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Review: Life is Strange: The Arcadia Bay Collection

The Life is Strangeseries is something that came across at about the perfect time culturally to tell a tale of being who you are and the Arcadia Bay-set entries started it off strong. Chronologically, Before the Storm is the first game in the series despite being the second one released and features a different tone than the original. Both Arcadia Bay games are character-driven tales, but offer an experience that makes you reflective in different ways for each adventure.

The original LiS is about Max trying to get to the bottom of a murder mystery with a giant storm looming over the area as a ticking clock. It’s an interesting dilemma because you want to get all of the information available, but do have to do so quickly in-game time to unravel things and figure out who did what. It’s a compelling narrative and one that has a supernatural element because Max can rewind time and freeze it to investigate something more thoroughly. The first game’s emphasis on the chemistry between Max and her longtime best-friend Chloe is something that builds up throughout each chapter of the story and deals with things like losing a friend, disagreeing with them in a big way, undergoing personality changes from moving around, and rejection due to a friend moving around. It’s an emotional journey and the first tale tests their friendship across different timelines and circumstances. It’s a fascinating tale and something that makes the player think in ways that most games don’t.

The canonical prequel allows the player to play as Chloe and showcases her bond with Rachel Amber, the first game’s victim. Playing in chronological order made the first game’s story ring even more true due to seeing Rachel’s personality unfold and see how troubled her life is before the

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Life is Strange remaster collection for the Switch arrives on September 27th

Following an switch-delay-215130517.html” data-ylk=”slk:eleventh-hour delay earlier this year” class=”link “eleventh-hour delay earlier this year, the Nintendo Switch version of Life is Strange: Remastered Collection will arrive on September 27th. The bundle – now titled the “Arcadia Bay Collection” on Switch — brings together enhanced versions of the first two entries in the episodic adventure series.

2015’s Life is Strange stars Max Caulfield, a teen who finds she has the ability to rewind time after returning to her hometown of fictional Arcadia Bay, Oregon. At the center of the game is Max’s relationship with her childhood friend Chloe Price, played by voice actor Ashly Burch. In Life is Strange’s 2017’s prequel, Before the Storm, Chloe returns as the protagonist of the story.

While many people love the series, the Remastered Collection has earned few fans. On console and PC, the release was mired by life-is-strange-remastered-graphics-bugs-glitches-release/” data-ylk=”slk:technical issues” class=”link “technical issues that made the games look worse than their originals. Square Enix went on to release multiple patches for the remasters, all of which are included in the new Switch bundle. Life is Strange: Arcadia Bay Collection will be available in both digital and retail versions. You can also play the remasters on PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia and PC.

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