Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Bonus Episode – Farewell Review (PS4)

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

I had really high hopes for this final piece of Life is Strange: Before the Storm. This is the final time you as the player would be able to take on the role of Max and see how life was before things became so messed up in Max and Chloe’s friendship. When it was announced that both of the original voice actress’s would be back to reprise their roles because the voice actors strike was over, this made me even more excited for this episode. I had release day for this game off, which is extremely rare, played the episode from start to finish so that means it’s time for a review.

In Farewell you’ll take up the role of Max one final time before she had powers and before she was trying to save Chloe every five seconds. This time as Max you have a new dilemma though. It’s trying to tell your best friend Chloe that you’re leaving town. During this time the main decision you’ll have to make is whether or not you tell Chloe that you’re leaving or if you just enjoy the day. Enjoying the day means playing pirates with Chloe and trying to discover the treasure that you hid with her years ago. The episode is short and has a bittersweet overtone to it that turns into just full-fledged sadness as it ends.

Not What I Expected… Seeing as how this was going to be the last time ever that you would get the chance to see Max and Chloe, it’s already been confirmed that the second edition of Life is Strange will not include them, I was kind of hoping for some actual closure on their story. Just a brief scene of where they were depending on your decision of did you keep Chloe alive as a friend, did you keep Chloe alive as more than a friend, or did you save Arcadia Bay. I really thought that the game was going to go this route too and the rest of the game, the actual story, would be a flashback of sorts. Sadly it wasn’t and I think that it had some missed potential to make an even more powerful impact than it did.

This farewell episode was super sad. Towards the end, things start to feel sort of…familiar, I don’t want to ruin it for someone who hasn’t played, and then suddenly you know what day it is and that makes it even worse because you know what’s about to happen. Other than that, this episode was shorter compared to the rest of the season, but I really enjoyed it. I liked seeing how Max and Chloe were before both of their lives became so different. Max is still basically Max and Chloe is just a completely different person. It’s both nice and sad to see her this way because you know what she becomes and what happens to her.

You’ll need a tissue or two…or the whole box. I probably started crying half way through this episode and then didn’t stop for the rest of the episode. Yes, I’m a super mushy girl that has a soft spot for Max and Chloe, but that’s not the point. The story telling in this episode is so powerful and emotion driven that it’s hard not to cry. Maybe you wouldn’t cry throughout most of the episode like I did, but you’ll still shed a tear or two. I think what hit home the most for me was that I know what it’s like to try and tell your best friend that you’re leaving town at that age. I never returned to my old neighborhood, found my friend, and discovered that I had the power to rewind time, but the rest of it was very real for me. You promise to write and call and still remain the best of friends because you have these cheap necklaces that are broken in half that say “best friends” and you have one half and she has the other, but it just doesn’t work out. You never write. You call every so often, but soon those phone calls stop, until one day you find that other half of your necklace in a pile of junk. So yeah, tissues. Lots of them.

The playability of this game was the same as it was for the rest of the season. It was super awkward to just walk around, look around, and interact with objects. I didn’t really expect this to be fixed for this final episode and that’s fine because I think this episode concentrated a lot on the voice acting since the original actresses were back. I can forgive them for this, but I expect the second season of Life is Strange to have all of this fixed.

The graphics were the same as the last episode of Before the Storm. I feel like they had improved and it was nice to be able to snoop around Chloe’s house one last time and explore the backyard one last time. I did want to say that I thought the facial animations have become a little better and I hope this means good things to come in the future of this series.

There are no trophies for this game. None. I think this has a lot to do with the controversy when Life is Strange: Before the Storm was first released because there was a trophy for playing this episode and getting the platinum trophy for this game as a whole depended on it. The only problem was that this bonus episode was only available if you bought the deluxe edition which not everyone bought. There was a whole thing, the trophy was removed and now this episode has no trophies. The end.

No multiplayer for this game as well which is normal for this series and this game so no complaints from me in that department.

