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  • I chose to sacrifice Chloe the first time, I cried so hard. When I chose to sacrifice Arcadia Bay, I loved it because it reminded me how The Last Of Us ended.

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    • Is it bad that it only took me around 10 seconds to decide on sacrificing chloe? Tbh, out of the two endings, i really prefer that one. Yeh it's sad, but its hella for the best :/

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    • I picked Sacrifice Chloe. It may have been the sadder ending of the two, and it was the only one that made me cry, but I feel like it tied up the story way better. We know who is alive, and who's dead. We know that Max's power is almost definitely gone for good. We find out for certain that characters like David and Frank really did care about Chloe, even though they both didn't show it. The sacrifice the bay ending was incredibly morbid, at least if you were attached to many of the characters, but it felt more alienating than emotional to me. Overall I think the Sacrifice Chloe end just made more sense with the morals and theme of the game.

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    • No, it's predetermined from the moment the got her powers that she would use them in that situation and so cause the Storm. That's why she saw the Storm in her future vision.


      I first sacrificed the town because that's what I desired for the most intentionally in that moment. It was always about Chloe.

      But I also knew that morally Sacrificing Chloe would be the right choice, someway. So that was my second turn. And although it was way more heartbreaking, I really love that ending. 

      But there are so many open questions left...

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    • The tornado vision occured simply for foreshadowing, indicating an "alternative timeline" if you will which turned out to be the timeline Max chose for herself upon using her rewind. It's very common to find foreshadowing in literature and the idea occured multiple times throughout the episodic series, an example of this is Chloe stealing from the handicapped fund and ironically becoming handicapped in an alternative time line. It's not a writing flaw, although it can be interpreted as one if literary devices aren't taken into account.

      I actually sacrificed Arcadia Bay in my ending, I don't see anything wrong with the ending as from Max's perspective she'd practically do anything to save Chloe. Even if the cost is dooming the population of Arcadia Bay, from a quantity stand point sacrificing Chloe would be seen as the "right thing to do" but Chloe's significance represents a lot more than what meets the eye. The tornado probably represents stabilization, destiny restoring itself into natural balance by bringing about chaos caused by alternative timelines merging via Max's rewind powers. The decisions in this game have greatly revolved around Chloe and it becomes apparent that in Max's eyes Chloe constitutes for a lot more than just a person in comparison to the entirety of Arcadia Bay in which Max would consider leaving Arcadia Bay for her best friend.

      The universe has already reaked havoc and shouldn't need to be provoked further. The story's main plot isn't just Mark Jefferson and the Dark Room, it's also Max and Chloe fighting against time itself.

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    • I choosed Sacrifice Chloe. The main reason was during the game, there is dead bodies everywhere. I cried a lot when I heard that shot sound. This game is alike me and my best friend. My friend is a punk rock rebellious and confident girl like Chloe, while I am bit shy and introverted. She moved to another city 3 months ago. Before she leave, she said me she want to stay alone foe a while, without talking anyone, even me. We haven't talked her since then. So, I imagined what would she want me to do, what would make her happier. And I'm pretty sure it would be a privilege sacrificing herself for everyone. It's kind of her dream, to do some important shit in this world. That's why I decided to Sacrifice Chloe. 

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    • I sacrificed Chloe. Sad but a decision made for the greater good. Even Chloe knows it's the right thing to do

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    • I actually chose to sacrifice Arcadia Bay. Even though we all know for sure as hell what is the right thing to do.

      While the Arcadia Bay is a huge and considerable population, and humanity is something we must respect, the entire future was completely in Max's hands. And as I played through the game, I was pretty sure Max had just about enough memories and intimacy to Chloe, up to the point that Max's affection towards Chloe would weight more than her affection towards the entire people in Acadia Bay. Either choice, I had known that Max will have to let go half of her life and her heart, regardless of her decisions.

      Choosing to sacrifice Arcadia Bay is childish, selfish and about every manner you could to degrade your conscience and you, as a human. However, when the grand choice is entirely in your hands, and when you choose to sacrifice the major, the only thing that stops you is your conscience. Moreover, you only live once, no matter if you are a time master of sort. Chose to sacrifice the very person you love means you will get the affection around, but you lost the goddess of your life. And when you can get away from killing the whole city with little aftermath from those who cannot retaliate you, I'd say you should grab your chance. There is almost no right choices - you can only have to do what you want to. And if the whole world is calling you selfish, let it be; you have nothing to lose by then.

      Life is strange, guys,

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    • 174.116.36.103 wrote:
      We know that Max's power is almost definitely gone for good. 

      I don't actually think that Max's powers are gone. She just vowed to never use them again because of everything she went though for using them in the first place. Even though she went back in time, to the very beginning, everything that happened including her receiving her powers had still happened. Only Max remember's it. Because ultimately she chose the reality that she was in to begin with but altered the outcome. That's at least the way I understood it. 

      Rgis wrote:
      Didn't Max get the vision of the tornado before she even got to meet Chloe again? So I think that it wasn't necessarily Chloe's death that caused the tornado. I think that it was something else, but I don't know why the tornado didn't seem to come after you killed Chloe. It just seems like bad writing, which is really pathetic because this bad writing is what basically kicked off the plot.

