This game gets progressively better every minute you play it, and that’s saying something considering that it started off epic. Following the traumatic and shocking ending to the third episode, Max and Chloe walk (and not walk) and talk together along the harbour. They chat about the strange occurrences happening in Arcadia Bay, which is mainly just the random dead animals and the whales washing up dead on the beach, but also about Chloe becoming paralysed. After I saved her dad’s life, she enjoyed many more years with her family. On Chloe’s sixteenth birthday, her father bought her a car and she was involved in a car accident not long after. Since then she has been paralysed, her family are in a huge amount of debt because of the millions of dollars of equipment that Chloe needs to survive. Insurance helps, according to Chloe’s father, but they are rapidly running out of money and hope. Back at Chloe’s house, I decide to spend the night and whilst sat beside Chloe’s bed we fall asleep watching Blade Runner.
When we both wake up Chloe announces that she is in a lot of pain and asks me to go upstairs and get her some strong morphine that her parents don’t trust her near. I oblige, taking my time to snoop around the house but only finding sadness in every room I go in, and eventually bring Chloe the morphine back. Once I administer it for her, she asks me to end her life. Her reasoning is that she is dying anyway (which is true her respiratory systems are failing) so I’ll just be speeding up the process. Regardless, I refuse because at this point I am genuinely unsure if I’ll be stuck in this alternative reality and Chloe’s family would be so shocked and devastated to lose her like that. And, selfishly, Chloe and Max together is just the cutest, no matter what reality they’re in. In a nearby photo album, I locate the photo that sent me back in the first place, focussing hard on it I use my power again to go back to when me and Chloe are kids. Heartbreakingly, I let Chloe’s dad drive to his death in order to save her and her family from a miserable life. I then wake up back in my reality, in Chloe’s room this time where I am ecstatic to find the punk rocking that blue hair again.
Now it’s time to put my snooping skills to use, I watch as Dave leaves Chloe’s house for good and then go into his garage to see what he left. I remember the code for his locker padlock (7171 if you were interested) and discover lots of files that could potentially incriminate Nathan. I also saved a blue jay that I let in much earlier in the game which made me feel good. After I find everything I need, and photos get taken, Chloe comes downstairs and we make our way to Blackwell Academy for some detective level snooping in the boys’ dorm. After a small bump-into with Mr Jefferson, who was rather flirty with Chloe, and some exploring outside, we finally enter the boys’ dorm. It’s not much different to the girls’ dorm, and after Kate texts me Nathan’s room number, I enter his very swanky pad. Not as disturbing as I originally thought it would be, Nathan’s room is full of some questionable photography, letters from doctors and family, posters and films which all scream crazy and dangerous. I find some scratch marks on the floor near a couch, when I pull it forward a I discover a phone taped to the back of it. Grabbing my swag I turn tail and get out of this eerie and expensive room. On the way out, Chloe and I are confronted by Nathan who says some pretty threatening things – Warren comes out of no were to defend my honour, or some shit, Nathan pulls a gun on him and the two wrestle it out. I have the choice to pull Warren off of Nathan, and I do because Warren shouldn’t get himself into too much trouble over the prick.
Now it’s time to pay Frank a visit. After a couple of rewinding conversations I discover that this situation is delicate and needs to be handled with care. Frank has been Killed, shot and wounded, and his dog has been let loose on Chloe. Finally, I navigate the conversation by giving him his money, expressing my admiration that he saved so many dogs and then appealed to his great relationship with Rachel. He eventually gives me his client list and the ability to decipher it – this should help track Nathan’s actions and contribute to pinning him down. We go back to Chloe’s, and after some really cool detective work, I piece together all the evidence we collected to find out where Nathan was when Kate was drugged, what drugs he bought, and where we can find his secret lair. After we gather the information it’s time to get into the Chloe mobile and see if we can find out where Nathan took Kate. Arriving at some really creepy looking run down barn, we search for an entrance and find a loose metal sheet on the side of the building. When we enter it’s clear that the barn has been in the Prescott family for over a century, and that the family has always been run by ruthless businessmen. I stumble (literally) across a hatch in the floor with a modern padlock on it.
Considering this is the only modern item in the vicinity it definitely deserves suspicion. After some Assassin’s Creed level tinkering with the barn, we smash open the lock to reveal some seriously creepy staircase heading underground. I was met with a bank-vault level door and a keypad. The keypad had three numbers which are way more worn out than the others, so I just enter every combination there is and eventually gain access (sorry, I can’t remember what it was). The bunker is full of the most expensive equipment a photographer could dream of: tripods, printers, cameras and a computer that has a photo of Kate loaded on it where she is duct taped and crying and looks like she has been through hell. If this wasn’t scary enough, Chloe and I find a massive locker which is full of red binders full of girls’ names on them. We find an empty binder with Victoria’s name on it, and then a red binder labelled “Rachel” that is full of pictures of her beaten and abused. We both freak out and realise that Nathan must have killed her and buried her body in the scrapyard.
We go to the scrapyard and discover Rachel’s corpse wrapped up in tarp, buried in a shallow grave. Fucking traumatising experience over, Chloe and I drive to the Vortex party in a whirlwind of fury and despair – Chloe all the while declaring how she will kill Nathan for what he did to Rachel. When we get to school, a drunken Warren snaps a selfie with me but we soon shake him off, and then we get inside where the party is in full swing. After asking around I find out that Nathan isn’t around yet, but I do gain access into the VIP Vortex club party as a result of being nice to Courtney in Episode 1 and having my name put on the list. When I’m inside I am joined by Chloe and we still can’t find Nathan anywhere. I approach Victoria who admits Nathan isn’t here, I warn her about Nathan being dangerous and she believed me and told me should would make sure she would be surrounded by trusted friends that will protect her. Phew, at least I know Nathan won’t be attacking her tonight. Chloe gets a text from Nathan on her phone and he tells her that he is going to destroy the evidence of Rachel. We hurry out of the party but not before being stopped by Mr Jefferson who announces that Victoria has won the “everyday heroes” photography project to the entire party. She is obviously thrilled and dedicates her award to Kate which was sweet.
We then rush off to the scrapyard where we search for Rachel’s remains by phone-light. We discover her body is still there when a needle gets stuck into my neck and I fall to the ground, I try to warn Chloe but as she turns around… She gets a bullet in the head. My rewind is clearly not working in my almost-unconscious state and I can’t save her. And just before I pass out I see, not Nathan, but Mr Jefferson walk over to my body with a gun in his hand, and looking maliciously evil. After the credits roll I am horrified by the familiar décor of the bunker we believed to belong to Nathan, and Mr Jefferson approaching my body as I whimper and tell him he doesn’t have to do this.
OH MY GOD GUYS! I cannot believe that twist. It’s driving me insane, I always thought he was a little bit dodgy, but nothing like this! I assumed he was just a bored and failed photographer, not a serial killer/ rapist/ psycho. What a great turn of events, but I truly don’t know how I will get out of this. I am dying to play the next episode.