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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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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Mar 12, 2018
    90
    Before the Storm is a must-play component of the series and the franchise is something that anyone who enjoys a strong narrative should try out.
  2. Jun 26, 2018
    87
    Due to the fact that this is a prequel, the storyline and characters of Life is Strange: Before the Storm feel a bit contrived. Nevertheless, despite these inconsistencies, fans of the original Life is Strange will still be moved by Chloe’s adventure.
  3. Mar 7, 2018
    83
    Before the Storm made me care about Chloe and Rachel, giving me backstory into both of their lives before Max comes back. The journey is bittersweet, knowing the tragic events from the first game for both characters. As a prequel, Before the Storm succeeds because it tells its own story that leaves you content, while also connecting to the original game in a meaningful way. Deck Nine may not have a hand in the original, but it made sure to do Chloe and Rachel’s story justice, capturing the essence of Life is Strange while providing plenty of nods to fans.
  4. Dec 19, 2017
    80
    Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a beautiful journey through Chloe Price's teenage years. It's a brilliant exploration of what happens when a directionless teenager meets a special person that changes the course of their life forever. It's a journey that explores the themes of loss, love, finding one's self, and whether the road to happiness ultimately lies in truth.
  5. Mar 7, 2018
    80
    A prequel that manages to retain almost everything that made the original game something truly special, despite its 'natural' nature and its focus on 'just' feelings.
  6. Mar 12, 2018
    77
    Life is Strange: Before the Storm delivers on its promise of a captivating story that brings humanity to the idea of presumably senseless teen angst. It's a joy to experience and the gameplay is fun where it can be found. Here's hoping for yet another series of episodes.
  7. Dec 20, 2017
    60
    Despite an uneven final episode, the bond between Chloe and Rachel cements the surprising prequel, sometimes even soaring above the heights of the original game. It still has all the faults of Life Is Strange as a series, but its domestic focus helps it resonate even greater than its successor. If Rachel Amber is the Laura Palmer of Life Is Strange, then Before the Storm is her much-deserved Fire Walk With Me.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
  1. Aug 31, 2017
    10
    The first episode really paints an interesting picture of Chloe before she was...well herself in the first Life is Strange. She's still tryingThe first episode really paints an interesting picture of Chloe before she was...well herself in the first Life is Strange. She's still trying to find herself after her father's death and the introduction of the mysterious Rachel doesn't do much to help things and only confuses her more. I love this episode. It provides a ton more depth to Chloe and to Rachel, who is only vaguely mentioned in the first series. If you are a fan of the first series, You absolutely must buy this one. Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2017
    10
    The first episode starts this prequel series off strong with awesome atmosphere and a great backstory of the much loved character, Chloe.The first episode starts this prequel series off strong with awesome atmosphere and a great backstory of the much loved character, Chloe. Although the 'rewind' mechanic that made Life Is Strange unique and great doesn't exist here, Deck Nine did an amazing job in the first episode and I can't wait for the next 2 episodes to come out. Expand
  3. Aug 31, 2017
    10
    NO SPOILERS!
    I'll update this review as the remaining episodes drop, but having playing the first episode thoroughly with one tactic, I'm
    NO SPOILERS!
    I'll update this review as the remaining episodes drop, but having playing the first episode thoroughly with one tactic, I'm absolutely thrilled. Deck Nine has impressed me much more than I expected was possible in a prequel from a new developer.

    The story relies on the elements that made LiS its best self: emotional depth and relatable content. From the bullies and baddies who clearly have their own problems and redeeming qualities, to the realistic looks at differing reactions to pain, I was glad to see that LiS is back.

    But to address the elephant in the room: The voice actors are fine, and in fact, I really enjoyed the game's use of them. Just like in the original LiS, what appears out-of-context to be choppy dialogue (c'mon, folks; LiS had cheesy dialogue and, in some cases, not-excellent voice acting) actually melds together into believable conversations and satisfying narrative beats. There are cringe-worthy moments, but that's to be expected... and to be honest, some of them felt like intentional homages to the first game's "charm" (quality issues).
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  4. Dec 20, 2017
    8
    So this is my full and final review after finishing episode 3
    this game is such a rollercoaster of emotions and really explains the
    So this is my full and final review after finishing episode 3
    this game is such a rollercoaster of emotions and really explains the connection Chloe had with Rachel it has a lot of plots that finally put my questions from the original game to rest and i really really enjoyed this game although some people will say that there is no time travelling in this game and its not like the original i do agree and think the time travlling does lack but the game satisfies us with other things although this game isnt original life is srange status good but it is good at its own way i did review every episode each but i think that people should feel this game forthemselves and then only play the original one

    my final score to this game is a 8/10
    and i do reccomened this game for those who never played life is strange and want to start the series and for those who really want to know what happend with rachel and chloe before the events of the original game

    in any case this game is HELLA GOOD AND I REALLY RECCOMEND IT
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  5. Jun 4, 2018
    8
    I was suspicious about a prequel with no time warp feature, but this game proved to be a great addition to the main story, providing anI was suspicious about a prequel with no time warp feature, but this game proved to be a great addition to the main story, providing an interesting backstory with good game mechanics. Expand
  6. Mar 23, 2018
    6
    After one of the best narrative games in history, geniously handling story, great lighting, good camera, and an interesting gameplay mechanic,After one of the best narrative games in history, geniously handling story, great lighting, good camera, and an interesting gameplay mechanic, comes a prequel which is well… barely ok.

    I’ve got difficulties to understand how it’s possible to mess something up with such a good starting material that is Life is Strange. The game looks bland, the textures low-def, some models low-poly, and some animations uncanny. Why did Deck Nine change the game engine from Unreal to Unity? Don’t Nod had a perfect ready-to-use engine with good lighting, colorimetry, and models. In Before the Storm, sometimes the camera shows an awful texture at close-range. Why? Why would the developers want to show us the ugly parts of the game with bad camera angles?

    One of the force of Life is Strange was its characters. They were often caricatural, but they always had multiple facets. Here, they’re caricatural, period. And sometimes, they are even behaving inconsistently with what the caricature depicts. It’s like the game does not want to be consistent with itself, and wants us out of the flow.

    The tropes used to create the twists are either really visible, or sometimes come from nowhere without reasons only to advance the plot. Many situations are not believable and characters behave differently only to create a fake tension.

    But it’s not all bad. There were some good moments, especially between Chloe and Rachel. This teenage nostalgia feeling is still there, but the realisation looks more like a 2012 Telltale game than what Life is Strange brought us. It’s just ok.
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  7. Dec 23, 2017
    1
    What a pathetic money-grubbing attempt. The story is horrible, and unlike the REAL Life is Strange, there is no ACTUAL choice involved in theWhat a pathetic money-grubbing attempt. The story is horrible, and unlike the REAL Life is Strange, there is no ACTUAL choice involved in the prequel. No matter what you do, the result, is the same. Not even any grey areas to play with. What a shame. The original one deserves a whooping 8/10, while the only reason I am rating this 1, and NOT 0, is because of the tremendous effort by the voice artists. Everything else just plain sucks....even the music; which, I never expected to be able to say about a "Life is Strange" sequel cum prequel. Expand

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