Due to the episodic nature of Life is Strange, there are several inconsistencies throughout the game. The following page lists all inconsistencies, sorted by the episode they appear in.
Rachel's Future Edit
Rachel wanted to become a model. However, despite being a pretty girl, it is evident from her Missing Person posters that Rachel is 5'5 ft (165 cm) tall, which is too short for the modeling industry. Most successful female models are usually around 5'8 ft to 5'10 ft, which is just the average height for the industry.
Chloe's Car RepairsEdit
If Max chooses to take a photo of Kate Marsh getting bullied by David Madsen instead of intervening, the photo will appear in Max's journal on page 16. However, when Max is in Chloe's room later in this episode, the photo examined by Chloe is completely different to the one that was taken. The pose of Kate in this photo matches the pose of a sketch of Kate on the same journal page.
Nathan's Scratches Edit
After being scratched by Max, Nathan shows red marks on his cheek. In the promotional shot for the first episode, those didn't exist.
"Trust No One" Edit
This graffiti can be found at the beginning of the path leading to the lighthouse, near the picnic table. Contrary to the one on a rock next to the lighthouse, this graffiti only appears if you took the blame for Chloe's pot. It is unknown if it is a bug or if it was meant to have a deeper meaning in a later episode. Interestingly, it doesn't appear during Max's visions.
Arcadia Bay's ZIP CodeEdit
In the postcard sent to Chloe, Rachel wrote Chloe's adress stating that Arcadia Bay's ZIP Code is 97141 (which is the real ZIP Code of Tillamook, OR). Another postcard from someone called Amaury found in Chloe's room also indicates that 97141 is Arcadia Bay's ZIP code. However, on the auto repair invoice, the shop's address in Arcadia Bay states a different ZIP Code: 97603. This is also a real ZIP code belonging to Klamath Falls, OR.
Max's Journal Edit
On Page 22 of Max's journal, she writes about Chloe: "It's so strange where our lives have gone since the last time we hung out when we were thirteen." With their birth dates (Chloe - March 1994; Max - September 1995), there is no way that they would have been aged 13 at the same time. Chloe would have turned 14 six months before Max turned 13.
Episode Two - "Out of Time" Edit
Mr. Jefferson Waiting Forever Edit
If Max enters the classroom after Mr. Jefferson received a phone call and then rewind time as far as she can, Kate and Mr. Jefferson will have their conversation but the latter will never receive his phone call. As long as Max doesn't manually trigger the conversation with Mr. Jefferson, nothing else will happen.
Kate's Picture Edit
If Max took the picture of David harassing Kate, she will show it to everyone in the Principal's office if she decides to blame David. Max then puts the picture on the Principal's desk. If Max decides to rewind time the picture logically disappears. But then if she decides to blame Nathan, the picture will magically appear on the desk (Max didn't put it there) and will stay on the desk even after rewinding time one more time, without anyone noticing it. If Max blames David again while the picture is already on the desk it will disappear and be replaced by the new one Max puts on the desk. Blaming Jefferson doesn't make the picture magically appear.
Episode Three - "Chaos Theory" Edit
Next Year Calendar in Max's DiaryEdit
In the entry for October 9, 2013 in Max's diary, an extract of a calendar for March 2014 can be seen. It is not a mistake on the year since the days visible only happened in March 2014 and not in March 2013.
There is neither an explanation regarding the meaning of this future calendar nor an actual link with the diary content for that day.
Nathan's Age Edit
Despite the fact that Max mentions Nathan is 19 in her journal entry about him, his school file states that he was born on August 29, 1995, making him 18 years old. This could be explained by Max simply being misinformed, as she did not know Nathan well beforehand.
