I was initially sceptical of a Life is Strange prequel. Without the epic fantasy scale of the 2015 original, I was not sure the game’s world had enough scope to carry a whole new adventure. But with Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Deck Nine Games double down on the small-town feel of Arcadia Bay to deliver one of the most beautiful and heartfelt stories of the year.
Rich's choice for GOTY 2017 is the epic Total War: Warhammer II.
Life is Strange protagonist Max Caulfield is almost entirely absent from Before the Storm. Instead, the story is told from the perspective of her best friend Chloe, who is left behind when Max moves away to Seattle. Reeling from the loss of her best friend and the death of her father, Chloe is a bolder, fiercer, more rebellious character than the series has dealt with before.