Parents' Guide to

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mature, emotional tale emphasizes story over puzzles.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 11+

Another great addition

Life is strange LIS is a really good series the main problem is it's got a lot of drug references cooking drugs taking drugs and and being kidnapped injected with drugs so someone can take photos of you ( all happened in the first game) but I include this because you MUST play number one to comprehend and understand the story it has good examples of friendship and that not everything is just fine and dandy it can get very emotional in the first game I cried you have to either let your favourite character/best friend die or let them suffer in pain I killed Chloe A meh amount of sex in all the games the first game is the worst for it because apparently someone Nathan got someone high and recorded them and they were doing some sexual things and posted it on social media and people call her porn girl

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

An amazing learning experience.

The main character swears a lot, yes, but never anything extreme. The main reason it has the M rating is because of that, so your kids should be fine if they are responsible and think.

This title has:

Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (11 ):

While its 2015 predecessor dabbled in teenage unrest, finding one's identity, and time travel to explore consequences, the sequel is focused on why and how some decisions can't be fixed or saved. Newcomers will simply not appreciate or notice as much of what's going on in the story -- such as questions that were left unanswered, or the significance of some settings -- but series devotees may either be impressed or turned off by Life Is Strange: Before the Storm's bold and arguably laudatory move to eliminate unnecessary puzzles. While the previous game was stopped in its tracks by an obligation to make the game feel more "gamelike," this one is much more intent on having you focus on characters, story, and developing relationships with everyone you come across. As such, the running time on the first installment is noticeably short, because the experience has been made more streamlined with more opportunities to breathe. This is both a good and bad thing. Rather than rehash a bunch of stuff, Before the Storm is poised to tell its own story even if series fans know the fate of all involved in the early game that follows later in plot. But even still, the first episode feels a tad rushed: the few things you know are supposed to happen feel tossed off and rushed compared to everything else.

Regardless of where you are, though, the overall flow of the game stays the same: fully probe one set-piece, learn what you can, and talk to people. There's no big boss to fight -- just decisions to make and making the call about how honest you want to be. It's a very different sort of game. Out of the gate, Before the Storm had a lot of knocks against it -- easily the biggest was the fact that the voice actors' strike prevented performers from coming back to reprise their roles. Surprisingly, and something that's no small feat, this prequel's acting isn't as glaring as it might have seemed. On top of that, this being developed by another studio has so far proved that creative license has only been taken with full respect and with bold direction. It will certainly be interesting and refreshing to see where it's heading.

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