March 5 was the release of Life is Strange Farewell – the fourth, bonus episode of the prequel to life is strange episode 4.
We tell you what the new chapter consists of, and whether Deck Nine succeeded in damaging at least the last story based on the life of Max and Chloe.
After the frankly weak three-episode prequel to life is strange game, I did not expect from Farewell something outstanding.
With her carelessness Deck Nine managed to spoil all the works of Dontnod, which once created an exciting and perfectly-worked story about growing up, destiny and friendship.
There were no hopes for a qualitative final chapter.
And yet, the developers of the Before the Storm were surprised.
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Farewell (“Farewell”) – this is a small prequel prequel, affecting the childhood of Chloe and Max 5 years before the events of the original, and 2 years before Before the Storm.
The story unfolds on the day of the death of Willem – the father of 14-year-old Chloe.
Together with Max, the girls find an old treasure map compiled by them years earlier (do you remember the basics of the main characters on pirate role-playing games, huh?).
After which they go in search of treasure. At the same time, Max is going with his thoughts to tell his girlfriend the news of his imminent move to Seattle.
It should be noted immediately that the bonus episode is very different from the usual issues of Life is Strange. Firstly, it can be done in just an hour and a half.
Secondly, there is relatively little interactive and there is no “global” choice – Farewell, rather, it looks like a short film.
But this form of narration has gone to the benefit of the episode life is strange farewell is the final story with Max and Chloe in the lead roles.
The second season of Life is Strange has already been announced, but it will be dedicated to other heroes. Therefore, Deck Nine decided to make the maximum emphasis on emotions.
The goal of the developers was to move the fans of the series, giving them a powerful epilogue about parting with loved characters – to sum up the nine-episode adventure in Arcadia Bay.
And they coped with this task.
Despite the timing, Farewell clings at times stronger than the whole previous “season” – and the ending of the episode can be compared with the ending of the original.
Moreover, in just an hour the new chapter tells about Chloe Pryce much more than a three-episode prequel – although it was he who was to reveal the nature of the heroine in more detail.
The bonus episode is completely focused on the main characters – it is not distracted by fillers and clearly shows the reasons why the former extrovert-excellent pupil turned into a punk rocker from the cover of SuicideGirls.
If in the Before the Storm developers tried to come up with their own story, which burned up, then Farewell of the American studio had to work directly with the canon.
There are no scenario blunders or stupid storylines – it’s just a screen version of Dontnod drafts, slightly wider than the lor of the universe of Life is Strange. At least, the bonus chapter does not feel like another unprocessed fanfic.
As a result, before the storm farewell became the perfect end of the first season of Life is Strange. The new episode is a nostalgic flashback in the childhood of favorite characters, and even in the original voice acting of Hannah Tel and Ashley Birch (I recall that because of the strike the actress refused to voice Chloe in Before the Storm).
The episode also became the last missing puzzle of the universe of LiS – thus a turning point, forever changed the life of the main character.
Now it remains only to pereprohodit original, and wait for information about the second season of the best interactive series of our time.