Life Is Strange: Is Chloe Destined To Die?

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It seems like the universe really wants Chloe Price to die. At least, that’s what it’s starting to look like by the end of the second episode of Life Is Strange. Are the game‘s writers trying to give us a hint? Let’s take a look at what’s happened so far:

  • Chloe was shot in the school bathroom.
  • Chloe will accidentally shoot herself if you tell her to aim for the car bumper in the junkyard.
  • Chloe is just about squished by a train.

That’s three near-death incidents in two days, and two of them were identical – she gets shot in the exact same place (her stomach) two days in a row. Now we can write off the first incident in the bathroom as the story’s inciting scene, but what about the other two? For those who didn’t explore this option, when Chloe and Max are shooting bottles in the junkyard, Chloe asks Max to tell her where to shoot a rusty old car to make it destroy the remaining 3 bottles. If you tell her to shoot the car’s bumper, the bullet will bounce back into Chloe’s stomach.

Wait, what? The bullet bounces off a car bumper and hits Chloe right in the stomach? What are the odds? Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the smartest idea to be playing with a gun while drinking, but still! Of all the directions that bullet could have flown off in, it went straight for Chloe’s stomach. It’s extremely unlikely, and even more so if you take into account that Max saw Chloe shot in the exact same spot the day before by Nathan.

But let’s call the two bullets Chloe’s taken to the stomach a coincidence. There’s still the train drama to deal with. After chilling on the train tracks for a while, Chloe (somehow) gets her foot stuck and can’t get up. And, of course, as soon as you realise this, the train is on its way. The path Max has to take to free Chloe is convoluted and not immediately obvious, so it’s likely you had to rewind at least a couple of times before you got her free – which means you got to watch your friend on the verge of being smooshed several times before you set her free. And let’s not forget how weird it is that she got stuck in the first place. Unless she decided to shove her foot in between the tracks, it’s not exactly clear how she managed it.

In episode 2 alone, both incidents were accidental and, presumably, could just as easily have happened to Max. But it was Chloe who copped it both times. It could be that Life Is Strange adopts the theory in physics that time is immutable. Perhaps Chloe was “destined” to be shot, and all of these near-death incidents are actually just the universe trying to correct itself after Max stuffed it up. It could be that, no matter how many times Max rewinds, she ultimately won’t be able to save Chloe. So are the writers trying to tell us that Chloe’s days are numbered? Maybe they’re tying to soften the heartbreak we’re going to suffer when we watch one of our favourite characters die by making us practice watching it happen over and over again, so we’ll be desensitised to it. It will be interesting to see if Chloe’s habit of dancing with death continues in episode 3, but for now, I’ve got a bad feeling about what’s to come for her.

Where To Find All Optional Photos In Life Is Strange Episode 2

Life Is Strange Episode 2

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Episode 2 of Life Is Strange was released a couple of days ago. Like the first episode, Out Of Time contains 10 photo opportunities for Max’s scrapbook. In case you missed it, here’s last episode’s photo list. But remember – this article may contain spoilers, so proceed with caution!

Optional Photo 1: Field of View

When you’re in Kate’s dorm room to return her book, you’ll notice a bunny rabbit in a cage tucked away in the corner. All you have to do is stand close to it to make the “Photo” option appear.

Optional Photo 2: Full Exposure

Remember the photo of the squirrel you took in episode 1? We’re heading back to the same place – the tree behind the bench outside the girls’ dorms. You’ll know you’ve got the right tree when you find the words “make art” etched into its trunk. Go to the trash can next to the bench and choose “Use”. (You may have to choose “Look” first.) You’ll pull a half-eaten doughnut out of the bin and leave it for the squirrel. Take a few steps back to get it to approach, and while it’s eating, take a picture.

Optional Photo 3: Processor

You’ll have to be standing in just the right spot for this photo. When you’re outside the Two Whales Diner, you’ll be able to look up at the whale sign on top of the building. The “Photo” option will only be present if you’re standing at the right angle. You need to make sure the sun is just to the right of the whale’s tail. Take a look at the photo hint in your scrapbook to see exactly where it should be and then get into position!

Optional Photo 4: Image Stabiliser

You might have noticed the dirty RV in the diner’s car park. It’s the same one that was in the school’s car park last episode, and if you go up to it now you’ll be chased away by Frank’s dog. If you go to the other side of the diner and through the chain fence next to the homeless woman, you’ll come up behind the dog. Take a picture!

Optional Photo 5: Compressed

Inside the diner, before you meet up with Chloe, go to the bathroom. It’s hard to make out, but that graffiti on the mirror says “Fire Walk With Me”. Take a photo of it.

