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I played the original episodic game ‘Life Is Strange’ at the start of last year by mere coincidence, and I was absolutely hooked.
Without going too far into details, it’s a story which highlights a lot of conflicting issues that society today likes to dodge and hide from the public. Showcasing the what would seem ‘average life’ of a teenage girl who is trying to finish her last year of school.
This review is about it’s recent released prequel ‘Life Is Strange: Before The Storm’.
You’re A Dropout – Story
The story follows that of Chloe, a conflicted teenage girl whom you learn about in the original game. Without spoiling, she struggles with certain complications in her life, leading to a series of unfortunate events occurring.
To make matters worse, unwanted individuals make an appearance. This creates a feeling of extreme loneliness for Chloe and she doesn’t feel like she can connect with anyone.
Until she meets Rachel.
Rachel is a grade A student, perfect in every sense but has a secret. This is where the story starts to get interesting and the chemistry between the unlikely pair shines.
It’s a gripping 3 part story, and you’ll be invested from the get go. The writing and character development is top-notch and shows what a great story-driven experience can offer.
Above Video: Life Is Strange: Before The Storm, Story Trailer.
Make The Decisions You Want – Gameplay
Much like Telltale games (decisions which impact the story), you have the ability to explore and interact with the different environments throughout the story.
I recall walking the school yards during the early game and talking to different students, only to find myself playing ‘Dungeons And Dragons’ on a picnic table.
What surprised me though, was the level of depth and control they allowed me to have when playing. You could pick your character name and decide on how you wanted to tackle the quest (that the NPC students presented to you). Whatever decisions you made in this board game, had an impact on the relationship you had with those characters later on in the game.
Events like these occurred consistently throughout my play through, allowing me to create a greater emotional connection and impacting on the decisions I made.
Their is also another gameplay element which Chloe can use, helping her win arguments and get out of tough situations. It employs the art of listening and replying with a play on words, creating an eventual resolution.
Above Video: Chloe’s ‘Backtalk’ Mechanic.
Animation Awkward – Graphics And Sound
The graphics in this game take a painting and mix it with a little realism. It looks amazing, especially sequences where there are sunsets involved but during other times the characters just look awkward.
You’ll see weird and expressionless animations in areas where you think there should be more expression. It ruins the immersion a little but isn”t game breaking.
Sound is incredible in this game and deserves 5 stars. If you are into lofi/acoustic chill out music, then this is your game. There are sections where you can literally just sit around, and reminisce. It makes for a very atmospheric movie setting.
Smooth & Rocky – Mechanics & Specs
The controls are simple, incorporating basic keyboard or controller functions (depending on what platform you’re playing on).
I ran into a few bugs and glitches along the way but nothing game breaking.
The specifications are well optimized and most modern day computers should be able to run it.
- CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 (3.1GHz) or AMD Phenom X4 945 (3.0GHz)
- CPU SPEED: Info
- RAM: 3 GB
- OS: Windows 7 or above (64-bit Operating System Required)
- VIDEO CARD: AMD Radeon R7 250 or NVIDIA Geforce GTX 650
- FREE DISK SPACE: 14 GB
- CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 (3.7GHz) or AMD Athlon X4 845 (3.5GHz)
- CPU SPEED: Info
- RAM: 6 GB
- OS: Windows 10 64-bit
- VIDEO CARD: AMD Radeon RX 460 or NVIDIA Geforce 1050
- FREE DISK SPACE: 14 GB
Uncover The Secrets
I highly recommend this game to anyone looking for a highly engaging, story-driven experience.
If you played the first game, then you must play ‘Life Is Strange: Before The Storm‘ because it really is an unforgettable experience, 9/10.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them below!
Have an awesome day guy’s!