Happy new year, by the way^^
If you haven’t heard about this game by now you’re probably not into telltale-like games. So even though the chances are slim that you don’t know it I’ll still act like you didn’t.
First of all
If you at any point decide you wanna give them a shot. The first episode of the original game is free so you’ve got nothing to lose and no excuses!
Now I’d also like to point out that even though I enjoyed both games and therefore can only highly recommend them both, it’s not a genre that everyone likes, which is not surprising because it’s kinda hard to satisfy everyone.
So this is about two episodic games, where “Life is Strange” is the original base game that came out in early 2015 and spans over five episodes, which you can pick up 20$ and for only 5$ during sales. You play as Max who came back to her hometown to study photography where she meets her old friend again. Then time travel gets involved and things get pretty interesting. You can rewind and change choices, but even that won’t save you all the time. The first episode gives you a rough idea of what you’re getting yourself into and if you decide after it that it’s not all that bad you can be assured that you’ll like the rest of the game.
Both this game and the prequel “Before the Storm” are accompanied by an outstanding soundtrack. Listen for yourselves:
In Before the Storm you’ll play as Chloe who is the old friend that Max meets in the initial game. The good thing that it’s completely independent of the original game. So if you want to can play that one first. It’s only three episodes for ~17$ and ~11$ on discount. It might get cheaper down the line though. There’s also a bonus episode which isn’t out as of now which will cost extra. It was made by a different studio because Dontnod is currently busy with their new game “Vampyr“.
So for a final thought: Both games are definitely worth playing and even though one might think that making a prequel and handing it off to another studio might ruin the game and the franchise because it would just try to life off of the initial success, the prequel has it’s own story (without the rewind mechanic) and does a good job at telling it. The only thing I’d have to mention about it is the fact that the prequel was in my opinion more entertaining (and by that I mean funny) than the original game, which was a little bit more sad, but that might be because a different studio made it and Chloe got a different voice actor (You’ll get used to it easily, though).
Once again I’d urge you to give it a try, you won’t regret it.