Life Gets Stranger
I’m gonna be upfront with everyone here, when the next part of Life is Strange was announced I was a bit furious. Let me explain.
This wasn’t a typical nerd rage about a franchise selling out or a hipster attitude towards sequels. The thing of it was, I was immeasurably happy with the original Life is Strange. Wit did have a super natural element to it, the parts that weren’t painted a very stark portrayal of high pressure society, social anxiety, life, freedom, and death. It was a beautiful story took me through a range of emotions I’m normally not comfortable expressing. For that, I’ll always regard the team behind Life is Strange with the highest respect I can give to a creative.
Chloe’s Life Is Strange
Before the storm focuses on the life of Chloe Price, two years after the death of her father and three years before the events of the original. We are shown the story of the friendship that Chloe forms with high school super star, Racheal Amber. As we know from the first game, this is the girl that went missing sometime between the two games that you later found out died of an overdose at a party. During the first episode of Before The Storm we see Chloe open up as her and Racheal spend the day together. We also learn a bit more about the relationship between Chloe, her mother, and soon to be stepfather.
Episode one sets the stage for what will ultimately be a much deeper explanation of why Chloe Price is the person that we see in the original Life is Strange. Outside of the Racheal Amber storyline we’re also introduced to some of Chloes other friends at Black Well academy, Most notably those that take part in a great deal of Dungeons & Dragons. This was arguably my favorite scene in the first episode because it shows a bit more of Chloes personality.
I honestly love everything about this game and Chloes backchat feature is one of my favorite things to ever be included in a game. I look forward to the next two episodes and the future of the franchise. Before the Storm has managed to capture everything that made the original Life is Strange so wonderful and appealing to its fans. Deck Nine has done something nearly impossible with most games by creating a sequel, prequel to a game created by another studio.
Killer Soundtrack from Daughter
The first thing that’s going to grab your attention when you play this game is it’s unbelievable soundtrack from the indie band Daughter. Every song is amazing and if you have the mix tape mode you can enjoy the awesome visuals of Chloes room along side some of the best music to ever be paired with a game. I’d never heard of the band until I played this but now that I have, I can’t get enough. Daughter released music from the game on September 1st and you can take it all in right HERE
Conclusion – Outstanding Introduction
Despite my initial feelings on the game I can now say that Before The Storm is just as amazing, if not better, than the original. It features music that makes my insides drool and if the writing stays as strong through the rest of the season it certainly will be the better of the two. If you haven’t done so already, please go out and play this game. I promise you, you will not be disappointed.