Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Life is Strange: Before the Storm is an episodic adventure-drama game developed by Deck Nine for Square Enix Europe. The game was released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on August 31, 2017, for Episode 1, October 19, 2017, for Episode 2 and December 20, 2017, for Episode 3.
- Another attempt at a video game-movie hybrid. Like its original counterpart, this game lacks depth and boils down to little more than generic "girl drama".
- The original voice actors were replaced due to a voice actor strike in 2016. However, the replacements sound off. Chloe's voice is too low, Rachel's voice is without emotion and the rest sound like they don't want to be in this game. This is also strange when you consider that Ashley Burch helped write the game and she didn't give the new voice actress any advice as to how Chloe should sound.
- The game makes numerous not-so-subtle references to the original, creating a series of glaring plot holes in the process.
- The location of Chloe's hideout is much different than it was in the first in a geographical sense.
- Just like in the original game, your choices are just downright pointless with most (particularly regarding Chloe's relationship towards David and her mother) being null and void as certain options contradict the original game. The only choice that matters is the one at the very end (which is what the first game did), but guess what, that one doesn't matter either because there's almost little difference between the two endings and it doesn't affect the first game's story.
- Chloe Price's character is a bit more tolerable in the prequel, but she's still effortlessly unlikable and has no depth whatsoever.
- Since Chole doesn't have time powers, she has a backtalk dialogue option, which is when Chloe tries to throw words back at the characters she is arguing with. In essence, Chole bitches until she gets her way like a spoiled brat. This was apparently a way to show that Chloe is witty, but it comes across as childish most of the time. Fortunately, you can go through the entire game without using it, but at the same time it makes this mechanic pointless.
- Rachel Amber basically boils down to being an overpraised, over-privileged, spoiled brat and her actions make her an outright criminal.
- A really stupid moment where Victoria tries to drug Rachel before the play and depending on your actions, Victoria will step down from the play or Rachel will drug Victoria's drink and Victoria will pass out and nobody will seemingly care. Either way, the teacher will force Chloe to be in the play despite not being an actor, not ever read the script, and is suspended.
- Speaking of Chole and Rachel, it's not believable that they become so close as they are after only spending a few days with each other, let alone a few hours.
- Pandering: They still try to appeal to teens with things like rage comics put in random places, although, to a lesser extent compared to the first game.
- Just like in the first game, some arcs were an outright waste of time (ex. Eliot's role in the game and Nathan seeking psychiatric help).
- Misandry: Men are portrayed as weak, creeps, or just downright assholes.
- Some cutscenes last up to 20 MINUTES of nothing but talking and little plot movement.
- Some plot lines were never resolved or rushed and the game's ending is rather anti-climactic.
- The game is a little under 7 hours long with little replay value.
- Just like the first game, scenes like The Play and Elliot catching you in the DA's office are just filler because they do nothing for the story or characters. Which is also baffling given that this game is much shorter than the original.
- The game missed the opportunity to give a good reason as to why Chloe behaves the way she does in the first game.
- The game makes the "Doomed by Canon" mistake when Rachel is stabbed in the arm. It tries to make the scenario intense but we know Rachel won't die from it.
- It's also not clear how or why Damon stabbed Rachel in the arm as it looks like he stabs her in the abdomen.
- The game hinted that Rachel had some sort of supernatural powers in the first episode. After she knocks down a burning trash can, she screams and the wind current picks up, causing the forest fire you see in the rest of the game. This factor is essentially forgotten in the rest of the game as something like this never happens again.
- Damon Merrick is an uninteresting, forgettable antagonist with no depth, whose character is summarize to just him being a bad guy because he's a bad guy.
- Damon gets killed off-screen as hinted from the bloody photo of Damon and Frank that Frank has. Yes, you don't get to see the villain death.
- Mikey and Drew's story was somewhat interesting and had potential.
- The bonus episode "Farewell" is actually decent and brings back the original voice actors.
- The soundtrack is decent.
- Admittedly, the game is better and more tolerable than the original, but only slightly.
- Frank is in the game!
- Good graphics.
- The Platinum Trophy is easy.
- The scenes where Chloe dreams of her dad's death is actually kind of saddening and the game handles the themes of grief well.
- Some funny moments like this and this.
- You can change Chloe's outfit.
- The voice actor for Rachel (Kylie Brown) later voice acted as Red in WWE 2K20.