Saturday, 09 September 2017 06:10

REVIEW: Life Is Strange: Before The Storm - Episode 1 (Xbox One)

Written by Staceface_Mayhem
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I often walk down the street, pass a gang of youths being obnoxious, talking in their lame lingo, or doing something completely stupid in public, and I think to myself was I ever that vexing? These were mostly my initial feelings when playing the first ‘Life Is Strange’ episodically told tale by Square Enix and Deck Nine.

Then like a hammer to the face, I realised, YES, we were all kids once, and even if you were a good law abiding teen, you were probably just as wrapped up in the trends and cultures of the time, and probably just as irksome to your elders. Once you get over that initial sourness, “Life is Strange” is a charmingly unique point and click, dialogue fuelled, adventure game.

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So, with my teenage angst preparation on high this time, I dove in their prequel “Life is Strange: Before the Storm” like any eyelinered adolescent would at a My Chemical Romance reunion concert.

Episode 1 entitled ‘Awake’, once again you return to Arcadia Bay, which unintentionally feels like it is over run with people aged less than twenty, that talk like they are younger than 15 but have the convictions of a 30-year-old. This time round, this very hipster vibed tale focuses on Chloe, in a time before she was blue haired and off rescuing her friend Max. Beginning in a redneck rock concert, Chloe unrealistically talks her way into the gig past a bounce with a newly introduced ability, I like to call ‘trash talk till they give up aspirated’ power. This new skill of persuasion literally requires you to pay attention to the conversation, so you can twist their words into winning an argument and getting out of a situation. It’s an interesting game mechanic, but unrealistic in a way that even half the things Chloe retaliates with would get her juvenile arse knocked the hell out in the real world.

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From there we meet the infamous ‘Rachel’ the love interest of our tormented heroine, and like the layers of an onion, the characteristics and events that shaped and continue to shape Chloe, finally begin to reveal themselves. That is the difference between this one and the first, the character development. Just in this first episode, I felt more for Chloe than the whole of the last game.

Other than that, there isn’t much to say, as like I have said it is only episode 1 of 3 episodes and it plays exactly like the first game. Walk over to a person or object, click the options to interact with it, or engage in conversation, some of which will influence choices later in the story. However, going off this first instalment, and the cult following and raving reviews the last game got, I am looking forward to seeing how this game plays out.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Deck Nine
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Genre: Adventure