Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 3: Hell is Empty (PC) Review

By Athanasios 20.12.2017

Review for Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 3: Hell is Empty on PC

Life is Strange's prequel Before the Storm has been an enjoyable ride so far, although it could definitely be even better, especially when it comes to the second chapter, where it felt as if nothing really substantial happened. Will the grand finale, Episode 3: Hell is Empty, offer the end this bite sized series deserves? …And more importantly, will you stop blaming those damn onions for those damn tears!?

While Episode 2: Brave New World offered a lukewarm experience as a whole, it concluded with a pretty strong scene where our deuteragonist Rachel Amber finally "exploded" at her dad for being far from a faithful hubby. Episode 3 begins with him explaining that that mystery lady she kissed was actually Rachel's biological mom, and why she wasn't part of his life any more. It's a scene that makes it easy to sympathise with him - a character that previously just looked like a boring and stereotypically cold and serious father.

Unfortunately, and similar to the previous episode, this doesn't really push things forward as much as it should. In some ways that's okay, as there aren't really any big secrets to unveil in here. Simply put, Episode 3: Hell is Empty is more concerned with finishing things, and showing the emotional "scars" that this journey has left on the cast. The problem is that, once again, this dawdles quite a lot.

Screenshot for Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 3: Hell is Empty on PC

In all honesty, in each and every single scene, more than five or so minutes are simply wasted at watching people just… sitting there, looking sad and all. That's not to say that the drama isn't still strong, or the characters aren't handled well or anything. Yes, this remains a pretty emotive tale that glues you to your seat, but the pacing is so freaking slow at times that it makes you want to play DOOM afterwards or something.

This is a shame, as this is actually a powerful finale that challenges Chloe by offering some pretty tough crossroads, as the developer once again doesn't use the easy black or white approach, especially near the end, and even more so in the very end, as all paths lead to pain - after all, this chapter revolves around the theme of "truth or lie," and, just like in real life, the answer is not exactly obvious. All in all, this provides a good, tear-jerking, but also pretty slow, end to the prequel - one that's not bad, but also one that could be much better.

Screenshot for Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 3: Hell is Empty on PC

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Not much happens in the final episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm, and, at first, it doesn't seem to matter as, instead of any new stuff, it's the "feels" that are in the spotlight this time around. The only true problem seems to be the sleep-inducingly slow pacing of it all, something that sort of ruins the end of this prequel.

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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