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Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Chloe and Max Ep3
Life Is Strange (video game)
Airdates May 19, 2015[1][2]
Writers Christian Divine
Director Michel Koch,
Raoul Barbet
Objectives Investigate Rachel Amber's disappearance,
Get Frank's keys
Locations
Navigation
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Next "Dark Room"
Walkthrough
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"Episode 3: Chaos Theory" is the third episode of Life Is Strange. It was released May 19, 2015.[1][2]

Plot

Max Caulfield and Chloe Price begin to investigate the conspiracy surrounding Kate Marsh and Rachel Amber. The pieces to the mystery surrounding Rachel's disappearance leads them to answers and the consequences of Max's powers lead to a conclusion that have devastating consequences for everyone she knows.

Summary

Max awakes from her sleep in her dorm at Blackwell Academy at night, still reeling over the events that led to Kate's attempted or successful suicide. After receiving a text message from Chloe to meet her in front of the school, she leaves the dorm. The two decide to break into Principal Ray Wells's office with the keys that Chloe had stolen from David Madsen. When they get to the second door, Chloe is frustrated that the key to it is not among the key she stole. Max has an idea and contacts Warren Graham for the instructions on how to construct a homemade pipe bomb. After collecting the necessary ingredients, Chloe and Max destroy the lock, but trigger the school's alarm at the same time.

Max enters into the Principal's office and rewinds time before the explosion occurred, allowing Chloe inside the room when she unlocks the door. While in there, Max fishes information from the student files of Nathan, Kate and Rachel, while Chloe finds disturbing material on the Principal's computer, including the cover up of Nathan's flagging grades, David Madsen's activities, and a mysterious drawing that reads "Rachel in the dark room" written over and over.

With the information they need, Chloe decides that they should leave. Before she gets up from the desk, she finds over five thousand dollars in an envelope meant for the handicapped fund. Max has the option of persuading Chloe to leave the money or letting her take it to repay Frank Bowers.

Before Max can return to her dorm, Chloe convinces her to break into the swimming area of the school. They enter through the boys or girls locker room. Max and Chloe eventually decide to play in the pool and have a conversation about their lives. After their swim, they prepare to leave, when they overhear the arrival of Blackwell Security, led by David Madsen investigating the noise. Max and Chloe hide and manage to evade detection before escaping the swimming area. With the campus crawling with security, Max is forced to follow Chloe back to her truck and escape the school.

She spends the night at her house and the next morning, as Max attempts to get dressed, she discovers that her clothes are still wet and smell of chlorine. Chloe suggests Max try on the clothes Rachel left in her closet, as they should fit her. When Max expresses uncertainty of about herself, Chloe attempts to encourage her and dares Max to kiss her. Max may or may not fall for Chloe's goad before she heads downstairs.

Downstairs, Max helps Joyce with preparing breakfast for her family. After helping Joyce with the ingredients, she has her meal. At the dinner table, Joyce and Max discuss the past and William over the Price's family photo album. Joyce gives Max a photo of Chloe and Max from 2008 as Chloe enters the living room.

Wanting to investigate the garage, Chloe distracts Joyce by starting an argument with her. Joyce, distracted by her daughter's behavior, pays no attention to Max who excuses herself to "use the bathroom". Max waits until Joyce's back is turned and enters the garage. Max decides to investigate David's laptop and searches the garage for a possible password. Max manages to find the password to David's laptop and discovers that Rachel Amber was romantically involved with Frank Bowers.

Max returns to the living with answers, but before she divulge them to Chloe, David returns to the house. When he accuses the students of Blackwell of vandalizing the school, a quarrel breaks out. Max and Chloe take the opportunity reveal that David has been spying on the students.Joyce demands David to leave the students and Max alone. The quarrel escalates and Max has the option of siding with him or Chloe.