      This is the thought going through my mind when I seen the choices. I was led to believe that the Native American presence in the game was for an actual reason. I had come to the conclusion that the storm started because of something the Prescott's were doing (maybe the Pan Estates being built on Tribal land, the general evil and fuckery the Prescott's were in). I definitely feel like the ending we got was a cop out. Partially due to time restrictions and wanting to get it out as soon as possible. It was still a great game and that's what makes me so mad that it was such a predictable ending. People that have searched through the files have pretty much proved there was plans for a different ending or at least another one. Also probably leading into different actions all together. It's disappointing. 



      Anyways, I chose to sacrifice Arcadia Bay. I get that it was selfish due to so many people dying. The events leading up that decision laid things out pretty clearly of how important Chloe was. Max went through hell and back to save her friend. It just made the whole game seem pointless to sacrifice Chloe. I think this because Chloe doesn't remember the time she spent with Max, only Max remembers her "time traveling". So it wouldn't be like Chloe said, a "great parting gift" because she doesn't remember. Therefore leaving Chloe, this sad lonely desperate girl who thinks her two best friends don't care about her because they've abandoned her just like her Dad, (in a different way of course) to die on the bathroom floor. Her life was in shambles. It was no more fair for her to die than it was for Arcadia Bay to die. What exactly was there to gain from Chloe dying? Nothing. Arcadia Bay dying, though a tragedy, would stop all "evil" going on in Arcadia. Particularly the Prescott family. Maybe it's a selfish way to look at it or a way to justify my choice but to some degree it's right.

      I really feel like this game had intended to go into an entirely different direction than what it did. Like I said earlier in this post, the files found almost prove that. I don't feel like the devs wanted to end things in the typical time travel scenario. Everything is almost always the same predictable outcome of you can't change the inevitable. Time restrictions made them change what the reason for the tornado was as well as changing just how exactly it would end.                 Really, think about it. In the way the game actually ended, how exactly did everything tie together? Sure the truth was revealed about Jefferson and the Prescott's but Chloe really had nothing to do with it other than being a vicitm herself. I do understand her death is what would of alerted officials to Nathan for him to rat Jefferson out but it's too simple.  Parts of the story make absolutely no sense.                                                                                                The way I think that it was originally going to go, actually makes everything fall into placeBut Chloe not being the cause of the tornado and the Prescott's actions would makes the Native American presence meaningful. Among other things. This is just my opinion though.

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    • I have to say the Sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending is better. I know it makes it seems like Max is letting all the people in town possible die for Chloe but after seeing the ending and thinking about it I think the people in town lived anyway as the buildings near the beach like the Diner are still standing and the road is clear making successful evacuation likely to have happened before Max & Chloe got there, As for why their not anyone around or any dead-bodies when Chloe & Max drive out of town in the morning it is because naturally a lot of people evacuated from Arcadia bay because of the mandatory evacuation order that can be can heard on the radio and the town did have time to evacuate because the Tornado stayed out at sea for what must have been hours as Chloe had time to make it form her house to the beach parking lot in her truck and then walking up hill supporting Max's body weight on a very long hiking trail to the light house. Also by looking at the time stamps on Warren's texts it shows that the Tornado formed and took shape way out in the bay around 9:00am on Friday morning with Warren's other texts showing that Tornado didn't hit the town till some time after around 11:48am so maybe around 1:00pm to 2:00pm or later. So they had around 5 hours to get out of town.

      Also when Chloe reads through the files you find in the barn we're told that in the past the Prescott Family brought a bomb shelter boom to town meaning their should be many old underground bomb shelter in town possible made for other lesser Tornadoes or the cold-war. also I guess Chloe & Max stayed awake in the light house till the storm passed with them sleeping in the light house then making a long walk back to the truck thus giving anyone that waited out the storm in town time to get out of town before them as it's possible that Max & Chloe didn't leave till Saturday morning.


      As for Warren failed text it's likely because cell towers transmit to each other and to base antennas at higher radio frequencies that occasionally straddle the resonant frequency of water vapor, causing wireless signals to be blocked and absorbed by passing storm or Warren cell battery die or he's in a bomb shelter. Also with Chloe & Max at Chlo's house before going to the light house instead of in the dark room and dead at the junk yard it's possible Joyce stayed home with them, with David and the cops dealing with Mark in the dark room as some of the cops that were with David where dead out side the Diner in the other time-line so it's likely no one was at the Diner in the new time-line and even if they were still there their is no fire damage on the Diner in the Sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending and the building is still standing and the road is clear outside the Diner, so no gas trail meaning no fire death, also the gas trail came form Warren's car and it's not by the Diner in the Sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending either.

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    • I'm a bit of a late-comer to LiS, but consider my mind blown.  I just reached the ending yesteday and I had to find some place to vent my feelings.  I agree with almost all the reviews I've read.  Episode 5 had lots to hate, such as the nightmare sneaking, the cheapening of all previous decisions that were made, and the incredibly difficult decision that you, the player, are put in at the end.  But the game did an amazing job of story-telling and the fact that it puts you, the player, in a position to have to make such a huge decision at the end of the game made this game great.  The strength of the feelings one way or another that DONTNOD engendered from fans and players is a testament to what they've accomplished with LiS.

