Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 1: Awake

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 1: Awake is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 103 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

70%

Critics Recommend

Based on 103 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Wait for Sale
ACG

Top Critic

Wait for Sale
Aug 31, 2017
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TheSixthAxis
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 1, 2017

Despite many expectations, revisiting a younger Chloe Price and Arcadia Bay is very rewarding for fans of Life Is Strange. Deck Nine have found a story of discovery, growth and friendship that's well worth telling, and doing so in a delightfully unexpected manner. Especially if you're already a fan of the series, Life Is Strange: Before The Storm is easily recommended and I'm eager to see what's next.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 5, 2017

Before the Storm is at its best when it focuses on the untold elements of Life Is Strange. So far, those moments capture the spirit of the original, but I'm anxious to see if it can hold up as the timelines converge. Buy it.

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VG247
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 1, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is here. Who wants to talk about feelings! No major spoilers.

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VideoGamer
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 1, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is off to a not unpromising start, but it feels like Chloe and the game are both still finding their feet.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 31, 2017

It struggles with characterisation and motivation at times, BUT it also made me laugh out loud and furnished me with an unexpected weepy moment.

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Player.One
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 1, 2017

It will give you and your friends a lot to talk about, and that's all you really want from a Life Is Strange game. And trust, you will have raging emotions about your life decisions in Life Is Strange: Before The Storm.

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Oyungezer Online
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 4, 2017

From the tremendous soundtrack to the details of the side characters and story crumbs, Before the Storm is like a carbon copy of the first game.

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Scored Reviews

Rectify Gaming
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm offers us the chance to use trust and love as our cloak and dagger.

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RPG Fan
92%
92%
Aug 31, 2017

An honest insight into the tragedy of loss in youth.

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Goomba Stomp
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

The first installment in "Life is Strange: Before the Storm" blew me out of the water. The Game's clever use of literary allusions, coupled with the impressive dialogue and impeccable playlist makes 'Awake' a beautiful exploration of depression.

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Daily Mirror
Sep 3, 2017

Before the Storm evokes everything wonderful about the first game, with even the loss of Max Caulfield and her time-rewind mechanic not as great as one might think. This is fan service at its best. If you were a fan of Life is Strange, you'll love this opening episode and the tease of what's coming in the following episodes.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Aug 31, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 1: Awake starts the prequel series off strong with a narrative that makes you care about Chloe in an all-new way.

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GameSpew
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 4, 2017

As an introductory episode to a three-part series, Awake absolutely nails it.

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Leadergamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 3, 2017

A solid and long episode with great characters and story. Must play for Life is Strange fans.

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GameSkinny
Sep 7, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a relatable and gripping tale of dealing with loss and emotionally ambiguous friendships.

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ThisGenGaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

The story is pretty good so far and seems to kind of set up the first Life is Strange game. The graphics seem to be awesome as well. I do have to say that I enjoy Chloe's "I don't give two F's" attitude better than Max's quiet attitude, though its good, it could had been better.

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Press Start
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 3, 2017

This is a perfect start to a new Life is Strange saga and left me wanting more as the original series did so expertly. If you're already a fan of the series you'll feel right at home (although I do miss Max…) and if you're new, it ain't a bad place to start. If anything I would envy the chance to play this first before the original game, as my final choice and decisions throughout the original might have been very different having become attached to Chloe before Max.

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

As I played through the game, I found myself profoundly moved by Chloe, by Rachel, by loss and pain and the wondrous beauty of a newfound love. Excellence in writing evokes emotion and memory. Awake has it in spades. Deck Nine has done what most didn’t think they could: It took a beloved series by another developer (DontNod Entertainment) and made it even better. There simply isn’t a better way to honor another game than that.

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Geek Culture Podcast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

The original Life is Strange kind of came out of nowhere and surprised us all with just how good it was. As a result, there is a lot for Life is Strange: Before the Storm to live up to. Only one episode of three main episodes has released thus far, but so far it looks to be maintaining the quality of the original while presenting some new mechanics and building onto the backstory that we didn’t even know we needed so badly.

