Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 2: Brave New World

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 2: Brave New World is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 61 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

71%

Critics Recommend

Based on 61 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Player.One
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 20, 2017

Chloe Price has never been more human and relatable than in Life Is Strange: Before The Storm episode 2.

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Oyungezer Online
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 23, 2017

Just like any other Life is Strange episode, this one ends with a great stinger.

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Scored Reviews

Leadergamer
10 / 10
10 / 10
Oct 21, 2017

This is an excellent episode. The bond between Chloe and Rachel grows, while the big finale awaits for us.

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Gamerheadquarters
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2017

This second episode was a large jump from the first in the season as it really did provide some extra feelings and delivered emotional portions.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2017

Two episodes in, and I'm absolutely astonished at just how good Life is Strange: Before the Storm is.

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RPG Fan
92%
92%
Oct 25, 2017

An honest insight into the tragedy of loss and growth in youth.

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MonsterVine
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 18, 2017

Episode 2, “A Brave New World,” puts more pressure on the player to make some serious decisions, but allows ethical deduction to make choices actually feel important.

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Fandom
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 19, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm has so far been consistent in its delivery of a heartfelt story with lots of wiggle room for players to craft their own emotional journey. The final episode can’t come soon enough.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 20, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 2: Brave New World is an excellent entry in the series.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Oct 23, 2017

We still have a third, final episode of this story, but after the first two chapters, we can confidently say that we'll be more touched and fascinated by a bright ending than upset and disappointed.

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NZGamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2017

So far, Before the Storm is maturing nicely.

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Pardis Game
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm has reached it's climax via the latest episode, "Brave New World". You'll encounter every single of your expectations up to now, a melodramatic story with a startling ending and a genuine friendship between the girls, "Brave New World" goes beyond your expectations and you'll definitely enjoy every single moment of it. I just wonder if we'd be allowed to make an alternative ending or not, time will answer that.

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Zoomg
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 2: Brave New World offers the same feeling as the previous versions of this series but it also has a unique feeling too. great characterization, introduces Chloe better that ever and makes the Rachel a lovely character. so if you like the story driven games, don't miss Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 2.

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PSX Brasil
90 / 100
90 / 100
Oct 27, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm continues to surprise with one of the best episodes of the entire series. There are unexpected moments and the ending leaves the player eagering to see what's coming next in the third and final chapter.

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DarkZero
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 19, 2017

Brave New World is yet another piece of lovingly crafted evidence that should banish any lingering doubt about the developer. They are a highly capable team and a near perfect fit for this series.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2017

Although it might not be as strong as Episode One, it builds in confidence and understands exactly what we want out of this story. Sad, happy, heartwarming and heartbreaking, Episode Two is an emotional experience.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 27, 2017

…in its narrative, which let's face it is the bedrock of the experience in Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Deck Nine continues to nail it in Brave New World.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2017

One of the best episodes of the entire Life is Strange franchise to date, Brave New World is a captivating episode full of heartwarming moments and top-notch writing.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2017

Life is Strange, it always has been, but just like life, don't let this pass you by.

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Digital Chumps
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2017

As it stands, Episode 2: Brave New World is far and away the best of the two episodes so far and has already made this game something special. Deck Nine did an absolutely fantastic job of creating a beautiful story and wonderfully tragic characters to make this type of dialogue-driven game a force to be reckoned with, especially when compared to the first game. It will certainly leave you hanging at the edge of your seat without apologizing for the drama and stress it creates.

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et geekera
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2017

The short in-game timeline and having to build the world inside the established Life is Strange canon would probably be too much for most devs to handle yet Deck Nine has built amazing characters and relationships inside their own little bubble in Arcadia Bay

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Geek Culture Podcast
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2017

While the episode may not be quite as good as the first, Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 2 – Brave New World is another excellent addition to the Life is Strange series. If you enjoyed the first and can't wait to see more come from the Chloe and Rachel relationship, this new episode is a must play for you.

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Marooners' Rock
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm delivers another emotionally-charged episode in its second installment, Brave New World, hitting all the right narrative beats to set up players for a grueling journey in episode three—even if it's saving many key elements that tie into the original game for the final episode.

