What makes a good Life is Strange game? Fleshed out characters that’s hard to tell who you should trust and not, that by the end you may love someone slightly antagonistic and despise someone you thought you’d love and die for, all of whom are realistically written and extremely well voiced.
A scenic setting, with real world problems that meet supernatural powers to help guide the story and suspense. A dash of tragedy with a main character that is relatable at least in some ways to everyone and tie it all up with music that reminds us of our high-school or early college days no matter how cringe they were.
In this essence True Colors truly nails the formula in every way. Truly the best part of this adventure is how it manages to find the absolute perfect mix of serious heart-tugging moments with wholesome feelings that remind you there’s beauty to be found everywhere in life.
All 5 episodes are available on disc this time around which takes out all the speculation, theories, and in a way some cliff-hangers. The game focuses on Alex Chen and her special power that most everyone has, the power of empathy. She can physically see a colorful aura around people and should she choose can even feel exactly how those around her feel. She arrives in a very small town where everyone knows everyone to meet up with her long lost brother she hasn’t seen in 8 years. On her journey she gets to deeply know everyone in the town, and in true Life is Strange fashion has two romance options.
The journey has plenty of surprises and twists and turns with a big reveal in Episode 4 that promises to rival the same gasps as the plot twist in LiS 1. In every way this game is styled after the first one, as a return to roots and a spiritual successor both and it does this very well. Whereas 1 dives more onto the Supernatural side, True Colors in the end stays much more grounded in reality and things that could and probably do happen every day.
Life is Strange: True Colors is an absolute roller coaster of a game and nails an absolute perfection of a story with a very well rounded cast. As always it is a choice based game with choices effecting tiny little things making different playthroughs unique. Gameplay wise is of course backseat here to story, characters, and music but by now this should be pretty common knowledge.
- Fantastic Story
- Memorable characters
- Excellent setting
- Very pro LGBTQ+
- Disappointing plot twist
- Lacklustre ending
- Some questionable lines of dialogue
All in all I enjoyed every second of my time with this game and found myself needing to know what happens next, and being displeased when I needed to take a break. It impacted me deeply and made me cry a couple of times, and is something I’d recommend to anyone looking for a fully narrative driven game.
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Game & Developer Information
Developer Website: Deck Nine
Developer Socials: Twitter
Publisher Website: Square Enix
Publisher Socials: Twitter
PSN Store Links: £49.99/€59.99 Europe / $59.99 North America
Trophy Information: 41. 1 / 6 / 0 / 34
Images – https://www.igdb.com/