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FingerGuns
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 25, 2017

Episode 1 of Beyond the Storm builds a few lines of dialogue from the original series and a character that we didn't previously meet into a riveting expansion of the Life is Strange universe. The writing. The visuals. The soundtrack. The story. The mechanics. They're all superb with only a handful of niggles and bum lines. All of my caution and concern was totally unfounded as Deck Nine are obviously very safe hands to carry the series forward. Awake is as good as much of the original Life Is Strange and there's not a single "hella" in sight.

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MonsterVine
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 7, 2017

Episode 1: Awake is a strong start to Before the Storm.

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SomHráč.sk
90%
90%
Sep 4, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm had no easy task, but at least the first episode managed to deftly follow in shoes of its extremely successful predecessor.

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GamesRadar+
Aug 31, 2017

Chloe's enhanced angst might grate a little, but there's no denying Before the Storm is going to be another brilliant Life is Strange game.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Aug 31, 2017

Before the Storm's first episode is an excellent starting chapter for this prequel. With a strong, endearing protagonist in Chloe, a deeper choice and consequence system than the original, and some intriguing mysteries surrounding the story, I found myself invested in Arcadia Bay once again, and it feels hella good.

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Wccftech
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2017

Before the Storm is a glimpse into a struggling mind. It is a not a blank canvas to create your own character, but the story of one person meeting another. Beautiful and flawed.

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SA Gamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2017

If you were a fan of Life is Strange and its formula, this prequel will be perfect if you desired more from Arcadia Bay.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2017

Life is Strange Before The Storm: Awakening sets the stage for what promises to be a more than worthy prequel to the acclaimed Life is Strange.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2017

Despite feeling hesitant going into Before the Storm, Deck Nine Games' rendition of Arcadia Bay quickly reminded me of why I loved the series and its characters in the first place. Any fears of this being a cash-in on a beloved game melted away, and I was able to fully enjoy Awake without any second thoughts. I'm excited to see where Chloe and Rachel's story goes from here, even if I already know how tragic it ultimately ends.

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NZGamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Ben received a digital copy of Life is Strange: Before the Storm from Square Enix for review.

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GameZone
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm manages to capture the emotional heartache that the first game gave you and amplifies it to create a masterfully crafted story that is bursting at the seams with realistic human drama and remarkable characters.

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Pardis Game
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2017

For a mini series, Before the Storm is a worthy prequel, the drama around Chloe, attractive and lovely characters, just like the first season and the all-new gameplay system consisting of the Backtalk option which is amazing, makes this episode a satisfactory one and a "Must" for the fans. If you're missing the Arcadia bay and its people, do not miss Before the Storm

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PSX Brasil
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 4, 2017

Despite being a story prior to the original, Life is Strange: Before the Storm is best enjoyed if you consider it as a sequel. By far, the heart of the episode is the Chloe and Rachel encounter and we can finally learn more about this character that all Arcadia Bay loves. In the end, the story is interesting and prepares us for a second episode that will possibly bring strong feelings. The biggest problem of the episode are some graphics bugs and the control.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2017

This was a solid first episode and if the quality keeps up, the entire prequel will be a nice companion pieces to the original game. Hopefully not taken anything away from it, but only adding more.

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Handsome Phantom
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2017

If you are a fan of Life is Strange this is a no brainer and you've probably already downloaded the game and are playing through it. Before the Storm was made with you in mind.

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Rebel Gaming Canada
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2017

Life is Strange is a special kind of video game. The story is so engrossing and the characters are so relatable. The whole package is so much better than the sum of its parts. As such I don't feel justified in ranking a single episode and will defer until the whole story unfolds. For now all I can say is this episode has the same magical quality as the first game.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

Before the Storm's first chapter has already deflected most of the pre-release concerns that "This doesn't need to exist." Maybe it doesn't because Life is Strange's story was self-contained. Then again, maybe Life is Strange is better off with this complementing it. After its debut, I'm fully willing to argue that Before the Storm deserves to exist because this story is important too. In true Chloe fashion, anyone who disagrees gets two one-finger salutes.

