Check out the full E3 demo of Life is Strange: Before the Storm.
Following the surprise success of 2015’s Life is Strange—Dontnod’s episodic tale of teenage rebellion—we expected publisher Square Enix to return with a sequel. Less expected, though, was the E3 2017 reveal of Life is Strange: Before the Storm, a prequel that tells the story of series star Chloe Price during her formative years.
Dontnod isn’t behind the prequel, with development duties instead handed off to Deck Nine Games. While the cynics out there may call this a cash-in, Before the Storm has its moments—at least if the E3 demo is anything to go buy.
The biggest change—aside from a range of new locations alongside familiar ones—is that Before the Storm ditches the time travel mechanic of the original and lays the teenage melodrama on thick.
The strength of Life is Strange was always in its writing, where it masterfully touched on complex topics like addiction, cyberbullying, and suicide. Before the Storm deals with its own difficult themes: Chloe Price, now 16 years old, coming to terms with the death of father three years prior, and the loss of her best friend Max, who moved out of town.
Chloe’s life takes a turn for the better when she meets Rachel Amber, the most popular girl in school.
In an early scene, Chloe—having talked her way into a concert at an abandoned lumber mill—meets Rachel for the first time, but not before being faced with a dilemma: steal a T-shirt featuring her favourite band, or do the right thing and walk away. Naturally, the choice is up to you, although here at E3 Chloe’s actions are dictated via a committee of journalists in an E3 demo room. Naturally, they choose to steal the shirt.
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