Max returns from the alternate timeline she created to save William Price to resume her investigation with his daughter, Chloe. As the two begin to piece together the clues that will lead them to the person responsible for Kate Marsh's abduction and Rachel Amber's disappearance, their situation takes a turn for the worse on the eve of the approaching storm.
While in the alternate timeline, Max and Chloe stroll along the beach in the evening as the sun sets. After discussing Chloe's car accident, they both return to the Chloe's house. Max stays with Chloe and watch Blade Runner together until the next day. In the morning after Max wakes, Chloe asks Max to get her morphine injectors in the bathroom upstairs for her headaches. During that time Max speaks with Joyce and William, who accentuate the difficulties of accommodating Chloe's failing condition.
When she returns, Chloe and Max browse through old photographs, incidentally finding the same one Max used to create the alternate timeline. As Max contemplates whether she should return to the original timeline by using the photo, Chloe asks Max to kill her by overdosing her morphine. Max is presented with the options to accept or refuse her request.
Deciding things were better off in the original timeline, promises the Chloe from 2008 that she won't abandon her and uses the same photograph to restore things to what they were before. Relieved to be back in the original timeline, Max gives Chloe a hug. After she adjusts, the two start looking for clues about Rachel Amber. Starting with David Madsen, Max heads to the garage and opens his locker. She finds photos of Nathan and Kate and coordinates of several cars.
If Kate Marsh is still alive, both Max and Chloe visit her in the hospital, where Kate expresses her gratitude to Max for saving her. She tries to help Max to get evidence of Nathan Prescott by sending her Nathan's room number in the Boys' Dormitory.
They both head back to Blackwell Academy to gather more clues about Nathan. There, Max finds Nathan's phone hidden behind a couch in his room. Just as they are about to leave the Boys' Dormitory, Nathan shows up and gets into a fight with Max, only to be interrupted by Warren Graham who steps into the situation and beats up Nathan severely for attacking Max and Kate. Max may stay out of it or stop Warren mid-way through the fight.
Outside, Max and Chloe thank Warren for his help and ask him to help gather information about Nathan's father while they go see Frank Bowers. As they try and talk Frank off his client list, Frank either gets aggressive or gets convinced depending on the player's choice. If he gets aggressive, Pompidou may or may not come out of the RV and try to protect him by attacking Chloe and Max. Depending on the player's decisions, the showdown ends with either Frank being shot, wounded or unharmed, with the client list in the hands of Max and Chloe.
Back at the Price Household, Max puts together all of the clues they found and discover an abandoned barn may be the location of the "dark room". With more research, they find out the barn is owned by the Prescott family. They both head in that direction and discovers a secret bunker underneath the barn. The bunker is revealed to be the dark room, where pictures of Nathan's tortured subjects are hung on the walls. On one end of the room, a scene is set up with tripods and lighting.
They find a picture of Kate looking traumatized and intoxicated on a computer. After looking around for a bit, Max and Chloe finds a cabinet full of red binders labeled with the names of girls. Among them, Kate, Rachel and Victoria. Victoria Chase's binder is empty but they find Kate and Rachel's pictures taken while they were drugged in their binder. They come to the conclusion that Victoria is Nathan's next victim and is planning to dose her later at the End of the World party. Devastated and traumatized by the photos of Rachel, Chloe rushes to the junkyard with Max to try and find Rachel.
There, they find Rachel's decomposed body in the dirt. Chloe breaks down crying while Max comforts her. In the distance, the translucent doe watches as it fades away. Later at night, they both return to Blackwell Academy for the End of The World Party to get revenge on Nathan for Rachel's death. Hoping to find Nathan in the party, Chloe rushes inside while Max follows suit.
Outside, Max sees yet another strange weather phenomenon: two moons. Halfway on the courtyard, they meet a drunk Warren, who insists on taking a selfie with Max. Inside, Chloe gets lost in the crowd while Max tries to find her. Meanwhile, she starts interrogating people for the whereabouts of Nathan. She finds Victoria Chase, where Max is presented with the option to warn her about the dark room or to not warn her. Depending on the choices made by the player in the previous episodes, she may or may not believe the warning.
