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Chloe Elizabeth Price is a fictional character, serving as one of the protagonists in the video-games Life Is Strange and its prequel Life Is Strange: Before the Storm. She is portrayed by actresses Ashly Burch and Rhianna DeVries.

Chloe Price
Life Is Strange character
First appearance"Chrysalis" (2015)
Last appearance"Polarized" (2015)
Created byDontnod Entertainment
Voiced byEnglish
Ashly Burch (Life is Strange/Farewell)[1]
Rhianna DeVries (Life is Strange: Before the Storm)
Japanese
Lynn[1]
Information
Full nameChloe Elizabeth Price
NicknamesQueen of Asshole (by herself)
C. (by Rachel Amber)
SpeciesHuman
GenderFemale
OccupationUnemployed
Family
  • William Price (father)
  • Joyce Price (mother)
  • David Madsen (step father)
Significant otherRachel Amber (determinant)
Max Caulfield (determinant)
HomeArcadia Bay, Oregon
NationalityAmerican

Character developmentEdit

Rhianna DeVries, who initially performed motion capture for Chloe Price in Life Is Strange: Before The Storm, voiced the character in said game, while the original voice actress Ashly Burch served as writing consultant.[2][3][4] Instrumentation was employed to represent different sides of the lead character: piano for isolation, electric guitar for rebelliousness, and layered vocals for friendship.[5] Daughter took the script and concept artwork as inspiration.[6] The writers researched memoirs and psychology to understand Chloe's grieving process.[7] figures of Chloe have content found in the Deluxe Edition, but add episode 1 of Life Is Strange.[7] Regarding on Chloe's behavior, Co-Director Michel Koch said he "never considered to affirm either BPD or depression, to not stigmatize anyone and to focus on other topics.",[8] and confirmed to be left-handed.[9]

AppearancesEdit

Video GamesEdit

Life is StrangeEdit

In the fictional city of Arcadia Bay, Max Caulfield realizes that she has the ability to rewind time, and uses her powers to save a young woman from being killed by her classmate Nathan Prescott at Blackwell Academy.[10][11] Max later learns that the woman she saved was her childhood friend Chloe, and the two reunite and spend the day together, before going for a walk near a local lighthouse. Max learns that Chloe's friend Rachel Amber has been missing for several months. Max reveals to Chloe her capacity to travel back in time, and that she has seen visions of a catastrophic tornado destroying the city.[12]

The following day, the two meet at the diner where Chloe's mother Joyce works, and decide to experiment with Max's power at Chloe's secret scrapyard hideout.[13] However, strain from using her powers causes Max to have a nosebleed and faint. Chloe takes her back to Blackwell.

Max agrees to help Chloe find out what happened to Rachel. They later break into the principal's office that night to investigate and enter the school's pool for a swim before evading David Madsen, head of security at Blackwell and Chloe's stepfather, and fleeing back to Chloe's place. The next morning, they sneak into the motorhome of Frank Bowers, drug dealer and friend of Rachel, and learn that Rachel was in a relationship with Frank and lied to Chloe about it, causing Chloe to storm off feeling betrayed. Max returns to her dormitory and examines a childhood photo of her and Chloe, but is suddenly transported to the day the picture was taken. Max prevents Chloe's father William from dying in a traffic collision, which inadvertently creates an alternative reality where William is alive but Chloe has been paralyzed from the neck down.[14]

Max uses the photo to undo her decision and return to the present day, restoring Chloe's health. Continuing their investigation, Max and Chloe obtain clues leading them to an abandoned barn owned by Nathan's wealthy and influential family. They discover a hidden bunker containing pictures of Rachel and Max's classmate Kate tied up and intoxicated, with Rachel being buried at Chloe's secret hideout. They hurry back to the scrapyard and find Rachel's grave, much to Chloe's despair. Max follows Chloe to a school party to confront Nathan, believing he will next target fellow student Victoria Chase. They receive a text from Nathan threatening to destroy the evidence, and they rush back to the scrapyard.

