I’m not sure why I had such a hard time putting words to this. Wavelengths is a phenomenal piece of content; a great way to get into the mind of a fan-favorite character and figure out what she’s been up to since the last time we saw her.

I am, of course, referring to one Steph Gingrich, who we last saw in Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Deck Nine’s first entry in the Life is Strange series. Steph was a student at Blackwell, Dungeon Master, lover of cult classics, queer and proud, and a fierce friend.

Simpler times? Maybe.

I thought about the books If I Stay and Where She Went after playing Wavelengths, the first expansion of Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Deck Nine’s latest story. After what happened in Arcadia Bay, either end you chose the first Life is Strange means heartache and trauma for Steph. What did she do?

She left.

Her first stop was Seattle, then on the road with her band, and finally, Haven Springs because of a bet and a bad breakup. We know from True Colors that she was making plans to leave the quaint Colorado town as well. In Wavelengths, you play around with a dating app as you piece together the story of how her past and the people she’s lost along the way have impacted her dating life.

Anchored by a standout performance by Katy Bentz, Wavelengths is a short but sweet slice-of-life experience. (And proved that Life is Strange doesn’t necessarily need a supernatural or strange power hook to succeed in the future.) Over four seasons in Haven Springs, we learned a lot more about our favorite Dungeon Master, and the revelations about life in the immediate aftermath of the storm at the end of Life is Strange momentarily took my breath away, and that’s where Bentz really shined.

The gameplay segments follow along with the seasons; Steph starts her job in the Spring, brings Pride to Haven Springs in the Summer, rocks a hoodie in the Fall, and celebrates the New Year in the Winter. (We also get re-introduced to the adorably stubborn Valkyrie.) Each section is similar. You’re in the booth, playing music, answering calls, and doing ad-reads with lists of tasks to accomplish.

Summer was probably my favorite season.

Wavelengths takes a fan-favorite character and adds even more depth to her, and, in my opinion, makes her an even better choice for Alex in True Colors. Wavelengths’ singular story makes it worth going back to Haven Springs, answering (some of the) questions left from Life is Strange and Before the Storm.

Steph’s an incredible example for LGBTQ characters in games, and we need more like her.

Life is Strange: Wavelengths – Life, Love, Loss and Everything in Between
This isn't a typical review. Wavelengths is a bite-sized portion of what makes Life is Strange great; incredible characters, memorable music, and an experience you'll be thinking about for a while. Steph Gingrich is a favorite character for many (including myself) in the Life is Strange universe, and Wavelengths is a story fitting such a unique and complex character. Katy Bentz shines as Steph, delivering a strong performance that shows that not only has Steph grown up, she has too. It's definitely worth revisiting True Colors for.
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Amanda G.
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Mom, Army wife, talkative introvert and retail veteran are the best adjectives to describe this Midwestern native. Amanda has been playing games since Tomb Raider back in the ’90s. Fast forward 20-some-odd years, you’ll find her with a little less time on her hands, but she’ll still play anything with a great story and memorable characters. (Bonus points if there’s a female protagonist involved!) In her free time you’ll find her playing tabletop RPG’s with friends, and hanging out with her husband Adam, son Will, and Boykin Spaniel/Corgi/Blue Heeler mix Arya Bark!