Overall I give this episode a 5 out of 5.

What’ Great:
+ The original voice actress’s reprise their roles as Chloe and Max adding more depth and emotion to this episode.
+ This is your final time to play Max and Chloe and see what they were like before Chloe just grew up too fast and Max moved away.
+ Graphics that continue to improve and hopefully continue to do so moving forward.

What’s Not So Great:
Doing the main things that you have to do in the game like walk, look around, and interact with objects is still very awkward and clunky.

I really enjoyed this bonus episode and was glad that I purchased it with the deluxe edition. I didn’t expect it to go in the direction that it did and I didn’t expect it to hit home as much as it did. I hate when I can relate to stuff like that. Anyway, this game seals the emotional bond that if you played this game you might have with these characters and this little world of Arcadia Bay. While some things could have been done differently, it was a sad send off to two iconic video game characters, but if wouldn’t be Life is Strange if it wasn’t sad. Anyway, even though this episode is super short, it still worth it if you’re a huge Life is Strange fan.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 3 – Hell is Empty Review (PS4)

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I’ve been waiting for this episode for a while and I know it was released a while back, but I just recently got around to playing it because of well…REASONS! Anyway, I was pretty excited to get back into this game which has been kind of a conflict type game for me. I’ve enjoyed watching Chloe become the Chloe we all know and love in Life is Strange, but I’ve had my doubts about this Rachel Amber that she kind of worships. Anyway, this game comes to its conclusion in this episode and all is finally revealed.

Picking up right where episode 2 left off, episode 3 starts off with Rachel finding out that her mom is really not her mom. This woman she thought she seen her father cheating on with is her actual mom. Not to interrupt from the plot outline, but I want to add that I thought that this was going to be one of those stories where her dad wasn’t really her dad either. I thought maybe Frank was. Anyway, Rachel’s dad will tell the story of how he met Rachel’s mom but she wasn’t really “mom” material so he basically dumped her and went for his more conservative wife. The proper wife of a DA. This leads to Rachel having this breakdown and it’s basically up to Chloe to save the day. She’s tasked with finding Rachel’s mom which will get her and Rachel into a couple of life or death situations. You’ll also get one more episode to be a complete and utter douche to David as he moves in and basically starts his take over. All of this leads to a bitter sweet ending because if you played Life is Strange then you kind of know what happened to Rachel.

Major Kudos for the Music. I haven’t said it in my reviews for the previous episodes, but the music for this game is spot on and is just so fitting. Daughter did an amazing job with the soundtrack for this game and it’s really one of the highlights just like how the music from the previous game was such an amazing highlight to the game as well. It really sets the mood for the game and fits into the whole world perfectly. I can’t express how much this makes a difference not only in this episode, but throughout all three episodes.

I really enjoyed this episode. In the past two episodes, I felt like I had to play Chloe a certain way based on how she was represented in Life is Strange, but I threw all of those notions out the widow and played her how I wanted to play her. Turned out I enjoyed the episode a lot more and got a lot more out of it. I liked in this episode how Chloe finally got her first blue streak of hair before becoming the multi-colored hair girl that we all know and love in Life is Strange and she’s starting to become that character that we know. There are a lot of revelations in this episode and a lot of twists and turns and even though the episode was super long, it felt like I could have continued to play for at least a few more hours because I didn’t want it to end. By the end of the game, I’m still not really sure how to feel about Rachel Amber. This kind of hit home a little bit as I’m sure we’ve all dealt with a “Rachel” in our lives. She wears so many masks, but by the end of the game I still couldn’t tell if she was wearing one of those masks with Chloe of if that was the real Rachel Amber. I guess we’ll never really find out and you’ll have to come to your own judgement with that. I will say that I did enjoy the game’s ending which did this little fast forward type thing that ended with Chloe and Rachel being happy, but to the player it’s bittersweet because if you played Life is Strange you know of know that Chloe is headed for a major heart break.