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IGN Middle East
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2017

The second episode of Life Is Strange: Before the Storm focuses more on the relationship between Chloe and her friend Rachel, and manages to interest you and your emotions towards the two girls and the desire to know their fate in the events of the third episode. The episode also contains a set of fateful decisions that you must take, which are expected to have a significant impact on upcoming events.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 19, 2017

There are a lot of little stories going on in Before the Storm, and each one of them has me hooked and I can't wait to see how they all come to an end in episode three. If episode one introduced us to the Rachel and Chloe's relationship, episode two cracked it wide open, showing a more vulnerable and emotionally open Rachel from the closed-off one we were initially introduced to in episode one.

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Rebel Gaming Canada
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2017

The episode is filled with interesting storylines and events wrapped around intricate and addictive dialogue. I really love how well the characters are brought to life in this series. Rachel and Chloe’s relationship still remains the highlight and is a joy to watch. It’s sweet and fragile yet bold and adventurous. The two compliment and contrast each other so well and the dialogue just flows when they are together.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Oct 20, 2017

One of the best Life Is Strange episodes so far, with more earnest and relatable character work and some impressive branching storytelling.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2017

An interesting episode that sometimes makes us a simple spectators of Cloe's actions.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2017

Though tragedy on the horizon colors all of Chloe and Rachel's interactions, it also makes the fun and hopeful moments more poignant

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Attack of the Fanboy
Oct 21, 2017

While a few problems are certainly present, Life is Strange: Before the Storm is still on the right track. The characters and plot points remain interesting and the choices, when real choices, are very well thought out.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 20, 2017

Episode two lives up to Life is Strange: Before the Storm's incredibly strong start.

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Areajugones
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm Ep.2 builds a story in which both the player and Chloe herself explore her personality. The narrative's pace suits perfectly the game but, with just 1 episode left, it leaves a lot more questions than answers.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 2 is an emotional ride between two different worlds that are more alike than they seem and will have you grasping for more.

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GameSpew
80%
80%
Oct 24, 2017

It's another fantastically told tale of teenage drama, family and friendship, and developer Deck Nine has once again proved itself worthy of delivering a package that more than lives up to Dontnod's original vision.

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TrueAchievements
Oct 26, 2017

The second and penultimate episode of Life Is Strange: Before The Storm heats things up in more ways than one.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 4, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Brave New World is a emotional roller-coaster, but in a good way. Strong character development and genuine twists that make for a solid sophomore entry in this three-part prequel.

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Thumbsticks
Oct 31, 2017

A powerful central relationship, an enigmatic plot, and terrific writing all elevate Before the Storm above the original series. This is fantastic adventure gaming, and some of the best writing in games at the moment, held back only by slightly shallow mechanics.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2017

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 2: Brave New World showed me what Deck Nine is capable of in terms of storytelling and character growth. Also, the game's choice system is well thought out and represented a wide variety of possibilities for many types of players. Lastly, after finishing Brave New World, I'd like to add that the worries I originally had for the rest of the series drifted away as Chloe and myself looked towards the future Episodes.

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FingerGuns
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 24, 2017

Before The Storm Episode 2, Brave New World, is packed full of nods to the original Life Is Strange but the brashness and immaturity of Chloe is starting to wear thin.

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IGN
7.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2017

The second episode of Life is Strange: Before The Storm digs deep into the emotional tale behind Chloe and Rachel and made me want to see them succeed. Interactions with other characters can feel unimportant despite context, but many of these choices feel like they will actually hold consequence and are more believable than the first episode. Frustrating fetch quests interrupt what is ultimately an engaging story which leaves me needing to know what's coming next.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2017

It's heart-breaking to see this happen to good people, but it's also tough to get too invested in anything that's tangential to Chloe and Rachel's plight. We're barreling toward a conclusion and we already know it's more tragedy than comedy. Brave New World cements Before the Storm as Chloe and Rachel's story. They're the lead roles and everyone else is just set dressing.

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Sirus Gaming
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2017

Overall, while Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a great game; it feels that it falls short to its predecessor. But nonetheless, it's still a great game on its own and if you want a game that makes you feel as if you're playing one of those teenage drama shows that you see on television, then buy it and enjoy going through the life in Arcadia bay once more.