After her encounter with Victoria, Max sees Chloe and reunites with her to head back to the Boys' Dormitory to find Nathan. At the exit, they meet Mark Jefferson who tells them that he is about to announce the winner for the Everyday Heroes Contest. Max stays to find out who the winner is much to Chloe's dismay. The winner is revealed to be Victoria, who dedicates the prize to Kate. Max, who is not surprised by the fact, heads out with Chloe. Outside, Chloe gets a text from Nathan, saying that there won't be any evidence left after he's done. Panicking, both of them rush to the junkyard once again.
They both head in the direction of the decomposed body site quietly, being careful not to alarm Nathan. After discovering the body is still there, Max is stabbed in the back of her neck with a needle, which prevents her from using her rewind ability. She warns Chloe, who gets shot in the head and falls to the ground just as she turns to arm herself. Chloe lies dead while Max can only watch as the killer walks up to them. The wielder of the gun is Mr. Jefferson.
- You accepted Chloe's request - 54%
- You refused Chloe's request - 46%
- Revenge of the Nerds
- You let Warren beat up Nathan - 45%
- You stopped Warren from beating up Nathan - 56%
- Negotiating with Frank
- Chloe killed Frank - 8%
- Chloe wounded Frank - 26%
- No one got hurt - 66%
- Warning Victoria
- Victoria believed your warning - 75%
- Victoria didn't believe your warning - 20%
- You didn't warn Victoria - 5%
- The Blue Jay
- You saved the Blue Jay - 47%
- You didn't save the Blue Jay - 53%
- Birds Nest
- You disturbed the birds nest - 7%
- You didn't disturb the birds nest - 93%
- David's Code
- You found David's code - 9%
- You got David's code another way - 91%
- Help from Kate
- Kate helped you find Nathan's room - 57%
- Kate didn't help you - 43%
- Motivate Daniel
- You motivated Daniel to attend the Vortex Club - 32%
- You didn't motivate Daniel to attend to Vortex Club - 68%
- Warren's whiteboard
- You left a message on Warren's slate - 32%
- You didn't leave a message on Warren's slate - 87%
- Nathan's PIN
- You figured out Nathan's PIN code - 23%
- You didn't figure out Nathan's PIN - 77%
- You helped Alyssa - 72%
- You didn't help Alyssa - 28%
- Alternate Chloe Price (Determinant)
- Pompidou (Determinant)
- Frank Bowers (Determinant)
- Rachel Amber
- Chloe Price
|1||"In My Mind"[note 1]||Amanda Palmer||4:22|
|2||"Mountains"[note 2]||Message to Bears||4:02|
|3||"Got Well Soon"[note 3]||Breton||4:43|
|4||"Lua"[note 4]||Bright Eyes||4:32|
|5||"Piano Fire"[note 5]||Sparklehorse||2:44|
- Pushed patch to address issue with users crashing if using 7.1 setup.
- Improved timing on Focus prompt in Episode 4.
- Addressed rewind `sticking` issue.
- Improved Rewind/Fast forward implementation.
References to other Media
- During a conversation with Chloe, Max mentions the two of them watched Power Rangers as children. Power Rangers is an american franchise and adaptation of the longstanding Super Sentai series created in 1970s by Shotaro Ishinomori and Toei Company.
- Chloe's aunt, Aunt Dorothy, is believed to be a reference to L. Frank Baum's Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz.
- In a letter addressed to William and Joyce by Ray Wells, Wells suggests taking Chloe to "Miskatonic Institute", a school that carters to disabled persons. In H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, Miskatonic University is a fictional university that first appeared in the 1922 story, Herbert West–Reanimator.
- In an article discussing the Prescott Family, the writer's name is Craig Kennedy. Professor Craig Kennedy is a character that appeared in Sherlock Holmes novels written by Arthur B. Reeve.
- In a letter to Joyce from the Arcadia Bay Spinal Center, Dr. Anton Phibes details the alternate Chloe Price's deteriorating respiratory system. Dr. Anton Phibes was a character in the 1971 British horror film The Abominable Dr. Phibes. He was portrayed by late actor Vincent Price.
