Life Is Strange is a great game, and DONTNOD’s character designs are every bit as great as they were in Remember Me. Arguably even better, in fact, because while the graphics in general aren’t quite as realistic, the characters all have their own style that’s uniquely memorable. That’s not a small thing, either; since the story takes place in a high school/small town setting, a lot of what the characters are doing turns out to be unremarkable normal-people stuff that would be easily forgettable in most games. Their uniqueness makes it that much easier to remember tiny details about them that you saw hours earlier while snooping around, though, and that can go a long way (and even save a character’s life).
The game has a pretty serious problem with color banding and some occasionally-blocky shadows, but the writing and characters more than make up for any small graphical blemishes. Most of the time, the game is stunning, with the composition of many scenes mirroring the game’s focus on photography and the edges of the screen being blurred ever-so-slightly (and given a little chromatic aberration) so that they’re out of focus and reminiscent of a photograph.