      That being said, I have to confess I didn't see the looming decision until it was nearly upon me, which added to the impact when it finally landed.  I chose to save Chloe and sacrifice Arcadia Bay almost instantly -- a choice that I was pleased to see Max carry out with utmost resolve by ripping the blue butterfly photo in half.  Yes, yes, it was not the moral decision, but by no means was it an easy decision to make, even though I came to it quickly.  But after everything the game put me through, emotionally, I took the selfish choice.  Yes, other relationships were made in the game.  There were many really sympathetic characters that I genuinely liked and that I know I let them die, but the game sucessfully made me care about Chloe.  I knew that the other choice was the "right one" and that it would break my heart to choose it, and that I wasn't going to let it.

      When it comes down to it, the choice was "all about me", the player.  Not "what would Max (the character) do?" or "what should Max do?"  Whichever choice each of us is most satisified with is the "right one".  The thing that made this a great game in the end was that it made me care and made me choose, and it revealed more to me about myself than about Max or Chloe or time-travel or whatever.  Playing this game was like reading a great book. 

      The "save Chloe/sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending was far more ambiguous than the "save Arcadia Bay ending".  The "save Arcadia Bay" ending had far more closure, but I truly believe that the ambiguity of the "save Chloe ending" was fully intended as an artistic choice, rather than being a "cost saving" decision because the developers thought that fewer people would choose it (which some internet posts I've read have argued to be the case).  That choice was so obviously the morally and emotionally ambiguous one and it reflected that sentiment perfectly.  The fact that in the final stats show that the difference between the two choices was pretty close to 50/50 among players empahsizes that one ending was not "more intended" than the other.  Thoughts like, "maybe there were survivors", "why wasn't I given the option to warn the townspeople?", "it was a tiny town and yet was full of drug users and over-priviledged snobs", or any other justification for that ending are unnecessary.  The ambiguousness of the ending is far less of a cop-out than, say, the ending of the Scarlett Johansson movie "Lost in Translation", which I found completely unsatisfying and always think of when I think of a story with a badly written ending.  LiS didn't just have one amazing ending, it had two.  The French sensibilities of the story-telling was so apparent, just as it was in the "Remember Me" game.  It's why we need to use the word "noir" in English.

      When it comes down to it, the question that this game posed to us was, "Is one person's life more valuable than the lives in a whole town?"  The answer is, "It depends".

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    • 72.199.52.9 wrote:
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      I agree with everything you have said. I made same decision as you, with same motives as you.

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    • I chose to Sacrifice Chloe. What's the life of one person versions a population of thousands?

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    • AccaliaBaronets wrote:
      I chose to Sacrifice Chloe. What's the life of one person versions a population of thousands?

      That was the same mentality that I had when I picked it. Regardless, it was still a heartbreaking moment for me.

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    • I chose to save Chloe...

      Well,cau'se she's my friend, and why should I save some stoopid arcadia people that don't care about me,instead of saving my best friend that cares about me?

      The only Arcadia citizens that I liked,were Victoria and Natan...No,I don't like stoopid moneybag "elites",but this two are special...

      And,I hope that the collapse of the Arcadia bay makes some impact on the US economy...Cause,I hate america.

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    • If you choose to save Chloe. Doesn´t that mean Joyce, her mother, would die at the diner? If so I think it is strange that Chloe doesn´t get upset at Max if she choose to save her, knowing her mother would have to die.

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    • sacrifice chloe I couldn't let characters like kate, joyce, warren, david and other characters die.

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    • 85.230.125.130 wrote:
      If you choose to save Chloe. Doesn´t that mean Joyce, her mother, would die at the diner? If so I think it is strange that Chloe doesn´t get upset at Max if she choose to save her, knowing her mother would have to die.

      I'm sure she does. Chloe actually says something about Joyce not deserving what was to happen. But, I believe had you chose to save Chloe, Chloe realized that was a huge decision Max. One that, had she shown her discomfort with the decision, would have further upset Max. Sure, she loves her mom and wants her to live. But, ultimately all Chloe wanted was her best friend. Which she got. I mean, she planned to run off to L.A. with Rachel, leaving behind her mom. That's different than her dead. I think she just wanted to have a person dedicated to her. Joyce had David. Whom, Chloe didn't like. So I'd say she loved her Mom, just wasn't super close with her.

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    • No, I sacrificed arcadia bay.

      True friends (or true loves) stick together and the rest of the world can burn.

      I do the same thing with all these types of games. 

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    • Narrative-wise, I went with the Chloe sacrifice ending. I find this one more powerfully emotional, and as a writer, I chose the one I felt was the more powerful ending. But that's just my opinion. Plus I kinda felt that there was more effort put into creating the sacrifice Chloe ending as oppose to the sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending.

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    • i just could not sacrifice Chloe  i will be 32 years old in next week april 15 but my life is close to Max the number of my friend's do not reach the number of one hand fingers so i know what is like to be lonely and i'm trying to find my Chloe true love worth anything so i sacrificed Arcadia Bay so Max never loses Chloe again and i hope for next season i can not get over my life and i am a gamer there is a lot of game on my PC but life is strange was one of those life changing games i can't get over it

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    • Sacrificed Arcadia Bay without much hesitation. It's not even about Chloe, actually she annoyed me all the time with her impulsive and manipulative behaviour, but letting her die just wastes everything that I fought for so hard. And what will happen? Now I can't use my memories about the future to alter it, right? Katie most likely kills herself, Jefferson continues with his dirty buisness and eventually gets his hands on Max (and who knows how many more girls). Ending up buried in a garbage bag next to Rachel? Wow, that's a great outcome!

