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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: 52 out of 81
  2. Negative: 12 out of 81
  1. Mar 10, 2018
    10
    This is not a game, this is art, people need to stop comparing this game with the previous, both games are masterpieces in their own way
  2. Mar 28, 2019
    10
    I just finished playing the Bonus Episode and I've been bawling my eyes out since.
    This game has a very special story telling which goes deep
    I just finished playing the Bonus Episode and I've been bawling my eyes out since.
    This game has a very special story telling which goes deep under the skin.
    Especially with Ashly Burch returning one last time as the voice of Chloe Price this last bonus episode made the whole game even better.
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  3. Jun 1, 2018
    10
    I dare to say it is even better than original. No time-bending powers, great new mechanic, and most important of all - Chloe. Before playingI dare to say it is even better than original. No time-bending powers, great new mechanic, and most important of all - Chloe. Before playing this I was wary of Dontnod giving development to another studio (unnecessarily) and Chloe being the main character (alas). In Life is Strange she was bit one-dimensional - just a rebel. Here we see her in all her fragility. I didn't think I would say that but she is better as main than Max. Also few other characters are bit more complex and less cliche than in the original.

    Deck Nine did really great job with this one.

    Warning: Play through the original Life is Strange first!
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  4. Aug 4, 2019
    8
    Doesn't quite live up to its predecessor, but still an outstanding video game.
  5. Oct 10, 2020
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Life is strange: before the storm: the prequel to the original Time Travel game: life is strange

    Things I like

    1. Concept: the concept is good, I like how they don’t overuse “powers” in this universe for every game they have, instead they added a unique “back talk” feature to replace the powers this game series is known for. this game takes place before life is strange, making it a prequel, it basically follows Chloe when she was younger and shows what Rachel was like back before she dies in life is strange, basically this game is like a fan fiction game but done in a right way.

    2. Character development: the character development is pretty good, Chloe definitely evolves throughout the story explaining her personality in the original life is strange, it also shows the evolution of Rachael after finding out her dad had a mistress, but later finds out its her real mother, it defintally shows racheals mental state in the game after these events, smaller characters don't seem to have this effect, but it's nice to have good main and side/supportive character evolving in the story.

    3. Story: the story is good for a prequel, it explains ALOT that wasn't explained in the original life is strange, and perfectly fits into the original life is strange, in fact if you are playing this game series for the first time I highly recommend you play this game first so you know what you’re getting into

    4. Gameplay: it's basically just like the original life is strange with some improvement, which I like, the only real difference is the back talk feature I talked about earlier, and I quite like it, if they were gonna make another game please find a way to improve and implement it into a future game, the only dislike I have about it is there's not that many improvements.

    5. Cast. The cast is good, even the Chloe voice actor replacement was actually good, they defintally play their roles good, the only dislike I have is just the syncing between the voice acting and character model

    Things I don't like:

    1. Choice consequences: there's very few consequences that happen in the game made by previous choices, of course there's consequences, but mainly for big choices like choice that have damen in it, when you’re building a relationship with Rachel, or whether you are either hating or helping David, the smaller choices doesn't effect the game that much, even when you learn the name of racheals real mother ”sera” though a back talk with Frank it doesn't effect the game much, only a couple of texts by Rachel and Chloe and that all.

    2. Bugs and glitches: I've experienced some bugs and glitches especially in loading screens where occasionally the game stops responding, simply waiting or restarting the game fixed the problems for a while, wish they patched the bugs through an update.

    3. 3 episodes: I understand why they didn't do the typical 5 episodes in their life is strange games, but I honestly wish there was more story here. But that is justified by the good story it has.
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  6. Sep 22, 2019
    7
    Before the Storm is like its predecessor, but weaker in all important aspects (story, characters, soundtrack, puzzles). But it's still anBefore the Storm is like its predecessor, but weaker in all important aspects (story, characters, soundtrack, puzzles). But it's still an enjoyable and engaging game, although not as memorable as the original Life Is Strange. 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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