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Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Content Rating: Mature
The two brothers continue their journey on the road into the winter months & struggle against the cold. As Daniel gradually falls ill, Sean’s concern for his younger brother increases and decides the pair of them must make their way to their distant grandparent’s house to recover and seek shelter. During their stay, they encounter next-door neighbour Chris, a young boy the same age as Daniel who believes he is a super-hero by the name of Captain Spirit. As Daniel and Chris begin to form a friendship, Sean insists on Daniel following a set of rules around his power. Will Daniel keep his power concealed or break the rules in a time of need?
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Critic Reviews23 Reviews
Andry Hartup — Jan 28, 2019
Overall, it’s a disappointing and slow start to the new season of Life is Strange. While the story has some incredibly powerful and well-constructed moments, it doesn’t hang together particularly well. And the lack of actual gameplay, combined with inconsistent consequences and choices, is a worry. The settings and overall mood are wonderfully crafted, and the soundtrack (with the exception of a single duff track from The Streets) is hauntingly beautiful as ever.
Elise Favis — Jan 22, 2019
While this episode brings interesting themes of its own, I was disappointed at how racial tensions and politics weren't built upon further, and that many consequences didn't tie over in meaningful ways from the previous episode. Instead, Rules feels like a turn in the wrong direction, with choices that never quite hit their mark. Hopefully the Diaz brothers carve a new and more interesting path as their journey continues.
Jess McDonell — Jan 22, 2019
One minor issue is the meta-knowledge that the Diaz brothers are two episodes into a five-episode journey, so you have an acute awareness that no matter how positively things are going, you're never too far from it all unraveling. However, even if you can see where things are going, there's a joy in taking each new step of the adventure and in managing the careful balance between being a guardian and a friend to Daniel.
Callum Williams — Feb 05, 2019
While Life Is Strange 2’s second episode successfully manages to establish the deeper nuances of its fresh story and characters it is, unfortunately, an underwhelming follow-up to the season’s brilliant debut. The plot is too slow for its own good, and while what’s here is worthwhile and enjoyable, it lacks the same electric pacing of the previous episode. Hopefully, Dontnod will avoid the minor stumbles of this mediocre second episode as we move on to the next chapter of the Diaz brothers’ story.
Rosh Kelly — Jan 25, 2019
While there were a few technical hiccups throughout the episode, it stands as one of the best in this already stellar series. From the conversations that wonderfully introduce passing characters and flesh out their relationships to the way the narrative forces you into tough decisions, this is what a narrative adventure should feel like. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch might have got all the attention, but Life is Strange 2 Episode 2 deserves all the praise.
Adnan Riaz — Feb 04, 2019
Episode 2: Rules is a fantastic experience and continues to build on Dontnod’s reputation as the king of episodic gaming. Life Is Strange 2 has the potential to mesmerize players with its three remaining episodes and become a worthy contender for 2019’s GOTY (despite the first episode being released in 2018, of course).
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Eric Hall — Feb 07, 2019
Its less-action heavy approach may still be a turn-off for some, but the series has never been about physical action to me. It’s always been about solid characterization and engaging storylines that address real issues — both of which, the sequel currently is exceeding in. With such an unconventional premise, I’m excited to see how Sean and Daniel’s story moves forward in the next episode.
Sammy Barker — Jan 27, 2019
Life Is Strange 2 feels like it’s flying under-the-radar, which is unfortunate because this sequel has all of the hallmarks that made its predecessor a success. Episode 2: Rules is slow, but DONTNOD is still easing its new cast of characters in. There’s definitely something good brewing here, but for whatever reason we can’t shake the feeling that the developer has utterly failed to capture the imagination of Arcadia Bay’s biggest fans.
Lillian King — Feb 01, 2019
Episode 2 might be a slower entry in the episodic series, but it gave me enough meaningful content and satisfying gameplay to enjoy playing throughout. Life is Strange 2 isn’t about Daniel’s telekinesis. It’s about the relationship between Sean and Daniel, two brothers who’ve been torn from their normal lives by unforeseeable circumstances. While the supernatural enhances the story, it never drives the emotional connections.
Michael Leri — Jan 26, 2019
Life is Strange 2 Episode 2 feels more like a crossover bonus sequel to The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit than a true continuation of the first episode. While it does slowly inch toward the story at large, it fails in making a meaningful plot of its own in the meantime and lacks much substance thanks to the clumsy dialogue and boring scenes.
Boo Stewart — Feb 04, 2019
Episode 2: Rules lacks the big plot developments, set pieces and imminent threats that were the most memorable part of Episode 1: Roads but more than makes up for it by putting us more squarely into the head space of these two brothers adrift trying to keep their heads above water. It’s less about grand emotional peaks and sweeping decisions this time than it is about inevitability and longing. The past stays with us, pain and all. It’s who we are.