      On the other hand sacrificing Arcadia Bay doesn't automatically kill everyone, they have their chances.  

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    • UPD. watched the "Sacrifice Chloe" ending where Jefferson is arrested anyway. So you CAN actually alter the reality without getting the tornado but it's only Chloe that you can't save? Sounds unfair. Max didn't warn David about Jefferson in the initial version of reality, she actually rewinded to the moment of the first selfie to do this. Doesn't make much sense to me. 

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    • I actually chosen Sacrificing Arcadia Bay, cause


      1. I luv Chloe <3


      2. I don't think that 2 girls can change the fate. If Max would Sacrifice Chloe and wait to time of Episode 5, the storm will come (it's just my theory), she will sit in Dark Room with Jefferson making photos of her, Kate will be probably dead and Arcadia Bay would be destroyed (cause tornado, right?). Even if Super-Max escaped, she lost everything, friends, home, school, and Chloe, girlfriend from Kid times.


       

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    • 93.105.101.134 wrote:
      I actually chosen Sacrificing Arcadia Bay, cause


      1. I luv Chloe <3


      2. I don't think that 2 girls can change the fate. If Max would Sacrifice Chloe and wait to time of Episode 5, the storm will come (it's just my theory), she will sit in Dark Room with Jefferson making photos of her, Kate will be probably dead and Arcadia Bay would be destroyed (cause tornado, right?). Even if Super-Max escaped, she lost everything, friends, home, school, and Chloe, girlfriend from Kid times.


      Then why do we see Jefferson get arrested, Kate attending Chloe's funeral with some of Max's friends and the town being intact? Did you watch the ending at least?

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    • 41.227.171.234 wrote:
      93.105.101.134 wrote:
      I actually chosen Sacrificing Arcadia Bay, cause


      1. I luv Chloe <3


      2. I don't think that 2 girls can change the fate. If Max would Sacrifice Chloe and wait to time of Episode 5, the storm will come (it's just my theory), she will sit in Dark Room with Jefferson making photos of her, Kate will be probably dead and Arcadia Bay would be destroyed (cause tornado, right?). Even if Super-Max escaped, she lost everything, friends, home, school, and Chloe, girlfriend from Kid times.


      Then why do we see Jefferson get arrested, Kate attending Chloe's funeral with some of Max's friends and the town being intact? Did you watch the ending at least?


      Did you?If you sacrificed Arcadia Bay,you will see the town devastated by the storm and Max & Chloe leaving town and heading to an unknown destination.

      I also sacrificed Arcadia Bay,without hesitation.The town was corrupt and needed to be cleaned.Besides,i couldn't sacrifice Chloe after all the girls have been through.

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    • P.S. The word "sacrifice" here,only applies to Chloe(if you go back in time and let her die).If you "sacrifice" Arcadia Bay people still have a chance,unlike Chloe who was cornered and couldn't defend herself.

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    • I also knew I should let her die and I would have if that meant her dying there and then, with the knowledge that she's loved and not hated, knowing Rachel didn't abandon her and justice was made, knowing Max will never forget her. But that's not what would have happened: she'd have died alone, on a shitty bathroom floor, scared and knowing nothing, not even that Max was there just around the fence, helplessly crying her heart out. And then what? Poor Joyce losing also her only daughter after William. I just couldn't. I did let alt-Chloe die when she asked me so - she was at peace there. But in that bathroom floor...what a senseless, miserable death. No, I couldn't, especially not even knowing for certain that letting her die would have undone the storm and not made it even worse; and also not possibly knowing the storm would for sure kill everyone (after all the town did look pretty deserted when Max went there to get the picture from Warren, as if most of the town folks had already fled). Still was horrible to witness the storm destroying everything but again, I really put myself in Max skin, imagining a similar situation when it's Me instead of Max and my teen daughter instead of Chloe and.....I'm sorry Bay, I hope most will make it out alive and I swear I'll try to make up to it somehow but....Chloe lives   :/ 

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    • Sacrifice Arcadia Bay everytime man. 

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    • I personally tried both because there is no excuse, it is the very last decision you can make and only ten minutes from the ending so trying both won't use too much time.

      The first one I make was sacrifice Chloe, which is the obvious moral choice if the player actually cares. This one ties up all loose end and it just feels like the dev put more effort in this one too with all the emotion and atmosphere. I especially like the part after Chloe was shot, Max was crying silently. It also makes Chloe somewhat heroic even though no one knows it.

      The save Chloe ending is rather unconclusive as it is not clear if anyone survives, and it is no saying that Chloe wouldn't just die on Max suddenly since her life (or death) was obviously overdue. My only problem with this ending is it's rather lame. I guess the dev don't want you to actually see one of the characters was killed by this decision but it totally could have helped this ending.

      And if you decide you save Chloe, Max doesn't kiss her, which is the only prior choice you made that seems to matter at the end.

