Fun Fridayz #25 – Freedom to Forget Feelings
I don’t really have any puns to bust out for this one. Honestly, as much as I love Life is Strange and Before the Storm, they might be the most damaging thing to my gaming I’ve ever experienced. School and work were never this distracting.
These games just create this melancholy in me because I know nothing will ever compete with the way I feel while playing them. The journey is so powerful that it makes everything else feel almost fake. There’s this beautiful atmosphere that envelops you like a cold fall wind.
At least Before the Storm is doing its part in keeping my mood in tune with the weather. Episode one was great and a true surprise for its consistency and quality. Episode two just ramps it up, developing the characters and drama in preparation for whatever gut punches the finale will offer.
It really says something about the emotional investment a game produces when I’m genuinely fretting over the fact that I picked a beach towel instead of a pirate flag to cover a seat. Of course, the inability to quickly go back and redo a key decision is what makes choice-driven stories so powerful– or, in the case of the original Life is Strange, the subversion of the one choice mechanic makes every decision that much more impactful.
So yeah. The soundtrack continues to astonish, with Daughter once again knocking it out of the park. The story is fascinating and the mysteries confounding, the characters human and mostly decently acted. God. I just can’t wait for this game to ruin me.