Game Review: Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Gameplay:

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm is a graphic adventure played from a third-person view. The player assumes control of sixteen-year-old Chloe Price, three years before Life Is Strange. Unlike its predecessor, the game does not include time travel. Instead, Before the Storm features the ability “Backtalk”, which the player can use to call upon Chloe to get out of certain precarious situations; “Backtalk” may also make a situation worse. A dialogue tree is used when a conversation or commentary is prompted. Occasional decisions will temporarily or permanently change outcomes. The environment can be interacted with and altered, including marking walls with graffiti.

Plot:

In her Oregon hometown of Arcadia Bay, sixteen-year-old Chloe Price sneaks into a house concert at an old mill. Conflict arises with two men inside, but she evades them when schoolmate Rachel Amber causes a distraction. The next day, Chloe and Rachel reunite at Blackwell Academy and decide to ditch class, stowing away on a cargo train and ending up at a lookout point. They people-watch through a viewfinder and see a man and woman kiss in the park, which upsets Rachel. They steal wine from local campers and take a walk to a scrapyard. Chloe confronts Rachel about her change in mood, but she refuses to answer. When Chloe meets Rachel later, she discloses that she witnessed her father, James, through the viewfinder, cheating on her mother. Rachel destroys a family photo in a burning trash bin, and in a fit of rage kicks it over, igniting a wildfire

General Information:

Genre: Graphic Adventure
Developer: Deck Nine
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
ESRB: M – Mature
Release Date: March 6, 2018

Review:

Life is strange was a hit after the first game which lead to this game. Before the storm is a prequel of Life is Strange. The story follows Chloe Price since I guess she became an iconic character of the series. The story takes place in the few months before max came back into town. You cant turn back time in this game. You get to argue your way through everything. The story line was quite linear, none of the choices made an impact on the game.

The game story was nice. It showed you how Rachael and Chloe became friend. It also gives you an insight on how their relationship was like. It explains Chloe’s obsession with Rachael. It also reveal things that weren’t fully explained before. Its nice to see life from Chloe’s point of view. The developers did a good job with the game.

The game is fairly easy you can get all trophies in a single play through.

Overall Rate: 3/5

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