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Marooners' Rock
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2017

Chloe is me. She’s you. She’s so many other teens of today and throughout time. She is one of the most fully-realized characters in modern video games, and I can’t wait to see what the next episode has in store for her and Rachel.

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COGconnected
83 / 100
83 / 100
Sep 5, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm gets a lot of things right about Life is Strange…

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Digiato
82 / 100
82 / 100
Aug 30, 2017

Episode 1 embarks on a new path with it's new gameplay mechanism while filling the plot holes from the original series. Despite some cheesy dialogues throughout the first episode, Before the Storm shows it has the potential to seize everything it wishes for.

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Use a Potion
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2017

There’s only one way to really describe Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Awake – it’s more of the same, for better or worse. If you were a fan of the original game then you’re going to really enjoy what’s on offer here, with the whole angsty yet touching vibe carrying over this time around too. There are a few differences, most notably with the time-bending powers replaced with Chloe’s Backchat, but in general it all feels the same. If you weren’t a fan of the original game though, nothing on offer here is going to change your mind. I was a massive fan of the original game though and in turn really enjoyed playing through Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Awake. It has set up a story that I want to see more of, and whilst I might already know the fate of both characters, I’m still intrigued to see how their relationship blossoms and what issues they face going forward. Life is Strange: Before the Storm has got off to a great start, so hopefully there’ll be more of the same in the next two episodes.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Aug 31, 2017

An excellent start to a prequel series that taps into the same style of sincere storytelling as the original, making a previously unsympathetic character seem vulnerable and likeable.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2017

Awake is at its best when it focuses on Chloe and Rachel's complicated lives, making you feel each character's struggle

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 1, 2017

Deck Nine's Life Is Strange prequel ditches time travel, but finds power of a different sort.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

That story stops in a beautiful place at Episode One's end: a cliffhanger that makes me want Episode Two, stat. I'm a little nervous about having to deal with more of Chloe's pop-punk-esque "I'm not OK" pontificating. But based on what I've seen from Before the Storm's premiere, I'm willing to tough it out alongside her, and Rachel, and the rest of Arcadia Bay.

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IGN Middle East
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

The first episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm doesn't contain a lot of exciting events or game-changing decisions, but it seems like a good start for a story filled with tense and touching moments. It sets up the spotlight on Chloe and her relationship with Rachel as well as it offering a tutorial of sorts for the new power Backtalk which helps our heroin talk other characters into doing whatever she wants.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 1, 2017

'Awake' is a great start to what I hope will ultimately be a great game. As a follow-up to Life is Strange, a game that is near and dear to my heart, I think Before the Storm is definitely on the right track and I eagerly await the remaining episodes.

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Game Rant
Sep 4, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm's first episode recaptures the magic that endeared the series to fans during its first run, and we can't wait for more.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 2, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 1: Awake is a bit different from the original, but at the same time the game is no less intense in atmosphere department, which slips a little at the very beginning, but then quickly picks up. If developers gonna keep the same level of production in the next two episodes, then one of the most interesting adventures of this year awaits us.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 1, 2017

Deck Nine Games has gracefully hurdled the obstacles in its way, with a rip-roaring episode that pulls back the curtain on Rachel Amber and begins a chain of events that we can't wait to watch unwind. Life Is Strange: Before the Storm recaptures the spirit of the first season, but by framing the story around fan favourite Chloe Price, it has a much more rebellious vibe. And while that means there's still plenty of cringe to work through, Episode 1: Awake pitches the moments that matter perfectly – we can't wait to see what happens next.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode One - Awake is a great start to Deck Nine's mini-prequel series. Despite some hiccups, Before the Storm establishes a compelling cast and endearing game world that is just begging to be explored further.

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M3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 7, 2017

Although Before The Storm pretty much looks like the first Life is Strange, it has some fresh ideas that we're really excited to explore. The first episode manage promise an exciting story, and we can't wait for the next one.

