Life Is Strange: True Colors called "best game in the series" in first reviews

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The first reviews for Life Is Strange: True Colors are out, and critics have been generally positive for the latest entry in the popular adventure series.

True Colors follows Asian American protagonist Alex Chen, who travels to the town of Haven Springs to reunite with her brother Glen before he is killed in a mysterious accident. As Alex investigates Glen's death, she uses her psychic empathy powers to read people's emotions.

The game's Metacritic score is currently a solid range between 82 and 85 (depending on the platform), and multiple publications including IGN and Fanbyte believe it lives up to the hype, the former describing True Colors as "the best game in the series to date".

Photo credit: Square Enix
Photo credit: Square Enix

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But some publications were a little less enthusiastic about the title, with various reviewers expressing shortcomings with aspects of the story.

Check out some of the reviews below:

IGN (Taylor Lyles)

"Life Is Strange: True Colors is a fantastic game that offers a great story with solid pacing, and unlike previous games in the series it left me with the feeling that every choice I made mattered. In picking up where Dontnod left off, Deck Nine has gone above and beyond to create the best game in the series to date and I am excited to see what the studio does with it next."

The Washington Post (Shannon Liao)

"Most glaringly, True Colors centers Asian American characters, though its story could be about anyone of any background. The game never talks about race, except for showing an Asian-style shrine that Alex puts up to commemorate Gabe's life and putting a few rude comments on the game's version of Facebook or Nextdoor, MyBlock. And so, its diverse casting feels inconsequential."

Photo credit: Square Enix
Photo credit: Square Enix

Fanbyte (Natalie Flores)

"I'm... grateful for the work of the team behind True Colors, a game I already know will be special to me forever. As I started True Colors, my heart soared at the abundance of tiny details that reminded me of what it was like to fall in love with this series. I felt the love and respect Deck Nine has for Life Is Strange's legacy in just about every corner."

PlayStation Lifestyle (Andrew Kiya)

"True Colors may in fact be the best Life Is Strange game to date... [It's] just as much a story about Asian American heritage, mental illness, broken homes, and systemic failure as it is a drama centering around dealing with loss, regrets, and trauma."

GameSpot (Justin Clark)

"True Colors is almost too kind as a narrative. Every single character and NPC has a baseline niceness that, while comfortable and soothing, borders on disingenuous given the grim emotional stakes. There's a Gilmore Girls-y vibe to the whole thing; even most of the bastards have their charms, and there aren't a lot of bastards to begin with."

Rock Paper Shotgun (Alice Bell)

"Alas, as much as I liked its enjoyable cast and Alex's interesting empath powers, the rest of True Colors just falls short of true brilliance. Life Is Strange games are often given to painting their issues in black and white rather than shades of grey, and I'm disappointed True Colors ended up using such a limited palette, too."

Life Is Strange: True Colors is out now.

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