Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Sep 20, 2017
    85
    This is just the first episode in a 3 part arc and it left me wanting more. While there is no time element here to mess with, the backtalk is interesting enough. Though story wise, there might be something going on, more than meets the eye if the end moments are any indication. Deck Nine has taken the franchise and totally captured what fans of the first game loved about it. The dialog, story, and drama that comes with it all. While there were a few moments of framerate stutter on the Xbox One, it was very few and far between. Otherwise, this was a solid first episode and if the quality keeps up, the entire prequel will be a nice companion pieces to the original game. Hopefully not taken anything away from it, but only adding more.
  2. Sep 7, 2017
    85
    Before the Storm's first chapter has already deflected most of the pre-release concerns that "This doesn't need to exist." Maybe it doesn't because Life is Strange's story was self-contained. Then again, maybe Life is Strange is better off with this complementing it. After its debut, I'm fully willing to argue that Before the Storm deserves to exist because this story is important too. In true Chloe fashion, anyone who disagrees gets two one-finger salutes.
  3. Aug 31, 2017
    81
    Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 1 is a conservative proposal on the saga. The game will be more enjoyable for those who like the classic adventure genre. The fans of the original Life is Strange will discover in Before the Storm the beginning of the friendship between Chloe and Rachel that will add backstory on the punk girl.
  4. Sep 15, 2017
    80
    Life Is Strange: Before The Storm may well take place before the literal storm but that doesn't mean that events run smoothly. Chloe is struggling to come to terms with the events of the last couple of years, but her burgeoning relationship with Rachel Amber looks set to change all that. When it comes to moral decisions, the options may not always make sense with Chloe and some awkwardness can ensue, but this is a minor issue in an otherwise solid episode, especially when the new BackTalk mechanic is very fitting and adds some realism to conversations. Depending on how much you like surprises, familiarity and prior knowledge from Life Is Strange can be either a blessing or a boon, but regardless of this, Chloe's new (old?) adventure looks to be a fascinating storyline to follow into the remaining two episodes.
  5. Sep 13, 2017
    80
    Yes it has some serious pacing issues and the long conversations where you don’t seem to be doing much can grate. But the gameplay is solid, with some interesting extras and it still looks very pretty indeed.
  6. Sep 7, 2017
    80
    Life is Strange Before the Storm is certainly a game for people who love a good story. It points out interesting themes like bullying, love, friendship, loss and more. The episode feels a little short with two or three hours, but in the end it's worth it.
  7. Sep 5, 2017
    80
    This new adventure nails the overall mood of the series, while introducing an interesting "word fight" mechanic in replacement of the absent time rewind power. It lacks intense and adrenalinic moments like those in the original series, though: we hope to see more of those in the next two chapters.
  8. Sep 4, 2017
    80
    As an introductory episode to a three-part series, Awake absolutely nails it. The action that takes place is pretty low-key — don’t run into Before the Storm expecting epic adventure sequences — but it’s a perfect return to Arcadia Bay.
  9. Aug 31, 2017
    80
    Awake shows you a broken Chloe - someone at her lowest. Everyone hits those trying times in their lives, and what Awake does best is illustrate how much another person can make a difference in those situations. The emotional pull is strong, and the story's strength is its relatability. This first episode has me intrigued at how Chloe and Rachel Amber will make it through their distress, and it also has me rooting for them.
  10. Sep 8, 2017
    78
    Life Is Strange: Before the Storm follows the path of what became the first title in 2015. Deck Nine has done the work of developing a graphic adventure to meet the expectations of fans but with the virtues and shortcomings of the previous title. Anyway is an ingenious proposal of mechanics that the most educated fans will love.
  11. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Oct 21, 2017
    70
    It suffers from a slow and repetitive first act, but once Chloe and Rachel meet, sparks fly. [Nov 2017, p.74]
  12. Sep 5, 2017
    70
    For fans of Life is Strange it’s no doubt worth your time, and the way in which Chloe and Rachel’s relationship evolves over the course of the first episode is a pleasure to watch. No so well done though, is all the supernatural stuff. Which fails to reach the same heights of the original, and feels a little forced.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 43
  2. Negative: 8 out of 43
  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 Full Review »
  2. Jun 17, 2020
    7
    If you were a fan of 2015's Life Is Strange you'll definitely be into Before the Storm, which may have different developers and voice actorsIf you were a fan of 2015's Life Is Strange you'll definitely be into Before the Storm, which may have different developers and voice actors but still manages to capture the same ambience and vibe of the original game. Although this prequel is lacking the time rewinding mechanic, it improves in graphics, facial animation and lip syncing compared to season 1. There's a lot less gameplay in this game and more exploring and talking/making decisions. It's a slower pace but that's not a bad thing. Aside from a few awkward scenes and lines, the plot seems to be decent in this first episode and will hopefully get more interesting in part 2. I had no real issues with the new voice actors and the music by Daughter worked really well. Lookin forward to the next one Full Review »
  3. Jul 10, 2018
    9
    So here is it. Life is Strange: Before the Storm delivers an awesome history, varied, awesome soundtrack, great characters, but lacking ofSo here is it. Life is Strange: Before the Storm delivers an awesome history, varied, awesome soundtrack, great characters, but lacking of many things the original game has, it's worth it. Full Review »