Life is Strange: Before the StormFirst thoughts after playing the debut episode for Life Is Strange’s prequel
Set a few years before the destructive events of the critically acclaimed Life is Strange, Before the Storm puts us in the shoes of volatile nihilist Chloe as she rediscovers friendship, comes to term with new feelings, and struggles not to self destruct.
Anyone who has played the first title is well aware of the nature of Chloe Price, protagonist for Before the Storm — she’s an angry, foul-mouthed teenager who favors skipping school, wallowing in weed and beer, and lashing out at a world she believes has abandoned her.
Sparks and Flames
With Chloe, we see the world of Arcadia Bay through the eyes of a depressed, angsty teen with little to bother living life for — deserted by her childhood best friend, grieving the loss of her father, and furious at her mother’s new deadbeat boyfriend who Chloe feels is stepping into shoes that do not belong to him.
As with its predecessor, Before the Storm breathes life into the various characters by giving them their own personalities and problems to deal with — depression, debt, bullying and betrayal are just some of the issues that start to bubble to the surface in episode one.
Before the Storm follows Chloe’s whirlwind adventure as she makes friends with the unlikeliest of teens: high school royalty and number-one on the popularity list, Rachel Amber. Together, they’re quickly sucked into a world of disbelief, confused feelings, and heartbreak as they wrestle with new emotions and discoveries that start to shatter their lives.
While Chloe lacks the power of time manipulation that Max possessed in the original Life is Strange, she does have a power of her own: The ability to kick ass. Not one to take attitude from others, Chloe can backtalk her way through situations, intimidating or humiliating problematic characters with her snarling wit. And, as Chloe would say, if you can’t talk your way out of a situation, you can always punch them in the dick.
We’ll have a full review of Life is Strange: Before the Storm once all parts of the episodic series have been released.