Victoria's Age Edit
Victoria's birthday is listed as August 14, 1995 on her Blackwell Student Record (which makes her 18 during the events of the game), while her social media page says that it's November 14, 1995 (which makes her 17). A lot speaks for trusting in the school record rather than Victoria's social media since it is an official document featuring her parents' signature; still, it is unclear why Victoria wouldn't use her real birth date on social media. Victoria mentions her age again in the Dark Room in episode five; if you successfully warned her before, she says: "I don't want to die like this! I'm only 18!"
Rachel's Age Edit
Rachel's Missing Person Posters state that Rachel was 19, while her Blackwell Student Record originally stated that she was 18, born July 22, 1995. However, this contradiction was corrected with a patch update on January 19, 2016, which changed her year of birth to 1994.
Warren's Age Edit
Warren's age is listed as 16 on his Blackwell Student Record, but the high school is specifically for seniors. The records are known to be unreliable, but there is a possibility that he has advanced a few grades due to his academic abilities. On the other hand, Chloe, for example, attended Blackwell three years ago, when she was still 16 years old, and many other students are known to attend Blackwell for a longer time period than one year. It also seems contradictory that Max writes in her journal that Warren is "her age", since they are two years apart by age.
Rachel's Sign Edit
Kate's Character Notes Edit
Max's character notes page for Kate Marsh will change in this episode, depending on whether Max manages to save her life or not. A new decal will appear on the page to cover the 'LiFE' graphic that was visible in the previous two episodes. However, there is currently an inconsistency with how these new graphics appear, due to the files being misnamed in the Unreal Engine packages (TX_Character_E3_Kate_SF, TX_Character_E4_Kate_SF, and TX_Character_E5_Kate_SF). The inconsistency was fixed in the Limited Edition .
The sticker graphic that implies Kate is alive has been labelled Kate_scrapbook_dead, and the sticker graphic that implies that Kate is dead has been labelled Kate_scrapbook_alive. If Kate dies, the sticker graphic that appears after this consequence implies she is still alive ("Get Well Soon"). If Kate lives, the sticker graphic that appears implies that she has died ("Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone").[note 1]
Max Commenting on the Family Album Edit
When browsing the Prices' photobook, Max says "I don't think I can rock that outfit like Rachel". She is referring to the picture of Rachel wearing the same plaid shirt as her. But the picture in question will only be seen after Max has turned the photobook's pages. When she makes her comment she has only seen pictures unrelated to Rachel.
Max's Bangles Edit
Max's bangles change colour three times during Episode 3. They remain the standard colour (red, light blue, black) up until she wakes up in Chloe's room after a night spent breaking into Blackwell Academy (bangles now appearing to be dark purple, light blue, black). Once she puts on Rachel Amber's old clothes, the bangles change again (faded red, faded blue, faded black). The bangles revert back to their standard colours once she finds herself in 2013 in the alternative timeline at the end of the episode. Max's bangles also appear totally white in the major choice picture involving Pompidou.
Max's Handedness Edit
In Episode 2, at the Two Whales Diner, Max eats breakfast with her fork in her left hand and her knife in her right. However, in this episode, when Joyce makes Max breakfast at the Madsen Household, Max eats breakfast with her knife and fork in opposite hands. It is either an oversight or an indication that Max is actually ambidextrous.
Max's SMS Timestamps Edit
The morning after the break-in at Blackwell Academy, Max will receive three text messages from Warren a few seconds after she gets up from Chloe's bed. The timestamps of these texts are: 8:13am, 8:13am, and 8:14am. Max receives no further texts while she is inside Chloe's room. Once Max exits the room, she will receive a text from 'Unknown', who turns out to be Richard Marsh (Kate's father). This text has a timestamp of 8:10am, which is prior to the timestamps on Warren's texts. A possible explanation for this could be a delay in delivery to Max's handset. Most phones will display the time a message was sent to that device, not the time it was received.
Nathan's Father Edit
Although we know that Nathan's father is named "Sean" on his Blackwell Academy report, other names seem to be listed. Sean Prescott's signature on Nathan's Best Son Certificate doesn't equal that on his School Report.
