Life Is Strange True Colors Review

Life Is Strange True Colors Review

Imagine a world where you’re the only one with powers… the options are limitless for you. Flying? Super Strength? Telekinesis? Teleportation? Except it’s none of that, it’s the power to see people’s auras and emotions. What could you ever do with that? You can find that out in the game Life Is Strange: True Colors by Square Enix, where you control the life of an orphan named Alex Chen.

Life Is Strange: True Colors is a graphic novel type feel played from a third-person point of view. It’s the fifth game in the Life Is Strange series, but the third main installment, coming after Life Is Strange 2.

You play the main protagonist, Alex Chen, as she reunites with her older brother after eight years in the foster care system. The game takes place in the cozy midwestern mining town of Haven Springs, Colorado. This is one of my favorite parts of the whole game, the setting is just so beautiful and it feels like you could stare at it for hours on end. Between the mountains, canyons, and lakes, you’ll probably be glad this is the setting rather than a crowded city. The town’s businesses are all locally owned with all the residents knowing each other. Haven Springs radiates coziness and simple town life.

Although, all of that comes crashing down when Alex Chen’s brother, Gabe Chen, dies in a so-called rockslide accident. Gabe Chen had an extreme hold on the town, known to be friends with everyone. This is where Alex’s powers of “empathy” come into play, where she has to manipulate the emotions of others to find the truth of what happened to her brother, uncovering the secrets of the town as she does so.

This game is based on you making decisions throughout the story that affect the gameplay and relationships with other characters like all the other Life Is Strange games released before. So it immerses you in the story and makes you want to get all the right choices, despite there being no right or wrong answers.

Although, one of the most important parts of the game to me is the fact Alex Chen is Asian American, that she struggles with her mental health, and that she grew up in the foster care system. Nowadays it’s really hard to find Asian representation in movies, shows, and games. So seeing that being represented in Life Is Strange: True Colors is extremely pleasing. It’s also hard to come across anything that touches on the topic of mental health, especially as deeply as this game. It helps the player understand what it’s like to fall into poor mental health. Although, most importantly, it touches on the foster care system and children growing up in abusive households. You learn a lot about the Chen family throughout the game and see how poorly she and her brother were treated by their father after the mother died. On top of that, it shows how terrible the foster care system can be and how much they suffered hopping from home to home.

So in my opinion, the empathy power Alex Chen holds isn’t the most important thing in the game. But rather is the storyline and representation within the game. A lot of the secrets the small mining town holds will have you on the edge of your seat. Along with all the major plot twists that had my mouth agape.

So if you enjoy mystery, drama, action, and adventure, Life Is Strange: True Colors (along with all of the other Life Is Strange games) would be a game to look into, believe me, the $60 price tag is more than worth it. Out of all the Life Is Strange games, this one would be one of my favorites.