Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 3: Hell is Empty Image
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Life Is Strange: Before The Storm Episode 2 - Launch Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. 90
    The overall story stayed interesting throughout, the characters were complex, the bigger themes were brilliant and it was a generally emotional and expertly executed second trip to Arcadia Bay.
  2. Dec 22, 2017
    86
    We've enjoyed learning about Chloe and Rachel, and we think this is a great ending for the series. This particular episode prioritizes narrative over gameplay, but we think it works, and we can only say that Deck Nine has done a great job creating this prequel.
  3. Dec 22, 2017
    85
    Deck Nine has lived up to the expectations and has crafted a perfectly fitting ending to Chloe Price’s journey. Although Life is Strange: Before the Storm could have had a couple more chapters, “Hell is Empty” is a more than enjoyable finale to the prequel.
  4. Dec 20, 2017
    80
    The last episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm is awesome. It resonates in the characters of Chloe and Rachel, building a story on few very strong topics.
  5. Jan 1, 2018
    75
    If you are a series veteran looking to relive the magic of Life is Strange, then there is no doubt Before the Storm will scratch the right itch.
  6. Dec 24, 2017
    70
    Certainly not a calm before the storm, but while it’s full of wonderful characters this final chapter feels unsatisfactory.
  7. Jan 15, 2018
    40
    Before the Storm is just an example of badly written teen fiction. Dull story and unmotivated characters will definitely disappoint many fans of the original Life is Strange.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jan 2, 2018
    10
    I enjoyed every second of this game. Every episode brought something fresh and exciting to the table and injected life into this story. II enjoyed every second of this game. Every episode brought something fresh and exciting to the table and injected life into this story. I finished playing feeling emotionally moved more so than the majority of games I play. The story telling, the pacing, is all some of the finest work available in the gaming world today. Eagerly anticipating more. Bravissimo Expand
  2. Dec 20, 2017
    10
    The final episode of 2 season, is really great. Music and color-correction is the best.
    This final scene is very "mature-violented" for brain
    The final episode of 2 season, is really great. Music and color-correction is the best.
    This final scene is very "mature-violented" for brain of big fan '_'
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  3. Dec 20, 2017
    8
    I'll start this off by saying that I will play Episodes 1 and 2 over again, but not 3. It was a good episode, but also very different fromI'll start this off by saying that I will play Episodes 1 and 2 over again, but not 3. It was a good episode, but also very different from the first two episodes, which I loved.

    The first two episodes were very focused on the Chloe and Rachel relationship, which was what I enjoyed. The third episode put Chloe on a chase to find Rachel's Mom and didn't have enough Rachel. It was a thoughtful and solid ending to the three episodes, but I would've much preferred more Rachel and Chloe.

    This episode was a lot darker and went off the rails a bit in Rachel's Dad's office and not just with Elliot (who I honestly didn't even know who he was at first when I ran into him in the hospital).

    But ultimately while it ended dark and perhaps even needed to go there in some ways, I would've like it to be a bit lighter with more of Chloe and Rachel's relationship, which I think has been the highlight of both seasons so far. Also I still don't know if I made the right decision at the end.
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  4. Dec 20, 2017
    6
    Tl;dr at end
    While I am impressed that they were able to tie up the storylines fairly well in this episode, it did leave a bit to be desired.
    Tl;dr at end
    While I am impressed that they were able to tie up the storylines fairly well in this episode, it did leave a bit to be desired. This finale episode felt like watching a daytime soap opera, and not much more. Simply put, it was missing a real hook that I've come to expect from Life is Strange. It also felt as if the episode was rather rushed. While the opening cinematic was an interesting change of pace, there were more and more graphical glitches and shortcuts taken later in the episode. Adding to that that the episode won't download correctly for most people on PS4, and I'm very surprised that they didn't take the extra 24 hours to try and add some polish, rather than releasing the episode a day early.

    The story in this episode is, as I mentioned earlier, essentially a mixture of a soap opera and teenage drama. If you're at all familiar with those genres, then most of the plot will be easily predictable. Thankfully, however, the angst has been dialed back, and there were even fewer cringe inducing lines, in fact there was only one. This is thanks to the fact that they seemed to give their characters some care, and there were few "this is obviously a 30 year old trying to imitate a teenager" lines. This episode did have one inexplicable plot point, however, and it is a real head scratcher for me. After 2 episodes as a very minor background character, they decided to give Elliot some time in the spotlight, and...well... Suffice it to say, it was an extremely odd choice. It could have been entirely cut from the episode, and nothing would have been lost. Which is usually a pretty good sign that the scene should be left in the writer's notebook. I would have much preferred that we spent more time resolving the main plot threads, rather than randomly introducing a new one for Elliot, and then chopping it off just as abruptly 20 minutes later. That 20 minutes should have been used for the climax/epilogue. For some reason, during what is potentially the most important endgame scene, there are no voices, just music. At first I thought it was a glitch, however, I now believe it was a design choice. I'm not sure if it was artistic, budgetary, or time constraint related; but for me, being unable to hear what's being said during the entire descending action and epilogue didn't sit well.

    One more thing that really didn't sit well with me was the audio mixing. This really surprised me, as this series has always had masterful audio work. However, there were several times in this episode in which I had to rely upon subtitles, as I simply couldn't hear the voice actors over the background noise or music. Speaking of voice acting, while Rachel's father thankfully gave a much better performance in this episode, her mother gave a performance that was flatter than any I've ever heard in a major release, which is a shame.

    The graphics are nothing to right home about. The intro to the episode was an interesting change with good camera work and solid visual cues and references to past episodes, with a great art style. But afterwords, things started going downhill. Namely, I experienced numerous small graphical glitches, mostly in the latter parts of the episode.

    I know in this review I seemed to do nothing but complain, but this episode didn't really live up to its potential, which is a shame. I do believe the studio gave its best, but it really needed some more time to polish and edit this episode.

    Ratings:
    Story: 6/10
    Graphics: 5/10
    Audio: 6/10
    Replay Value: 8/10
    Angstiness: 5/10
    Overall: 6.5/10
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  5. Dec 23, 2017
    6
    I was expecting better considering the first two episodes were pretty good, but I was rather disappointed and underwhelmed. The last 30I was expecting better considering the first two episodes were pretty good, but I was rather disappointed and underwhelmed. The last 30 seconds of the episode gave me chills, however, and it may have been the best part, sadly. Expand
  6. Dec 21, 2017
    6
    Unfortunately, not the best way to finish the prequel. Despite the as usually great musics and colours, the anti climatic and full of holesUnfortunately, not the best way to finish the prequel. Despite the as usually great musics and colours, the anti climatic and full of holes and contradictions plot of this episode is for me the worst of all the eight episodes of Life is Strange published until now. I'm sorry because i really liked the first two episodes, not so much this one. Expand
  7. Dec 20, 2017
    0
    Huge fan of Life is Strange. What the **** is this episode three. Weak,uneventful, No ideas. Should have done 5 episodes spanning from meetingHuge fan of Life is Strange. What the **** is this episode three. Weak,uneventful, No ideas. Should have done 5 episodes spanning from meeting Rachel to the events of season 1.

    This feels like it has been stripped down of 70 percent of its content. Abysmal. You dont even get the chance of playng , its just cutscenes. There is no choice, the endings are almost all the same.

    Episode 1 and 2 while not ideal i thought they were great. This episode three makes me fear for the Farewell episode, please deck 9 dont **** Farewell up.
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