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  • Summary: A bold new era of the award-winning Life is Strange begins, with an all-new playable lead character and a thrilling mystery to solve!

    Alex Chen has long suppressed her 'curse': the supernatural ability to experience, absorb and manipulate the strong emotions of others, which she sees as
    A bold new era of the award-winning Life is Strange begins, with an all-new playable lead character and a thrilling mystery to solve!

    Alex Chen has long suppressed her 'curse': the supernatural ability to experience, absorb and manipulate the strong emotions of others, which she sees as blazing, colored auras.

    When her brother dies in a so-called accident, Alex must embrace her volatile power to find the truth and uncover the dark secrets buried by a small town.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 8, 2021
    95
    Life is Strange: True Colors is the best adventure in the LiS franchise, by far. A warm story about empathy, and the effect of it, that will leave a mark in your soul.
  2. 90
    Life is Strange: True Colors delivers an engaging and emotionally cathartic tale along with a surprisingly fulfilling new power. Its earnestness may not be for everyone, but fans of the series will find much to enjoy with this Deck Nine outing.
  3. 90
    Life is Strange: True Colors is just as much a story about Asian American heritage, mental illness, broken homes, and systemic failure as it is a drama centering around dealing with loss, regrets, and trauma. Alex, up until the events of the game, is forced to hide her emotions for fear of alienating everyone around her and appeal to potential foster homes. She despises her father—a first-generation Chinese immigrant—for leaving her and her brother after their mother died from an illness. Alex calls herself “broken,” and it’s only until she reunites with her brother Gabe that she finally begins the process of healing.
  4. Sep 8, 2021
    85
    True Colors is a fantastic narrative experience, filled with rich characters and taking place in a beautiful, enchanting world. It is heartfelt and at times powerful, touching on the nature of grief, loneliness and belonging. True Colors will delight fans of narrative games, but is unlikely to win over the doubters. You probably know if you’ll like this one, and I’m here to tell those people that they won’t be disappointed.
  5. Sep 15, 2021
    80
    Life is Strange: True Colors opens phenomenally well and then somehow loses its way, never really knowing if it wanted to tell a cheesy conspiracy story or dive completely into slice-of-life territory. I wish it chose an identity. Most of all, I wish it took some chances. I don’t want to say the series is growing stale, but there’s certainly a careful balance needed between giving fans what they expect and reinventing some aspect of itself. This is a cool world to get lost in over a weekend, but it may float on by as a passing phase.
  6. Sep 8, 2021
    77
    Life is Strange: True Colors lives up to the bar of the saga and deals with the subject of emotions in a responsible and realistic way. It's BSO is wonderful and despite having some bugs, the overall result is neat and we will enjoy it.
  7. Oct 1, 2021
    60
    A gripping story, beautiful landscapes and convincing characters. Life is Strange: True Colors looks very promising, but still this game could not fully convince us due to the slow pace and sluggish dialogues.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 57
  2. Negative: 13 out of 57
  1. Oct 24, 2021
    10
    Life is Strange: True Colors absolutely recaptures the winning formula from the original game, and in many ways surpasses it. I had timidLife is Strange: True Colors absolutely recaptures the winning formula from the original game, and in many ways surpasses it. I had timid expectations for Deck Nine's ability to follow in the footsteps of DONTNOD but they completely blew me away. They were able to hit on every note flawlessly, and Alex Chen and her story in Haven Springs are even more tight, profound, and striking than their predecessors, while also taking major steps forward in terms of polish of gameplay design, visuals, and coherent deployment of plot devices/character interactions.

    It only left me wanting more, and I'm thrilled to see what other stories Deck Nine can bring to this universe.
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  2. Sep 28, 2021
    10
    I have to say that this game is a Masterpiece. Best in the whole series by a longshot and definitelly my favourite game this year. It is in myI have to say that this game is a Masterpiece. Best in the whole series by a longshot and definitelly my favourite game this year. It is in my top 2 games of all times as well. Everything was just awesome. The story, the characters and their development, the game play, the dialogues, the soundtrack and sound effects, the graphics, just everything. It was also very emotional and relaxing to play as well. The only thing i would love if it was a bit longer. But other than that I can say that this game is just perfect. Expand
  3. Sep 17, 2021
    10
    It was the first game that make me cry, the story makes you a lot of feelings the decisions you have to make. Everything on this game, it's beautiful
  4. Sep 12, 2021
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I love the LiS franchise (apart from the second game, as that was a bloody mess). This game almost caught lightning in a bottle for me but just missed it for me. In this game, you play Alex a girl that heads to Haven Springs in Colorado to see her long lost brother Gabe. I like how this was painting at how Alex is Gabe long lost sister. I love her power of empathy where she can sense peoples emotions through auras, (the colours are akin to Pixar's inside out for me, red= anger, purple= fear and blue = sadness etc). However, if the emotion is strong enough she feels it too, (really reminded me of the film the double minus the doppelgänger). However, the game has a couple of flaws as I saw on my ps4 slim white, Alex T posing after a load which was funny but didn’t crash my ps4. Also, the game can seem too small and episode 4 felt very short and the LARP section was just cringe. I get people liked the table RPG part in LiS before the storm as Chloe but here it's a timewaster. On the other hand, my GOD the facial movements were lifelike, eyes and eyebrow movements the best I’ve seen in any media. I don’t know if it was mo-capped but it's amazing to work. I love this game a lot but it's no LiS 1 for me. Episode 4 should've been longer but episode 5 redeems it as it's trippy and this game is super D E E P like if you are in a traumatic stage in your life right now please wait to play this game. When I finished the game I felt like my head just got tased, I didn’t cry but it was very much reminiscent of indie films. You might love or hate this game this game is like marmite in a word. Some people love the saltyness of the spread others find it too overwhelming that’s what this game is: Marmite. I stand on the love it side as it achieves that happy medium of not much cringe and good writing. A 9/10 it is for me, a must play of this year also TL:DR this game is ‘hella’ deep lol Expand
  5. Sep 20, 2021
    8
    Specially registered here to leave your review. I went through the second part of LiS last year, I really liked it. It was unexpected to findSpecially registered here to leave your review. I went through the second part of LiS last year, I really liked it. It was unexpected to find out that soon (this fall) the third part will be released. It was a pleasant surprise. It seems to me that I only watched the first trailer or teaser. I read the review before buying, but stopped myself in time, as opinions differed. In general, I would recommend to all LiS fans. Each of the parts is good in its own way, and this one is no exception. Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2021
    5
    Worst of the trilogy. Incredibly boring and for a game about empathy, it was hard to have any with the main character.

    The decisions, even
    Worst of the trilogy. Incredibly boring and for a game about empathy, it was hard to have any with the main character.

    The decisions, even though there are more of them, felt meaningless. The best part of this game was the mini-arcade games!
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  7. Oct 6, 2021
    0
    I have no idea how this passes by goos storytelling. As a fan of the first game and games like these in general this is certified garbage. TheI have no idea how this passes by goos storytelling. As a fan of the first game and games like these in general this is certified garbage. The writing is terrible, the dialogue is terrible, it does no attempt to be original and they just try to strech every "episode" with making you repeat poorly made minigames and 80% filler dialogue. Worst game of its genre I've played. Expand

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