Life is Strange was such a memorable experience that I approached this title with high expectations. Especially since it was not made by Don’t Nod Studios, the task of being faithful to the original game would certainly be challenging. Truth be told: Deck Nine did an honorable job. Before The Storm can never hope to reach the heights of Life is Strange, but it works well for anyone who enjoyed the original story.
I don’t intend to delve too much on the events of Before the Storm, but as a starting point, you impersonate Chloe Price, who is one of the protagonists of Life is Strange. At the start of Before The Storm, she is in the middle of very difficult times: her father passed away in a car accident 2 years back, she is struggling with school, and her mother’s boyfriend, whom Chloe hates with passion, is moving in at home. In other words, her life is falling apart in every direction. And to make things worse, her best friend, Max, left Arcadia Bay 2 years ago, leaving her alone, and barely keeping in touch. The whole story of BTS is structured around three episodes, describing Chloe’s encounter and relationship with Rachel Amber. Rachel appears to be the opposite of Chloe: she is from a rich family, has stellar grades, and is extremely popular with other teenagers. Yet Rachel finds herself facing hard times as well, and in need of a close friend to talk and help her out: Chloe will be that perfect match.