Life Is Strange: How To Save Kate Marsh
Max and Chloe aren’t the only ones who go through a hard time during the original Life Is Strange. Kate Marsh has plenty to deal with also, particularly during the first two episodes. It all begins before the events of the game when she gets drugged at a party and is filmed being promiscuous.
As a religious girl, she’s very ashamed of her actions. It’s made even worse as the video is shared everywhere, and the other kids make fun of her for it. The bullying drives the poor girl to the brink. And eventually, in episode two, she climbs atop the dorms and is prepared to jump. Max is the only one who can save her – like the badass heroine she is. But for once, your rewind power can’t solve the problem. Instead, you must talk her down from the edge. Here’s how you do so.
Certain decisions you make before Kate ends up on the roof of the dorm impact how easy it is to talk her down. One of those occurs in the first episode when you find David Madsen shouting at the poor girl.
At the time, you have the option of intervening or taking a picture.
If Max Intervened
Kate will appreciate the fact that you protected her from David but also claim that it no longer matters. Then you can either say, “Things will get better” or “You matter, not just to me.”
It doesn’t matter which you choose as either way, she’ll admit to wanting to believe your words.
If Max Took A Photo
Things are different if you took a photo of her interactions with David. She’ll be angry at you, and you’ll have to appease her with your words.
Your options are “I wanted Proof,” “I’ve been bullied too,” “I was scared,” or “I had no idea.” You must admit to being scared, and she’ll understand.
Kate’s Phone Call
At one point, while you’re hanging out with Chloe, you get a call from Kate. You can either answer it or simply ignore the poor girl.
Chloe doesn’t make it easy as she’s not willing to wait. Her impatience is one of the things fans forget about her.
If Max Answered
It turns out the call was good for Kate, as she admits to feeling a little better knowing that Max cares.
In response, you’re free to say either “You’re my friend” or “I’m here for you” because Kate appreciates Max’s efforts anyway.
If Max Ignored Her
Kate calls Max out for ghosting her while she’s in need. And you must make amends by picking the correct dialog option. The choices are “My phone died,” “It was in silent mode,” “I was with Chloe,” or “Thought it was Warren.”
In this instance, lying works best as claiming the phone was on silent is the only positive response. Although, Kate will still say that she needed Max to answer.
The Police Discussion
Early in episode two, you speak with Kate in her dorm room. She starts to get the suspicion that she was drugged and that Nathan was involved.
So, Kate asks Max if she should go to report the incident to the police. You’ve can either encourage her to do so or say that her lack of proof will hurt her case – it’s among the hardest decisions in the game.
If Max Encouraged Her To Go To The Police
Instead of talking about the police report, Kate mentions how much she appreciated Max coming up to the roof to stop her.
It’s another situation where your exact response doesn’t matter. Both “Nathan is involved” and “You were drugged” are fine choices and will make Kate admit that you’re persuasive.
If Max Told Her That She Needs Proof
Max’s lack of encouragement about going to the police will not be appreciated by Kate, who gets mad at the protagonist.
To explain yourself, you must say, “I’m gathering proof.” Anything else will not land well. Max will then reveal that she’s got dirt on Nathan, which will make the girl hopeful.
The Web Video
From this point, previous incidents don’t directly impact your ability to save Kate. While on the roof, she’ll talk about how her video will be on the internet forever.
The only reply that helps the situation is “Be Strong.” It’ll prompt Max to convince Kate that they can beat the bullies together.
Afterward, Kate claims that nobody cares about her. To change her mind, you need to mention her sisters or father. This is because she’s not on good terms with her mother, and she doesn’t have any brothers.
If you select sisters, Max and Kate will talk about the latter’s younger sibling Lynn. Bringing up her father, on the other hand, will prompt Kate to claim that he’s the only one who believes in her.
Assuming you’ve played the scene perfectly, then Kate should, at this point, agree to come down.
The Last Chance
If you choose one wrong dialog option during the rooftop scene, then you get only one more chance to save Kate.
However, you’ll need to use her faith to do so. If you looked in Kate’s bible earlier in the episode, then you’ll know she’s a big fan of the Matthew 11:28 passage. Thus, select that dialog option to have Max recite it to Kate. It will change her mind, and she’ll step away from the ledge.
NEXT: Life Is Strange: Crazy 10 Things You Didn’t Know About David
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Ben Jessey spends all his time playing video games, watching TV, watching movies, watching football aka soccer (which I guess counts as watching TV) or writing about those things. He has a degree in Film and Television studies and is now a freelance writer.
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