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    • I chose to sacrifice Chloe... Didn't like her from the beginning. Her attitude, in my opinnion, was awfull...When Max answered the phonecall from Kate, that actually saved her life!!!, Chloe made it a huge deal; Chloe accused her ,infront of David ,of smoking pot; Max saved Chloe's life more than once. Like... we saw throughout the whole game how many sacrifices Max made to please her friend and to prove she was there for her. And she got nothing in return? Not the kind of "i gave you a present, now you should give me too" return. Just SOMETHING to show that Chloe is a true friend! Always questioning her, arguing about stupid things, telling her what to do, appreciating only her own damn self ... And after all of this, you have to choose to save this girl, that only brought you trouble and isn't even trying to be a friend, or to choose the whole town, along with all those people, including happy, smart friends and actually preventing a tornado, the death of a dozen of whales, climate abnormalities and ........... I just can't describe how absurd it is to me to save Chloe. I just don't like her... if i was asked to sacrifice Arcadia Bay and run away with Warren or Kate, i would absolutely agree. In my opinnion, Chloe doen't deserve Max and doen't deserve all those people to die, so she could live...

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    • FSackville1 wrote: Is it bad that it only took me around 10 seconds to decide on sacrificing chloe? Tbh, out of the two endings, i really prefer that one. Yeh it's sad, but its hella for the best :/

      Chloe is a great character, but choosing her over the people of the town is so morally objectionable that Max would belong in Hell when she dies.

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    • I saw mentioned in this thread that Joyce would end up dead if you choose Sacrifice Chloe. I just finished the game, I do not see how one can come to that conclusion. Please explain.

      I watched both endings, all I have to say is I am glad I will never be in a situation like that.

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    • I chose to sacrifice Chloe instead of the Arcadia for the following reasons:

      -I could not live with myself after letting hundreds(if not thousands) of people die because of me. Sure you lost the most important person in your life but could you sleep peacefully at night knowing you could have save all those people you have met and helped not just them and but you grow to become who you are. I mean come on, don't you pity poor little Kate and her knight Warren and all those people you bonded with.

      -Chloe already know that they are only delaying the inevitable. Chloe knows she should have died since day 1 and that the days she have spent with Max up to the point of the tornado is just a bonus time for her. I dont think she will be happy also if something will happen to her mother or to her "step-douch" now that she realized how much they care and love her as their daughter.

      -It is what it is meant to be. I dont want to sound like a heartless person and just say sacrifice Chloe. I grew fond of her specially during the end portion of Max's nightmare reminiscing all the adventure you went through the past days. It's sad but I think they should just be thankful and happy that at least they got the chance to catch up and spend time together even though it happened in an alternate reality. Max is still young and will have plenty of opportunity to meet other people and other places. I think if you chose to sacrifice the Arcadia Bay over Chloe, you will just be a prisoner of your past and will never get the chance to live your life to the fullest. Everytime you see Chloe, your past will haunt you. But hey its just my opinion and maybe I miss some important details but I really think choosing Arcadia Bay over Chloe would be the best decision not just game-wise but also as a human being as well.

      -Azhur out

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    • Revan's Exile wrote:

      FSackville1 wrote: Is it bad that it only took me around 10 seconds to decide on sacrificing chloe? Tbh, out of the two endings, i really prefer that one. Yeh it's sad, but its hella for the best :/

      Chloe is a great character, but choosing her over the people of the town is so morally objectionable that Max would belong in Hell when she dies.


      First of all: that's ridiculous!Second of all,you people are missing the point of the game.Max gets those powers for a reason:to use them for good.Receiving such powers just so you could go back in time and stop yourself from using them makes no sense.Think about it:why would anyone get super powers which create disaster if they used them?It's absurd.And if you let Chloe die so you could save Arcadia Bay,what makes you think there won't be other tornadoes?'Cause i'm sure at some point in her life,Max will have to use her powers again.Then what?You'll sacrifice someone who Max cares about,every time a tornado appears?

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    • If you saved Chloe and let Arcadia Bay be destroyed then you are missing the point of the game.

      They (developers) specifically tied the game up with the choice of letting Chloe die, and left the other ending ambiguous. Saving Chloe is just a novelty ending but ultimately, if you played the game and understood the weight of Max's power, the only logical (and morally correct) ending is to save Arcadia Bay. Of course, you can always redo the episode - which is the intention, but if you saved Chloe on the first playthrough then you're just being selfish and some of you are very honest about this. However, you cannot truly argue that saving Chloe is the 'right' choice. If you tried to reason out that she is all that matters to Max (you) then you're simply wrong. She wasn't ever meant to even be a 'choice'. Like someone earlier alluded to, the entire game is just 'bonus' time for Chloe - you, the player, are lead to draw this conclusion because of your time spent in Arcadia Bay.

      Finally here are my own reasonings for the ending I choose.

      Chloe always dies. Always. She gets shot by Nathan in the original timeline, she asks to die in the alternate timeline, she gets shot by Jefferson in the 'bonus' timeline. She is a dead human walking. It is her fate to die, literally. She doesn't because Max intervenes. Her meddling in time actually accumulates so much that the universe attempts to balance itself out - in the form of an angry catastrophe.

      So let's say you save her. Sure, the town dies (people die and you know it, evacuations or not), and she lives. Okay, cool. I got my bestie lesbie friend. Well, why don't you think about how long until the next death happens? Seeing as you already sacrificed a town for her let's assume that Max is willing to do so again. And again. And again....? Do you see where I'm going with this?