That after the credits scene… I hate spoiling things for people in my reviews and I’m not going to do it here, but there is this scene after the credits that at first looks cute and innocent, but the last, I’m going to say, five seconds of that scene is so utterly disturbing that it just really hit this part of me. I don’t even know how to explain it. In all of my years of gaming I haven’t had this happen to me and it’s one of those things that will stick with me when I think of this game every single time. If you’ve played this game and you watched the game after the credits, let me know what you thought about that very final scene down in the comments section below.

The playability of this game was the same as it was throughout the whole game which was a little wonky. For a game where really all you have to do is walk around and look around, you would think that the motion would be a little more fluid but it really isn’t. Chloe just feels really clunky as you’re moving her around each level and at times it’s just awkward to play. While I didn’t have any problems with my main playthrough, I did have the game fully crash on me as I went back in collectible mode. Although I was happy it didn’t happen through my main playthrough, I was still kind of pissed that it happened through my collectible playthrough because it shouldn’t have happened.

For some reason I felt like the graphics for this episode improved. It thought this was a little weird because the graphics for the first two episodes were consistent, but this one was a little different. Everything seemed a little clearer and less cartoonish this time around and the graphics really worked for this episode. When the series continues, I really hope that they continue to improve the graphics along the way.

Finish this episode and tag your way through Arcadia Bay once more to get yourself 13 trophies. That’s 12 for playing this episode, tagging up the place, and playing the other episodes, and one platinum trophy for the game if you completed everything else in the other episodes. Most of the tagging is pretty cut and dry, but there are a few missable ones that if you aren’t observant enough, which I’m guilty of, or if you just don’t think sometimes, which I’m also guilty of, you’ll miss. At least with collectible mode it’ll take all of 10-15 minutes to go back and get them.

There’s absolutely no multiplayer for this game and it’s not needed so there are no complaints coming from this end. There also isn’t crowd play so you’ll have to make your own decisions which is just fine with me. Anyway, if you know me and are a frequent visitor to my blog you know my favorite way to game is single player which suits me just fine.

Overall I give this episode a 4.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ A nice yet bittersweet conclusion to the prequel of one of my all time favorite games.
+ A solid story line that wrapped mostly everything up nicely even though there might be some questions left hanging over for the player to continue to think about.
+ Some improved graphics that really brought the game to life as well as some amazing music that brought the story to life.

What’s Not So Great:
This episode was plagued with Chloe being extremely clunky with her movements and then there was the crash during collectible mode which didn’t help.
I just want to take one more opportunity to say how disturbing that final five seconds after the credits were and I really don’t think it helped the game all that much.

After playing all three episodes to completion I have to say that this was a pretty decent prequel to a really awesome game that I fell in love with from the first episode. I will say that I felt a little powerless playing because no matter what Chloe becomes the Chloe that you see in Life is Strange so while it was nice to be able to play her, it really didn’t impact what happens later on. Even if you play her as this super nice girl who just gets mixed in with the wrong crowd or person, try to have her get along with David, and do everything right, she still ends up where she is at the beginning of Life is Strange. It was a weird mix of enjoyable but also knowing that you can’t stop the train wreck that becomes her life. I’m really eager to see where the Farewell episode goes because I have some expectations for it, but I’m going to say that if you’re a Life is Strange fan then this is just a game that you have to play because it gives you this bittersweet back story on an iconic character. If you’re not a Life is Strange fan and have been debating if you should even play that game, I would say that this is a great jumping off platform before actually playing Life is Strange as you can go in with no expectations or preconceived notions about the characters.

SPOILERS! Below are my choices from the third episode.

