When Square Enix rocked up onto the gaming scene with the time-manipulating episodic Life is Strange way back in 2015, few could have imagined the impact the series would have. But here we are, some six years on, highly anticipating the next instalment in the franchise. It’s True Colors which now takes centre stage – along with the psychic power of Empathy.
Whilst Psychonauts 2 may be picking up the plaudits, Life is Strange: True Colors emerges onto the scene to deliver Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, PC and Google Stadia right now, with a Nintendo Switch drop due later in the year.
It’s been created this time around by Deck Nine Games, they who were previously on the Before the Storm train, to deliver a story that is based around the life of Alex Chen. It’s Alex who is found heading back to the town of Haven Springs, only to discover that her brother dies in a suspicious accident. It’s here where Alex’s powers come to the fore as that of Empathy allows her insights into the others who share the land with her.
It’s immediately obvious that this is a proper Life is Strange tale, one with stunning visuals, a soundtrack to die for, a narrative which twists and turns forevermore, and choice all laid out at the feet of the player. Uncovering the mysteries of Haven, and understanding exactly what is at play here is all part and parcel of the storytelling process.
Should you have previously got on well with Life is Strange as a franchise, enjoying the episodic joys of the original game, working through Before the Storm and even taking in Life Is Strange 2, then we’re pretty sure you’ll going to be sold on True Colors from the get-go.
And if you’re not, take a read of our full review of Life is Strange: True Colors on Xbox Series X|S as we let you know how it plays out. We won’t ruin the tale with any spoilers, but we urge you to give it a read.
Once you’re sold – and you will be – get over to the digital store of your choosing and pick up True Colors on Xbox, PlayStation, PC or Stadia. The Xbox Store is our point of contact and it’s there where we find True Colors available in Standard Edition form for £49.99, Deluxe Edition with the Bonus Story of ‘Wavelengths’ and the Hero Outfit Pack for a combined £54.99 price, and that of the Ultimate Edition for £64.99 which throws in Life is Strange Remasterd, Before the Storm Remastered and a Zombie Crypt Outfit too.
Let us know which version you pick up.
Alex Chen hides her ‘curse’: the psychic power of Empathy, the ability to absorb and manipulate the strong emotions of others. When her brother dies in a so-called accident, Alex must embrace her power to find the truth — and reveal secrets long-buried.