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Video Game Review: Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Episode 2

October 25, 2017 | by Mike Chen | Comments (0)
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Chloe and Rachel’s relationship is given more depth in Brave New World.

Please note that since each episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm features the same graphics engine and control setup, those elements will not be repeated in our reviews for the final two episodes. To read our thoughts on that, refer to our review of Episode 1: Awake.

Before the Storm was originally seen as a somewhat unnecessary prequel to Life is Strange. Yet the first episode succeeded despite all odds (expectations from the original cult game, a different developer, a lack of magical powers) and created an in-depth experience as fan-favorite Chloe. The second episode of the trilogy, entitled Brave New World, takes the foundation laid by the first and builds upon it in deeper, more meaningful ways.

With major set pieces involving a school play, an intense family argument, and an awkward dinner, the pieces are starting to fall into place between the Chloe of the original game and the one starring in the prequel series.

Each of these segments allows for exploration of Chloe’s reactions and choices during moments, like how to handle impromptu performances on stage or react to someone else’s parents during dinner. The writing staff has done a good job of letting moments breathe, turning tropes on their head, and giving space to add dimension to other characters.

The result is a three-hour experience that long-time series fans will treasure. The only challenge now is whether or not the finale delivers a payoff worthy of the previous two episodes.

OVERALL (4.25/5)

A must-play for fans of the series, Brave New World pushes Chloe’s character in unexpected and endearing ways while setting up a cliffhanger for the final episode. It’s the ideal middle act of what has been an engaging story.

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Video Game Review: Final Fantasy IX

October 10, 2017 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off
Your story begins on the world of Gaia, where a traveling band of performers known as the Tantalus Theater Troupe, including Zidane, head to the city of Alexandria to kidnap Princess Garnet. It’s here that Zidane learns Garnet wants to escape amid misgivings about her mother. As you leave you’ll connect with Vivi, a black mage, and Steiner, a knight tasked with protecting the Princess.
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Video Game Review: Tokyo Dark

September 25, 2017 | by Brian Gunn | Comments Comments Off
Tokyo Dark stars Detective Ito as a young cop recently returned to active duty after a standoff went wrong a few months back. Her troubles start right away when her partner (and boyfriend) is taken hostage, seemingly by a woman Ito had killed in said standoff — and so right off the bat it lets players know this isn’t going to be a typical detective game.
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Video Game Review: Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Episode 1

September 6, 2017 | by Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off
Set several years before the main game, Before the Storm’s first episode focuses on Chloe and her newfound friendship with Rachel Amber – the girl whose disappearance drove the plot of the original game.
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Video Game Review: Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

August 17, 2017 | by Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off
While Final Fantasy X’s remaster — and indeed, a number of remasters from the PS2 era — suffer from the scaling process to HD, FFXII is fortunate that it came late in that console’s cycle and its models pushed the graphical power of the PS2. Because of that, the game looks exquisite.
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