Name: Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Farewell
Developer: Deck Nine Games
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One and PC
Reviewed on: PC
Acquired: *A self bought copy of this game*
The last episode in Max’ and Chloe’s adventure is out, and my oh my how I love those girls! That being said, the shoes for Deck Nine to fill are enormous and I had my doubts if they could capture that same magical chemistry between the BFF’s Dontnod did in the first game. Let’s find out.
The bonus episode, Farewell, follows Max’ and Chloe’s last day together before the Caulfields are moving to Seattle. And Max still hasn’t told Chloe the horrible news.
The game starts out with a bang, literally, as Max and Chloe are blowing up some of Chloe’s old toys, after all “When my mom asked me to get rid of this old junk, she never specified how”, as Chloe puts it. Already here the interplay between Hannah Telle and Ashly Burch (Max and Chloe’s VA’s) is apparent, and the memories from the first game flows on.
“When my mom asked me to get rid of this old junk, she never specified how”
– Chloe Price
Although I do try to keep our reviews as spoiler free as possible, I must mention some (slight) spoilers in this paragraph (the next one will be spoiler free again). However, for fans who already knows the story from the original Life is Strange, will already know about these facts. The whole premise of this episode comes right at the end, with William’s death, and Chloe’s sorrow in this time, combined with Max leaving for Seattle. Even though I obviously felt with Chloe from the first game, the sheer pain she’s in when she learns about what happened is truly heart-wrenching and feels extremely realistic. Especially the very last scene hits close to home.
Among other stuff to mention, is the (still) great character depth, with both Max and Chloe being awkward 13 year-olds, with trouble at school and finding out who they are. This is especially impressive, given how short the episode is. Which is the only major complaint I have about Farewell, I think I explored everything and got done in a mere couple of hours. It was almost a perfect couple of hours, but I do wish this farewell would have lasted a little bit longer.
Since this is such a short episode, and the rest of our usual review-stuff are covered in the review of the first episode, only the story has been covered in this part.
Apart from the fact that the episode is very short, and that the replay value is not too good, based on there not being any important choices, I have nothing I would change about this episode. The nostalgic feeling, the sad moments, as well as the good ones are all well depicted, and once again I plan to go live large in Arcadia Bay!