- Daniel wears a t-shirt featuring a meninist tipping his hat. The "Tips Hat" meme is apart of a series of "fedora shaming" jokes aimed at making fun of nerdy men who wear fedoras as a fashion accessory.
- The moth on Max's t-shirt may be a reference to the Death’s-Head Hawkmoth featured in the theatrical poster for the 1992 film The Silence of the Lambs.
- When discussing Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?:
- Alternate Chloe mentions she wanted to dye her hair like Pris had. Pris, however, never dyed the ends of her bangs.
- Alternate Chloe asks Max whether or not she believed Deckard was a Replicant. The question is part of a longstanding discussion that began following the release of the film in 1982. The "Final Cut" learns heavily toward the argument supporting the Deckard-Replicant angle. Ridley Scott has stated multiple times that Deckard was, in fact, a Replicant from the beginning.
- In Chloe's Room there is a book called The Bad Girls to Guns by Coffy Grier. The author's name is a reference to actress Pam Grier and the 1973 Blacksploitation film Coffy, starring Grier as the title character.
- In the Dark Room:
- A letter to Sean Prescott addressing Nathan's mental heath is signed by a Dr. Jacoby. Dr. Jacoby was a character in the 1990 series Twin Peaks.
- A bill detailing the construction information on the "Stormbreaker Bunker" is signed by a man named Howard Roark. Howard Roark is the name of the protagonist of Ayn Rand's 1943 novel The Fountainhead. The Fountainhead centralizes on an individualistic architect who chooses to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision for fame.
- During the End of the World Party, Max makes a reference to Stephen King's Carrie after she spots the quote "Go Fuck Your Selfie" written in cursive on the Gym.
- In Nathan's Room, a certificate for "The Best Son in the World" is dated June 6, 2006. 666 is considered the "Number of the Beast" in the Book of Revelations.
- On Kate Marsh's "Get Well Soon" card, the names "River S" and "Rory W" are signed. Both are a reference to characters that appear in the fifth through seventh seasons of Dr. Who.
- In the Prescott Barn:
- When Max discovers an entrance into the Barn, Chloe calls her Maximus. "Maximus" is a Latin term and given name, meaning "greatest" or "large". Maximus also the given name of the protagonist of the 2000 film, Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott.
- When Max and Chloe enter the barn, Max notes that the atmosphere inside was "too Blair Witch". The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American horror film and one of the earliest examples of viral marketing used to promote a theatrical release.
- When Max solves the problem of opening the Stormbreaker Bunker door, she makes another reference to the 1980s television series, MacGyver, when she says, "MaxGyver strikes again!"
- When Max notices a hook used to lift haystacks, she mentions seeing them in one of the Friday The 13th films.
- The term "Dark Room" (traditionally spelled "Darkroom") refers to a room used to develop "light sensitive photographic materials, including photographic film and photographic paper". "Dark Room" also refers to a dark lit room where sexual acts take place in clubs. The latter terminology is often associated with sexual acts between individuals in the LGBT community.
- May 14, 2015, DONTNOD began recording sessions with Hannah Telle (Max Caulfield) and Don McManus (David Madsen).
- April 18, 2015, DONTNOD Entertainment began working on final lighting touches for "Chaos Theory", dialog for "Dark Room" and the structure of "Polarized".
- Motion capture for "Dark Room" was completed April 8, 2015.
- April 2, 2015, DONTNOD Entertainment and actress Serena DeMouroux posted behind the scenes photos of the motion capture process for "Dark Room".
- February 6, 2015, it was announced on Steam that early builds of Episode 2, and possibly the last three episodes, were leaked online (presumably by 4chan users).
There are a eleven steam achievements the player can get in Life Is Strange.
Behind the Scenes
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- ↑ Played when Max returned to the original timeline in Chloe's room
- ↑ Played during discovery Rachel Amber's body
- ↑ Played during Vortex Club End of the World Party
- ↑ Optionally played in Chloe's room
- ↑ Optionally played in Chloe's room