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TrueAchievements
Sep 15, 2017

Depending on how much you like surprises, familiarity and prior knowledge from Life Is Strange can be either a blessing or a boon, but regardless of this, Chloe's new (old?) adventure looks to be a fascinating storyline to follow into the remaining two episodes.

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Atomix
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 12, 2017

Before The Storm suits perfectly with its new protagonist Chloe about the way she sees and feels life. The fact that Deck Nine was able to make something completly different but familiar, at the same time, just makes us want to play the rest of its episodes. The one, big problem we were able to find about it, technically, is that despite changing its graphic engine from Unreal to Unity, the game still struggles to be cohesive.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 2, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm's first episode is a strong and reassuring start to a prequel series filled with potential.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Sep 5, 2017

Overall, episode 1 of Life is Strange: Before the Storm isn't the strongest entry in the saga – but it's far too early to judge. I'm hoping centering the story on Chloe isn't a poor choice on Deck Nine's behalf, there must be a story to tell without meandering around old locations and looking at random objects strewn across the floor. They've established some great roots here, now they must build on them to take gamers on an emotional rollercoaster.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2017

Before the Storm addresses old problems through an old story, and it makes a compelling case to reconsider its divisive protagonist.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a good prequel, very respectful of the source material. Chloe and Rachel are a great couple and the beginning of this new story is quite satisfying.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 1, 2017

Like Chrysalis, Awake once again feels like the beginning of something great.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 5, 2017

Episode 1 of Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a fun and well-written return to Arcadia Bay with similar complex themes, extensive character development and ‘hella' interesting high-school drama.

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Fandom
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 6, 2017

If you’ve played the first Life is Strange, Before the Storm is a must-play. Even though it feels little more than a setup, it’s still an intricate setup, with a lingering promise of big emotional reward.

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Gadgets 360
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 6, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm shows that it understands what pulled people into the nostalgia-fuelled Arcadia Bay, and creates an emotionally-charged intriguing opening chapter to a story that we'll be keeping an eye on.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 10, 2017

Although Before the Storm is not developed by Dontnod, it feels exactly like Life is Strange; specially in terms of story-telling. Deck Nine did a great job in picking up all of the great things about LIS and if you are a fan of the original game, you'll feel right at home here.

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The Game Fanatics
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2017

While you can't accurately judge an episodic game off just the first episode, Life is Strange: Before the Storm is shaping up to be an excellent experience.

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Cerealkillerz
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2017

Before the Storm – Episode 1: Awake is off to a bumby start but it defintely leaves some potential open for the upcoming episodes. The new Backtalk-Feature doesn't really make any impact on the story so far and also the course of the episode feels to forced but besides that Life is Strange Fans will see some familiar faces and funny side activities.

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Victory Point
Sep 3, 2017

The good doesn’t stop there. The new entry into the series wouldn’t be anything without a legitimate sense of place. Luckily, the game’s soundtrack provides that, and so much more.

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Suitably Bored
Aug 31, 2017

Overall, Before the Storm starts on a great note with its writing, characters and soundtrack. It took me 4 hours to complete Episode 1, which is a good sign given the fact that some people had a problem with the game only being 3 episodes long. For newcomers, I strongly suggest that you play the original Life is Strange before playing this one as you might not catch the importance and significance of certain characters as quickly as previous players will. I cannot wait for the rest of the episodes to be released and I am definitely interested to see what happens next.

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Thumbsticks
Sep 4, 2017

Deck Nine has shown an extraordinary understanding of a delicate formula. For fans, it's a return journey to one of the most vivid, joyous settings in gaming. For them, and for everyone else, it's a brave effort which, at times, surpasses the original.

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Gamerheadquarters
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a great start for the series and I'm very, very curious where it will go from here.

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TheXboxHub
Sep 12, 2017

Yes it has some serious pacing issues and the long conversations where you don’t seem to be doing much can grate. But the gameplay is solid, with some interesting extras and it still looks very pretty indeed.