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This Week in Trophies 01-07-2018 – 01-13-2018

This was a pretty good week in trophies as I was able to get my first platinum trophy of the year. Kind of late in the year for me, but the way I’ve been going it seems like it’s going to be one of those years. Anyway, I played a bunch of games this week, didn’t really get that many trophies, but at least I got my platinum. Here’s a breakdown of what I did play.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm – 100%

I’ve had this last episode sitting on my PS4 for a little while now since the episode came out last month, but I just never got around to playing it. I finally have and was able to finish it up. I’ll have my full plathrough posted on my YouTube channel shortly and I’ll have my review posted in the next couple of weeks.

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Assassin’s Creed Origins – 36%

It’s really unbelievable to me that I’m still playing this game. I’m about 35 hours in and there is still so much to do. I never expected an Assassin’s Creed game to be this long or actually be this interesting. I have to say though that I did wavier a bit and lose some interest in it, but I finally gained back my interest in it this week and I’m really eager to finish up now.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – 18%

After my little rage quit last week, not my best moment, I finally got back into this game and watched as the story progressed. I was a little pissed that this one sequence, the court room sequence, that I was stuck on turned out to be just a dream sequence and it had me go through all of this stuff before BJ just woke up. Not the greatest Wolfenstein moment for me, but I am liking the way the story is now progressing and it’s at a little bit of a faster pace.

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That was it for the week, a total of 18 trophies including my one platinum. For next week, it’ll be basically more of the same as I’m trying to finish up Doom, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Assassin’s Creed Origins. I’ll probably throw in The Sims 4 somewhere during this time along with Cities: Skylines, but I’m kind of in this mood where I want to finish the games that I’m streaming so that I can start streaming some new games. I’ll let you know how things go next week.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 2 – Brave New World Review (PS4)

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Because the first episode ending in such a fiery way, get it fiery because of the fire? Anyway, I was super eager to play this second episode and did so the week that it was released. Like a lot of people who are playing this game, I wanted to know more about Chloe before Max comes back into her life and what makes Chloe into the Chloe that you see in Life is Strange. I always wanted to see more of the developing relationship between Chloe and Rachel Amber. This episode not only delivered that, but a little more mystery to it.

Episode 2 picks up the morning after the events of episode 1, it had to because of the way the first episode ended. This is a pretty important episode in the world of Life is Strange because this episode shows how Chloe got expelled from Blackwell and how it cements the relationship between Joyce and David because of Chloe’s actions. You’ll also get to see how Chloe got her oh so famous truck that she drives around town in Life is Strange and there’s also a lot of foreshadowing of things to come in the episode. You’ll also be able to get a little more involved with Rachel Amber if you choose to go the relationship with her route and you’ll get a peek into her explosive home life and even more explosive personality. You’ll also get tangled up with Frank in this episode which probably leads to the life or death situation that Chloe finds herself in when you start off Life is Strange. All of this accumulates into another cliff hanger ending that will make you want the next episode to be released as soon as possible.

What if… Instead of going the way that this game seems to be going, what if it was done differently? I don’t normally do this type of thing because games are made a certain way because that’s just how it is, but I was thinking that instead of the story that this game is telling what if each episode was a year. Hear me out. This game takes place three years before Max comes back to Arcadia Bay. There are three episodes. Three being the key here. Each episode could have showcased a year in the life of Chloe and Rachel Amber, leading up to Rachel Amber’s demise before Max re-arrives in Arcadia Bay. Just a thought. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like the way things are going now, it just means that maybe this game could have been handled a little differently.

So I’m kind of split on this episode because I really want to love it as much as I loved the original Life is Strange game, but part of me was just bored with it. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that I feel like I have to play Chloe a certain way. I mentioned this in my last review and this is probably just a me thing. Anyway, the episode was a little long in my opinion and it wasn’t all that exciting. You see Chloe becoming more of the Chloe that she is in Life is Strange and while that’s great it’s also not so great because you already know this. Maybe it’s just me. Anyway, I did enjoy the foreshadowing that took place in this episode and it’s probably the most thought provoking part. Although Rachel Amber is basically put on a pedestal in Life is Strange because of her “disappearance,” in this game you can see her basically for what she is which is kind of two faced. She’s basically a born actress meaning that she’s phony. At this point I kind of regret making her and Chloe more than just friends because I feel like this kind of leads Chloe down an even darker path because she’s willing to do anything for Rachel. Don’t get me wrong though because I am a huge Pricefield shipper and have always been one, but I just feel like Rachel isn’t right for Chloe.

