Life Is Strange: Before the Storm is a prequel to the original game developed by Deck Nine in 2015. The predecessor was an incredibly addictive and high-quality game, which put a lot of weight on the shoulders of this release. If you add the fact that the authors had to take away the element of supernatural, the primary task for the developers seemed to have been to find a story intriguing enough to keep players’ attention.
A Young Chloe in Love
Before you start reading, I feel obligated to mention that there might be some spoilers from the original Life Is Strange. I will try to keep things clean when it comes to Before the Storm, but if you haven’t played the first game, I suggest you do that before you continue reading.
Anyway, the first thing that I noticed is that Max is absent and that the main protagonist is Chloe. Although you will find some similar traits, such as her loudness, it’s evident that this teenage Chloe hasn’t been through enough like her older counterpart we already met. Rachel Amber is one of the other protagonists in the story. Yes, that is the girl Chloe and Max were searching in the original only to find out that she ended up dead. That sheds new light on the relationship that Rachel and Chloe develop in this game, and you can’t help but feel sad whenever they are on screen.
Ah, Those Rebellious Teenage Years
And they are on screen often since Life Is Strange: Before the Storm is focusing on their relationship. Rachel is the daughter of a district attorney and straight-A student, but Chloe is the troublemaker. The journey shows us how they met, became friends, and how that eventually turned into a romance. Hats off to the developers because they know how a story should be told. The plot is important, but it’s the small scenes that make it truly memorable and this game is full of such details.
That is what makes this game original. Being rebellious at our teenage year and causing headaches to our parents is something most of us did. That is why we can relate to the coming-of-age problems that Chloe is having and feel for her. And that is what breathes life to this story and makes it worth your while. Those of you who prefer more effective story arcs will be thrilled to know that you can expect them in the third episode.
In the end, let’s mention graphics. You will recognize the style from the original game as the visual presentation remained simple but colorful and pleasant for the eyes. The sound also fits in with the overall atmosphere and the developers did an excellent job in that area.