In addition to our 2021 Major Game Awards, every member of the PC Gamer team has focused on the games they love this year. For the rest of this month, we will release the new employee draft and our main awards.
Life is Strange: True Colors is a large piece of mature cheddar cheese-this is the most tacky game I have played this year. Come on, with names like True Colors, the tone of the game is set to be pathologically sweet-this kind of sweet food will hurt your teeth and stain your tongue with artificial blue. However, a few months after my visit to Haven Springs, I called this adventure one of my favorite games of the year.
You see, Life is Strange: True Colors has a lot of beats I can think of. Like the original, I am about the same age as the main character. I am a bisexual, ethnic minority, like to enjoy rock music, play guitar, and have a patch denim jacket that I have been making since I was a teenager. Damn, you caught me. True color is something that I hate. When its characters are as wonderful, considerate and acting as here, it turns out that I reluctantly like this game.
Despite the tackiness inherent in the series, it is also very sincere: a slightly supernatural life story segment that reflects real friendship, flirtation and relationships more than any other game I have ever played. The previous entry involved time travel and telekinesis, while in “True Color”, the required superpowers appear in the form of perceiving and reading the emotions of others. This is actually just a kind of telepathy, but it adds a layer that can ultimately affect and change people’s emotions. But even if you know your friends’ thoughts and fears, even if you know their deepest secrets, the correct course of action or the best course of action is still unclear. It is messy and inelegant. Even if all the facts are in front of you, it is difficult to know what is best for the people closest to you. This is life, isn’t it?
During my adventure with Alex Chen, I got up from my seat and paced at the desk more than once. I know that the game will require me to make a choice, a decision, a path that I don’t want to decide. When I am not upset, I will giggle, sulking and smirk, just like I am watching a CW show-like I rediscovered the supernatural. In the best way, it’s as close to the chick movie as these experiences.
In addition to hitting your game with emotions, Life is Strange: True Color also provides a gorgeous environment for investigation. Usually I am not a very patient performer, but in “Life is Strange”, I will explore every nook and cranny of Haven Springs-every fake band poster, every dialogue option, every store. I want to absorb everything. The record shop is very detailed, and I can almost feel the vinyl records in my hands. The flower shop is well stocked, and I can almost smell the dirt and pollen. It is vibrant and wonderful, and I want to book a vacation in a place that doesn’t even exist.
However, what makes the game run through is the performance. Alex is played by Erika Mori, who was nominated for a game award and a golden joystick. Although she is undoubtedly the protagonist of the show, the return of Han Soto as Gabe, Eric Emery as Ryan, and Katy Bentz as Steph brings the story together perfectly. Their jokes and friendly relationship reminded me of going to a party and sitting with a group of people you don’t know yet. From mocking old pranks to supporting you when you are upset, the actors have successfully portrayed the old and new friendships perfectly. And in 2021 I don’t have many opportunities to make new friends of my age, right?
Life is Strange: True Colors’ roles and relationships are so good that in the early game, Alex’s brother, Gabe, was hit hard by the death. Marketing and even the Steam page allow you to prepare for his death, but this is still sudden, almost random. Your thoughts are galloping, you could have taken different ways to prevent this devastating loss, but of course it is inevitable. You miss him, the town misses him, and you will feel his absence in the next adventure. You hope you can ask for his opinion, the characters will reflect on how he helped them, some of them even want Alex to die instead of Gabe. But I am very happy to know him; I am very happy to know and love Gabe before he died. Something impressive on deck nine. Tragedy will make you melancholy, but there is also romance in the air of Haven Springs.
Both Ryan and Steph are potential matches on your journey. Ryan is a kind, bird-watching and outdoor activities person, his smile will make you fascinated. Deck Nine takes the time to show you how he gets along with his father and the children in town. If you allow him, he really wants to take care of Alex. On the other hand, Stephen is a rock goddess, wireless electrode guest and LARPing genius. She is the coolest nerd you have ever seen and is passionate about what she likes, including Alex, if you really want to date her.
As “Life is Strange: True Colors” draws to a close, the twists and turns of the Bialex story are even more painful to forget about the interpersonal relationships I imagined. It allows you to care deeply about any partner you choose at the end of the game, and the person you don’t choose still feels like your best partner, confined to the small box next to your desk. Sad, but hey, I can always play it again, right?
In a year when I couldn’t live a full life, Life is Strange: True Colors It’s a respite. I can feel that I am moving to a new place, meeting new people, and possibly changing the lives of people other than me. I fell in love with people, friendships, relationships and places-all these luxury items will do well in 2021. But in Haven Springs, I can let myself fall in love, just for a moment.