I have a really weird issue, something that I don't think many others have since I couldn't find anything about it on the internet, nor does any of my friends have it. Sorry for the wall of text in advance!
So, my problem is: The game worked really fine through Ep. 1 till Ep. 4. When Ep. 5 came out and I downloaded it, I started playing. Saves were imported, okay it was working. However, I noticed something strange: sometimes, when it came to choosing an answer, they all disappeared and the game picked "..." for me, which is remaining silent. At first I thought it was intended as Lee was in shock or something, but after quite a few times I realised it was not the case. It only happened 1-2 times till we got back to the house from the hospital, but from there, it kept happening all the time. I'm stuck where that dead couple is on the bed (I try to avoid spoilers, these were all in the trailer, though I think if people try and help, they already played it through), since from there this happens all the time. Sometimes I can pick an answer at the couple, but after it all goes back to this buggy mode again. After that balcony scene, I kept pressing alt-f4 since i really couldn't pick any answers.
I don't know what causes this, I mean literally, the answers show up but disappear in that very second too and in 99% of the cases, the game picks to remain silent. If that's not an option, then it picks no.1 option.
Now, I'm playing from a laptop, and everything worked fine so far. I tried a few tricks I thought they would help: since I have a new mouse since Ep.4, I tried unplugging it and using touchpad, but same result. I also use a new flash drive for readyboost function, I unplugged it too, didn't help. What's more, I tried unplugging everything (USB keyboard, mouse, flash drive, even the headset and mic), then restarted the laptop and started game without plugging anything back in, but the issue was the same.
I tried reinstalling it like 4 times, I installed it to C drive of my harddrive (Steam is on D but I tried on C too), didn't help, not even from pendrive would it work.
I also thought it was a save game issue, but then I thought why would it mess up ep. 5, it would just say that file is corrupted or would just simply generate random decisions. Anyway, I started a new game on a new save slot, but same happened, but even in Ep. 1 now! I'm really clueless... I would have reinstalled driver, but no new graphics card driver came out since the summer and Directx was updated.
Any chance anyone had this issue and would know a solution? Besides formatting and reinstalling Windows as I'd really like to avoid it if possible, but as a last solution, I'd even try it, but if it's the same after it... well it's not good. I'm really clueless now, I usually manage to find solutions for such problems, but as I've already mentioned, I didn't see anyone with the same issue.
I even thought of remapping the answer keys somewhere from 1 2 3 4 to, I don't know, U I O P or whatever but I don't know if it's possible, since there is no such function in game.
I hope someone can help me, I'd really appreciate it, I can't believe I'm this unlucky... I mean I've been waiting for Ep. 5 soo much, this series is the game of the year for me but I can't finish it... Well I could, but then Lee would keep silent all the time, or if not, he'd pick first answers... Which is not so much fun in a game where your decisions count a lot...
Anyway, I really hope someone can provide a solution! Thank you in advance!