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Pause Resume
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sep 10, 2017

Overall, Episode 1 is a great introduction to Before the Storm. It offers what you expect from the series as well as adding in some new ideas. The way Deck Nine have been able to take the concept of the first game and apply them to a totally different character has been great.

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SmashPad
Sep 13, 2017

The writing so far is every bit as corny as an independent film crossed with a CW drama is, and it’s this writing style that has made the series so endearing, so it’s hard to not be excited to see what new developer Deck Nine has store for the next couple episodes.

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Hobby Consolas
79 / 100
79 / 100
Aug 31, 2017

The first episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a continuist and respectful graphic adventure with the original game. A good start for the story of Chloe and Rachel who still has a lot to offer. It's time to go back to Arcade Bay!

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GameCrate
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm's first episode is heavy on atmosphere and emotion, but light on narrative or gameplay. It will appeal to those who loved the heart-wrenching drama of the first game, but could have a hard time attracting any new fans.

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Generación Xbox
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2017

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm follows the path of what became the first title in 2015. Deck Nine has done the work of developing a graphic adventure to meet the expectations of fans but with the virtues and shortcomings of the previous title. Anyway is an ingenious proposal of mechanics that the most edicated fans will love.

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Sirus Gaming
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

Since the game deals more with character development and how they cope rather than temporal philosophy, it may or maybe not divide its audience. Even though this is a prequel, I felt that this game should be played after the original for the way it is presented, think of it as bonus content rather than a standalone game.

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IGN
7.5 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm shows a lot of promise in its first few hours despite the same weaknesses in its script as the original Life is Strange series.

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Critical Hit
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm's first episode can feel like a drag in the beginning, with a weak main mechanic and slow pacing, but it all pays off in the end and manages to become a flawed, but captivating experience.

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TechRaptor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

An entertaining origin story that raises some questions I would love to see answered while also telling the tale of Chloe's origin story.

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WellPlayed
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2017

Deck Nine’s take on the cult hit episodic series delivers a more grounded experience without losing the compelling drama and hard-hitting emotion

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Checkpoint
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2017

Life is Strange Before the Storm feels like a true prequel to the original game, even though we don't have time travel abilities this time around. While character developments are interesting, this first chapter is unclear whether the journey will be better than the destination considering we already know how their fates will end.

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et geekera
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2017

Much like Dontnod succeeded despite their inexperience, Deck Nine has managed to pull off a fantastic start to their own addition to the Life is Strange universe and Chloe’s tale.

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PowerPyx
7.5 / 10.0
PowerPyx
PowerPyx
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2017

My experience with Life is Strange: Before the Storm was a good one, but nothing spectacular as far as story-telling games go. It convinces with the beautifully written dialogues and voice acting, but beyond that follows a generic story with little surprises (so far). At $5.99 you can’t go wrong. Expect between 2-4 hours of playtime with multiple choices for added replay value.

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Readers Gambit
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 1 fails to live up to the promise of the original. While providing a great soundtrack, updated visuals, and better animations it struggles to realise just what made Life is Strange special.

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USgamer
Sep 1, 2017

Episode One: Awake of Before the Storm is a surprisingly promising entry for the short three-episode series. There's the right amount of callbacks to the series that made so many fans fall in love with Chloe and Max in the first place. While I still wish the dialogue wasn't as teenager cringe-y in a not-realistic way, there's far more of it this time around that plain isn't. Hell, even Chloe's eventual over-usage of "hella" is explained in a tongue-in-cheek nod to the future. For everyone who was worried about Before the Storm's authenticity under the reigns of a new developer: don't be.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2017

Before the Storm is an eagerly awaited second album, but it's one we're going to have to pay attention to before we can see what it really is.

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 1, 2017

I've got plenty of minor quibbles, but this is still an impressively solid start to a product that has an awfully special predecessor to live up to. I'm just hoping that this doesn't end up feeling like a prequel that nobody really needed.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 1, 2017

It feels great to be back in Arcadia Bay. Deck Nine hasn't lost the magic of Life is Strange and this first chapter of the prequel lets us imagine a touching story with great characters and probably counting decisions.

