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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 a dramatic new story in the BAFTA award winning franchise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. Sep 3, 2017
    90
    Life is Strange: Before the Storm Ep. 1 sets up an intriguing story that lives up to the franchise’s name. Even though its not flawless, the prequel delivers an experience worth living.
  2. Sep 5, 2017
    85
    Episode 1 succeeds as one of the most poignant stories in episodic gaming. In just a few short hours you’re prone to a cacophony of emotions which all stumble and fumble together into a narrative which feels like it was never written, because it feels plausible. Such is the story’s persuasive power. However this is not a game for those with a grudge against passive experiences. There’s probably even less meaningful interactivity here than usual, and is probably the most film-like episode I’ve played since the genre was resurrected.
  3. Sep 1, 2017
    80
    Like Chrysalis, Awake once again feels like the beginning of something great. It is referential for sure, it has to be, but it’s never wholly reliant on what came before. This is a markedly assured debut for new developer Deck Nine, who have confidently executed the core elements that made the original so well liked, but also put their own spin on the world to weave a new tale. Before The Storm is set to be a nostalgic trip back to a home away from home that many thought they’d never get to visit again. I’m delighted to once again be part of this world – if only for a little while.
  4. Sep 12, 2017
    80
    Before The Storm fits perfectly with its new protagonist Chloe about the way she sees and feels life. The fact that Deck Nine was able to make something completely different but familiar, at the same time, just makes us want to play the rest of its episodes. The one, big problem we were able to find about it, technically, is that despite changing its graphic engine from Unreal to Unity, the game still struggles to be cohesive.
  5. Sep 5, 2017
    78
    Life is Strange: Before the Storm's first episode is heavy on atmosphere and emotion, but light on narrative or gameplay. It will appeal to those who loved the heart-wrenching drama of the first game, but could have a hard time attracting any new fans.
  6. Sep 1, 2017
    75
    Beautifully crafted prequel to the acclaimed adventures that shifts the focus away from the supernatural to the normal problems of teenagers.
  7. Sep 1, 2017
    60
    Life is Strange: Before the Storm is an underwhelming start to a miniseries that still has plenty of promise. Deck Nine has shown it can create lovable characters and believable drama, yet fails to cohesively implement them into the experience. That being said, things could easily improve from here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Aug 31, 2017
    10
    Incredible and magical as it should be, charismatic characters, interesting and varied, a wonderful soundtrack and an impressive artIncredible and magical as it should be, charismatic characters, interesting and varied, a wonderful soundtrack and an impressive art direction, the game touches on delicate and controversial subjects with a lot of respect and makes the experience very immersive and magical, looking forward to the next episode Expand
  2. Sep 2, 2017
    10
    Just as touching as the original series, this episode is about the frailty of human interaction, but more than that, it offers a new angle toJust as touching as the original series, this episode is about the frailty of human interaction, but more than that, it offers a new angle to the butterfly effect scenario - I believe the ones who will make it through to the ending will understand that :) apart from that, its lines are deep, its humor and intertextuality, extremely well done, and the music is just as empathetic as i was hoping for. Looking forward to the next episode... Expand
  3. Sep 3, 2017
    10
    If you ever turn to this game you will never stop playing. The best thing is that it can really take you away for a whole day. The plot isIf you ever turn to this game you will never stop playing. The best thing is that it can really take you away for a whole day. The plot is interesting and characters are well developed. Expand
  4. Sep 2, 2017
    9
    The Story and everything overall is really good! This game is for everybody who played the first one and loved it (like me). I have nothingThe Story and everything overall is really good! This game is for everybody who played the first one and loved it (like me). I have nothing negative to say about this game. The only thing i don´t like is that the next episode is coming in 8-10 weeks and that is pretty long (for me at least). But overall a perfect prequel to the original! Nice Job Deck Nine. Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2017
    9
    It's a great first episode and a worthy prequel. In fact, you would not really know that this is not from the same developper. I enjoyed theIt's a great first episode and a worthy prequel. In fact, you would not really know that this is not from the same developper. I enjoyed the great dialogues, the beautiful music and the possibility to create my own version of Cloe Expand
  6. Aug 31, 2017
    6
    Life is Strange: Before The Storm Episode 1: Awake
    No confidence in whats to come
    Before the storm is a prequel to life is strange where you
    Life is Strange: Before The Storm Episode 1: Awake
    No confidence in whats to come
    Before the storm is a prequel to life is strange where you play as maxs blue haired friend chloe..
    though at least in episode 1, that blue hair is nowhere to be seen…
    This time the story focuses on her friendship with rachael amber.. the missing girl from life is strange…
    She saves you from a party and the rest is history..
    episode 1 is reminding you about chloes fathers death, how much she hates school and her step dad.. and how much teen angst she has, while setting up her and rachels relationship and care for eachother..
    but by this 2 hrs long episodes end… my care was nowhere to be found…
    There is no special rewind ability here.. this is all interacting with the environment and dialog choices.. turning this into a telltale games sort of adventure..
    Appreciated though is that chloe talks to herself reminding you where items are or where you should be looking for a certain item to progress the story.. it doesn’t waste your time which is refreshing for an adventure game…
    There is also a battle system where you trade insults or come up with clever replies based on when your opponent says to get your way in a situation..
    and you have to do so quickly as youre being timed…
    this system is really the only noticeable gameplay here…
    Again there is no rewind puzzles or really any puzzles in this first episode
    aside from a few fetch questy moments finding your moms phone or an item to pry open a coinslot… the game was dialog choices with characters and a situation I just didn’t care about…
    the game gives me no reason to care about chloe and rachaels relationship…
    I asked myself while playing multiple times what is even the point of this
    There was one cool moment here where I was playing a table top game with these 2 nerds at a picnic table and had to make choices, it was fun and immersed me into the world…
    but afterwards I was just out of it, again wondering why…why does this game even exist…
    Im not sure if this is just fan service or if this game is going to actually go somewhere..
    The story so far is just not compelling
    nothing from episode 1 has hooked or intrigued me, nothing has me excited for the next episode…
    this isn’t a good sign when this game is set to take place across only 3 episodes total…
    I give
    Life is Strange: Before The Storm Episode 1: Awake
    a 5.5/10
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  7. Sep 5, 2017
    1
    That Game is a huge disappointment. The Story is boring, the characters dull and sound/music is just the basic standard. I'm alreadyThat Game is a huge disappointment. The Story is boring, the characters dull and sound/music is just the basic standard. I'm already regretting the purchae and won't buy another episodes. Expand

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