Name: Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Brave New World

Developer: Deck Nine

Publisher: Square Enix

Released: 19th of October, 2017

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Reviewed on: PC

The wait for episode 2 of Life is Strange: Before the Storm is finally over, and obviously I was hella ready to play it. The stakes were high, but were they fulfilled?

Please note that this is a part of the in-progress review of the entire game.

 

Story

The episode begins with Chloe and Rachel sitting in Principal Wells’ office, being in trouble for ditching school yesterday. I don’t want to tell too much about what happens, as this is a major plot point for the entire episode but already here you need to make an important choice.

After the meeting Chloe joins Joyce and David (step-dildo) in the parking lot outside of Blackwell Academy, turns out David is moving in. Surprise, surprise – Chloe is not very happy about that. As a result Chloe furiously walks through town, to end up at the junkyard. If you played the first game you probably recognize what Chloe is laying her eyes upon – as this is a (hopefully) spoiler free review I will just say it’s something very dear to Chloe in the original game.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Chloe in the junkyard
Chloe is not having a great day

After this, the game goes into a sort-of transport stage, until close to the end. However there are some high-points which include helping Frank with drugs, or optionally “women stuff” according Chloe. Chloe also pulls of the best “this is so embarassing”-face during the funniest scene in the entire episode.

As with the first episode, you still need to be a fan of the first game to enjoy this prequel. That said, I found this episode much better than the first, even with the “transport”-stage part. Chloe’s reaction to stuff happening in her family is believable (I reacted in the exact same way when the same happened with my family). I feel like the VA’s has become much better in their respective roles, especially Kylie Brown as Rachel performs amazingly in this episode. And even though the ending of the episode was a bit abrupt (and quite easy to foresee), I cannot wait for the third and final episode. Once again, I am hella ready for more.

 

9/10

 

Read the review of episode 1 Awake here. You can also read about the graphics and gameplay there.

 

PS. One thing I want to point out is the fact that Chloe is left-handed, so it is very weird that she draws with her right hand… Something to maybe patch in, Deck Nine?

PPS. Currently it’s a bug in the game that erases your original save file if you play through the episode again from another save slot, so don’t do that just yet.

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