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Why Life Is Strange and Before the Storm are must-plays.

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Life Is Strange and its prequel, Life Is Strange: Before the Storm will break your heart. You should know that first. But this is the heartbreak of friendship, of growing up and of a story well told; in other words, a heartbreak that’s well worth experiencing.

Life Is Strange

In Life Is Strange, you play as Max, a shy photography student who discovers she can rewind time. You have a seismic impact on the plot of this absorbing narrative game, where the outcomes depend on the choices you make.

It starts with a literal bang, as a fight leaves a fellow student dying from a gunshot wound. Max witnesses the scene and somehow travels back to several minutes beforehand, realising she now knows enough to intervene. While Max learns how to harness her temporal powers, she’s drawn into the mystery of a missing young woman — reconnecting with her former best friend, Chloe, in the process.

A focus on character over plot sets Life Is Strange apart. The ups and downs of Max and Chloe’s relationship are beautifully observed and few other videogame depictions of friendship feel as authentic as this.

Life Is Strange deals with some dark subject matter, but does so with thought and care, making for some powerful and dramatic moments. But there’s plenty of light to balance the shade too. In fact, the game seems to be bathed in a magic-hour glow, like an overexposed Polaroid picture. It creates a nostalgic atmosphere, evoking the feeling of a moment you want to last forever.

Funny, perceptive and poignant, Life Is Strange is an unforgettable glimpse at a pivotal stage in a young woman’s life. It’s the kind of story we rarely see videogames approach, let alone do well. For that and the dozens of other things it gets right, it’s genuinely unmissable.

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Life Is Strange: Before the Storm

Life Is Strange’s prequel, Before the Storm is set three years earlier. It casts you as Chloe Price, the rebellious, sharp-tongued teen who is Max’s former best friend. Over the course of the game, Chloe forms an unlikely bond with Rachel Amber, a popular classmate who uncovers a secret that will change both girls’ lives.

While exploring locations in the seaside town of Arcadia Bay, you’ll discover clues that unlock new dialogue options with the game’s many characters. The choices you make, like whether Chloe is compassionate with her mother or reveals difficult truths, alter the course of the story.

Thanks to the game’s authentic and compellingly acted script, you’ll feel a deep connection to Chloe and others in her life. Mature themes abound: Chloe frequently breaks the law and takes risks that would give real-world parents a heart attack. But the game always treats its characters with tenderness and respect.

If you’ve played the outstanding Life Is Strange, you’ll find this prequel especially poignant given how Chloe and Rachel’s tale unfolds in the original game. If you haven’t played it, this is the perfect chance to experience the two stories in chronological order – and gain deeper insight into Chloe’s fascinating personality.

Just be prepared for gut-wrenching moral dilemmas and heartbreaking drama. There is no calm before this storm.

    Before the Storm

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