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  • Summary: 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Sep 11, 2017
    92
    I really couldn't be happier with what we've been given. Deck Nine gets Life is Strange, but more than that, it capitalizes on the material to make it even better. By the end of this first episode, I was not only awe-struck, but a little misty. Completely blown away by the sheer quantity (four hours!) and quality of this first episode, I absolutely cannot wait for the next two installments in this three-episode series. I may know what's going to happen, but it's all about the details. This is more than a love letter — it's a brewing tempest of adolescent insight.
  2. Jan 3, 2018
    87
    Before the Storm is a great prequel that manages to capture the essence of what Life is Strange is. With great characters, a beautiful story, the typical atmosphere and fantastic music this installment sometimes even surpasses the first game.
  3. Jan 16, 2018
    81
    The writing is good enough, and the dialogue is acted well enough (especially by Rhianna DeVries as Chloe), that Before the Storm is a worthwhile experience. As an adult male, I’m probably about as far away from the game’s target demographic as one can get, and yet I still enjoyed it more than I didn’t. So if you were a fan of the first game and you want to learn more about its world and its characters, then you should definitely check out Before the Storm. But if you haven’t played Life is Strange yet, then I’d recommend you try that game first and then proceed from there.
  4. Dec 20, 2017
    80
    Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a masterful prequel, then.
  5. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 2, 2018
    74
    Before the Storm doesn’t feel like a proper prequel – it’s too short for that. For example, Rachel-Chloe relationship progresses too quickly and smoothly, they didn’t even have a big quarrel. Sure, writers did show just how much Rachel meant for Chloe, and we did get some nice family drama, but Rachel’s eventual disappearance and events that led to it are completely sidestepped, leaving kind of an empty feeling. [Issue#226, p.42]
  6. Feb 18, 2018
    70
    Experience consisting of one very good, one excellent and one weaker episode. Somebody could be annoyed by obvious similarities to its predecessor, but catchy narratives and great characters dismiss these complaints. We grief just the oddly vague ending.
  7. Jan 29, 2018
    40
    Very self-aware of being a prequel to a bestseller, Before the Storm puts fan service and farfetched melodrama above cohesive storytelling, resulting in a superficial and disappointing experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. Feb 6, 2018
    10
    Sorry for crappy english
    Imagining the challenge laid out for Deck Nine: Prequel. No time rewind mechanics. SAG strike stealing protagonists
    Sorry for crappy english
    Imagining the challenge laid out for Deck Nine: Prequel. No time rewind mechanics. SAG strike stealing protagonists voice actor. Top standards set by original LiS. And what came out of it? I applaud. More than well done.
    It is the same old game, yet quite different. It feels more life like for me, and just from subjective
    perspective, Chloe as protagonist is more close to my heart, and Rachel as friend, or more... is breathtaking... mesmerizing... easily passing all expectations i had for her (from original) and exceeding them.

    To summarize:
    1. controls in BtS are IMO worse than old ones, i am mouse keyboard player.
    2. voice acting of Chloe is tiny bit worse, or appealing to my ears, but it is easily forgivable
    3. both games sux hard, being so short, practically i should give score 1 from desperation... jokes aside i would love to spend there way way more time (without any BS like selling extra episodes for extra special editions, etc... meh!) BtS being shorter - SUX
    4. i like music in BtS more, but its very subjective

    Most important thing i would love to note: Original LiS made me cry... so many times... Which is super rare thing, especially playing videogames. Before the Storm though - made me cry less times, yet still it did quite a bit - BUT it made me laugh so hard, probably most ever of all games. Original made me laugh only with Frank eating beans scene.

    PRO TIP Dont take BtS serious, and it will reward you... maybe even in serious manner.

