It has taken me a while since the second episode was released to find the time to play it but following on the story of Chloe and Rachel has been something I’ve been dying to do so here we went…
Brave New World gave us a lot of what felt like beginnings of stories that we know probably aren’t going to be finished as well as we’d like in the final episode. I don’t want to sound like a downer before we get the final episode but it feels like Before the Storm has started what might become a unquenchable thirst to know every detail in the lives of many characters between when it is set and when LiS is set.
Whilst I never had any problems with a prequel, or any prequel to be honest, we always know there is a set point and we have to get to that set point. I thought Before the Storm would be a nice way to introduce us to Rachel and give us so many more feels then we already did for a girl we never knew but felt emotionally connected to thanks to Chloe but what BtS actually has done is make me crave finding out how EVERYTHING plays out.
Episode 2 feels a little stagnant therefore in the story department. A day in the life of Chloe doesn’t seem enough any more. I felt like I wanted more then I got in one episode to make sure that Episode 3 doesn’t feel rushed to deal with certain stories and it ties up the loose ends without making me want yet another chapter in the Chloe Price LiS chronicles. I like that they are looking at moving on from Chloe and Max in the next of their bigger series, the proper LiS 2, but I feel like all BtS has done is make me want more. More of Chloe. More of Rachel. More of Victoria and Nathan, Drew and Mikey, MUCH more of Steph and just general moreness.
Funnily though nothing in the world makes me want more of Max. Chloe’s journal, which is much more interesting then Max’s ever was, makes me less inclined to want to know more about Max.
But like all prequels it has its problems.
I fell in love with the idea of David. A dude suffering from PTSD and failing miserably to join a family unit torn apart by the horrible fate that Chloe’s father suffered. I love it so much that I just want Chloe to be NICER to David because if they actually talked instead of butting heads the future could be so different.
Which is stupid because the future CAN’T be different. BtS isn’t going to effect LiS so David and Chloe’s relationship is going to get worse. For anyone who plays BtS before LiS they are going to lose a interesting story unfolding before them in David and his character and I think that is a shame. For people like me who kinda liked David by the end of LiS, BtS is proving difficult because you can’t do anything to make Chloe, her mum or David’s life easier. We’re leaving them to suffer what they suffer until whatever ending you have already picked for them in LiS.
The three Episode series also has its problems.
How is the story of Drew and Mikey going to be resolved in a satisfactory way with one episode left to go?
I LIKE Drew and Mikey and I want to see something happen. Frank and his boss are after them, we know Frank and Rachel have a thing, we know his relationship with Chloe sours a bit. In one episode we’re going to get answers to all that?
I doubt it.
We leave Brave New World with a giant emotional cliffhanger which is going to take up probably a lot of time to unravel in the next episode but I’m no longer here just for Rachel. In fact both episodes so far has made me dislike her more. Gone is the idea of this cheery lovely woman and in its place is a manipulative little girl who is throwing a tantrum because she thinks her dad is cheating on her mum. She uses Chloe and her naivete and whilst at times she tries to use her charms on others in Chloe’s defense I didn’t like playing that version of Chloe.
I feel like by the time I’ve finished the next episode I’m going to just be craving more and more of Chloe’s story till the gap between both halves is closed.
THEN AGAIN I also trust the ending to be spectacular and can’t complain till I see it but that paranoia that I’ll be left unsatisfied soured the episode a tiny bit. Every interesting moment was over shadowed with “but is it really going to be important enough to finish this train of thought?”
This episode was also the first time I really didn’t like the graphics very much.
Some people have always had a problem with it and whilst I have always enjoyed watching it the characters seemed very jerky in this episode and their faces much more static. The worst thing to happen to LiS might be Rachel’s earring which has a life of its own in its own stiff way.
Was impressed with puppy Pompidou though, that was adorable.
Moments like Rachel smashing the table and the play in general were just too stilty for me. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t great either.
I felt the graffiti spots were slightly more difficult to find this time but it might be that I was playing with a controller which I found slightly more difficult to concentrate my focus on objects with then using the keyboard. I had to go back to get three after completing the game. THAT I liked though. It didn’t feel like a chore like going back to find the extra photos in LiS does but it also gives a good reason to go back and replay parts of the game.
What these two episodes have done is give me hope for the future of LiS because it proves that you don’t have to have a over the top supernatural story to make it interesting. Whilst others have missed that element I love taking over the role of a normal teenager going through a tough period and hooking onto someone and a ideal that feels like it’ll set her free. She’s suffering from depression and probably a shit ton of other things and we’re getting to help her through it. AGAIN it being a prequel we know where this goes and we know it isn’t a happy place so it leaves a bit of a sad aura around it but if LiS2 came out and it was just about a teenager trying to come to terms with a normal life then I think this team could really do that story well.
Really they have found the perfect way to tackle tough stories like coming out, living with depression, anti-social behaviour that stems from tragedy, broken families and all sorts. Whilst of course I loved the big mystery and all in LiS and the time travel aspect was fun, unique and made the story even better, taking away that element doesn’t look like it would hinder another game. If they continue to make LiS games as a anthology collection with various different angles the series has legs to go on for years.
They have proven that good stories is all that counts.
Finally I guess I just wanted to say that a lot of people want a special bonus Max episode to see Max before LiS.
Obviously I don’t but I would quite like a Frank episode. I really do believe that Rachel is extremely manipulative, looks like she gets it from her dad, and she used Chloe probably until she couldn’t get anything else from her, she’s probably going to be introduced to Frank and use him until Jefferson comes along and she tries to use him. Having a Frank episode wouldn’t just show how him and Chloe got to where they got but also show that side to Rachel even more. She just wanted to escape and these people, who lets face it are at the bottom of the barrel and going nowhere, are just stepping stones for that. Easy manipulated, kind at heart people.
Well we know where that story ends….