and sadly, there are no right answers.
Spite Victoria or Be Nice (Life Is Strange)
Max Caulfield, the main character of Life Is Strange, goes to Blackwell Academy, where he meets Victoria Chase, a “cool girl” who is also a bit of a bully. Throughout the game, there are times when you can choose to be meaner to Victoria, which will affect her friendship with Max in the last episode.
Max and Victoria both end up falling for Blackwell’s resident creep, Mark Jefferson. For Victoria to listen to Max’s advice, players must have been nice to Victoria when they had the chance. Max pulls off her plan to paint Victoria, and Victoria sends her friends inside to get something to help her clean up. This is one of the most interesting exchanges between Max and Victoria because it shows a different side of both girls. Max could be mean and take a picture of Victoria while she’s upset, since Victoria had already taken a picture of him, or he could show sympathy, which Victoria respects and does by deleting the picture of Max.
Something small like this might make players want to help Max get revenge on her bully, but it could ruin their plans in episode five, when they might want to tell Victoria about Jefferson’s plans.
Tell Grandpa About Daniel’s Power or Keep The Secret (Life Is Strange 2)
Life Is Strange 2 is a great story about two brothers who try to leave Seattle and find safety as they travel across the United States. In the second episode of the game, Daniel and Sean Diaz are staying with their grandparents. These are their mother’s biological parents, who Daniel has never met and who Sean hasn’t seen since he was a kid.
While the player-controlled character Sean tries to tell his younger brother Daniel to keep his telekinesis a secret, Daniel uses his powers around the house. Unsurprisingly, their Grandpa finally saw Daniel using his powers and talked to Sean about it. Daniel and Sean are the only ones who know about his skills at this point. Players have to decide whether to tell their grandpa the truth or keep him in the dark.
This choice could come up again in the show in a lot of different ways. At one point, an unbalanced wardrobe will fall on their Grandad. Daniel can use his power to lift the wardrobe and keep their Grandad’s leg from getting hurt. If Sean lies, it could change the scene where a police officer comes to the door looking for him and his brother, or it could change the story in the future when the grandparents come back into play.
Steph or Ryan (Life Is Strange: True Colors)
In episode five of Life Is Strange: True Colors, Alex Chen has to choose her romantic partner and, eventually, who she will spend the rest of her life with. This is not the most important choice she has to make, but it is still hard. Up until now, she’s had a great friendship with both Steph and Ryan, who are both great characters that are almost made to make players fall in love with them.
Both of these choices lead to beautiful, personal moments between Alex and her new partner, and players get to watch their lives change and even make decisions about their future together.
Surrender or Keep Going (Life Is Strange 2)
In Life Is Strange 2, the final choice is made at the Mexican border, where Sean and Daniel Diaz are mobbed by police. Sean has to make a hard choice: he can turn himself in to the police, which will get him locked up and give Daniel to their grandparents, or he can keep driving into Mexico and use Daniel’s power to get the police roadblock moved.
The great thing about this choice is that players can see different endings based on the choices they made earlier in the episode and throughout the game. Even after making one of the hardest decisions in the game, players will have different experiences and get different responses from Daniel.
Take Charlotte’s Sadness or Let Her Mourn (Life Is Strange: True Colors)
In Life Is Strange: True Colors, one of the hardest decisions Alex has to make is when he sees how sad Charlotte is after Alex’s brother and Charlotte’s boyfriend, Gabe Chen, dies. She says that she gets angry often, even at her own son, which hurts her. Alex is sad, but she feels even worse for Charlotte, who she has become close to. Alex realizes that she can take Charlotte’s sadness away from her, and after Charlotte tells Alex how she feels, many players understand Alex’s desire to help her friend.
But here, more than in other parts of Tunnel Rush, the morality of taking someone’s feelings without their permission is really called into question. If players choose to get rid of Charlotte’s sadness, she becomes much less emotional and seems to just be going through the motions.
Bay or Bae? (Life Is Strange)
The final choice in Life Is Strange was jokingly called “Bay or Bae?” and made fans all over the world cry, no matter what they chose. As a storm approaches Arcadia Bay, Chloe Price is ready and willing to give up her life to save the town and everyone in it. Many players let Chloe make this moral sacrifice, which led to a heartbreaking ending in which Max had to go back in time, erase everything she had done, and lose her best friend after just getting her back.
But the same number of people chose to give up everything to stay with Chloe and live with the effects of everything they did in the game, including this. In Life Is Strange 2, when players meet David, Chloe’s stepdad, he tells them some things that they didn’t learn in the first game’s ending. This ending has the most impact on the second game. Players find out that Joyce, Chloe’s mother and David’s wife, died in the storm. But players also find out that Chloe and Max are still alive and well, and that Chloe has a bond with David like a father and daughter.