When Max tells Chloe that Rachel was seeing Frank, she doesn't believe her. Deciding to prove her wrong, they plot to break into Frank's RV. Max and Chloe head to the Two Whales Diner to try and get information from inside his RV. She learns that Frank loved dogs and uses that fact on him to lure Frank to taking out his keys. Max takes the keys and rewinds time so that Frank isn't aware of that transpired between them. She returns to the RV and Chloe gives her a drumstick to lure, Frank's dog, Pompidou, away from the RV for the time being.

While investigating the RV, Max finds a accounting book with photos that confirm Rachel and Frank's relationship. When she shows the book to Chloe, she becomes angry and believes Rachel has betrayed her by not telling her about her relationship with Frank. On the way back to Blackwell, Chloe takes her rage out on Max, her family, and her father.

She drops Max off at the school and Max returns to the dormitory. Max regards the photo Joyce gave to her, and is surprised that she can hear voices coming from it. Focusing on the photograph, she travels back in time to 2008, to the day William was killed. She manages to hide William's keys and persuades him to take the bus. Her actions rewrite the timeline of her present.

When Max travels back to the present, she is shocked to discover she is now friends with Victoria Chase and a member of the Vortex Club. Her friend, Warren was now in relationship with Stella Hill. Dreading the worst has happened to Chloe, she boards the bus, and discovers David Madsen is the school's driver. When she visits the Price Household, she learns William is alive and well. Happy to see her, he calls for Chloe. Chloe arrives to the front door and Max discovers her friend is now a quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair.

Characters

In-Game Decisions

Major Choices

Handicap Fund
TX MajChoice E3 2A Money
  • You stole the money - 43%
  • You left the money - 57%
Double Dare
TX MajChoice E3 5A KissChloe
  • You kissed Chloe - 79%
  • You didn't kiss Chloe - 21%
Madsen vs. Price
TX MajChoice E3 5B BlameDavid
  • You sided with Madsen - 17%
  • You sided with Chloe - 83%
Pompidou
TX MajChoice E3 6B Dog
  • You got Frank's dog hurt - 6%
  • You kept Frank's dog from harm - 94%
David's gun
TX MajChoice E3 6B Gun
  • Chloe has David's gun - 70%
  • Frank has David's gun - 30%

Minor Choices

Max's Plant
TX MinChoice E3 1A Plant
  • Lisa is alive - 31%
  • Lisa is dead - 69%
Warren's exam
TX MinChoice E3 2A WarrenExam
  • You "helped" Warren with his exam - 27%
  • You didn't "help" Warren with his exam - 73%
The Vortex Club 1/2
TX MinChoice E3 3A AddNames
  • You are on the Vortex Club's party list - 63%
  • You are not on the Vortex Club's party list - 37%
The Vortex Club 2/2
TX MinChoice E3 3A EraseNames
  • You erased some names from the Vortex Club party list - 23%
  • You didn't change the Vortex Club party list - 77%
Cellphone Message
TX MinChoice E3 5B EraseMessage
  • You erased the cop's answerphone message - 58%
  • You didn't erase the cop's smartphone message - 42%
Alyssa
TX MinChoice E3 6B WarnAlyssa
  • You helped Alyssa - 70%
  • You didn't help Alyssa - 30%
Homeless Woman
TX MinChoice E3 6B WarnHomeLess1
  • You warned the homeless woman - 38%
  • You didn't warn the homeless woman - 62%
Photo to the Past
TX MinChoice E3 8A TakePhoto
  • You took a photo from the past - 52%
  • You didn't take a photo from the past - 48%
Max's mark
TX MinChoice E3 8A WriteNote
  • You left a mark on the fireplace - 40%
  • You didn't leave a mark on the fireplace - 60%

Deaths

Featured Music

# Title Composer Length
1 "Lua"[note 1] Bright Eyes 4:32
2 "Santa Monica Dream"[note 2] Angus & Julia Stone 3:20
3 "Piano Fire"[note 3] Sparklehorse 8:36
4 "Kids Will Be Skeletons"[note 4] Mogwai 5:27
5 "Got Well Soon"[note 5] Breton 4:43

