Life is Strange: Before the Storm is fan service at its finest

Life is Strange didn’t need a prequel. Dontnod Entertainment’s time-traveling teen drama was a breakout hit when it launched in 2015, but the developer has been clear that it did not want to return to the story of Max Caulfield and Chloe Price. And so, Life is Strange: Before the Storm — a three-episode arc focusing on a younger Chloe — felt unnecessary.

But Colorado-based developer Deck Nine’s take on Dontnod’s world is anything but disingenuous. It’s not a return to form for the series, either. Instead, it’s a celebration of the fandom Life is Strange has inspired.

Before the Storm is set three years prior to the events of Life is Strange. Max Caulfield — the time-rewinding heroine of the first game — is an absent figure in Chloe’s…

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