Brin Plays: Before the Storm Chapter 1
I was a huge fan of the original Life is Strange so when I heard there was going to be a prequel game (albeit one developed by a different company) I was both excited and nervous. Excited because I would again get to peek into the lives of these characters but nervous because it may prove to be too much of a good thing.
Like, Life is Strange was so good because there was this whole other plot that went down before Max Caulfield (the playable character) arrived back in her old hometown and hooked up with her old childhood friend Chloe Price. The events prior were shrouded in mystery and although the game did an admirable job of uncovering the secrets of Arcadia Bay, it left enough to the imagination to remain tantalising to the player.
Rachel Amber, the girl whose disappearance was deeply linked to the core plot was still as much of a mystery at the end of the game. A prequel with Chloe as the main character and featuring Rachel might actually ruin that mystique.
I was also disappointed to learn that the original VA’s had not returned (something to do with the video game voice actor strike or so I hear). Still, I was sufficiently excited enough to pre-order the game and play it on its release date (today).
I am really glad that I did because it definitely was a great first chapter. It had all the charm of the original and although I missed Max, it was great getting to play as Chloe.
Rachel also ended up being really interesting too. She was such a large presence in the original game without ever actually appearing so I was concerned that meeting her in the flesh (so to speak) would not live up to the hype but it really did. I can see why she was such a figure of awe to her classmates and why Chloe was so smitten with her.
The game also feels very self-contained. You do not need to have played the original to enjoy this (although I would certainly recommend it to anyone who loves deep and immersive story-telling in games). I’m looking forward to playing the next chapter though I now wish it was longer than just three parts.
Definitely a solid four out of five stars for this chapter of the game. Here’s hoping the next two chapters are equally impressive!!