Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 2: Brave New World (PC) Review

By Ofisil 23.11.2017

Review for Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 2: Brave New World  on PC

The best compliment the first episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm could receive is that, although a prequel, it doesn't require playing the original to fully enjoy it… like, at all! The only flaw? It felt like an intro. Sure, it kind of was (an awesome) one, but it should try being something more than that. Luckily, there's no need for any introductions any more, thus it's time to focus on telling a good story. Does Episode 2: Brave New World manage to do that? Read on to learn all about the penultimate episode of Before the Storm.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 2: Brave New World is very consistent in terms of atmosphere, as it retains the same audio-visual quality, directing style, and overall feel of the first episode - unfortunately, with even more robotic facial animation for non-protagonist characters this time around. Like before, there are a couple of zen moments, where "nothing" really happens, and yet are quite enjoyable.

The biggest difference with the first step into Before the Storm are the gameplay sections, which fill the first half of this chapter, take a bit longer to complete, and are, literally, nothing more than chores, while in the original they were an opportunity to explore and get even more immersed in this world.

Story wise, this starts right after Rachel Amber confessed to Chloe about the secret life of her too-good-too-be-true daddy. Once again, the character interactions are great, Chloe is a fantastic protagonist, her relationship with Amber, as well as the rest of the townsfolk is very interesting, and the choices you make do affect the story progression, unlike some other plot-heavy game developers one could mention (*cough* Telltale *cough).

Screenshot for Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 2: Brave New World  on PC

There are a couple of spots that feel inferior to the first episode, like, for example, the dream sequences with Chloe's dad who end up being more silly than emotional, but, for the most part, everything is fine and dandy. There is one flaw, however, and it's far from a tiny one. Brave New World meanders, and does it a bit more than it should. In fact, it seems as if this doesn't really care about going anywhere this time around.

Episode 1: Awake concluded with the revelation that Rachel's dad is cheating on his wife, and, as such, it's safe to assume that this will be the focal point of this chapter. Nope! Brave New World simply puts that aside for two hours or so. Even worse, when the finale finally arrives, it doesn't really feel that good and surprising as it's supposed to.

That's mainly because the mystery lady that Rachel's dad is doing the cheating with isn't really a mystery, as the cliff-hanger ending of Episode 1 visually hints who she really is. A bad chapter? Certainly not. As mentioned before, this feels almost the same as before. It's just that the pacing is way off, not to mention that, for a penultimate episode, it hasn't really managed to add as much to the storyline as it should.

Screenshot for Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 2: Brave New World  on PC

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

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.

Developer

Deck Nine Games

Publisher

Square Enix

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

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