The playability of this episode is the same as last episode which means that the controls are still a little wonky. The walk around and looking around thing is weird and doesn’t always respond properly and it just makes the game a little frustrating to play at times. Other than that I had no problems with the game. I do have to say I kind of miss the rewind time thing. I know it was Max’s thing, but sometimes it just feels like I should have made a different decision than the one I did and if I had the rewind time power, I could have. Anyway this game isn’t about that so that’s on me. I will say that using Chole’s sarcasm is tricky at times because you really have to listen and you have to pick up on key words that the other person is saying to use it against them. It’s a fun little puzzle to solve but it’s time limited so you have to think on your feet.

The graphics for this game are the same as they were in Life is Strange and the first episode of this game. They aren’t bad graphics and are more cartoonish style which is fine with me because it’s what they did in the first game. Like I said before the graphics are just there and are nothing to write home about.

Finish this episode and graffiti your way through the town again in order to get yourself another 11 trophies closer to the platinum trophy for this game. The graffiti this time around was a little more trickier as I missed 4 of them even though I looked just about everywhere and did a ton of exploring. It wasn’t a problem going back though through collectible mode and finding which ones I missed so that I could easily get all of them.

There is of course no multiplayer for this game and there doesn’t have to be.

Overall I give this episode a 3.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ This episode doesn’t leave you wondering and picks up right where the first one left off showing you how Chloe gets expelled from Blackwall and how she gets her truck.
+ You’ll get an inside look into the life of the Amber’s and it shows that they just put on a front just like a lot of people.
+ The foreshadowing in this episode is strong and thought provoking.

What’s Not So Great:
A different side of Rachel kind of comes out during this episode and it’s a little unsettling.
The controls are still a little wonky and moving around and looking around aren’t as fluid as they should be.

Even though this episode got a little bit of a lower rating, I’m still looking forward to seeing how this game wraps up. I seriously don’t think that three episodes is enough because it only shows a short glimpse into what’s going on with Chloe and Rachel Amber and not the whole story. This might change in the last episode, but I kind of doubt it. Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see what the last episode and the farewell episode have to offer. I’m going to say that if you’re a Life is Strange fan that you’ve probably already got the whole deluxe edition for this game and are happily playing it. If you held off on getting this game, I would say to hold off a little longer until the full game is released and go from there. If you’re not a Life is Strange fan, I’m going to say and skip this one because obviously you didn’t like Life is Strange. Haven’t played either game? Then I’m going to say just stick to Life is Strange for the moment because that game is awesome.

SPOILERS! Below are my choices from the second episode.

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This Week in Trophies 10-15-2017 – 10-21-2017

This was a pretty exciting week for trophies as I continued to play Wolfenstein: The New Order, started a new game, and played the second episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm. I was able to do all of that with a super crazy work schedule, so I’m pretty damn proud of myself. Anyway, let’s get right into my trophy breakdown for the week.

Wolfenstein: The New Order – 38%

I continued to play this game this week, mostly live on Twitch, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s a great game and it’s one of those games that even though I’ve died like a million times, I’m OK with it and continue to play because I really like this game. I think it’s probably one of the best games that I’ve played recently. I’m looking forward to finishing the last two chapters of this game and then going back in order to clean up some trophies and then play on Uber mode.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm – 60%

The second episode of this game came out this week and I made sure to make time to play it. While I won’t say much about it here, you’ll have to wait for my review which unfortunately won’t be out for a while. I swear it’s worth the wait though and I should have my full episode playthrough on YouTube later today.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole – 23%

I started playing this game the second day it was released because my shipment got all messed up and it wasn’t delivered on release day like promised. Thanks Best Buy! Anyway, when I did start playing, I have to say that this game is just super funny. It plays out like an episode of South Park which is at times extremely offensive, but it is still funny as hell. I’m having a blast playing and can’t wait to finish.