All of a sudden, the two are ambushed by Max's teacher Mark Jefferson, who anaesthetises Max and kills Chloe with a shot to the head. Max is kidnapped and held captive in the "Dark Room", a place Jefferson has been drugging and photographing young girls to capture their innocence. Jefferson also reveals that he took Nathan on as a personal student, but killed him before abducting Max due to him giving Rachel an overdose when he tried to mimic Jefferson's work. Max escapes into a photograph and emerges back in time several days, resetting the timeline. She alerts David, getting Jefferson (and Nathan) arrested.[15]

Max is given the opportunity to go to San Francisco and have one of her photos displayed in an art gallery. She calls Chloe from the event, and discovers that the storm has reached Arcadia Bay. Max travels back to the time at which she took the gallery photo, which eventually leads her to various alternative realities. Max and Chloe finally return to the lighthouse and confront the fact that Max brought the storm into existence by saving Chloe from being shot by Nathan earlier in the week. The only way to prevent it is for Max to go back to that moment via a photo she took and allow Chloe to be killed by Nathan. Max must make a choice: sacrifice Chloe's life to save Arcadia Bay, or sacrifice Arcadia Bay to spare Chloe.[16]

Life is Strange: Before the StormEdit

Three years before the events of Life is Strange, sixteen-year-old Chloe Price sneaks into a concert at an old mill. Conflict arises with two men inside, but she escapes with the help of schoolmate Rachel Amber. The next day, Chloe and Rachel reunite at Blackwell Academy and decide to ditch class, hitching a ride on a passing train before getting off at a lookout point. They people-watch through a viewfinder and see a man and woman kiss in the park below, which upsets Rachel. They take a walk to a local scrapyard. Chloe confronts Rachel about her change in mood, but she refuses to answer. When Chloe meets Rachel later, Rachel explains that the man the two saw was her father James, a District Attorney, and that the woman he was kissing was not her mother. Rachel burns a photo of herself and her father, inadvertently causing a wildfire.[17]

The next day, Chloe and Rachel are reprimanded by Principal Wells for ditching school. Chloe hides out at the scrapyard where she finds an old truck in need of repair. She then receives a call from local drug dealer Frank Bowers, who arranges a meeting to discuss settling her debt with him. Chloe agrees to repay him by helping him steal money from her classmate Drew, who owes Frank a large sum. However, Chloe learns that Drew is being violently extorted by another drug dealer, Damon Merrick, and she must decide whether to pay off the dealer with the stolen money to protect Drew or keep it. Later, when a student is unable to participate in the school's theater production of The Tempest due to road closures caused by the wildfire, Chloe reluctantly takes on the role opposite Rachel. After the play, they decide to leave Arcadia Bay with the truck from the scrapyard, and return to Rachel's house to pack. Following a confrontation there, James reveals that the woman they saw him kissing was Rachel's biological mother.[18]

Rachel is told that her biological mother, Sera, is a drug addict, and that on the day her father kissed her, he had rejected Sera's plea to be reunited with Rachel. Chloe vows to find Sera. Chloe contacts Frank, who agrees to meet her at the scrapyard. She repairs the truck there before Rachel arrives. They are ambushed by Frank and Damon, who stabs Rachel after he realizes she is the district attorney's daughter. Surviving the wound, Rachel recovers at the hospital. Chloe continues the search by investigating James' office for clues about Sera. Chloe learns that James has been in contact with Damon, and finds out that Damon has kidnapped Sera. She races to Damon and Sera's location, and learns that James wanted him to kill Sera. Frank appears and confronts Damon, presumably killing him. Sera is saved, and begs Chloe to never tell Rachel about James' actions, not wanting her relationship with her father to suffer. Back at the hospital, Chloe is faced with a choice: condemn James by telling Rachel everything or protect her from the truth.[19]