      Chloe understands this paradox, and I would argue she processed it even before Max did. They are fighting against time and Chloe is already dead. Max will need to keep intervening to keep Chloe alive and this is their (eternal) struggle.

      You simply cannot save Chloe. That's the entire point of this game. You will always lose to time because time cannot be gained it can only be lost. It's a game yes, but the developers are really trying to drive the lesson home - and if you think saving Chloe is what you should shoot for, then you played the game but you didn't understand it.

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    • ^ Lol

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    • I saved Chloe first then tried the sacrifice Chloe ending, didn't like it so did the save Chloe ending again.  It's a beautiful game that is really about living with the choices you've made, I personally liked the save Chloe ending not because I was shipping Pricefield but more because of it's Max's defiance to fate.  YEAH F*CK YOU FATE!  F*CK YOU DESTINY!  I DECIDE MY LIFE NOT YOU!  Through out the game Max has been selfless with little to no reward, other than getting Jefferson finally caught, so yeah I picked the ending that I felt Max deserved not what I think is the morally correct thing to do (I didn't use the phrasing right thing to do because for me, the right thing to do is to let Chloe live.) 

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    • 64.61.197.178 wrote:
      Chloe understands this paradox, and I would argue she processed it even before Max did. They are fighting against time and Chloe is already dead. Max will need to keep intervening to keep Chloe alive and this is their (eternal) struggle. You simply cannot save Chloe. That's the entire point of this game. You will always lose to time because time cannot be gained it can only be lost. It's a game yes, but the developers are really trying to drive the lesson home - and if you think saving Chloe is what you should shoot for, then you played the game but you didn't understand it.

      Totally agree with all of this. Her fate was to die, as sad as it is. Max only got her powers right as Chloe was about to die the first time, I genuinely believe that the reason she got them was to be able to spend more time with Chloe after not seeing her for so long, but Chloe was always going to die in the end. It's sort of like a Final Destination type scenario, you can escape death once, or twice, or three times, but if it's your fate it always comes for you in the end. 

      I love Chloe so much as a character, but I chose to sacrifice her without a second thought. Because it was the right thing to do, to stop messing with time, which caused Max to become ill and have various visions and nightmares, it caused the storm in my opinion (which is pretty much backed up by the fact that at her funeral the town was completely normal again). And honestly I think it's the decision she wanted Max to make. I think she knew exactly what was going on and what the right decision was. 

      Also, everything worked out for the best without Max's intervention. Nathan was arrested and told the police about Jefferson, they found out the truth about Rachel, Kate's friends/classmates realised that what happened wasn't her fault and stopped bullying her. Everything fell into place as it should. Max was never needed for any of that, it worked out fine as long as Chloe died in the bathroom, whereas her surviving led to Max having to manipulate time to put things right.

      And yeah, the ending made me cry, it was sad and horrible and heartbreaking. But personally, I feel like it was the 'true' ending. I'm happy I chose it. 

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    • Only needed 0.68 seconds to decide this one.


      Sacrificed Arcadia Bay. Priorities man. I like Chloe all the way.

      Besides the choice is forced upon me, I am NOT choosing to destroy Arcadia Bay, just choosing NOT to sacrifice Chloe by going back and changing my original choice to save Chloe by using my unexplained time-travel powers.

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    • I know that if I had to choose between my town and my best friend, I would never choose to let him die. Istinctively that's what I thought, and when I reasoned on it for a short while, it even made more sense. What's the point of losing one of the most important persons in your life? To save the other persons? They're almost effectively foreign to me, and anyway I didn't think that everyone one else would die. They had a chance to save themselves, while with Chloe, it was effectively a matter for choosing between life and death.

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    • Strangely enough, I had not heard of Life Is Strange until very recently, when I somehow stumbled upon a trailer to the game and fell in love so much that I watched the trailer about 100 times. I bought the game the day after.

      While I write this I have just finished the game and I'm deeply depressed. As you might recognise, I chose to sacrifice Chloe, but the decision did not come easily. I seriously think that I just watched the choice screen for 15 minutes, thinking of what the hell to do. A minute earlier I had sensed that Chloe would pop such a question and prayed loudly over and over again that they woudn't let me take that decision. When it did, I felt deeply distressed. 

      Once I had chosen to sacrifice Chloe, I cried heavily during the ending (great choice with Spanish Sahara). I am a big fan of movies and games with sad endings (as long as the storytelling has been good) and it has happened that I've shead tears, but probably nothing (even though MGS3 and Requiem For A Dream have come close) have created such deep emotions.

      I wanted to write down the following before I've started to analyze the net for all possible angles on this story (which I know I will read a lot of) as these are my feelings right after finishing the game.

      I have for hours thought why I made the choice I did in the end. I think what did it to me was the fact that no matter how much I loved Chloe and no matter how many times I had saved her from death, I simply couldn't avoid fucking up royally for someone else. It got to me that no matter what choices I make, the lives I do not live are not for me to be lived. In the end, that's one of the main points with the game, all choices have consequences I can have no impact on. No matter how many times I save Chloe, she manages to get into trouble with choices she makes on her own and I'm afraid her last words got to me quite much with the underlining of the fact that you can't change destiny. 

