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Life Is Strange: Before The Storm

2 months ago

Feature: If you go down to the woods today

Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 verdict-o-chat

Brendan: Hello, Alice. I’ve just been dandering along a quiet highway in Life Is Strange 2. There’s no time-travelling gal pals in this one (at least, none so far) but there is a sad psychic pre-teen and his hoody-wearing brother. I don’t know why I’m telling you all this, you just played through it too, and we’re gonna have a chat about each episode as…

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9 months ago

Feature: The inevitability of "Bury Your Gays"

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm can’t escape the first game’s use of harmful tropes

Spoiler warning: This article includes spoilers for the entirety of both Life Is Strange and Life Is Strange: Before The Storm. Life Is Strange: Before The Storm is, in its own right, a very good game. But it can’t avoid the fact that it’s a Life Is Strange game, specifically a prequel to the original. And in the original, one of its central characters is…

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Parting is such sweet sorrow in Life Is Strange: Before The Storm’s bonus final chapter, Farewell, out now

It's time to say goodbye to Chloe and Max again, at least for a while. They've had their ups and down over the course of episodic adventure Life Is Strange and its prequel, and today they're getting a final send-off in one extra episode, out now for owners of the Deluxe edition of Before The Storm. Expect heartstrings to be tugged on with great gusto.…

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10 months ago

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm’s prequel-prequel bonus ep reunites Chloe and Max on March 6

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm's third and final chapter arrived in December, bringing the teen trauma prequel full circle, but that isn't quite the end. Still to come is a "bonus" episode set even earlier than Before the Storm, visiting teensy Chloe and teensy Max before they were pulled apart. Square Enix today announced that the bonus ep, named Farewell, will launch on March…

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11 months ago

2017 Steam Award winners include PUBG, Cuphead & Witcher

We've already seen which games sold best on Steam last year, but a perhaps more meaningful insight into movin' and a-shakin' in PC-land is the games that people feel warmest and snuggliest about. To that end, Valve have announced the winners of the 2017 Steam Awards, a fully community-voted affair which names the most-loved games across categories including best post-launch support, most player agency, exceeding…

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Feature: Return of the not-Mac users

Wot we played on our holidays

Welcome back, gentle human bean, to another year of PC gaming thrills, spills and ambient anxiety about the correct deployment of the term 'roguelite' here on Rock, Paper, Shotgun. As our beleaguered forms struggle to cope with the sudden shift away from Chocolate Oranges for breakfast, now is the time for our time-lost minds to reflect upon how we occupied ourselves over the past ten…

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Life Is Strange: Before The Storm’s final episode out now

Tragic teen tale Life Is Strange: Before The Storm has concluded with the launch of its third episode last night. Before The Storm is the prequel to 2015's wonderful third-person coming-of-ager, doing away with the time-travel powers as it focuses on wild rebel Chloe and her gal pal Rachel Amber. It's a story whose final ending was already known, but I'm told life is about…

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12 months ago

Life Is Strange original voices return for Before the Storm bonus ep

The voice actor behind spunky punky teen rebel Chloe in the original Life Is Strange, Ashly Burch, will reprise her role in the bonus episode of prequel series Life Is Strange: Before the Storm. While Chloe is the main character in Before the Storm, Burch couldn't play her because of the voice actor strike so publishers Square Enix replaced her with another actor, Rhianna DeVries.…

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1 year ago

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm continues in Episode 2

Teen 'em up prequel Life Is Strange: Before the Storm is a story with an ending we already know but hell, isn't life? It's all about the journey, maaan. And the journey continues a little more today with the launch of the series's second episode (of three). In it, aw heck, you know how it goes: teens hang out, teens get into trouble, and grown-ups…

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Voice actor strike suspended as tentative agreement reached

The video game voice actor strike has been suspended after Screen Actors Guild and American Foundation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) reached a tentative agreement with the companies they were striking against. The strike started in October 2016, seeking better working conditions as well as better pay and more awareness of roles they were accepting. Perhaps the most visible consequence of the strike has…

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Feature: Sequential

Steam Charts: Parabolic Edition

Come one, come all, but not all at once or you'll break our caching, and see the Steam Charts in all their glory! Which game will have reached the coveted #2 position this week?!

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Feature: Listen to Bratt

Podcast: Electronic Wireless Show talks Life Is Strange: Before the Storm and XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Who owns those odd voices? It's the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show and guess what - we're all in the same room, with our actual bodies. Unprecedented. And there's a special guest this week too. Chris Bratt of Eurogamer joins us to talk about the alien-murdering of XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. It's a Brattcast! While Pip has been playing teen angst drama-llama…

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 1 review

Life is Strange: Before the Storm [official site] is the episodic narrative adventure Life is Strange prequel which shines a light on grieving rebel Chloe’s sudden and intense friendship with school queen bee, Rachel Amber. Rather than this being a Dontnod game the story has been entrusted to third party devs at Deck Nine, although Deck Nine have kept the look and feel of the…

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Feature: Insult fighting

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm is a coming-of-age tragedy

Zack Garriss wants you to feel guilty when bad things happen to good people. The lead writer of Life is Strange prequel Before the Storm is as passionate as any writer I’ve ever met on the subject of interactive storytelling and he has some strong opinions about the future of the medium. Guilt and grief might be the main course, but there’s a side order…

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9 whole minutes of Life is Strange: Before The Storm

As someone who loved Life if Strange and will probably play Life is Strange: Before the Storm [official site] immediately I have been avoiding pretty much all news and spoilers regarding the latter. To the point where I will a) not be watching this 9-minute video at all and b) don't actually know what the game involves other than being set before the first game.…

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Feature: Teenage Kicks Against the Pricks

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a doomed romance

There's an obvious metaphor in the subtitle of the Life is Strange [official site] prequel. Before the Storm refers to a meteorological incident in the original game, but this is a coming of age story. Growing up can be as violent, euphoric, frightening and cleansing as a storm. What I've seen of the prequel makes youth seem like the precursor to tragedy. We're going to…

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Feature: Listen now or fall to pieces

Podcast: The Electronic Wireless Show E3 Special

Oh my lord, somebody needs to defeat this notorious E3 war machine once and for all. The RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, have gathered their forces to take on the monster. We'll be tackling all the big news: Beyond Good and Evil 2, Wolfenstein 2, Sea of Thieves, Anthem, Life Is Strange: Before the Storm and lots more. We've so much news to talk…

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Feature: Ev3rying Ev3r

Every PC game announced or trailered at E3 2017

Each year E3 rolls around like a giant evil worm, crushing all that's good and pure. BUT that worm also announces lots of exciting gaming news as it wreaks its carnage upon the Earth. Here we have gathered every announcement, reveal, and exciting new trailer that emerged from the barrage of screamed press conferences over the last few days. And lots of it looks rather…

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Life Is Strange: Before the Storm’s Chloe has a new voice actor, because of the strike

Gameplay snippets from Life Is Strange: Before The Storm [official site], a miniseries prequel focused on the wonderful teen melodrama's gal pal co-star Chloe, have oozed out of E3 and- hey wait, that's not Chloe! Turns out, she has been replaced. While Chloe's original voice actor, Ashly Burch, is consulting on the prequel, she isn't actually playing Chloe this time. This wasn't a creative decision,…

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