Currently, I’m playing Deadpool, the game by High Moon Studios & Activision along with episode #2 of Before the Storm. Episode #2 was available for download on October 19th 2017. I only was able to finish the episode a couple days ago due to my limited availability for gaming. Before the Storm is a prequel to Life is Strange which is one of my all time favorite games I played this year. This prequel is told from the perspective of Chloe Price, Max Caufield’s punk best friend from their younger years. These episodes explain Chloe’s relationship with Rachel who if you played Life is Strange, know that Rachel disappeared in that episode. I do like to include spoilers in my video game reviews so please avoid them if you’re planning on playing Life is Strange or Before the Storm.
Chloe on the left & Rachel on the right. *Image from Youtube*
Chloe Price and Rachel Amber are in Principal Well’s office due to their actions for skipping school from the previous episode. Rachel claims ditching school was her idea which was the truth to avoid Chloe having to take the blame. One of the biggest actions you can make here is to decide to go along with Rachel or say she’s lying and take the blame. I chose to go along with Rachel because it was her idea to ditch school which Chloe went along with.
Chloe avoids her mom and David to hang out at the junkyard where she finds a beat up truck. She tries to repair it as she would love to leave Arcadia Bay for good. Frank Bowers, Chloe’s drug dealer calls her about a possible way to escape her debt that she owes him by stealing drug money from Drew, her classmate. She searches Drew’s dorm and finds the money, but his younger brother Max arrives with Drew as she is leaving Drew’s dorm. Suddenly, Max is left in the dorm with Chloe as Drew is beaten by a fellow drug dealer looking for the money. Another crucial decision in the game is to decide to intervene even though Drew specifically said not to, or to stay silent. I chose to stay silent to protect Max. After Drew’s beating is over with, you can choose to keep the money or give it back to Drew. I chose to give it back to Drew because I couldn’t bear to keep the money after watching the beating.
Rachel and Chloe attend the Tempest which is a play Rachel was supposed to play the lead in, but Principal Wells banned her from performing after ditching school. Rachel ends up being the lead in the play along with Chloe and they perform the play together. It’s a huge bonding moment for the two of them. After the play, they agree to leave Arcadia Bay and move to LA.
Rachel and Chloe go to Rachel’s house for dinner. This is a huge deal because Rachel’s father was seen by Chloe and Rachel making out with another woman. Rachel is confused and heartbroken over her father’s actions and Chloe thinks he’s an ass. A fight erupts after dinner where Rachel’s father reveals that woman is Rachel’s biological mother. [insert drama music here]
End of SPOILERS!
Before the Storm is fun especially if you really enjoy Life is Strange, but the story feels more character driven, than plot driven. The game doesn’t really have a plot to it, it’s more to tell Chloe Price’s story outside of the little knowledge we knew about her. I think that makes this version much weaker than Life is Strange, but again I am enjoying playing each episode. I can’t stress enough how much I recommend Life is Strange and if you haven’t played it, you’re missing out.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of marching in downtown St. Paul, MN for the March for Science. The march for science is protesting the neglected scientific research for global warming exhibited in the Trump presidency. Science is extremely important for the success of our planet and I’m not agreeing with how Trump is handling the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). This post isn’t to necessarily start a political debate, but I am proud to say that I protested for something I believe in. I’m a biologist at heart and I’m a firm believer in funding NASA and traveling through space. Therefore, attending this march was crucial for me. I wanted to share my pictures with you and feel free to comment about your science background in the comment section below.
My friend’s sign she held up
“Stand Up for Science” sign
“We’re gonna hafta Science the SH*T outta this. . . ” sign
St. Paul Capitol Building. We were within a couple feet.
I’m second from the left 🙂
Notice my Hufflepuff cardigan!
My table top gaming consists of cooperative game play, but not deck building games. I dislike the complexity of deck building games like when I play Magic the Gathering some of the cards are difficult to understand and it leaves me feeling frustrated. A couple weeks ago my friend dragged me to the Star Wars Destiny card game release at my local game store. I absolutely cannot recommend this card game enough and I had a blast playing multiple games in a row with friends. This weekend I am teaching my brother how to play this game because I am trying to get as many people hooked to Star Wars Destiny as possible.
Star Wars Destiny offers two starter decks: Rey or Kylo Ren. I actually wasn’t able to buy either of these because my game store ran out of starter decks. I bought a bunch of booster packs and a couple people gave me cards to help me build a deck, but it does help to buy a starter deck first. I pulled Anakin Skywalker and he is super powerful in this game so I ended up building a Sith deck.
Star Wars Destiny allows players to roll dice to simulate attacks with characters and activate special abilities. When I roll Anakin’s die, I have a couple outcomes including a light saber attack, his special ability, and a blank. If I don’t like the roll, I can discard a card out of my hand to re-roll all my dice. I have essentially one action per turn so if I choose to tap Anakin to roll his dice, that’s the end of my turn. My next turn I could play a card or use one of the dice on my opponent.
It sounds confusing, but once you play a few rounds you catch on pretty quick. There was one game where I kept rolling Anakin’s ability 5 or 6 times in a row and I annihilated my opponent #sorrynotsorry. I also heard that Star Wars Destiny will include Rogue One characters and I will hopefully have that pre-ordered because Jyn Erso will be one bad ass character to make a deck with.
Star Wars Destiny is probably my favorite table top game I have played this year. So now your next step is to buy Star Wars Destiny, obviously. Check out the description over at Fantasy Flight Games/Star Wars Destiny. This card game was so popular that Fantasy Flight is sold out of booster packs and starter decks. Local game stores should have more information about this game if you’re interested in getting started. Star Wars Destiny is a fantastic, easy to learn table top game to tie you over until the release of the much awaited; Star Wars the Last Jedi.