Life is strange đánh giá


I’ve mentioned several times that the Life is Strange series is very important lớn me. Each game focuses on something that happens lớn be very important to me, from the big sibling energy of 2 lớn the independence và little sibling energy of True Colors. This all started with the năm ngoái original which starred Max Caufield, who is basically me in clip game khung – so much so that nowadays I cringe somewhat at who I was in High School. Regardless, the series has brought about some incredible opportunities for me, in particular interviews with the original & sequel creator Michel Koch as well as the comic writer Emma Vieceli & artist Claudia Leonardi. Now, it’s time I return to Arcadia bay for the remasters of the original game và prequel Before the Storm on Nintendo Switch.

Before we arrive in Arcadia Bay, let me give you the rundown on Life is Strange. Life is Strange is an adventure trò chơi in which you explore and interact with characters và environments, make choices that impact the story, and solve puzzles & undo mistakes with Max’s newly discovered time powers. The plot revolves around her relationship with her old best friend, Chloe, as well as the mysterious disappearance of Rachel Amber & strange visions of an impending storm that will destroy the town. Before the Storm, meanwhile, is a prequel following the friendship of Chloe & Rachel. While Chloe doesn’t have time powers, she still solves environmental puzzles, makes choices, & argues with people lớn get what she wants. Both are fantastic games and some of my favorites in the genre, so let’s see how the remaster updates things.

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The Arcadia bay Collection packages both remasters together for about $40, you cannot purchase them separately on Switch so it’s all or nothing. They vày come as separate apps & downloads, however, so no launcher or anything to go through first. Starting up Life is Strange, you vì have to lớn sit through a solid minute of company logos & legal text lớn get lớn the title screen, so that’s not a great start. Choosing an episode khổng lồ play will incur a long loading screen, so first let’s dive into the options.

I wasn’t expecting PC-level configuration, so what’s on offer here is fairly standard for consoles. You can use up to lớn three save slots, adjust brightness & volumes, và change things about camera control lượt thích sensitivity & inversions. I’d like to highlight that you can change subtitle sizes from Normal, Large, khổng lồ Hella Large, which is very cute and will no doubt help some players. There is also the option to add a Semi-Opaque background to lớn subtitles, which would be fantastic if it worked outside of pre-rendered cutscenes. The subtitle text is white with a slight đen outline and a hand-drawn look khổng lồ it. It’s a bit pixelated on Switch, but it looks nice when you can read it. Several scenes have bright backgrounds, so if the subtitles get lost in the colors I guess you’re just out of luck.

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Moving on to the game itself, it plays exactly the same as it did back in 2015, though no need to lớn wait for episode releases anymore; they’ll even auto-play after a few seconds when you finish one. The choice statistics are still here too! With both global & friends danh sách comparisons. Purely from a game play and features perspective, this is a great way to re-experience these incredibly emotional adventure games with heart-wrenching choices that actually matter. It even runs fairly well too, the only dip I noticed was in the geometrically complex junkyard when looking out from one end to the other, it’s pretty solid otherwise. The excellent, licensed soundtrack returns as well, consisting of some great tracks that make for very memorable moments, usually starting off & ending each episode.

Sadly, that’s where my positives end. Everything else done to “enhance” the games for these remasters, in my opinion, makes them look worse. On the surface, it is improved from a technical standpoint. Textures and lighting look more realistic, but that’s not what the games were going for. Up until True Colors, Life is Strange used a sort of watercolor approach to texturing, you could almost see the paint strokes in the environments. The more realistic texturing makes characters look almost creepy, with eyes that appear lớn be about to pop out of their heads. Before the Storm does fare a bit better in this regard since it was moving towards realism originally, but it still suffers from some uncanny visuals.

Environments too look less lượt thích places now & more like, well, video clip game levels. I’m not bashing clip game looking đoạn phim games, but that’s the best way I can think to lớn describe this. It’s something about the lighting & texturing that makes it look less natural. I’m sure you can see for yourself. There are parts where the lighting looks better, like in Chloe’s room, but those scenes are few & far between.

I will say that the animations are somewhat better in Life is Strange. This trò chơi was updated with facial motion capture & it does look more expressive than the original. It’s hard for me lớn look past the texturing, but the official comparison does a decent job of showing how facial expressions convey more subtle emotions better. For example, when Chole is being berated by her Step-douche David you can see a bit of sadness, anger, and even fear in her eyes as opposed khổng lồ the original where she just looks angry. Mo-cap was already used in Before the Storm, so there’s no need to lớn update that game và the animations still look great.

Speaking of, Before the Storm includes all the bonuses from pre-orders và DLC, like additional outfits and the Bonus Episode. While I don’t enjoy the game as much as the other mainline titles, this was Deck Nine’s first entry in the series and before they really found their footing with regards lớn writing, it’s still a great game và fleshes out Rachel Amber, Chloe, & makes the first game’s central mystery of what happened to lớn the former retroactively more depressing. I vì find that Chloe’s Backtalk mechanic is far less engaging than Max’s time-rewinding powers, but it serves as an occasional dialogue puzzle.

Both games feature pre-rendered cutscenes occasionally, for more complexly animated sequences or lớn prevent the game from having lớn load each cut between environments. I remember these looking compressed in 2015, but wow they look horrendous now. It seems no effort was made lớn update these which is a real shame as some of these are highlights of the story. With this and the different approach khổng lồ textures & lighting, it makes me wonder if the original asset were lost in some way.

Compare these khổng lồ Skunkape’s Sam & Max remasters & there’s no contest as lớn which is the better update. Sam & Max’s original adventures were lovingly updated with some incredible lighting & texture work that really felt like they just made the games better. On vị trí cao nhất of that, they went back và changed some things about the game, such as replacing Bosco’s voice actor with an actual đen person instead of a trắng guy doing what could be considered an offensive impression. The Arcadia bay Collection’s updates just don’t feel lượt thích they pay that màn chơi of respect lớn the original, instead putting effort into haphazard updates that detract from the original game’s vision. Before the Storm even crashed on me once, which is something that never happened when playing the PC originals.


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The games contained in the Arcadia bay Collection are still excellent, but the updates made here make these the objectively worse versions. The motion capture updates to Life is Strange look fantastic, but are hard to see through more realistic textures that look out of place compared lớn the water màu sắc style of the original. If you can, stick with the original games on PC, but if you’re a console player this is an acceptable way khổng lồ experience these incredible stories if you can look past the issues.

—David Flynn

CONS…but is mostly a downgrade artisticallyCreepy texture workDecent, but imperfect performanceSubtitle backgrounds don’t workPre-rendered cutscenes are hella compressed

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David is the kind of person lớn wear his heart on his sleeve. He can find positives in anything, like this is a person who loved Star Fox Zero to death. You’ll see him playing all kinds of games: AAAs, Indies, game jam games, games of all genres, và writing about them! Here. On this website. When not writing or playing games, you can find David making music, games, or enjoying a good book.David’s favorite games include NieR: Automata, Mother 3, and Gravity Rush.