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A pretty good week with a total of 36 trophies to brag about. Not bad and I’m hoping my streak of getting this many trophies a week or possibly more will continue. Now for the upcoming week, I plan on hopefully finishing up Wolfenstein: The New Order and getting the platinum trophy for this game while I continue to play South Park: The Fractured But Whole. I’ll also stat playing Assassin’s Creed: Origins this week if I can get it on time. I’ll be playing most of this live on Twitch, so if you’re interested in watching you can always take a look at my schedule here and see what I plan on playing and when I plan on playing it. I’ll let you know how things go next week.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 1 – Awake Review (PS4)

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A few weeks after the reveal that there was a Life is Strange 2 in the works, that wouldn’t center around Max for understandable reasons, Life is Strange: Before the Strom was revealed at E3. To tell you the truth it was the highlight of my E3 and as soon as I was able to pre-order it I did so. I eagerly awaited the release of this game so much that I was totally into the whole countdown thing and then when I was finally able to play it, I played through the whole first episode without stopping.

In episode one, and throughout the whole three episodes, you’ll get to play as Chloe Price. Everyone who played Life is Strange already knows Chloe and knows what she’s been through, but this will take place three years before the arrival of Max. After not only losing her father, but also her best friend, she’s having trouble coping as a teenager and goes from being that normal teenager to one of the most angsty and rebellious teenagers around the town of Arcadia Bay. She’ll disobey her mother, hate her mother’s new boyfriend David, get into as much trouble as possible in school, and most importantly meet Rachel Amber. Episode one sets all of this up for the rest of the season. It shows how Chloe is making the transition into the person that we see her as in Life is Strange, minus the blue hair. While you don’t have the power to rewind time, I’m pretty sure your whit and sarcasm that can be used throughout the game will come back and bite you in the ass.

I really enjoyed this episode, I had one minor problem that I’ll address later, because it was nice and familiar to go back to a place before there was this huge storm threating it and there was a girl there who was able to rewind time. What was everything like before the arrival of Max and what was Chloe like before seeing her best friend again? This was all a very interesting dynamic to see in this first episode and I enjoyed the first real meeting between Chloe and Rachel Amber. This episode basically served as an introduction and I was completely fine with that because I liked exploring Chloe’s home life and interacting with familiar characters like Joyce and David while also exploring her school life and interacting with more familiar characters like Nathan Prescott and Victoria Chase. It was an interesting dynamic to see if they were the same people three years before the first game. Even though this episode was super long, I never found myself bored and was actually disappointed when it ended because I could have kept playing.

The Minor Problem I Mentioned The one and only problem I had with this game, which is pretty awesome, isn’t the fact that the same voice actress doesn’t play Chloe. I tried not to get involved with the whole voice actor strike drama, but the fact that I felt like I had to play Chloe a certain way. Chloe isn’t a blank slate like Max was. You could play Max to be any way you want her to be, but Chloe is different. She’s an already developed character and although you were given choices, I felt like I had to make what would be considered the wrong choices because I felt like that’s what made Chloe into what we see in Life is Strange. Make Sense? Anyway, if anyone else had this same problem, let me know in the comments section.

If you’ve played Life is Strange, then the playability for this game is basically the same. You’ll make your way through different scenarios and basically make decisions that will eventually come back and effect the episodes later on in the game. There were a few problems with the looking around portion of the game and trying to focus on an object or a person to either look at them or interact, but that was pretty minor. Other than that the game played bug and glitch free.

The graphics for this game were pretty simple and mimicked the graphics for the first game. They were really nothing to write home about and were just there. They didn’t feel special in anyway, but the main point is that they fit the game and the feel of the game so they worked.

