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Life Is Strange: Before the Storm

Developer: Deck Nine Games Publisher: Square Enix
31 August 2017
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Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a new three part standalone story adventure set three years before the events of the first game. This time play as Chloe Price, a rebel who forms an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber in dramatic new story in the BAFTA award winning franchise.
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Storm before the storm
This one surprised me, not because its such an improvement over the first, but more because its concept felt that it was destined to be a redundant release. Its a prequel game that gives a bit more depth to one of the main characters of Life is Strange, that effectively drove off a lot of players in that one. Seeing her develop connections to everyone around her and knowing how that trauma affected her personality made things much better to digest in retrospective.

Its just soothing to get back to this world and explore it a bit more. The dialogue really feels like it was improved considerably, with a few quips at the lack of "hella". Its still far from great, but its better. The teenage drama can feel a bit heavy handed, but you already were expecting that coming into the series.

The game feels like its got way less budget, with some horrendous facial expressions and low quality assets. Its got no excuse looking this bad in 2017, and worst than its predecessor release 2 years before.

I can only recommend this one for fans of the first title, it definitly will make it better in retrospective and deliver a bit more of this isolated USA city.
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Threntall 2023-09-09T17:14:49Z
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One of the worst games I have played in recent memory, soulless and stitched together with no effort whatsoever, the voice acting is terrible, the pacing is abysmal, Rachel and Chloe are forced to like each other with no real chemistry to begin with, embarrassing. (2.5/10)
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Like the last game, but somehow even worse. If you want to watch a horribly written brat chase down a methhead, then go for it, I guess. I actually think the characters may even be stupider in this one, which I thought was impossible. Basically, the same shit as before, but with absolutely nothing interesting in it. The only saving grace is that it's funnier at times - but even then, there is no time travel in this one, so you can't even watch Chloe shoot herself repeatedly here.
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I wina da arguments
unnecessary. I honestly couldn't tell you more than 5 things that happened in this game. no surprise I didn't even pick up LiS 2 after going thru this shit
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Surprisingly, a prequel that feels quite unlike the first instalment. It's still set in Arcadia Bay, and it still features Chloe, but the focus and general sweep of Before the Storm does not match that of Life Is Strange - and not just because the time travel element has been completely removed. That was a game all about grand, dramatic, heavy-hitting emotional punches, but this one is all about the quiet spaces between those moments. The game's most memorable, touching moments involve a game of Dungeons & Dragons on the school benches, sneaking out of the house to go to a gig, a production of The Tempest, the budding romance between Chloe and Rachel Amber, their dreams of escaping their small town misery and finding a new life together, Chloe's memories of her father....I get far more of a sense of nostalgia from this, a feeling that this is a love letter to being a teenager, moreso than Max and Chloe's story was. (I would offer the fact that one of the game's main villains ends up being a typical teenage 'nice guy' who ends up briefly stalking Chloe and becoming threatening because she hasn't pay him enough attention - potentially the most realistic villain I've ever seen in a game - and that this scene feels more dramatic and dangerous than the massive forest fire Rachel starts, as evidence that this game's priorities have moved toward everyday life. The latter is headline news, but it's background noise, as headline news usually is for kids; the former is amplified, as school drama always is to those in school.) The big emotional punches still exist, but they're less frequent, they're applied with less shock and melodrama, and they're deployed in service of the relationship between Chloe and Rachel.

You can certainly see why this was never advertised as a full-blown follow-up, but honestly this does everything I would have wanted a hypothetical Life Is Strange 2 still set in Arcadia Bay to do. It fleshes out Rachel's character fully (much like the original, which was really a story all about Chloe even though you were controlling Max, this one has you controlling Chloe but is really all about Rachel Amber), it lets you spend quality time with Chloe and explore her life further, and it pulls away from the darkness and lets you see the characters in more fun, simple times. It makes absolute sense that a totally different team developed this; budget and high production values aside, it feels like a fan game, one made by people who had genuine affection for this world and its inhabitants.
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  • DividedByJoy 2021-12-13 07:49:59.998045+00
    This game is so beautiful yet so harsh, i love it.
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  • Thatoneguy2711 2022-03-12 12:31:28.718665+00
    They should have left Samuel out of the game completely instead of disgracing his character like this
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    • lillhium17 2023-07-19 17:44:21.786023+00
      fr they turned that man into yoda lmao
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  • Pumas 2023-04-10 17:08:32.037075+00
    Definitely not as good as the first game but it has some great moments
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  • jake84 2023-04-20 19:14:43.187282+00
    I could not stop laughing when our protagonist started out by flipping off inanimate objects and her "superhero power" was back-talk.
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  • nymphetlobotomite 2024-03-02 17:33:09.319199+00
    Nice Rachel we're having
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    You spilled my beer, bieetch!
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