The decision to tell Nathan or hide the truth in Life is Strange during the first episode has consequences that extend to all five episodes. Therefore, in this guide, we will provide a general overview of what is happening, and then we will analyze the spoilers for those who do not mind knowing the exact consequences of their decision.
Attention! There may be spoilers ahead!
Consequences of denunciation of Nathan in Life is Strange
If Max decides to denounce Nathan in Life is Strange, he will be incredibly antagonistic towards her for the rest of the story, but Chloe will not be happy with Max’s decision. In addition, in one of the subsequent episodes, Nathan can be suspended if Max accuses him of something else, and denouncing him will help achieve this.
The most serious consequences of denouncing Nathan in Life is Strange are:
- Nathan will sneak into Max’s room to leave a threatening message and a photo;
- Max receives two threatening messages;
- Principal Wells and Mr. Jefferson do not believe Max’s accusations against Nathan;
- Nathan will be suspended if Max blames him for the incident with Kate;
- Nathan steals a photo from Max’s room.
Consequences of hiding the truth in Life is Strange
Hiding the truth about Nathan will cause him to be less hostile towards Max throughout the game, and Chloe will be happy with this decision. If Max later tries to get him suspended for another incident, it will only work if Max doesn’t take the blame for what Chloe did in her room during the first episode of Life is Strange.
The most serious consequences of choosing to hide the truth in Life is Strange are:
- Nathan doesn’t break into Max’s room to leave a threatening message and a photo;
- Max only receives one threatening message;
- Mr. Jefferson still doesn’t believe Max’s accusations against Nathan;
- If Nathan is blamed for the incident with Kate, he can only be suspended if Max did not take the blame for Chloe during the first episode;
- Max will be suspended if she blames Nathan after taking the blame for Chloe;
- Nathan won’t steal the photo from Max’s room.
Report Nathan or hide the truth?
While it’s not the most important choice in Life is Strange, the choice to denounce Nathan or hide the truth colors the story differently. The headmaster and Mr. Jefferson won’t believe Max’s accusations regardless of the option chosen, but Nathan is easier to get suspended if the player chooses to report him. Also, if Nathan denounces, more plot clues appear.
Hiding the truth means blaming Chloe in order to get him suspended, which will have a significant negative impact on their future relationship. There is no way Max and Chloe can love each other if Max blames Chloe to get Nathan out of his job. Their relationship matters in a video game, so it’s worth considering the consequences of such a decision.
However, it is not necessary to leave Blackwell Academy, so players can shape Max’s story in Life is Strange as they see fit, deciding whether to denounce Nathan or hide the truth in the first episode.