      I did certainly feel much more compassion with Chloe than with Arcadia Bay, I almost shed a tear when I was walking through "memory lane", but when it came to the end, I just felt that Chloe had a destiny I couldn't change, no matter how many times I rewinded. I started thinking about sane choices and how many lives I would save, but I knew I would save them over Chloe and that she'd be proud of my choice. While I know have to live with the tormented memories of Chloe, I think I'll finally come to peace with my decision. I realized that changing no matter how many times I would "change destiny", it would always have grave consequences, especially thinking of the fact that Arcadia Bay, a whole city with people who do not deserve to die in any kind of way, gets destroyed by a tornado with massive loss of life as another consequence.

      However, while I know that saving Chloe wouldn't left me nearly as depressed as I am now, I am still happy over the choice I mad as it was the right one. Even though I cried heavily during the end and it right now feels like I've lost a real friend, I know it was the ending that this great story deserved. It kind of wrapped up the whole saga really nicely (sure, you could always point at a few loose ends, but many of the loose ends don't matter as the focus of the story was on Chloe and Max).

      It's an amazing game that manages to create human emotions in such a great way and I will recommend it warmly to all my friends once I've managed to get over everything, which will certainly take some time.

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    • i chose to save chloe.

      now we all know saving 1 person instead of thousands is bad and and all that shit, but think about the storm for a moment. max saw the storm when she realized she has the power to rewind time. some may say it was a warning, i say it was predicting the future no matter what. there's simply no proof that it has anything to do with max's power which, along with my personal attitude to things made the decision take all of 5 seconds for me. imagine how pissed max would be if she sacrificed chloe only for the storm to come at the same exact time, too, potentionally even killing max. so there's two things that made me make this inhumane decision. first is that there's no way i could've known if the storm would come even if i let chloe get shot and second are my twisted instincts not to give a fuck about things unrelated to me. call me an insensitive fuck, in the end, that's pretty much who i am.

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    • I SENSE A SOULD IN SEARCH OF ANSWERS. wrote:
      i chose to save chloe.

      now we all know saving 1 person instead of thousands is bad and and all that shit, but think about the storm for a moment. max saw the storm when she realized she has the power to rewind time. some may say it was a warning, i say it was predicting the future no matter what. there's simply no proof that it has anything to do with max's power which, along with my personal attitude to things made the decision take all of 5 seconds for me. imagine how pissed max would be if she sacrificed chloe only for the storm to come at the same exact time, too, potentionally even killing max. so there's two things that made me make this inhumane decision. first is that there's no way i could've known if the storm would come even if i let chloe get shot and second are my twisted instincts not to give a fuck about things unrelated to me. call me an insensitive fuck, in the end, that's pretty much who i am.

      The storm doesn't still come if you sacrifice Chloe, after Max travels in time through the photo and sees her get shot, she comes back to the present day where it shows her by the lighthouse then at Chloe's funeral, and everything in Arcadia Bay is completely normal. No storm, no dead animals or anything like that.

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    • Abizoey wrote:
      I SENSE A SOULD IN SEARCH OF ANSWERS. wrote:
      i chose to save chloe.

      now we all know saving 1 person instead of thousands is bad and and all that shit, but think about the storm for a moment. max saw the storm when she realized she has the power to rewind time. some may say it was a warning, i say it was predicting the future no matter what. there's simply no proof that it has anything to do with max's power which, along with my personal attitude to things made the decision take all of 5 seconds for me. imagine how pissed max would be if she sacrificed chloe only for the storm to come at the same exact time, too, potentionally even killing max. so there's two things that made me make this inhumane decision. first is that there's no way i could've known if the storm would come even if i let chloe get shot and second are my twisted instincts not to give a fuck about things unrelated to me. call me an insensitive fuck, in the end, that's pretty much who i am.

      The storm doesn't still come if you sacrifice Chloe, after Max travels in time through the photo and sees her get shot, she comes back to the present day where it shows her by the lighthouse then at Chloe's funeral, and everything in Arcadia Bay is completely normal. No storm, no dead animals or anything like that.

      What you said is correct. But at that point Max has no way to certain that the storm will not come if she sacrifice Chloe because Max cannot simplily rewind after go back through the photos. Given the limited information, "I SENSE A SOULD IN SEARCH OF ANSWERS" choose to save Chloe.

      Actually in opinion, if Max choose to sacrifice Chloe and found that the storm still come, I believe she will find her way to go back again to save Chloe and the fight will still continue, though the fight may not be 100% success. So the reason of afraid the storm won't vanish even after sacrifice Chloe is less strong.

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    • At first I sacrificed Chloe, but after some thought, I wish I didn't and here are my reasons:

      1. How do we know that Max wasn't suspose to die too. That would be a good twist ending, the storm happens because Max didn't die and there is nothing she can do about it.

      2. I see the storm as a sort of "reset" to the town, you see in the sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending that life goes on in the form of the Deer.

      3. Finally, we don't know for sure that everyone in the town died, we know there were casualties, but we don't have a confirmed list of potental survivors.

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    • I would sacrifice Chloe but as I think it should've played out a bit differently. 

