Welcome back to Arcadia Bay. The small town in Oregon that has a ridiculous amount of drama attached to it. This time we follow the events that occur as a prequel to the first Life is Strange game with Chloe Price, the rebel with a cause, acting as the focus.
Game: Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Developer: Deck Nine
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: Xbox One, also available on PS4 and PC.
Release date: 31st August 2017 (Episode 1) to 20th December 2017 (Episode 3), 6th March 2018 (Farewell episode and physical releases)
You follow Chloe Price as the sixteen year old rebel who enjoys back chat and tagging with her trusted marker pen. This game follows her and her relationship with Rachel Amber, the school friend who disappears before the first Life is Strange game and that mystery forms a part of that story.
I really like Chloes attitude and being the rebel and talking back to people, including the high school Principal. I would never have done such things as a teen so I get to live it out through this game.
The high school drama is portrayed so well, with the cliques and how different groups interact. My high school maybe wasn’t quite as bad as this one in certain ways, but it seems that high school is never an easy thing to get through.
It is fantastic to get to know the famous Rachel Amber and see how the relationship between her and Chloe developed as this relationship impacts Chloe and how determined she is in Life is Strange. Their relationship is fast and consuming. It pushes Chloe to do things she would never have thought to do, like star in a play. It gives Rachel a way to be imperfect and act the way she possibly wants to rather than being the perfect student she seems to be.
The art style of Before the Storm is in the same style as Life is Strange, and gives such beautiful scenes. I liked the tagging element as since we don’t have Max we aren’t taking photos instead we want to get Chloe to tag in certain points. These can end up being quite fun and you get a choice of what Chloe writes/draws.
The Farewell episode is charming, beautiful and one that you know is going to end in sadness. I have been the school friend left behind as a child, although in far less dramatic circumstances. You knew, if you had played Life is Strange, that Max and Chloe did not part at the best time. You knew it was difficult for them and through Life is Strange Before The Storm you could read letters that Chloe wrote to Max that were never sent that show how hurt and abandoned Chloe felt. The Farewell episode is a nice goodbye to Max and Chloe as carefree kids, before the high school drama truly begins and before everything changes for both of them.
I don’t want to say too much of this story, either the three episodes or the Farewell episode. They are so worth spending time with and going through these episodes without much knowledge of how they play out. Just be prepared for emotions!
Have you played Life is Strange Before The Storm? Let me know in the comments.