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IBTimes UK
Sep 2, 2017

Dontnod's first season of Life is Strange is a wonderful work, and one of the finest episodic adventure games of its kind. That's a lot to live up to, but Deck Nine does a top job recreating what fans love about the series while setting up a new story to be told about a pair of young women bound by new, exciting feelings and a shared distrust of the world around them.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 4, 2017

Though it doesn't feel quite as "high stakes" as its predecessor, Life is Strange: Before The Storm - Episode 1: Awake is a very promising start to Deck Nine's new prequel miniseries.

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NEOsite
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2017

The new Life is Strange story is not as charming and exciting as the original one, but it makes a nice comeback to familiar world and atmosphere.

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AusGamers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2017

Which fails to reach the same heights of the original, and feels a little forced.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2017

A quietly compelling return to Oregon, which substitutes sci-fi gimmickry for an earnest look at growing up.

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Game Volt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2017

The most important features of the game are providing a very lively and varied characters and all the different colors of the spectrum, and it has been able to provide a new world full of details that encourage you and reward you to explore, you throughout the game will not be bored of the exploration, the story remains a little vague and not clear enough Which is the most important defects and of course we will wait to see if the choices we have made will benefit us and change the game world or not.

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Gamefa
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

Although this game is better than most of the games being made these days still, you can not compare it to the original Life is Strange. We've only seen just one-third of the whole game and the decent thing to do is to wait for the other parts to judge the game. Of course, if you have played the first game you will enjoy this one. One thing that is clear is that the developers are still sticking with the first game's standards. But the question is can they do this to the end of the game or not...

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

7 / 10
Nov 23, 2017

The first episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm provides a lesson in interactive story-type adventure games. Instead of silly QTEs and simplistic puzzle-solving, its only focus seems to be the story - or, to be more precise, the characters involved in it. It's the first tiny step of what seems to be a small journey, and it kind of feels like an intro rather than a full chapter, but it's so emotive and deeply immersive that it won't really matter.

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PC Aficionado
6.6 / 10.0
6.6 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm: Episode 1 has got off to a little bit of a stuttering start for me. I was very disappointed by the art style of choice, but the story that is unfolding will certainly be the most impactful feature of the game, much like the first. If the franchise is something you are in love with, then it will be a no brainer as I can’t really see them messing up the story.

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DualShockers
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2017

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm's Episode 1: Awake focus on themes of depression, loss, and the inability to fit in, which it does an excellent job at presenting throughout this first episode. Sadly, the episode's main focus on Chloe and Rachel's friendship can feel a little forced early on, but inevitably lands on plausible after learning about the mental state of each of the characters.

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TrustedReviews
Aug 31, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is an underwhelming start to a miniseries that still has plenty of promise. Deck Nine has shown it can create lovable characters and believable drama, yet fails to cohesively implement them into the experience. That being said, things could easily improve from here.

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Gameplanet
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm gets off to a moderately good start. Its characters are interesting, but the plot is entirely unclear right now, and is moving in a direction I'm not all that invested in.

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Paste Magazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

Ultimately, I want to enjoy Before the Storm as much as I did Life is Strange, but I think some serious shifts will have to take place between this episode and the next in order for me to really get onboard.

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Saudi Gamer
2.5 / 5.0
2.5 / 5.0
Aug 31, 2017

Chloe have an outstanding character and Deck Nine did a great job replacing Max supernatural power with the backtalk ability which fits very well with Chloe as the main character. In the first episode Awake we witness Chloe and Rachel relationship develop but in general it's still missing exciting events. Life is strange still offers one of the best video game soundtracks you could ever find, it really reflects on the characters emotions making it easier for the players to connect with them. The game has a unique art style but unfortunately I didn't notice any improvement in graphics.

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Gamers Heroes
4 / 10
Gamers Heroes

Top Critic

4 / 10
Oct 1, 2017

Not for moi, and that's final.

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