      Nathan shoots Chloe, and then runs away. Max would go to her best friend dying and they would have a last heart to heart with each other before Chloe passes. Atleast Chloe would die knowing that her best friend was the last person she saw before she died.

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    • Max talking to Chloe before she dies could distrupt the timeline and cause the storm or another disaster anyway.I really hope the developers update the game someday to include alternate endings based on your choices such as.

      1. Max dying in the Dark Room.

      2. Max getting shot instead of Chloe in the scrapyard/ or the bathroom (from observation it would make sense for Nathan to shoot Max when she jumps out and yells)

      3. Using the hammer to knock Nathan out (by throwing it)

      4. Or for Max's powers to bring about a catastrophe (the fan comic "What If" seems to be hinting at this) Her powers bringing about the apololipse could be a potental script for Season 2 (setting it after the disaster).

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    • Since pretty much everyone who plays the game chooses both endings, the game pretty much has two endings at the same time. Chloe is in a superposition of "alive" and "dead" states at the same time, just like Schroedinger's cat.

      The "sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending is ambiguous (is everybody else dead or what?). The other one feels more like the "real" ending except...there are a few holes in it:

      One, by going back to the bathroom to prevent ourself from altering the future, we didn't really go back far enough. We already did a bunch of shit back in the classroom that altered reality... we went back to that moment several times during the story. At this point who knows if we already said anything to Kate or texted David or submitted our photo to the contest or whatever...

      Also, every time we "photo jump" in the game, things become further fucked up and we have to undo it, but this one final jump back to the bathroom scene is supposed to fix everything? Yeah, I know it squares up the story but it seems like every time you alter the timeline it would make things even worse, not better, except for this one time? I don't know about that.

      To be honest, the best possible reality for the main character is the one where you win the photo contest. Even though the game doesn't allow you to just remain in that timeline, technically you could just stop playing at that point and accept it. Let's just say you unwittingly spent all day "rewinding" to maximize the results of networking with the art people at the gallery and when it came time to jump back into your photo you couldn't do it! "Sorry folks!"

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    • I didn't sacrificed Chloe neither Arcadia bay, I just took the most reasonnable choice: Stop altering time.

      I hope the developers have taken into account only your first attempt in their stats, considering the number of players replaying the last scene just to know both endings. Otherwise, the percentages would be all ****ed up.

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    • I choose the save Chloe ending. Only because I thought something miraculous would happen and the town would be saved too... I was wrong. :P

      Still was happy she and Max got to stay friends.

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    • I chose to sacrifice Chloe.

      It wasn't a difficult decision for me because I hated Chloe throughout the game and liked almost all of the characters (with the exception of Chloe,Victoria and Jefferson) I couldn't kill everyone else just to save one person I don't even like.Chloe is meant to die and Max won't be able to save Chloe forever.In the sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending,I doubt if Max will be able to move on after killing thousands of people.She will always feel guilty for all the people who have died because of her.

      Personally,I'd rather lose my best friend than be responsible for a deadly tornado.

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    • Endings were too much predictable. I'm so disappointed because of that.

      Sacrifice Chloe ending was illogical and wasn't loyal to time-travel stuff to the game. So I chose sacrifice town because Max already made herself clear that Chloe's her number one priority. I don't think she is gonna be okay after her loved one,partner in time,soulmate's loss after they had been through. (Because one isn't good without the other)

      Besides, let's be honest people. Who wouldn't let a town (or a whole world) go to shit just to save their loved one? 

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    • I played both endings, call me a monster but the one that made more sense to me is to sacrifice Arcadia Bay.  I can in no way sacrifice the people I care the most about, if it was me choosing either to sacrifice a family member, a loved one over other poeple, heck I'd choose my loved one ten times over without any hesitation, selfish?  Definitely but it's a decision that I can live with compared to sacrificing my loved ones.  Will I go to hell, am I a sociopath?  Maybe but heck, I'd kill for my family or go to hell for them.

      P.S.  Anyway, thank you game for giving me the opportunity to give a teenager a severe case of PTSD (for both endings).

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    • People are always talking how sacrificing Chloe is way more human, because life of so many people matters more than just one person. On the other hand, people can say that they see this situation as their own life, like they choose between their best friend and the town. Both of these thinking systems are wrong. The point of the game is to get into Max's mind, to feel like you are her, not only controlling her. To feel her emotions, to see how she sees the world. Not as a 25-year old boy or 30-year old woman, like a shy, calm teenager who changes as the time goes by. Max would choose Chloe. Always. You can't even argue with that. The whole Arcadia Bay didn't mean shit to her, maybe she fell a little bit in love with Warren, maybe Joyce was her second mother, but the whole story and her whole thinking was to save Chloe. That's why saving Arcadia Bay seems natural to some people, because they cannot think like a 18-year old outsider and choose like they make a choice. I choose to save Chloe because that's what Max would do. And I also like that option myself, as I prefer selfish usage of my powers than for "the greater good". It's more reasonable for me and the world can go to hell if I can save my best friend.

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    • Do I feel any uncomfortable making ethically questionable decisions to save friends? ... Not that much!

      Saved Cloe from being shot in the restroom. Saved myself from losing my friend. Saved Kate on the roof. ... Intend to save the homeless woman in a replay. ... I'm not the messia of Arcadia Bay. ... And this works perfectly fine for me.

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