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Digiato
75 / 100
75 / 100
Nov 21, 2017

Episode 2 does a great job with its storytelling and powerful emotional scenes but Before The Strom yet lacks an intriguing gameplay and unfortunately outside of Chloe-Rachel relationship, everything seems dull and shallow.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2017

This second episode is again stunning and emotionally capitvating, even a little slower though. Before the Storm is going to be a strong prequel to Life is Strange, even better in some ways.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 19, 2017

Brave New World doesn't give Chloe and Rachel quite enough screen time to shine as brightly as Before the Storm's first episode, but there are plenty of top-notch moments in this instalment, and the cliffhanger has us eagerly awaiting our next fix of Life Is Strange.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 19, 2017

With this second chapter Life is Strange : Before the Storm keeps on delivering an interesting story about Chloe and her relationship with Rachel, through a quite bumpy. There's violence, fear, passion, tough decisions... and still some lovely characters and some great music.

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Saudi Gamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 20, 2017

Episode two Brave New World shows a quite recovery and an amazing potential from last episode. The story holds a number of absolutely breathtaking events and moments. I'm hyped to see what's going to happen in next episode!

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TheXboxHub
Oct 24, 2017

The standard of this second episode feels like a traditional Act Two. It’s not quite as good as the first, and is hopefully sitting here just to bridge the gap that is leading to an exciting final third.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 31, 2017

Chloe Price's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day goes to some fascinating places in this middle chapter.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 31, 2017

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm — Episode 2: Brave New World is a compelling emotional mosaic that's definitely worth seeking out.

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SmashPad
Nov 3, 2017

Where Awake did a great job reacquainting Life is Strange players to the harsh reality in Arcadia Bay, Brave New World does as great a job making us care for Chloe again while also giving people another look at characters that seemed like different people in the original game.

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Readers Gambit
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2017

As it’s own story, it works well and does really showcase a great range of emotions in a developing and presumably pivotal relationship. But none of it matters. We know how it ends. With one episode to go, a series that prides itself on the ability to manipulate time is somehow running out.

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PC Aficionado
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2017

Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 2: Brave New World, has certainly picked up the season for me, and elevating it on par with the original season. I must now patiently wait for the next episode!

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NEOsite
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2017

Sadly, the second episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm does not raise the bar in terms of quality. The developer can't keep up with the original game. It's a real shame, because despite all of the flaws, there are some elements players loved the predecessor for.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2017

Brave New World wastes what precious little time Before the Storm has on filler, holding back meaningful developments until the very end.

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TechRaptor
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2017

A rather flawed follow-up to a fantastic first episode. There's plenty here to like, but it loses its momentum due to some weak writing and stiff animation that felt as if the episode was released too early. The relationship between Rachel and Chloe is the most interesting thing in this episode and it makes it easier to stick with it even with the dialogue being sub par in places.

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Pause Resume
3 / 5
3 / 5
Nov 6, 2017

Episode 2 really aims to build on the story set out in the first episode. There’s not as much gameplay as in previous episodes, this does bring you back to the reality that this is, in essence, a visual novel but also allows the story to be developed in a fitting manner.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

6 / 10
Nov 23, 2017

Everything from the first episode is still here; the writing, the direction, the audio-visual style, the great character development, and, of course, the feels. Unfortunately, it's not the same game, for the simple fact that it doesn't really care about pushing the story forward, which is a shame as the next chapter is actually the very last one.

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The Games Machine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2017

Brave New World keeps on telling the events "before the storm" on Arcadia Bay in a puerile way, exceeding in talking about drugs and homosexuality without going deep in the facts. Let's hope for a change in the next, last episode of the series.

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Gamers Heroes
3 / 10
Gamers Heroes

Top Critic

3 / 10
Oct 30, 2017

The only thing Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 2 confirms is that in the advent of the new generations, the only things that (should) matter are me, myself, and I. Do whatever feels right and screw everyone else. Such a lovely, all-inclusive and accepting message to impart to the youth. This message is most certainly not for an "old fart" like moi.

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Handsome Phantom
0 / 10.0
0 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2017

With only one episode left, Brave New World has sucked us in and left us salivating for the final episode.

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