The first thing I wanted to write about was a little game I’ve been playing lately called ‘Life Is Strange’ a game that has garnered good reviews and a bit of a cult following. As a change from what has become the norm in gaming for a while now (let’s be honest if you’re not killing ‘something’ it’s not a game in most regards) so sitting down to play this narrative-driven adventure was refreshing. You play the role of Maxine, a girl who returns to the home she grew up in to attend a prestigious academy. However whilst there she discovers all is not well in Arcadia Bay and after getting re-acquainted with her childhood friend ‘Chloe’ she begins to unravel a mystery surrounding the disappearance of a local student.
I liked the writing here, the well-defined characters, a few bitchy stereotypes and shifty villain-types but not everyone is what they appear to be on the surface. Add to this clever gameplay mechanics that include time travel and as the game progressed in it’s episodic chapter structure, I found myself thoroughly absorbed. This game has made me feel things only a good TV show or movie has and it felt totally alien to the hobby but very welcome. I felt sadness and excitement and wonder, and it’s all done so well. If you are yearning for a break from all the violence or button-bashing thrills and want something to really make you think and feel, I highly recommend you give Life Is Strange a go.
In other news, guess what? I’m gearing up to go and see my favourite band ‘Garbage’ again and will be heading to Brixton Academy this month. The last time I saw them at the Troxy in London I did the whole VIP meet & greet thing and got to meet the one and only Shirley Manson! Well, I am doing it all again; meet & greet, early entry, watch them rehearse, q&a etc. and I’m so excited. The concert is part of a tour Garbage are embarking on that begins this weekend (first date: the Electric Picnic festival in Ireland) which celebrates the 20th anniversary of arguably their finest album ‘Version 2.0’ which personally is my favourite album of all time by any artist. To hear certain tracks live is going to be such a treat and one of those once-in-a-life-time experiences. As you can tell I’m totally looking forward to this and will undoubtedly report back on it all once I’m back home.
That’s all for me for the time being. Please check back again for more reviews and stuff soon.