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  • Summary: Meet Chris, a creative and imaginative 10-year-old boy who escapes reality with fantastical adventures as his alter ego, the Awesome Captain Spirit. Hearken back to your childhood and play a touching narrative experience from the directors and development team behind the BAFTA award-winningMeet Chris, a creative and imaginative 10-year-old boy who escapes reality with fantastical adventures as his alter ego, the Awesome Captain Spirit. Hearken back to your childhood and play a touching narrative experience from the directors and development team behind the BAFTA award-winning game Life is Strange. The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is an original story set in the Life is Strange Universe that contains links to the brand-new story an characters of Life is Strange 2. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Jun 25, 2018
    90
    An excellent, painfully brief piece of storytelling, with some decent characters and a lot of heart.
  2. Jun 27, 2018
    85
    Dontnod clearly has a lot more heart to share and story to tell.
  3. Jun 29, 2018
    80
    Captain Spirit’s use of a child’s imagination to contextualize a dark, poignant story sets up a strong foundation to build Life is Strange 2 upon.
  4. Jun 27, 2018
    78
    Despite some narrative clichés, the little prequel of Life is Strange 2 proves to be very effective in intensity and emotion.
  5. Jul 3, 2018
    75
    This is a small and free preview of Life is Strange 2. It shows how games of Dontnod play and it is amazing how Dontnod can tell an emotional story in a very short amount of time.
  6. Jun 25, 2018
    75
    Even though Captain Spirit stays in his comfort zone most of the time, there are some interesting new ideas in it. We definitely will see Chris again in Life is Strange 2, and I’m curious to see how his life will cross Arcadia Bay’s.
  7. Jun 25, 2018
    60
    The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit thoughtfully examines a troubled childhood through the eyes of the 10-year-old living it. This non-linear episode encourages you to explore, refraining from beating you over the head with its difficult subject matter. It’s building into something, and it’s hard to determine exactly what that is with DONTNOD being so coy about its plans for the sequel. You need to really dig into this to get anything out of it, and while we found the backstories of the small cast to be well thought out, it’s hard to know what purpose they will serve yet.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Jun 26, 2018
    10
    Was a nice Adventure play that little Part to Life is Strange 2 , the Story of Captain Spirit ist awesome i cant wait see more
  2. Jun 27, 2018
    10
    You just can't judge a game by its introduction. Let's be honest, Life is Strange first episode was meh, but the whole game is just aYou just can't judge a game by its introduction. Let's be honest, Life is Strange first episode was meh, but the whole game is just a masterpiece. Wait and see with this one.
    (my score is not definitive and will be updated after i complete the entire game)
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  3. Jun 26, 2018
    9
    Even though it's just a free demo to prepare us for LiS 2, Captain Spirit is detailed to the brim, with it's own little story to tell. WorthEven though it's just a free demo to prepare us for LiS 2, Captain Spirit is detailed to the brim, with it's own little story to tell. Worth checking out if you are a fan of the Life is Strange universe. Expand
  4. Jun 26, 2018
    8
    The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit made me believe in the Life is Strange franchise again. I was completely disappointed by Before theThe Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit made me believe in the Life is Strange franchise again. I was completely disappointed by Before the Storm (I know it's not DontNod's product, but still).

    As soon as the (very short) prologue/demo started, with the haunting song Death with Dignity by Sufjan Stevens I just knew LiS was back. It was just time to check it out and confirm. The little, yet adorable, story about Chris tells a tale of loneliness and wonder, of how a kid's mind can be a world of its own, even if the reality around them is sad (and even dysfunctional). I was immediately caring about Chris, and hoping that his story would reach a happy conclusion.

    I won't spoil anything, of course. There is absolutely NO REASON to skip this. It's short, it's fun, it has the typical Life is Strange gameplay and charm - AND IT'S FREE. So, if you (like me) was madly in love with LiS 1, please do yourself a favor and download CS. You won't regret it, I promise you.

    By the end, I had a tear in my eye and a mind exploding with ideas and theories. And one certainty: my Life is Strange is back. And it's time to check its next season.
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  5. Jul 7, 2018
    8
    A thoughtful prelude to the second season of Life Is Strange that intrigues and engages players with well rounded characters and a centralA thoughtful prelude to the second season of Life Is Strange that intrigues and engages players with well rounded characters and a central theme of child-like innocence that everyone can relate to. Where they go from here is difficult to say, but a high bar has been set for the next chapter in the story. Expand
  6. Jul 24, 2018
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The first thing I asked myself about this game was what kind of game it was. Is it the first free episode of Life Is Strange 2? No, the first episode will arrive in September. Is it a demo? In fact, on the PlayStation Store, it's referred to as a demo. However, if I had to identify it, personally, I would say that Captain Spirit is more like an "episode zero" of what will later be Life Is Strange 2.

    Some might say that the situation in which Chris lives is similar, too similar, to the one of Chloe in the first chapter. It's true, there are similarities in the plot, but I don't agree with those who call it "identical". The end of the game is a cliffhanger that I didn't expect and, even to be a cliffhanger, it's not clear what really happens. We'll find out, I guess.

    Gameplay is just like Life Is Strange, but without the ability to rewind time. There are many things to do inside and outside Chris's house and puzzles (if such they can be defined) are nice and require a minimum of reasoning, like the locker's combination in the garage. However, if there is a puzzle that I didn't appreciate, it was precisely the one of the father's cell phone. Explain me, please, for what reason in the world, I would have to correlate the cell phone's PIN to "HAWTDAWG" word – not even the name of the game itself that the boy wants to play! – and explain me why to introduce a decipherment by letters-numbers correspondence with the T9. Didn't they realize that this puzzle was completely lacking in coherence and logic? Where is the link between the two things? And don't even try to tell me that I can't solve puzzles, because I solved more difficult puzzles without guides in more important, difficult and historical video games, such as the first Resident Evil. But nothing here. With Captain Spirit, I've tried them all – I assure you that I worked with fantasy yet it was all sensible – but in the end I had to look on the blessed Internet to find the solution.

    Graphically, the game makes use of Unreal Engine 4. I have already explained what I think of Life Is Strange's graphics (stylish but with poor use of technology), however – taking into account that I played the first Life Is Strange on PlayStation 3 – it must be said that the improvements are quite evident. Perhaps for those who played it on PlayStation 4, these improvements would be less. And like the graphic style, the music clearly reminds of Life Is Strange.

    What to say? The game is a good start for what will be Life Is Strange 2 and it's free. Expect to see more in August, as told by Dontnod. Being French, it is likely that they will let us know more about the second chapter at Europe's Gamescom being held in Germany.
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  7. Jul 1, 2018
    1
    while i haven't actually """""played'''''' the game i dont have to this isnt a **** game its a REALLLLLLLLLLY bad visual novel, and imwhile i haven't actually """""played'''''' the game i dont have to this isnt a **** game its a REALLLLLLLLLLY bad visual novel, and im hesitant to even call it that because at least even some of THE WORST visual novels are actually interesting on their own, i say on their own because the way i experienced this game was through the Friends Without Benefits letsplay of it, and let me tell you that is one of the the FUNNIEST series on the internet period, and that series and that series alone is what saves this game from a 0, in short DONT play this game if you wanna experience this game watch Friends Without Benefit's letsplay of it, seriously its REALLY funny, W A T C H I T Expand

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