"Life is Strange: Before the Storm" is gamedom's answer to "13 Reasons Why."
Although not fixated on suicide like the Netflix series is, the episodic game takes a brutally honest look at adolescence. Avoiding the usual idealization or dismissal of the tumultuous life crossroads, the game takes a hard look at life-defining choices that emerge in your teen years.
Focusing on heroine Chloe Price, whose metaphysical powers from the original "Life is Strange" aren't yet present in this prequel, "Before the Storm" puts Chloe's relationship with Rachel Amber in the crosshairs. The friendship feels deep, resonant and decidedly lived-in. Through dialogue and action choices that come up during gameplay, you wrestle with the conflicting demands and ambiguity so often heaped upon teens.
By scaling back the stakes and telling a tighter, more realistic tale, "Before the Storm" hits homes in ways the predecessor couldn't quite touch. The first episode aptly sets the stage for the coming storm.
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