Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 2: Brave New World Review
Episode 2 of Life is Strange: Before the Storm released on October 19, a couple of months after the first episode. You can read my full thoughts on episode on in the full review, but the TLDR is that I thought Before the Storm had a bit of a stuttering start. But let’s find out how episode 2 faired.
Warning; this review will have spoilers – you have been warned
Episode 2 starts off right with the aftermath of the events from episode 1. Rachel Amber had just caused a horrific forest fire by setting a tree on fire in fit of rage after finding out her father was being in faithful towards her mother. Chloe and Rachel find themselves in the principal’s office facing disciplinary actions for their skiving off school the day before. It seems right now that the authorities are not aware that they caused the fire and it looks like they have avoided consequences for it. It’s in this scene that two more characters are introduced – Rachel’s parents. I did find this scene to be quite confusing, as Chloe and Rachel ended the last scene as friends, but at some points here it seemed like they were digging at each other, and then all of a sudden they were best of friends again. After the conversation, Chloe is suspended from school for the rest of the year. The resulting conversations with her mom and David, her mom’s boyfriend again push Chloe away and to a dark place. It is really easy to see how Chloe is such a messed up kid in the first game from these actions.
Most of this episode takes place at the junkyard which was a prominent location in the first season and last episode. A small puzzle is needed to be solved, by repairing a car, and sprucing it up a little bit to give it a personal touch. This was a nice little change of pace and allowed you to gather your thoughts on the events that just past.
Things soon pick up in tempo again with some pretty nasty scenes with drug dealers, and it is very clear that this is not the last we will see of them. I think this introduction is an important one and keeps an underlying plot in the background which will probably coincide with the main plot in the end. There is a really key decision you need to make, and I would be genuinely interested to see the outcome of the other option as I thought my choice would have been the only viable one!
The main bulk of this episode is revolving around a play. Due to the disciplinary actions against Rachel Amber in the principles office at the start of the episode, she is stripped of her leading role in the performance, however you must find a way to make her take her rightful place on stage. One things leads to another and Chloe is also drafted in. Much like the first episode’s mini game of Dungeons and Dragons; Brave New World introduced a small mini game-esk, a memory test, where you are required to learn your lines of the play and then re-enact them on stage. This little mini game wasn’t anywhere near as fun as the D&D game, but it was a neat little change.
Episode 2 was about half an hour shorter than the first. The ending, of course, is a major cliff hanger, that sets up the final episode of Before the Storm, however it feels like there is a lot of ends that need tying up before the conclusion of the season. Either we are going to see some major story collisions in the final episode, or it’s going to be double the length of the first showing. Whatever the outcome, I am happy with. Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 2: Brave New World, has certainly picked up the season for me, and elevating it on par with the original season. I must now patiently wait for the next episode!
- Story is picking up pace
- Character building improved
- Choices feel like they are impactful.
- No D&D!
- Shorter than episode 1