Nathan's Car Edit
In David's files, Nathan's vehicle is a red 4x4 truck with a broken tail light on the driver's side and a license plate of SXFTNDR. When Max and Chloe arrive at Blackwell Academy's parking lot to attend the End of the World Party, a truck bearing the same license plate is parked on the parking lot, but it is green in colour. The model is the same, and there is no broken tail light. The tail light could easily have been fixed, but it is very strange that the truck is a different colour. There are two possible explanations for this:
- Nathan's license plate was reused as a game asset to decorate a different truck.
- Nathan's car got repaired and repainted after what happened to Kate to make sure no one would re-identify the car.
Chloe's Height Chart Edit
|Original Timeline||Alternative Timeline|
|13 months||3 months|
|16 months||14 months|
|25 months||25 months|
|3.2_.0_ (partially illegible)||3.21.04|
|12.__.02 (partially illegible)||7.11.05|
|7.11.05 (partially illegible)||12.02.05|
Nathan's Pills Edit
Warren's Shirt Edit
When fighting Nathan in the dorms, Warren isn't wearing the same t-shirt in the game and in the trailer for EP4/the limited edition.
Younger Max's hair length Edit
Whether it's on the picture of her 10th birthday or when she was wearing a ponytail, the younger Max always had a neck-length haircut. However, in her diary Max drew her younger self with shoulder-length hair, if not even longer.
The changing cliff Edit
The cliff (and the forest on it) supporting the lighthouse seems to have a different shape each time it is seen in the game.
Max's Belongings Edit
Max's hoodie and satchel were placed on the sofa in one of the promotional shots for this episode. In the game they are on top of crates instead.
Max's Selfie Edit
When comparing the selfie taken by Max in the art class at the beginning of the game (the one Max put on her table) with the one enabling Max to escape the Dark Room, it appears those are utterly different even though they are supposed to be the exact same picture.
Max texting David Edit
If Max needed to search in the pamphlet to find David's number, how come his name appears above Max's text? It would mean she added a new entry in her contacts directory. The issue is that she did delete the text so that the "old" Max would not be confused by this text she wouldn't remember having sent. Which would be utterly useless if the old Max ended up discovering a new contact named David in her directory instead.
After being freed by David from the dark room, Max is seen wearing a windbreaker when she comes up the stairs. There is no proper explanation regarding its origin.
- Jefferson's windbreaker is obviously bigger and different (you can see him wearing it in one picture after Max tore her winning picture in half)
- Max's windbreaker is nowhere to be seen in the darkroom
- It seems unlikely David would think of bringing a girl windbreaker with him
- The windbreaker perfectly fits Max.
The only possible explanations would be the following:
- Jefferson brought Rachel/another victim several times in the darkroom and she left her windbreaker once that she obviously never got back (remember that Rachel's clothes fit Max perfectly). Maybe there's a coat rack near the door that the developers forgot to put.
- Max could have had the windbreaker in her satchel all along. A lot of models can actually fold up into a little pouch, easy to carry around. However, it wouldn't explain why Max didn't use it when she had her first vision before she was soaking wet.
Frank's Tattoo Edit
Though Frank never had a scar tattoo on his throat throughout the series, he clearly has one in the ending of episode 1 and Sacrifice Chloe ending while watching Chloe's funeral. Although it is possible he could have applied and removed a removable tattoo sticker, there's also a photo of Frank and Rachel Max can find in his RV in episode three, which clearly shows him with that tattoo again. This is very contradicting, but probably a design mistake.
In the first episode, the photo editing software in Jefferson's class has a name NEONVAU. However, in all subsequent appearances, e.g in the Dark Room or during Max's nightmare, it is changed to NEONVAULT.
The Bacon Omelette turning into a Belgian Waffle Edit
When Max confronts her doppelganger during the nightmare sequence, the later is seen eating either a Bacon Omelette or a Belgian Waffle (depending on what the player chose during Episode 2).