Bonus EpisodeEdit

In the bonus episode "Farewell", 13-year-old Max Caulfield struggles to break the news to Chloe that her family is moving to Seattle in three days. The two find a recording of their 8-year-old selves speaking of a "buried treasure"- a time capsule they had made five years prior. After finding a "treasure map" and an "amulet" in the attic, Max and Chloe discover the treasure's spot, only to find that Chloe's dad, William, had put their time capsule in a keg, along with a recording of his voice, for safekeeping. Max can choose to either tell Chloe the truth or hide it; regardless of her decision, their plans for the rest of the day are cut short when Chloe's mother, Joyce, returns home with the news of William's death. Max attends William's funeral days later and leaves for Seattle with her parents immediately after, leaving Chloe in grief.[20]

ComicEdit

Chloe Price is one of the lead characters in the comic-book Life is Strange, published by Titan Comics. The comic-book serves as a sequel to the video-game, taking place after the "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending of the original game.[21] Originally conceived as a four-issue one-shot, the comic has since been confirmed to continue on with further issues as an ongoing series.

ReceptionEdit

The character Chloe Price was generally well received by gaming critics.[22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35]

Burch received a BAFTA Award for Best Performance in a Video Game for her role as Chloe.

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Phillips, Tom (19 June 2017). "Life is Strange: Before the Storm dev on Ashly Burch's absence, season pass kerfuffle and more". Eurogamer.net.
  4. ^ devindra. "'Life is Strange: Before the Storm' is all about being a wiseass teen". Engadget.
  5. ^ Biery, Thomas (24 August 2017). "How Life is Strange: Before the Storm's music brings out Chloe's emotions". Polygon.
  6. ^ "Scoring with Chloe: Daughter's OST for Life Is Strange: Before the Storm". Kotaku UK.
  7. ^ a b "How 'Life is Strange' landed in Deck Nine's hands". Engadget.
  8. ^ Koch, Michel (22 December 2017). "Well, we showed pills in the bathroom in the first game, but we never mentioned who was taking those pills, if anyone. Chloe had a hard time, but, in our game, I never considered to affirm either bpd or depression, to not stigmatize anyone, and to focus on the other topics". Twitter.com.
  9. ^ Hellagay_Pan (23 August 2015). "@DONTNOD_Michel @LifeIsStrange Is Chloe lefthanded? :0 Just noticed, she holds everything (joints, bottles, gun, keys) in her left hand..." Twitter.com.
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  13. ^ "'Life is Strange' Gives Us the Video Game Heroine We Need". Complex.
  14. ^ Dontnod Entertainment (19 May 2015). Life Is Strange. Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360. Square Enix. Level/area: Chaos Theory.
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  16. ^ Dontnod Entertainment (20 October 2015). Life Is Strange. Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360. Square Enix. Level/area: Polarized.
  17. ^ Deck Nine (31 August 2017). Life Is Strange: Before the Storm. Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One. Square Enix. Level/area: Episode 1: Awake.
  18. ^ Deck Nine (31 August 2017). Life Is Strange: Before the Storm. Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One. Square Enix. Episode 2: Brave New World.
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  20. ^ Wales, Matt (18 January 2018). "Life is Strange: Before the Storm's bonus Farewell episode is dated for March".
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  24. ^ "Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Full Season Review". Gamereactor UK.
  25. ^ "Life is Strange: Before the Storm Review: Is This Real Life". Shacknews.
  26. ^ Staff, Ars (29 December 2017). "Life is Strange: Before the Storm review: The path to tragedy". Ars Technica.
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  28. ^ "Review: Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 1: Awake". Hardcore Gamer. 31 August 2017.
  29. ^ "Life is Strange: Before the Storm - 'Brave New World' Impressions". Shacknews.
  30. ^ Juba, Joe. "Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Brave New World Review". Game Informer.
  31. ^ "Review: Life is Strange: Before the Storm: Brave New World". destructoid.
  32. ^ "Life Is Strange: Before The Storm Episode 2 review – Brave New World". Metro.co.uk. 20 October 2017.
  33. ^ "Life is Strange Before the Storm is a Rare Occurrence a Game Built around a Relatable Young Woman". The Washington Times. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  34. ^ "Game review: Life Is Strange: Before The Storm is a great prequel". Metro.co.uk. 31 August 2017.
  35. ^ Wallace, Kimberley. "Life Is Strange: Before The Storm – Episode 1 Review". Game Informer.

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