True Colors is Deck Nine’s second spin-off in the Life is Strange IP – the first being the excellent Before the Storm, a prequel to Dontnod’s original. With a fresh setting, cast, and an actual character “power” to work with, they’ve crafted an enjoyable narrative experience that should thrill fans of the IP. That said, it might disappoint those hoping for an evolution of the formula and it’s not going to change the minds of those who’ve never enjoyed the gameplay structure.
Life is Strange: True Colors places you in control of Alex Chen as she arrives in the tiny Colorado mountain community of Haven Springs. She’s just left a mental healthcare facility to reunite with her brother, after 8-years apart, during which they got to experience the worst of the foster care system and juvenile detention. Her brother Gabe, having started a new life in Haven Springs, reaches out to offer her a chance at a fresh start. Aside from the narrative significance, this setup works well to put the player in the same position as Alex – everyone is a new face and unknown quantity.
…Alex, along with the small group she befriends, are among the most diverse and likeable cast yet.
…the writing and depth of interactions is impressive enough to keep you engaged for the 10+ hours it takes to see the climax.
…True Colors is all about choice and consequences, but there is a central narrative thread that plays out regardless.
…every voice actor does a great job of believably portraying anger and grief in multiple scenes – a rare feat for video games.
Enjoys games with awesome stories and characters, along with new and interesting hardware. Dislikes day-one patches and driver updates.
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PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
10 September 2021
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