Life is Strange: Before The Storm Episode 3 Review
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The world of Arcadia Bay is full of turmoil in the third episode of Square-Enix and Deck Nine’s Life is Strange: Before the Storm. Do Chloe and Rachel make it through their struggles gracefully, or is this plot more awkward than puberty?

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Life is Strange: Before The Storm Episode 3 Review

The world of Arcadia Bay is full of turmoil in the third episode of Square-Enix and Deck Nine’s Life is Strange: Before the Storm. Do Chloe and Rachel make it through their struggles gracefully, or is this plot more awkward than puberty?

Life is Strange: Before The Storm Episode 3 Review

The second episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm dropped the bombshell that Sera is Rachel’s biological mother. It turns out that she had a problem with drugs, and Rachel’s father wanted her out of their life for the last 15 years. However, Rachel wants to mend these bonds and see if she can get some facetime with her mother.

It’s a pretty basic tale, one that’s got a healthy dose of drama and some minor twists and turns. However, the twists can be seen from a mile away…and the drama is exaggerated. No game has had a protagonist that is as unlikable as Chloe. She disobeys her parents, breaks into offices, draws graffiti on anything and everything she could find, and tries to do things her own way. The passing of her father hints at some daddy issues that she may have, but there is normally at least one redeeming quality when it comes to situations like these. As a result, it is hard to get engaged with the story.

If anything, the pacing is completely off too. Breaking the game up is some light puzzle solving, which has you interacting with objects in a set area. However, these tasks are mundane, and often feel like busywork. If a movie or television show spent 10 minutes trying to find a flashlight to make some stars or tuning up a car, people would quickly tune out. However, the fact that there is so much busywork feels like a chore throughout its three hour playtime.

When the game does offer compelling moments, however, players must watch a cutscene instead. Without spoiling too much, the climax of the story happens off-screen, and is briefly explained in a single sentence. It makes you wonder if the development team was rushed, as the priorities are way out of whack.

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Outside of the puzzles, there are a set number of choices that people can make. These often mean the same thing, and offer a dose of attitude throughout. There is the ability to choose a special option by interacting with a specific object, but it often has no hold on the plot. There is a brief section with a “backtalk mechanic,” which has you choosing the correct option of of three choices, but this section is over far too fast. Outside of a major choice at the end, everybody will more or less have the same experience in this episode.

Rounding things off is an incredibly basic visual presentation. The rounded look of the characters is an interesting stylistic choice, but the low polygonal areas would look right at home in an early Xbox 360 game. Our review was done on the highest settings, but it still looked rough around the edges.

Coming of age stories usually have you liking characters more as the plot progresses, but players will be eager to wrap up Life is Strange: Before the Storm sooner rather than later. The poor pacing, unlikable characters, and plodding interactive elements end this season on a low note.

This review of Life is Strange: Before The Storm Episode 3 was written based on the Steam version of the game. The game was purchased digitally.