Finish this game and graffiti your way through town in order to get the first 11 trophies for this game. By the end of the game if you do this for every single episode you’ll be able to get yourself a new Life is Strange platinum trophy. The trophies really aren’t hard to get and if you set out and explore you should be able to get all of them, I personally missed three, but if you don’t’ get all of them you can easily go back in collectible mode to clean up.

There is no multiplayer for this game, or even crowd play, which is all good to me. For a moment though, I did wonder about is this game would have multiplayer. What if someone else was controlling Rachel Amber. It would change the game completely and would be an interesting dynamic, but that being said it’s not like I would want to see that feature, just something that popped into my brain.

Overall I give this epiosde a 4.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Great introduction into Chloe three years before the arrival of Max.
+ An inside look into what Chloe and Rachel Amber’s first meeting was like and the relationship between the two girls that evolve from there.
+ As always a strong shout out to the soundtrack for this episode which was just amazing as the original Life is Strange soundtrack.

What’s Not So Great:
A few missteps when it came to focusing on an object and trying to interact with it.
Since Chloe is an already developed character, if felt like she had to be played a certain way and wasn’t a blank slate.

Overall I really enjoyed this episode and am looking forward to the episodes to come especially the farewell episode because of course I had to get the deluxe edition. I would say that so far, if you’re a fan of Life is Strange that you’ll want to play this game if only to get one more chance to see and actually play as Chloe before Life is Strange 2 comes out. I’m not too sure about the release schedule for this game so if you’re good with waiting and seeing when the next episode comes out go ahead and pick this game up now and playthrough the first episode because you won’t regret it. If you’re the type that wants to play all of the game when it’s all released then you’ll want to wait until everything is released.

SPOILERS! Below are my choices from the first episode.

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This Week in Trophies 08-27-2017 – 09-02-2017

This week was kind of back to crazy mode even though I was able to find some extra time to game. Just when I thought I had a break at work and would be secure for at least another two years, turns out that I’m really not as my job get threatened on a daily basis. This is wearing my patience really thin at the moment, but I am being an adult about it and just trying to go on with my life, and coming home to game is basically what I look forward to each and every day so I’ve been gaming as much as possible. Here’s how my week went.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – 40%

So I finished my first playthrough of this game and absolutely loved it which is why I started my second playthrough on Crushing mode. Not really having that great of a time because it’s crushing mode and even though I have some buffers to help, I just really hate dying every five seconds sometimes. Anyway, I still love the game and I’m really hoping to get the platinum for this game sometime soon.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – 30%

The only reason why I was able to get trophies for this game was because I really like the survival mode and have been playing it in between playing Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. When a trophy pops in this mode it counts towards Uncharted 4.

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Last Day of June – 100%

I know I usually don’t comment about games that I’ve finished until my review, but that review is weeks out as I’m that far behind in reviews so I will say that I absolutely loved this game and give it my strong recommendation to pick up and play even before my full review comes out. Seriously you do not want to miss this game.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm – 30%

This was one of my must have pre-ordered games because I just love the original game. I know my reviews are backed up and it’ll be a while before the review for the first episode comes out, but I’m really enjoying this game. I have a few little qualms about this game but nothing major and I’m looking forward to the next episode.

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Angry Birds Trilogy – 43%

As some of you know I’m trying to grow my YouTube channel and have not only been doing video reviews of the games I play but also a bunch of Let’s Play video’s and it takes a lot of time on my PS4 using ShareFactory to edit which means that my PS3 is completely open for use since I still need to game. Anyway, that’s why this game has been getting so much attention lately.

And that was it for the week. A pretty impressive week with another 44 trophies for the week. I’m pretty sure next week will slow down a bit as I concentrate on playing and hopefully getting the platinum for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. If I can finish that up within the next two days, I’ll be going back to Fallout 4 for the rest of the week. Other than that, I’m not sure what else will be planned for the week, but as always I’ll let you know how things turn out next week.

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