Patch Notes

PENDING

References to other Media

Trivia

  • Chaos Theory refers to the the study of "behaviors in dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions" such as the butterfly effect.
  • Music featured in the launch trailer for "Chaos Theory" was "Seeker of the Truth" by George Timothy.[7]
  • May 6, 2015, the official Life Is Strange twitter announced updates for PlayStation and PC were made for Episode 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3.[8][9][10]
  • April 18, 2015, DONTNOD Entertainment began working on final lighting touches for "Chaos Theory", dialog for "Dark Room" and the structure of "Polarized"[11]
  • February 6, 2015, it was announced on Steam that early builds of Episode 2, and possibly the last three episodes, were leaked online (presumably by 4chan users).[12]

Achievements/Trophies

The following are a list of achievements and trophies in "Episode 3: Chaos Theory" that can be earned in the PlayStation and Xbox version of Life Is Strange.

Achievement Trophy/Points
Ep 3 Achivement-01 Bokeh
Take optional photo #5 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Bronze/10G
Ep 3 Achivement-02 Chaos Theory
Finish Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Bronze/10G
Ep 3 Achivement-03 Viewfinder
Take optional photo #8 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Bronze/10G
Ep 3 Achivement-04 Optican
Take optional photo #9 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Bronze/55G
Ep 3 Achivement-05 Flash!
Take optional photo #10 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Bronze/10G
Ep 3 Achivement-06 Camera Eye
Take all optional photos in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Bronze/10G
Ep 3 Achivement-07 RAW Strength
Take optional photo #7 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Bronze/10G
Ep 3 Achivement-08 Pinholed
Take optional photo #6 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Bronze/10G
Ep 3 Achivement-09 Parallax View
Take optional photo #1 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Bronze/10G
Ep 3 Achivement-10 Lenscrafted
Take optional photo #2 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Bronze/10G
Ep 3 Achivement-11 The Reflex
Take optional photo #3 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Bronze/10G
Ep 3 Achivement-12 Histogrammar
Take optional photo #4 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Bronze/10G

Steam Achievements

There are twelve steam achievements the player can get in Life Is Strange.[13]

Achievement %of all players
Ep 3 Achivement-02 Chaos Theory
Finish Episode 3: Chaos Theory
40.4%
Ep 3 Achivement-11 The Reflex
Take optional photo #3 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
31.4%
Ep 3 Achivement-12 Histogrammar
Take optional photo #4 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
29.1%
Ep 3 Achivement-05 Flash!
Take optional photo #10 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
28.8%
Ep 3 Achivement-08 Pinholed
Take optional photo #6 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
28.4%
Ep 3 Achivement-04 Optican
Take optional photo #9 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
18.3%
Ep 3 Achivement-03 Viewfinder
Take optional photo #8 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
15.9%
Ep 3 Achivement-01 Bokeh
Take optional photo #5 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
13.7%
Ep 3 Achivement-10 Lenscrafted
Take optional photo #2 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
13.6%
Ep 3 Achivement-07 RAW Strength
Take optional photo #7 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
12.6%
Ep 3 Achivement-09 Parallax View
Take optional photo #1 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
9.0%
Ep 3 Achivement-06 Camera Eye
Take all optional photos in Episode 3: Chaos Theory
6.9%

Videos

Trailers

Walkthroughs

Episode Gallery

Official Artwork

Concept Art

Episode Reception

Platform GameRankings Metacritic
PC/Mac 76.33%[14] 80[15]
PlayStation 3 77.50%[16] 65[17]
PlayStation 4 79.75%[18] 80[19]
Xbox 360 Not Available Not Available
Xbox One 83.00%[20] 80[21]

Notes

  1. Morning sequence in Chloe's Room.
  2. Optionally played in Chloe's Room
  3. Optionally played in Chloe's Room
  4. Played during Max's bus ride in the closing sequence
  5. Played in the preview for Episode 4

References

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