However, when she spots Chloe entering the diner, the dish - whichever it was - will always turn to be a Belgian Waffle. This is because this sequence is a pre-rendered cutscene. But only the cutscene with the Belgian Waffle was included in the game.
Pictures flipped over horizontally Edit
While Max is seen looking at pictures of Chloe during the last timestream after sacrificing Chloe in the bathroom, it appears some of the pictures in the album have been flipped over horizontally.
Before the Storm Edit
Pirate's Hat and Eye-Patch Edit
The pirate hat and eye-patch both seen in Chloe's room (on top of her mirror) don't match the shapes of the ones showed in the picture from Life is Strange with Chloe and Max disguised as pirates. This is a pretty obvious inconsistency since the same picture is also seen in Before the Storm (in the Prices' living room).
A poster hanging at Chloe's wall looks identical to a promo image for the American movie version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which was released in 2011. Since it made sense to be in Chloe's room in Life is Strange, in 2013 when it was already released, it doesn't make sense to be existent in Chloe's room in the prequel, two years prior to the movie's release.
- The song that plays in Chloe's room in "Awake", "No Below" by Speedy Ortiz, was released in 2013, while the game is set in 2010.
- The song that plays at the punk club the night before, "Are You Ready For Me" by Pretty Vicious, was released in 2016.
Victoria's Age Edit
With Before the Storm having Victoria as a sophomore in May 2010, we are faced with the following issues:
- The August DOB starts her off as a sophomore only in fall 2010 but fails to put her as a senior in fall 2013 with Max (Life is Strange: Season 1). Victoria would have graduated earlier that year in the spring. However, the extended senior year program fixes this! But she would be a freshman in in Before the Storm in may 2010, not sophomore.
- The November DOB means she won’t even be attending high school in May 2010 (Before the Storm). It starts her off instead as a freshman in fall 2010 while also eventually situating her in DONTNOD's timeline to graduate the normal senior year in spring 2014 with Max.
- There is more evidence in support of the August DOB.
Sophomore Issue Edit
A public statement made by the Square Enix Life is Strange Community Manager (Toby Palm) gave the following timeline information:
At the time of our BtS story (May 2010) Max, Chloe and most of the characters we know would be finishing their sophomore year. Here’s a mini timeline with some facts on dates and ages based on LiS1 canon:
- May 2010:
- BtS starts
- It is the end of the 2009/2010 school year
- Chloe is 16
- Max is 14
- Rachel is 15, going on 16
- Victoria is 14
- Warren is 13
- They are all sophomores
- October 2013:
- LiS Season 01 starts
- It is the [start] of the 2013/2014 school year
- Chloe is 19
- Max recently turned 18
- Victoria is 18
- Warren is 16
- Max, Victoria, and Warren are all seniors at Blackwell.
The issue with this is that Max and Warren are being considered sophomores in May 2010 (Before the Storm) at whatever high school they are attending. There may be an explanation for Warren (e.g. 'boy genius'), but there is no obvious explanation for Max having advanced two grades. To help explain this:
- Max turned 14 in 2009 after the September 1st cutoff date. This means that she wouldn't be starting high school until September the following year (fall 2010). The normal age requirement to start high school as a freshman is age 14 (i.e. turning 14 before the September 1st cutoff). It is currently unknown why Max has advanced two grades in 2010. She has a 2.8 GPA on her 2013 student information sheet, which suggests she is a low B / C / high D student (not an exemplary student). Her GPA is also said to fluctuate and she acknowledged in 2013 that she should be doing better.
- ↑ DONTNOD were made aware of this inconsistency on 29th March 2017. It is unknown if a patch will be released that fixes this issue.
- ↑ Public post made on the Life is Strange (GAME) group on Facebook (7th July 2017): https://www.facebook.com/groups/1578433839080885/permalink/1938590309731901/