GameCentral — Jan 23, 2019
If this was a normal, all-in-one game then the three hours of Episode 2 wouldn’t be party to any criticism at all. Nobody would remember that as their favourite part, but it all seems like necessary build-up to a later pay-off. Which makes it very tempting to suggest that you just wait until the whole season is complete before you start playing, in case you get put off before the end.
Kenneth Shepard — Jan 28, 2019
Mushroom, Chris, and the Diaz’s grandparents all suffer in the name of Sean and Daniel’s character development, and there’s no resolution for any of them before the Diazes are on their way to somewhere new. Life is Strange as a series isn’t always an uplifting one, but it is at its strongest when its characters are not merely collateral damage for other characters. After all the awful things Life is Strange 2 has shown me, I still don’t feel like Sean or Daniel even grew very much in all of this. It wasn’t worth it. None of it was.
Laddie Simco — Jan 25, 2019
Life Is Strange 2 Episode 2: Rules moves at a slower pace than the first but still manages to take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions that will have you feeling all kinds of things including a bit of ill will towards DONTNOD for making you wait for the next chapter.
Elisabeth López — Jan 26, 2019
El segundo capítulo de Life is Strange 2 supera al anterior episodio. A pesar de las pequeñas trampas que hace, Rules logra que empaticemos con Sean y Daniel todavía más. Si os ha enganchado el comienzo del viaje de sus protagonistas, no podéis perderos la continuación por nada del mundo.
Juan Rubio — Jan 22, 2019
Life is Strange 2 - Episodio 2: Rules nos ha gustado mucho como historia, pero nos ha frustrado como juego. A nivel narrativo está muy bien; nos gustan mucho sus personajes y las situaciones a las que se enfrentan, pero a nivel jugable no nos convence tanto.
Marta Trivi — Feb 06, 2019
Porque el estudio sabe que lo que hace inolvidable una historia es la inmersión y el sentimiento y, gracias a esto, consigue que estemos dispuestos a disfrutar de la incertidumbre y a dejarnos llevar bajo la promesa de que, en algún momento, seremos capaces de proteger a los dos pequeños cachorros.
Panthaa — Jan 22, 2019
Life is Strange 2 : Episode 2 est clairement une réussite qui nous fait oublier une introduction en demi-teinte. Son ambiance, son rythme et son architecture arrivent enfin au niveau de ce que l'on attend de DONTNOD et nous n'avons qu'une hâte : connaître et explorer la suite de cette fuite en avant.
Valentino Cinefra — Jan 22, 2019
Rules riprende fiato per approfondire alcuni personaggi, farcene incontrare di nuovi (tra cui Captain Spirit), ed in generale piazzare le fondamenta per il futuro della serie. L’approfondimento in questione porta da alcune sequenze non proprio brillanti in termini di ritmo, così come ad un paio di sequenze che, al contrario del rinnovato spessore del valore delle scelte effettuate dal giocatore, proseguono in un solo senso.
Simone Pettine — Jan 22, 2019
Life is Strange 2 - Rules prosegue la narrazione del primo episodio senza innovare particolarmente il gameplay e senza proporre picchi emotivi degni di nota. Resta una storia malinconica trascinante, un romanzo di formazione interattivo per i due giovani protagonisti, realizzato con un accompagnamento grafico, tecnico e sonoro di alto livello.
Perry Rodenrijs — Feb 02, 2019
Los van de kleine technische perikelen biedt Life is Strange 2 Episode 2: Rules een mooie ervaring die voor liefhebbers van verhalende games zeker opgepakt moet worden. Ik kan niet wachten om te zien waar het verhaal van de Diaz broers naartoe gaat in de volgende delen.
Romy Voswijk — Jan 22, 2019
Toch zorgen deze minpunten er niet voor dat de game slecht is. Episode 2 van Life is Strange 2 is in veel opzichten geslaagd. De sterke band tussen de twee broers zorgen ervoor dat je benieuwd blijft wat ze gaan doen en wat er gaat gebeuren. De combinatie van artstyle, muziek en dialogen geeft je een bepaalde nostalgie die je van de eerdere Life is Strange games wel gewend bent.
Wojtini — Jan 29, 2019
Historia braci Diaz obiera ciekawy kierunek. Niestety, gracz nadal nie ma większego wpływu na przedstawione wydarzenia. Wszelkie decyzje podjęte podczas rozgrywki nie mają znaczenia fabularnego. Najciekawszym elementem tego epizodu jest z pewnością pojawienie się Chrisa, bohatera The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit.