Rahul is a video game addict. Some of his favorite games are "Red Dead Redemption 2" and "The Witcher 3."
What Games Are Like Life Is Strange?
Developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix, Life is Strange is an episodic adventure game, comprising of five "episodes," released over the course of 10 months, throughout 2015. It starts off slowly in the first episode, focusing on introducing the player to the characters and storyline. The plot picks up the pace from the second season and doesn’t let up till the end.
Part of the reason it‘s so popular is that your choices impact the game. It’s one of the very few games where your choices have real consequences and not an illusion of them.
I will cut to the chase. Since you have come across this piece, I assume you have already played this game and are looking for something else to fill the Life Is Strange shaped-hole in your heart. To that end, I have compiled a list of some games similar to Life Is Strange. Take a look.
Games Similar to Life Is Strange
- Until Dawn
- Heavy Rain
- What Remains of Edith Finch
- Night in the Woods
- The Longest Journey
- Detroit: Become Human
- The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
- Gine Home
- The Last of Us: Remastered
1. Until Dawn
Developed by Supermassive Games,Until Dawn is arguably one of the most underrated horror games of this decade. The main contributor to its obscurity is the fact that it’s only available on PS4. If you don’t own this console, you'll have to skip to the next entry.
In this game, eight friends plan a get-together party on a remote mountain far from the general population. Things spiral out of control when they realize that they’re not alone there.
Until Dawn is a short horror game, but it has a lot of replayability value. Your decisions, no matter how insignificant they may seem at the moment, will impact the game. Your friends and enemies will live or die depending on your gameplay style.
It’s impossible to experience everything, even when you have played it multiple times. In a game where the whole equation changes by just a single choice, it’s impossible to see everything Until Dawn offers. That’s the beauty of it. It always leaves you wondering “what if hadn’t made that decision?”
This feature is only enhanced by the fact that you can’t load an earlier save and undo it. You have to live with your decision through the entirety of this game. On a positive side, it compels you to stay on your toes all the time. One slip and the character you loved is gone.
There is nothing like it in the market. Give it a go.
2. Heavy Rain
This PlayStation exclusive falls in the category of interactive movies. You are the director here. Heavy Rain shapes itself according to your gameplay choices.
Controls are wonky and voice acting is average at best compared to today’s standards, but you’ll be rewarded for your patience if you stick with it. It takes a few hours to get in the groove. Once it gets going, this roller-coaster ride doesn’t let up.
For better or worse, you’ll encounter tons of quick-time events here. If you’re not vigilant, you may fail them. I found it to be a little frustrating at times. On a positive note, it keeps you alert throughout the game and compels you to pay attention to even the smallest of details.
If you're looking for a QTE-heavy game like Life is Strange, Heavy Rain is your best bet.
3. What Remains of Edith Finch
Developed by Gaint Sparrow and published by Annapurna Interactive, What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of stories about life and death. All the stories have one thing in common—inevitable death. These tales chronicle the life of a cursed family, telling a tragic yet inspiring tale of every member until their last breath.
You are put in the shoes of the last living member of the family as she tries to uncover the buried secrets of her family. When you finally piece everything together, you realize that this tale of death is so full of life.
Though the game is only three hours long, you will feel a strange sense of fulfillment upon completing it. For a game as emotionally sapping and exhausting as this, it is a perfect length. Playing through the whole thing taking no break, kept me invested in the family and its secrets like an exceptional movie. This game is at its best when you finish it in one sitting.
4. Night in the Woods
This side-scroller is a collection of sad, depressing stories told in a light-hearted way. Since this 10-hour game is focused on telling a meaningful story, you’ll rarely encounter any puzzles or challenges along the way.
Did I mention that you play as a teen cat? Every character you encounter is an animal. Although it might appear cheerful and cartoonish on the surface, it’s heartbreaking and sometimes depressing. Thanks to some wonderful writing, there is a perfect balance between comedy and heart-wrenching senses. Not a lot of games can make you giddy, sad, and depressed in a span of 10 hours. This is a one of a kind experience.
5. The Longest Journey
The Longest Journey is an action-adventure game developed and published by Funcom back in 1999. Those were the days when these guys used to create great single-player games as opposed to their current state.
I’d like to point out the obvious here. The Longest Journey brings nothing new to the table in terms of gameplay mechanics. If you have played adventure games before, you know what to expect here.
The first hour of this game is dedicated to introducing you to everyone and everything related to April, the protagonist. Once the game changes gears, it never lets up. Some puzzles you come across might be a little frustrating to figure out on your own. You most probably will need a Wiki to help you get through those sections. The wonderful story, however, is worth it to endure that little bit of frustration.
6. Detroit: Become Human
Developed by Quantic Dream and published by Sony, this PS4 exclusive paints a grim picture of the future where robots are on the verge of "awakening." The boundaries separating a human from an android is becoming blurred. In their quest to finally rid themselves from the shackles, androids encounter human resistance.
It’s up to you as a player to decide the fate of these androids. The way you react to various encounters will shape their future. You can be messy or you can try to be as organized as you can. I tried a mixture of both. There were moments where I made some impulsive decisions. Of course, I paid dearly for it. Even if some decisions feel right at the moment, you’ll bear the consequences throughout the game. No matter how insignificant and small they are, your choices will add up over time.
It’s a testament of dedication and persistence of Quantic Dream that an overly ambitious story like this has seen the light of the day. In the day and age where bland multiplayer games are making a boatload of money, developing a game of this caliber takes bravery and dedication. Kudos to them for giving us this masterpiece.
It‘s a short game that takes around 10 hours to finish, but it is replayable. With so many branching storylines, it‘s impossible to see everything this game has to offer even when you go through it multiple times. Based on your choices, you can change the tone of the individual stories.
This game makes you care about its main characters. You will not burn through it just to see what happens to them. Every choice is hard, especially when it involves your favorite character being killed off.
7. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a horror adventure game released for PS4, Xbox One and PC on 25th September 2014. The story revolves around a boy’s disappearance from a remote town. You play as a detective on a quest to solve the mystery surrounding his disappearance.
The game never holds your hands. It outrightly refuses to guide you through a step by step process. As soon as you arrive in town, you are free to explore anything through the entirety of the map.
Putting missing pieces together can be frustrating as there is not much in the name of the tutorial. It’s all over the place. You gather clues by restructuring past events. Using your power of turning back time, you take a peek in the past and try to wrap your mind around this mystery.
Again, it’s a short game. So what do you have to lose? Give it a shot. You might enjoy the experience.
8. Gone Home
The story follows a young woman who returns home to find out that the house is empty. Where have all the family members disappeared? You’ll spend most of your time gathering clues of their disappearance and making sense of everything.
It’s easy to mistake Gone Home for a horror game, especially when you watch the trailers. As soon as you boot it up, Life of Strange vibe can be felt all over. Gone Home is an expertly written story that will make you feel connected in a way to the family. You’ll be hooked in no time and would want to see through the story to find out the family’s fate. It’s a straightforward tale with some surprises up its sleeve.
Make no mistake; Gone Home is a walking simulator. There isn’t much to do here, except for walking around and gathering clues. If you don’t like the first 10 minutes of this game, you won’t like the rest.
While I loved the background music and somber ambiance, the narrative could have been a little longer. Gone Home is only three hours long if you’re taking time to explore everything. However, if you’re burning through, Gone Home can be finished in lesser time. Think of it as an interactive movie.
9. The Last of Us: Remastered
Developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, The Last of Us: Remastered is arguably the best game on PS4. Naughty Dog has successfully brought an old gem to life with this port. It was easily the best looking game on PS3. The remastered version augments to its beauty with a couple of graphical and gameplay tweaks, resulting in a sharper looking game with tighter gameplay.
It’s a post-apocalyptic action-adventure game with an admixture of horror. The masterfully crafted story will suck you in right from the first moment. There are moments when you will use firearms to defend yourself from the humans, cannibals, and mutants, but its main draw is a spellbinding storyline.
With all the due credit to the writers, part of the reason for the poignancy of this story is how believable everything is. The whole thing is perched right on the edge of mayhem, providing a canvas for some emotional storytelling, punctuated with adrenaline-fueled gunplay. The developers have done a fantastic job of squeezing every last ounce of juice from PS4 and putting it to good use. The 20 hours I spent in this was some of the best moments I have ever experienced in a game.
Choose Your Own Adventure
With so many action-adventure games popping up these days, it's possible that I might have missed out on a few good games like Life is Strange. Let me know in the comments section.