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"Rules" is the second episode of Life is Strange 2. It was released on January 24, 2019 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Synopsis Edit

Official Edit

"On the run from the police following a tragic incident in Seattle and the manifestation of a strange supernatural power, Sean and Daniel Diaz continue their journey into the winter months. As the two brothers struggle against the cold, Daniel gets increasingly ill. Sean decides that they must take the risk and make their way to their distant grandparent's house to recover and seek shelter."[1]

"There, they encounter next-door neighbour Chris Eriksen, a young boy who believes he has powers eerily similar to Daniel's, and they come face to face with his superhero alter ego, Captain Spirit. As Daniel and Chris are becoming fast friends, it’s up to Sean to make sure Daniel follows a set of rules they agreed on for his power: Never in public. Never talk about it. Run from danger.

Can Daniel successfully hide the truth from the people around them, will the temptation to explore the immense power within him be too much, or will he break the rules in a time of need?"[2]

Checkpoints Edit

  1. Young Apprentice
  2. Ship, Captain, Crew
  3. Rule of Might
  4. The Road to Beaver Creek
  5. Sanctuary
  6. The Gingerbread House
  7. Bending Laws
  8. Christmas Spirit
  9. Confessions
  10. Screeching Tires
  11. Breaking Free

Characters Edit

Deaths Edit

  • Mushroom - After being let outside while Sean and Daniel prepare to leave for Beaver Creek, Mushroom is attacked and dragged away from the abandoned house by a wild cougar.
  • Cougar (Determinant) - Upon finding the cougar that killed Mushroom, Daniel will telekinetically ensnare it. If Sean chooses not to step forward and intervene, Daniel will snap the cougar's neck with his powers in a fit of rage.

Featured Music Edit

Main article: Soundtrack (Season 2)
  • Red - Mt. Wolf (Played during montage as Sean and Daniel traverse towards Beaver Creek)
  • I Found A Way - First Aid Kit (Covered by Cassidy at the Christmas market, played over ending scene)
  • Death with Dignity - Sufjan Stevens (Instrumental, played over several scenes involving Chris Eriksen)

Reception Edit

Episode 2 received generally favorable to average reviews.[3][4] GameSpot praised the episode for its strong attention to detail in environments, engrossing writing and heartfelt performances.[5] "The decision-making mechanic does not overwrite the nuanced motivations and personalities of the characters."[5] Key points of criticism were the under-utilization of interesting newly-introduced characters[5], (...).

  • Steam user-reviews are "mostly positive" out of 115 reviews.[6]
  • Destructoid rated the episode as "good" with a score of 7/10.[7]
  • GameSpot rated the episode as "great" with a score of 8/10.[5]
  • ...

Achievements Edit

There are nine achievements the player can earn on Steam, PlayStation or Xbox for finding collectibles or drawing something.

Back in Time Achievement Back in Time
Xbox G Icon15BronzeTrophy
Find optional collectible #1 in Episode 2
Family Business Achievement Family Business
Xbox G Icon15BronzeTrophy
Find optional collectible #2 in Episode 2
Bad Santa Achievement Bad Santa
Xbox G Icon15BronzeTrophy
Find optional collectible #3 in Episode 2
Heirloom Achievement Heirloom
Xbox G Icon15BronzeTrophy
Find optional collectible #4 in Episode 2
Teenage Angst Achievement Teenage Angst
Xbox G Icon15BronzeTrophy
Find optional collectible #5 in Episode 2
Small Town Blues Achievement Small Town Blues
Xbox G Icon15BronzeTrophy
Find optional collectible #6 in Episode 2
A Private Journey Achievement A Private Journey
Xbox G Icon40SilverTrophy
Find all optional collectibles in Episode 2
Free Spirits Achievement Free Spirits
Xbox G Icon30SilverTrophy
Finish Episode 2
Draw The Line Achievement Draw The Line
Xbox G Icon30SilverTrophy
Start any drawing in Episode 2

Trivia Edit

  • The title "Rules" has two meanings within the context of the episode. It may allude to Sean's rules regarding keeping Daniel's power a secret, which are brought into question over the course of the episode. It may also allude to Claire's overly strict house rules, which Sean and Daniel struggle under and eventually break in order to find more information about their mother.
  • Trains (and training) represent freedom and change in the context of the episode.
    • Training his powers allows Daniel to grow and develop, but they are repressed for his safety.
    • Both Sean and Karen intended to escape the Reynolds' home and their rules via train.
    • The fact that Stephen took nearly a decade to build his model train set may be a reference to Daniel's age (9), and therefore allude to a parent's long journey to lay the foundation for his child's future.
    • Cassidy and Finn essentially live without rules and jump on freighters, which Sean finds an attractive idea.

Gallery Edit

Promo Screenshots Edit

Trailers Edit

References Edit

  1. Life Is Strange 2: Episode 2 launches in January (December 19, 2018)
  2. Life is Strange 2 reveals its connection to Captain Spirit in January (December 19, 2018)
  3. Metacritic
  4. OpenCritic
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 GameSpot: Life Is Strange 2: Episode 2 Review - With Great Power (January 22, 2019)
  6. Steam page
  7. Destructoid: Review: Life is Strange 2: Episode 2: Rules (January 23, 2019)