Thursday, December 21, 2017

Life Is Strange - Before the Storm

Life Is Strange was a truly beautiful game. It's probably weird to say, but I managed to identify with the main character and empathize with most of the feelings she experienced during her story. Now, I'm generally not a big fan of prequels and I wasn't particularly curious about Chloe's back story. But if Before the Storm was the only way to get back to the beautiful world and immersive mood of Life Is Strange, I sure as hell was going to play it!

Even if it's "just" a prequel, Before the Storm does a great job at standing on its own. Sure, there a lot of goodies for those who played the original game, but even if you didn't it's still a very enjoyable experience. The game looks equally beautiful, if not more so than the original. The voice acting is mostly top notch, with a few hiccups here and there. The music is amazing and by far the best thing about this series in my opinion. And the story of Chloe and Rachel is captivating, entrancing, touching and ultimately ends with a very impressive decision for you to make, all things considered. Sure, there will be sort of a bitter sweet taste in the end, when you start to put things in perspective with all that's going to happen to Rachel next. But digging up through her future story from the original game and putting it side by side with her life up until the end of Before the Storm, you get one hell of a complex character. Not to mention that the Chloe we meet in the original Life Is Strange makes so much more sense now.

I'm so glad games like these exist! Life Is Strange - Before the Storm is a touching, melancholic experience, uplifting and saddening at the same time.  If you're looking to play something for fun, this isn't the game for you. It is however the perfect game to play on a quiet afternoon, in a relaxed mood, when you're feeling like meditating a bit on the way life goes and our flickering human emotions. 

1. Yep, definitely a teenager!

2. Great dynamic between these two!

3. Awesome costumes!

4. There's something so cool about this shot!

Graphicsthe same beautiful style as in the original
Soundjust plain awesome music, great voice acting
Storya touching story, simple in scope but complex in feelings
Longevity9-10 hours to finish it and get the Platinum

Live it!

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