The Games That Helped Me Through Heartbreak

A little over a month ago, my world was thrown for a loop when my girlfriend sat me down to tell me she wanted to break up. It completely blind-sided me and took its toll on me emotionally. Because we were living together, it affected other parts of my life too. Due to the nature of the breakup, we still had to live together for a bit while we got situated in our new lives apart from one another. In the meantime, I threw myself even more into video games and maintaining my daily writing here. Recently, I came to the realization that a lot of the games I’ve played in the last month or so have been instrumental in helping me through this breakup. Here’s are some of the games I’ve played and how they’ve helped.

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Life is Strange Full Review

As I have spent a lot of 2016 so far catching up on older games, I've been floating the idea of expanding my Game of the Year coverage this year to include a whole segment on the Best Non-2016 Games I Played in 2016. Not only has Life is Strange affirmed the idea with me, it's likely a front-runner for the category. If you're interested in my Episodic Reviews of the game, check out the links below. Otherwise, read on for my thoughts on the piece as a whole. As always, minor spoilers on the story ahead.

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Life is Strange Episode 5: Polarized Review

Immediately after finishing my write-up of Life is Strange Episode 4 last night, I dove in to Episode 5 because the cliffhanger was so well done that I couldn't wait one more moment to see who Dontnod resolved everything (I pity all of the fools who played through the game episodically as they were released and had to wait those three months). If you're just joining us, you can check out my reviews of Episode 1Episode 2, and Episode 3, as well. As always, minor spoilers below.

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Life is Strange Episode 4: Dark Room Review

As someone who has experienced and studied a ton of different stories over the years in the form of television, film, theatre, literature, and video games, one of the greatest joys is when I come across a story that surprises me. And the end of Episode 4 of Life is Strange excelled at that. Minor spoilers to follow but I'll avoid the episodes big climax.

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Life is Strange Episode 3: Chaos Theory Review

Following the dramatic highs of Episode 2Life is Strange wisely doesn't try to top the tension of the previously climax. While the school, and even the larger community of the town, are in shock over the events surrounding Kate in the previous episode, Episode 3 focuses on the relationship between Max and Chloe. Once again, minor spoilers to follow.

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Life is Strange Episode 2: Out of Time Review

Yesterday, I kicked off my belated review of Life is Strange. Rather than tackle this entire story in one go (like I did with Telltale's Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands), I'm approaching this one episodically. Then when the whole story is wrapped up, I'll likely put together a cumulative review as well. So yesterday looked at the initial chapter and today, I'm looking at Episode 2, titled Out of Time. Minor spoilers ahead as this review will touch on a couple of the spoiler-esque plot points of the episode.

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Life is Strange Episode 1: Chrysalis Review

When the first episode of Life is Strange launched in January last year, I was probably busy catching up on some 2014 games I missed. Then as each subsequent episode came out and buzz around the game began to grow, it's visibility on my "must-play" radar escalated in kind but I still never got around to it. But fittingly, during these early days in 2016, I can finally catch up on it. I'm going to try to play through the whole game this week with daily impressions on each episode and then maybe a final full review on the whole piece.

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