[Games Around the Corner] Week 5, 2022 - Life is Strange Remastered Collection
Early last year, a Life is Strange Remastered Collection was announced and set to release in September but was eventually delayed to 2022. The Remastered Collection includes the first and second chapters of the franchise: Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm.
Life is Strange
Set in the town of Arcadia Bay, Life is Strange is told from the perspective of Maxine "Max" Caulfield, who discovered that she has the ability to rewind time, leading choices taken by players to have a butterfly effect. In the game, players have to interact with objects and communicate with NPC to enable puzzle solving in the form of fetch quests. Every choice that players make will affect the story of the game, from short to long-term consequences, either good or bad.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Before the Storm takes place three years before Life is Strange, telling the story of protagonist Chloe Price who befriends Rachel Amber when she's struggling with her father's death. The duo eventually uncovers secrets within Rachel's family and goes on a search for Rachel's biological mother. In this game, there's a new Backtalk feature that players can use to call upon Chloe to get out of uncertain situations. The feature may not always lead to good consequences.
The Remastered Collection includes these new features:
Remastered visuals across characters and environments
Improved character animation using full facial mocap performance (Life is Strange Remastered only)
Updated and refined gameplay puzzles
Engine and lighting upgrades
Includes previously released Deluxe Content: Chloe Outfits & 'Farewell' Bonus Episode
Choice and consequence driven stories with multiple endings
Harness the power of Max’s rewind ability or Chloe’s quick-witted attitude to change the course of events
Distinct licensed soundtrack & original scores
Life is Strange Remastered Collection will be released on Steam, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on 1 February. The Switch version has been delayed and is expected to arrive "later this year."