    P.S. i am not lesbian, but im pretty sure, that I love Rachel 4ever!
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  2. Sep 3, 2017
    10
    Bravo!!!! Deck Nine is a shining example of how to make a game based on a masterpiece. They defied all the odds and the risks and deliveredBravo!!!! Deck Nine is a shining example of how to make a game based on a masterpiece. They defied all the odds and the risks and delivered something very special with the first episode. If you're a Chloe Price fan, you will love this prequel, Ashly Burch made a big mistake in not voicing Chloe, because now we have a better actress voicing her. Well done D9 and very well done Rhianna. Expand
  3. Aug 31, 2017
    10
    First sorry für my bad English.
    (Episode 1 only):
    This game is absolutely amazing there is almost no criticism in this game. Except one
    First sorry für my bad English.
    (Episode 1 only):
    This game is absolutely amazing there is almost no criticism in this game. Except one randomly disappearing Person after a cut seen and two AIs randomly walking the same way. The story is very very good and emotionally but not too much this is one of the best games I ever played yet.
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  4. Apr 10, 2018
    9
    Better than the previous game in every aspect. Very pretty graphics, some great cinematography and art style. Very engaging story and naturalBetter than the previous game in every aspect. Very pretty graphics, some great cinematography and art style. Very engaging story and natural dialogue which was also my selling point for this title seeing as how I hated the cringe-worthy "How do you do, fellow kids?" style dialogue in the original.

    The voice acting is top tier especially coupled with the amazing facial animations. This makes for some very believable and lovable characters that really allows the game to hit you right in the feels.

    In the last episode though, the pace of the story kind of slowed down and didn't really reach the peak I was hoping it would, but it still was a very enjoyable game.
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  5. Dec 23, 2017
    8
    Very decent. Keeps the same general theme of the first one, which i thoroughly enjoyed. The soundtrack is, as expected, fantastic.
  6. Aug 31, 2017
    7
    Not a bad game if you enjoyed the first. Graphics are decent but not up to par with the previous Life is Strange's. Performace was good on aNot a bad game if you enjoyed the first. Graphics are decent but not up to par with the previous Life is Strange's. Performace was good on a ps4 with a few stutters here and there but nothing too bad. Soundtrack was beautiful like the previous game's, and it upholds its reputation for stellar music. In the end whether or not you like this game depends on your feelings for the first. Expand
  7. Apr 16, 2018
    0
    Posted: Dec 15, 2017 @ 3:12am

    This has got to be the biggest disappointment ever. I come from four playthroughs and countless
    Posted: Dec 15, 2017 @ 3:12am

    This has got to be the biggest disappointment ever. I come from four playthroughs and countless recommendations of the core game (Life is Strange). I preordered this because of the trust I placed in the company that made the original - here's the twist: Before the Storm wasn't made by DontNod (the Paris-based devs who brought us the original) but shuttled out by the publisher, Square Enix, to Deck Nine - an obscure company that brought us such blockbuster hits as "Neopets: The Darkest Faerie" and "Ratchet: Deadlocked", both flops on the PS2. In fact, when they got Before the Storm handed to them they hadn't developed anything since 2013.

    Even so, the name "Life is Strange" carries a lot of weight - it's a brand of quality I expected to carry over no matter who the developer is. Characters with depth, surreal and immersive storylines, heart-wrenching plot twists, and cringey-at-times but emotive voice acting are all elements of Life is Strange fans came to know and love.

    Before the Storm has none of that. We follow Chloe with (spoiler alert) no time travel powers like Max had in the first game - which leaves the game feeling void of any gameplay elements to set it apart from other choose-your-own-point-and-click story games. Instead there's a confusing and rarely used "backtalk" element that's as poorly introduced and explained as it is boring to use. The mechanic holds no weight and adds nothing to Chloe's character.

    Otherwise, the game's game mechanics are practically identical to its predecessor, with a few more technical issues probably due to the jump from Unreal Engine to Unity. Graphics look a lot worse - might as well be a PS2 game (and judging by the developer's portfolio, it's no surprise that PS2 graphics were the standard they held themselves to).

    All this could be excused if the story and characters mattered. I spent most of my time in the first couple episodes waiting for something to happen. The most interesting things in this game are tie-ins to the original like meeting characters or visiting locations from the first game, but there's very little point beyond "hey, remember this?" Locations and characters have very little purpose and value to the story.

    What story? Who knows. The plot meanders around aimlessly. Chloe gets in arguments with her parents, spends time at school, meets Rachel Amber who she has a crush on? I guess? It's unclear and heavy handed at the same time. Stilted voice acting doesn't help the process, and while I know some people criticized voice acting in the first game I tend to disagree - the voices and mannerisms felt right at home in Arcadia Bay when DontNod did it. Here, however every time a mouth opens on screen what comes out sounds like it was recorded phoenetically by non-nativespeakers. By the end of the second episode I found myself not caring whether the main character and her squeeze lived or died.

    This game made me feel bad for not killing Chloe at the end of the first one.
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