[Life Is Strange 2] Stoned Wolf And Cub

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The story of the Two Wolves is a popular folk legend often attributed to Lenape or Cherokkee people, though the earliest recorded version is from Reverend Billy Graham's 1978 book he Holy Spirit: Activating God's Power in Your Life, so who know how legitimate any of these claims are. It's continued relevance isn't in cultural misappropriation though so much as the message. It begins...
An old Cherokee grandfather is telling his grandson a story. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said.”It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One is evil — he is anger, envy, greed, arrogance,resentment, lies,and ego.” He continued, “The other is good — he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The wolves are fighting to the death.

Life is Strange 2 is an episodic adventure game from DONTNOD Entertainment where players control Sean Diaz, a 16 year old Mexican-American highschool student born and raised in Seatle. The core of the series remains similar to the first season. The impressionistic art style has been improved with a move over to Unreal Engine 4 bringing with it improved lighting, animation, physics and shaders. Johnathan Morali of Syd Matters returns as the game's composer and provides some serious atmospheric scores. The writing is once again lead by writers Christian Divine and Jean-Luc Cano. A lot of the themes of the franchise are intact as well. Animal motifs, an indie infused soundtrack, the Pacific Northwest, coming of age stories and a protagonist with artistic abilities are all present. Where the game largely diverges from previous entries is the story.

Life is Strange 2 is somehow even darker in tone than the first season, taking on the form of a harrowing road trip across Trump's America following a tragic incident in which a cop does cop things to Sean and his family. The change in setting and protagonist actually upset a few non-intersectional fans of the original who somehow missed all the messaging about empathy present in previous games. You might see people argue that the game shouldn't deal with a lot of sociopolitical elements unlike the first season in which one of the main characters literally says “you know I believe in gun control don't you?” while looking at the camera. “Don't bring your politics into my LGBTQ game series” they screeched. One day these people are going to be shocked to find out what feminism is.

Despite Hispanics and Latinos making up a disproportionately large chunk of the games industry's audience prior to Life is Strange 2's release most prominent Hispanic characters in videogames had an inner-life consisting entirely of finding new way to embroider roses and scorpions onto their clothing. Sean struggles with grades and social situations in high school, smokes weed with his best friend Lyla and puts up with his precocious 9-year-old brother Daniel. By contrast the most well rounded Mexican protagonist in a videogame before this was a Papier-mâché skeleton.

Like in previous entries your actions will have consequences but this time those consequences include influencing Sean's little brother. The game employs a system that tracks your brother's morality and respect separately. Some choices will effect one at the expense of the other but it's never a dichotomy. This complex moral system actually gets reflected in later episodes with Daniel's behavior toward Sean and the world around him.
Wide-eyed, the boy asks his grandfather which wolf will win.
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Episode 1 Roads:

After a tragic incident, brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz run away from home. Fearing the police, and dealing with Daniel's newly manifested telekinetic power – the power to move objects with your mind – the boys decide to travel to their father's hometown of Puerto Lobos in Mexico for safety.

Suddenly, sixteen year-old Sean is responsible for Daniel’s safety, shelter, and teaching him right from wrong. As Daniel's power grows, it’s up to Sean to decide the rules by which they live. Keep the power secret, or use it to help them in their journey? Beg, borrow, or steal? Reach out to family, or stay hidden?

As Sean, your choices shape the fates of the Diaz brothers, and the lives of everyone they meet.

From Seattle, to Portland, to California... through gas stations, abandoned shacks, backstreets and forests... the road to Mexico is long and filled with danger – but also friendship, wonder, and opportunity.

This is the trip that could bond Sean and Daniel forever… or tear their brotherhood apart.

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit:

Have you ever dreamt of being a superhero? Meet Chris, a creative and imaginative 9 year old boy who escapes reality with fantastical adventures as his alter ego, the Awesome Captain Spirit!

Return to your childhood and play a touching and heart-warming one-of-a-kind narrative experience from the directors and development team behind the BAFTA award winning game Life is Strange.

Captain Spirit is a free demo set in the Life is Strange Universe that contains links to the brand new story & characters of Life is Strange 2.

Episode 2 Rules:

The two brothers continue their journey on the road into the winter months and struggle against the cold. As Daniel gradually falls ill, Sean’s concern for his younger brother increases and decides the pair of them must make their way to their distant grandparents' house to recover and seek shelter.

During their stay, they encounter next-door neighbour Chris, a young boy the same age as Daniel who believes he is a super-hero by the name of Captain Spirit.

As Daniel and Chris begin to form a friendship, Sean insists on Daniel following a set of rules around his power. Will Daniel keep his power concealed or break the rules in a time of need?

Episode 3 Wastelands:

Episode 3, ‘Wastelands’, continues Sean and Daniel Diaz’s journey to Mexico, as they reach the towering redwood forests of California. Falling in with a community of drifters on the fringes of society, the brothers are exposed to new experiences, encounter new friends and challenges, and must confront much about themselves in the process. New relationships cause friction between the brothers and raise doubts about their unity. Can they stay together, or will their journey together end here?

Episode 4 Faith:

Gravely wounded in Humboldt County, California, Sean wakes in hospital to find Daniel still missing. Under arrest, and facing tough questions, Sean's options are few: only quick thinking and unexpected allies can secure his freedom.

Searching for Daniel under the scorching Nevada sun and through freezing desert nights, Sean must make his toughest choices yet. Puerto Lobos and the dream of freedom have never felt so far away.

Will Sean’s faith in Daniel be rewarded – or is the young wolf lost forever?

Episode 5:

Sean and Daniel have reached the end of the road. The border is close. One last, brutal gauntlet of challenges is all that stands between them and their goal.

Caught between responsibility and freedom, surrounded on all sides, can Sean find a way out of an impossible situation? And more importantly, in this moment of crisis, will Daniel still follow his lead?

Every decision Sean has made, every lesson Daniel has learned, every friend and foe they’ve met along the way: they've all been leading to this.

Can Sean and Daniel survive together – or will the world tear them apart?
The game is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC/Mac/Linux.

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