Optional Photo 6: Pixelated

At the junkyard, Chloe will ask you to bring five bottles for target practice. While you’re looking you’ll see the big old school bus. The number “142” is printed near the top on the side facing the junkyard. This is another tricky angle you’ll have to get – use the hint in your scrapbook for guidance.

Optional Photo 7: Dynamic Range

Beyond the bus, if you go via the train tracks you’ll find a doe on a little hill. It’s the same one from your vision, and it’s kinda spooky. Get as close to it as you can and you’ll add a photo of the doe to your scrapbook. Or will you?

Optional Photo 8: Colorized

After you’ve had fun with the bottles, Chloe will sit back on the hood of a car and hold her gun towards the sky. Before you talk to her, stand on Chloe’s right and take a photos.

Optional Photo 9: Meter Made

When you’re back at school, go visit Warren in the science lab. He’s working on an experiment and he’ll ask you which ingredient he should add. For now, say potassium. His concoction will blow up a little. Now talk to him, and then rewind time. This time, tell Warren to add a LOT of potassium. He’ll now get a slightly bigger explosion. Leave Warren for now and talk to his teacher, Ms. Grant. Choose the “Experiment” option and she’ll tell you to add Chlorine. Now, rewind time again and return to Warren. Tell him to add Chlorine, and this time his potion will nearly blast him out of his chair. Go up to him and take a photos.

Optional Photos 10: Resolution Revolution

The last one for this episode is pretty easy. In your classroom, you’ll see Alyssa standing by the window. Stand behind her and the “Photos” option will appear.

Check back with us once Episode 3 is out for the next round of photo ops.

Where To Find All 10 Optional Photos In Life Is Strange Episode 1

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Warning: Spoilers! Don’t read this if you haven’t finished Life Is Strange Episode 1: Chrysalis.

See Episode 2 Photo Locations here.

If you’ve finished Episode 1 of Life Is Strange, chances are you got so caught up in the story you forgot to keep an eye out for those elusive photo ops. But you need those photos if you want the achievements, so here’s a guide to the locations of all the optional photos in episode 1, prepared especially for the Life Is Strange completionist.

  1. The first photo op was right at the start. After Mr Jefferson’s class ended and you stood up, you might have walked right past the table that was directly in front of yours. If you go back into the game you’ll see there’s some graffiti etched into it – why not snap up a pic?
  2. When you first entered the schoolyard, right after the fire alarm incident, the first thing you noticed was probably the big statue of Jeremiah Blackwell staring straight into your eyes. But then you ran right past it to sign Ms Grant’s petition, right? Get back there and take his photo!
  3. This next one’s not so obvious. After you’ve taken photo number 2, you’ll notice some skateboarders at the back of the yard. Go find Justin and have a chat. No matter what you do, he’ll call you a poser. Luckily, thanks to your handy time travelling powers, you can go back and try again. Once you’ve earned his trust he’ll ask you if you want to see him do a trick. Make sure you ask him to do a “tre flip”. He’ll fall on his backside, but you’ll get a great photo.
  4. While you were wandering around, trying to work out how to get Victoria Chase and her posse out of your way, you might have noticed Kate sitting alone on a bench. Annoyingly, you can’t interact with her here, but behind the tree that’s next to her there will be a squirrel just waiting for its close-up.
  5. This one’s another selfie. While you were in Max’s room you will have noticed there’s a mirror by the door. Go stand in front of it and get a photo of yourself getting a photo.
  6. Even though you might have chosen to comfort Victoria after she got paint all over her nice expensive clothes, it’s still a lot of fun to mess up the pictures on the wall in her room. Once you’ve done that, you can take a picture of your handiwork.
  7. After you walked out of your dorm building, you probably stopped to rewind time so you could save Alyssa from Zachary’s football because, let’s face it, you’re a superhero. If you turn around, you’ll notice you can take a picture of the broken window.
  8. Once you reached the car park, you’d already read a hundred messages from Warren telling you how long he’d been waiting. Warren needs to learn patience! If you weren’t in such a hurry to meet him, you might have stopped by the dusty RV to draw on the window. That’s photo op number 8.
  9. After you left Chloe’s house, the two of you headed for the forest path below the lighthouse. Chloe complained you were going too slow. Well, Chloe could also learn a little patience, because if you’d turned around to go back down the path, you’d have come across a rock with a bird on top and taken a photo.
  10. The last photo for Episode 1 is when Chloe is sitting on the bench outside the lighthouse. Before you started talking to her, you should have walked up behind her and taken a photo.

That’s all the optional photos for Episode 1. Check back once Episode 2: Out Of Time is out for a fresh list of photo ops.