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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: 45 out of 69
  2. Negative: 9 out of 69
  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. Dec 3, 2018
    10
    Это лучшее во что я играл. Берет за душу и не хочется чтобы их история заканчивалась. 10/10Это лучшее во что я играл. Берет за душу и не хочется чтобы их история заканчивалась. 10/10
  4. Aug 28, 2019
    8
    I ended up really enjoying the original Life is Strange but was worried how good a prequel could be without the time travel gimmick and beingI ended up really enjoying the original Life is Strange but was worried how good a prequel could be without the time travel gimmick and being developed by a different studio. Well it turns out it can still be pretty damn good. There are a few things I didn’t like so much but overall it was a great way to build upon the story and flesh out characters.

    I especially like what they did with Frank, Chloe’s drug dealer. I felt like they added some good depth to him and he had some of my favorite moments of the game. Mikey and Steph also had one of the better moments of the game when you can play a D&D game with them. I guess my main issue with the game was that, while Life is Strange had no shortage of teenage angst to it, there was also a lot of serious issues covered such as murder, a missing friend, suicide and the destruction of the town. Before the Storm does cover what it can such as the death of Chloe’s father, a bit of political corruption and one very deranged drug dealer but overall there is a lot of angst for the sake of having teenage angst than heavy issues. Overall though it was still enjoyable and had some touching coming of age moments as well. One thing I liked was there were plenty of reasons to both like and dislike pretty much each character. Like in life no one is perfect and sometimes you want to smack someone upside the head even if you care about them.

    The gameplay is pretty similar to the original where you have to solve some light puzzles to progress, many of which won’t give anyone too much trouble. Except for the amulet puzzle in the bonus episode. That thing took way more effort than I expected. You get plenty of dialogue options and choices to try and tailor the story to you. The graphics are surprisingly similar to the original. I expected more of a change considering the engine change but there wasn’t. While the graphics aren’t worse they also aren’t better. The game always had kind of a comic book type of vibe going for it not outright realism so I’m not being overly hard on that front. The voice acting was well done across the board. The soundtrack was awesome and really fit the game well.

    I played Before the Storm on Linux. I used version 1.0.1 of the game on Steam. The game uses the Unity engine where the original used the Unreal Engine 3. This allowed the game to run much better. The original never ran great for me on Linux, usually 20-30 FPS maxed out and that is par the course for Unreal 3. Before the Storm maxed out ran at a constant 144 FPS with the odd dip to the 130’s for a second or two. I credit the engine switch with that as Unreal 3 was never really a great engine for Linux. Option wise there are 4 different AA settings, Vsync and two other graphics settings. Sadly Alt-Tab doesn’t work. My system while playing the game used between 3.2-5.1GB of system RAM, and between 7-26% of my CPU. There were no manual save options, it was all checkpoint based. Luckily I never lost too much progress if I had to quit but manual saving would have still been preferable. You can pause cut scenes but you can’t skip them. The game used 22.66GB of storage. The game never crashed on me but I did have an issue that happened 3 times where it would say “starting” in Steam when I went to launch the game but it never actually opened. I had to manually kill the process for the game and logout/login to Steam again to get it to run. I noticed no other glitches or issues.

    I played through all 3 episodes and the bonus episode in 11 hours. I paid $20.56 CAD for the deluxe edition and felt it was worth every penny. I would easily pay $49.99 for it. If you enjoy the original Life is Strange, enjoy adventure games that are focused more on story rather than action then give it a go.

    My score: 8.5/10

    My System:

    AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | MSI RX 580 8GB Gaming X | Mesa 19.1.4 | Samsung 850 Evo 250GB | Manjaro 18.0.4 | Mate 1.22.1 | Kernel 5.2.8-1-MANJARO
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  5. Feb 5, 2018
    8
    Life is Strange: Before the Storm ends in a significantly better position than the original title, leaving its players satisfied and emotionalLife is Strange: Before the Storm ends in a significantly better position than the original title, leaving its players satisfied and emotional at the same time especially with its lovable and unforgettable protagonists. Before the Storm fits perfectly as a prequel title for one of the best story-based video game franchises to date. Expand
  6. Nov 8, 2019
    7
    Unlike the previous part, the game has more endings. But I was saddened by the plot, which is not too interesting. Only the last episodeUnlike the previous part, the game has more endings. But I was saddened by the plot, which is not too interesting. Only the last episode pleased. I recommend to go through the first part 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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