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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: 31 out of 43
  2. Negative: 6 out of 43
  1. Aug 18, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. it is interesting to play LiS:BTS even you know what will be with Rachel. Dontnod can made very emotional game and DeckNine can made it at the same level.
    P.S: Special Thank to Daughters for this best Soundtrack
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  2. Dec 17, 2018
    10
    Если же первая часть Life is Strange после прохождения вызывала примерно такой спектр эмоций "О БОЖЕ МОЙ ЭТО ШЕДЕВР! 12 ИЗ 10 НА КОНЧИКАХЕсли же первая часть Life is Strange после прохождения вызывала примерно такой спектр эмоций "О БОЖЕ МОЙ ЭТО ШЕДЕВР! 12 ИЗ 10 НА КОНЧИКАХ ПАЛЬЦЕВ!! СОТРИТЕ МНЕ ПАМЯТЬ, ЧТОБЫ Я СНОВА СМОГ ПРОЙТИ СИЕ ТВОРЕНИЕ!! ПОЧЕМУ Я РЫДАЮ КАК СУЧКА?!", то Before the Sthorm вызывает... ТОЧНО ТАКИЕ ЖЕ ЭМОЦИИ! Я до сих пор поражаюсь как можно сделать такую интересную и душевную иссторию? Персонажи как всегда великолепны, графика пусть и простенькая, но довольно приятная глазу, а музыка... эх... ну я думаю вы уже и сами поняли. Кто-то может сказать, что приквел чутка уступает по накалу страстей оригиналу... Быть может, но всё же этот факт не помешал мне получить массу удовольствия от игры. Мимо таких изумрудов игровой индустрии ни в коем случае не стоит проходить. Крайне рекомендую!

    P.S.

    Дополнительный эпизод оху... кхм... великолепен!
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  3. 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
  4. Sep 28, 2018
    9
    what starts as an edgy cringe-fest slowly turns into a well-written drama with what I think is the only well written lesbian romance in videowhat starts as an edgy cringe-fest slowly turns into a well-written drama with what I think is the only well written lesbian romance in video game history
    survive the cringe for it is a good game/story
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  5. Aug 4, 2019
    8
    Doesn't quite live up to its predecessor, but still an outstanding video game.
  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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