Currently, it looks like Life Is Strange: True Colors is being review bombed by Chinese users over the game's inclusion of the Tibetan flag in one of its downtown shops.
Life is Strange: True Colors takes place in the fictional town of Haven Springs Colorado and its Main Street includes a diverse array of shops such as a bike store, marajuana dispensary, and a store named “Treasures of Tibet”. Treasures of Tibet features the Tibetan flag which also happens to be the symbol of the Tibetan independence movement, which is a political movement in favor of the separation of Tibet from China.
While there is no explicit mention of Tibet, the Chinese government or any political movements in the game some Chinese players are upset about the inclusion of the Flag. This has led to 118 negative reviews in Simplified Chinese, out of a total of 160 in Simplified Chinese. These reviews almost all mention the inclusion of the Tibetan flag with them saying this was them adding politics to the game. A number of them, according to machine translation, even say it's a good game otherwise, among those who had played it at least.
This is in contrast to the generally positive reviews of the game, with the "very positive" review total coming with 84% positive reviews. In fact, the 118 negative reviews make up over half of the 235 negative reviews across all languages. At the time of this article neither the game's developer Deck Nine nor its publisher Square Enix has responded to this criticism.
Life Is Strange: True Colors is currently available on Xbox, PS4/PS5, PC, and Stadia and you can read our review here! Don’t have enough time to read the review? No problem, you can watch our 1 minute review below!