Life is Strange: Before the Storm Review

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Before the Storm gives us a meaningful insight into the events prior to Life is Strange. With deep character interactions, high-stakes events and excellent storytelling, this prequel is worth playing regardless whether you completed the original or are stepping into the series for the very first time.

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Revisiting Banished – Not an Average City Builder

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Developer, Publisher: Shining Rock Software

Release Date: February 18th, 2014; Review Platform: PC

Testing Specs: Core i5-6500 3.2GHz, 16GB RAM, GeForce GTX 1070 8GB

Banished is unlike a typical city builder you encounter, with its focus on lower scale management and survival aspect of its population. Yet the experience is very absorbing as you manage a group of exiled villagers into growing a settlement. Playing through Banished reveals a deliberate balance of expansion and survival tactics, where anything can go wrong within a single weather season. You’d be fooled into associating it’s calm music background and a small scale with a relaxing experience, as it is anything but; although it is incredibly rewarding to grow your village into an expansive town. Being able to build a large settlement is both an extreme test of player skill and a rewarding outcome, but getting there is not an easy road. Banished offers a unique spin on the city-building genre, which hasn’t been replicated quite often, and if you’re willing to put up with its slow pace, the game offers a very rewarding experience.

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