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  • Summary: Embark on an emotional first-person narrative adventure where you control the story—and affect its outcomes—with your real-life blinks. With this innovative technique you will fully immerse yourself in a world of memories, both joyous and heartbreaking, as your whole life flashes before yourEmbark on an emotional first-person narrative adventure where you control the story—and affect its outcomes—with your real-life blinks. With this innovative technique you will fully immerse yourself in a world of memories, both joyous and heartbreaking, as your whole life flashes before your eyes. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Apr 15, 2021
    100
    Telling a gut punch of a story with novel gameplay mechanics is no small feat, and Before Your Eyes marvelously delivers on both fronts. Just as Edith Finch and Firewatch before it told stories only games can tell and used mechanics we would likely never see borrowed elsewhere, Before Your Eyes feels like it's immediately timeless and permanently unique.
  2. Apr 6, 2021
    90
    Before Your Eyes is a short journey, but it is one that you’ll likely find yourself playing again and again. You’ve never heard a story like this before and you’ve certainly never experienced it in this way. Not only is it truly innovative, it’s also heartfelt, filled with love, and will likely leave you mopping up your tears before the credits roll.
  3. May 5, 2021
    90
    I was moved beyond words by this little game. Before Your Eyes manages to be interesting and quirky, whilst also finding new ways to immerse you in a beautiful story. It is deeply sad at times, and at others fills you with an immense joy and appreciation for people and their complex lives. There is so much about this game that is better experienced for the first time with no forewarning, but if you like heartfelt stories and powerful narratives, this one's for you.
  4. Apr 21, 2021
    80
    Before Your Eyes understands that experiencing our lives, of storing memories which become precious, is often tied to what we see: the people and the paths stretching out before us. Instead of feeling like a gimmick, Before Your Eyes feels refreshingly natural. Unusual control schemes often make me long for the familiarity of a controller. Sure, I can speak to my Nintendogs using the microphone on the DS, but sometimes I don’t want to yell at my shih tzu on a Delta flight. Before Your Eyes manages to do the opposite. Its unique mechanic matches its narrative so perfectly, that you won’t want to play it any other way.
  5. Apr 27, 2021
    78
    Blinking is Before Your Eyes’ main tool to transmit unique messages and feelings, but at the same time is used in many narrative situations that do not need them.
  6. 70
    Before Your Eyes ultimately suggests that happiness, fulfillment, that warm sense of a life well lived—that doesn’t come from other people’s perceptions. Rather, it comes from self-acceptance. And, incredibly, that’s something we do have control over.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Apr 22, 2021
    50
    If we seem grumpy about the third act, that's largely because the first two promise so much. [Issue#358, p.118]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Apr 19, 2021
    10
    Great game. I didn't play it with a webcam, because I could not get it to work at all, but the experience was still like no other game. TheGreat game. I didn't play it with a webcam, because I could not get it to work at all, but the experience was still like no other game. The art-style is great, the story is so good that it almost made me emotional. 10/10, everyone should definitely try this game out for once.

    However, the game is short, takes only 1.5 hours to complete.
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  2. May 31, 2021
    10
    If you did not cry at the end of this video game then you are either not alive or a supervillain.
  3. May 29, 2021
    10
    Before your eyes is an indie game that puts a whole new perspective on life for me. It has such an interesting and creative way ofBefore your eyes is an indie game that puts a whole new perspective on life for me. It has such an interesting and creative way of storytelling in which that when you blink your eyes, it will do something in the game, whether it is making a decision, or even just changing scenes. This game left me literally crying at the end, not because it was depressing, but because I just felt so moved and didn't know what to do with myself. This is definitely in my top five games, no, top five pieces of entertainment. Do I recommend it? Hell YES!! Expand
  4. Dec 13, 2021
    10
    Sensacional! O jogo passa uma mensagem bem bonita e é muito emocionante, além de ter uma belíssima arte.
  5. Apr 19, 2021
    10
    Before your eyes is an indie PC game that I'd never even heard of before I saw a retweet from the developer talking about a Steam review fromBefore your eyes is an indie PC game that I'd never even heard of before I saw a retweet from the developer talking about a Steam review from a guy who played the game, loved the game, and then refunded the game because it was short. A TON of people were like "Wow, screw that guy. I've never heard of this game, but that's a dick move, so I bought it to support the developer." Never one to miss a good pro-game dev bandwagon, I decided to go drop $10 on the game, too. For the record, the dick from the Steam review apologized and repurchased the game after the Internet Inquisition got its hooks into him.

    Before Your Eyes is one of the most unique games I think I've ever played. It's controlled primarily with your webcam to track your blinks; the only input from your mouse is to move a cursor, and the keyboard isn't used at all. You have a very limited amount of camera movement with the mouse, and you blink to interact with objects and progress to the next scene (there's not movement in a traditional 3D space). The game follows the life of Benjamin Brynn from early childhood through to the end of his life. The narrative is told as a frame story - think Heart of Darkness if you've ever read that - where Benjamin's soul has been fished up by a boatman who is going to plead his case to the Gatekeeper to allow his soul into her heavenly city.

    That Steam review was right about the length; my playthrough took me less than 90 minutes. This game exemplifies the phrase "quality over quantity," though. When most games look to make their games longer to cram in more "value," GoodbyeWorld sought to make a game that left an impression on the player, not just take up their time, and I can't think of a game that's ever done this quite this well or succinctly. All in the span of 80 minutes, I smiled, laughed, grew angry, felt anxious, and cried real tears of sorrow. I've never played a game that moved me psychologically as much as Before Your Eyes did without being straight up trauma porn like Doki Doki Literature Club. It's not just the aggregate whole that's superb, either; each element of this game oozes with love, care, and talent. The motion capture for the boatman is excellent despite the game's being made by a nine person team. The writing is superb with a script and story that would fit in seamlessly with classic short stories. I don't know how experienced the cast was, but the voice acting doesn't have even the slightest hint of amateur talent; the voice cast was either extremely experienced or poured in the hours of rehearsals needed to nail each and every part this perfectly. The art especially needs to get special mention. You never see the whole world during any given scene; the majority of the world stays obscured by an inky blackness that focuses in on the important elements of the scene, and the 3D art in the game mixes with this blackness in a way that evokes at least in me thoughts of impressionist and surrealist art with certain scenes towards the end reminding me almost of Dada.

    I'd love to talk about the story and analyze the symbolism of different elements and allusions in the writing, but the story is so damn well written that I refuse to risk spoiling anything for folks who might go on to play it. Suffice it to say that this is an extremely unique experience not quite like anything I've played previously. The love and care put into the development is readily apparent in every aspect from the visuals to the writing to the voice acting to the music. I just absolutely adore everything about this game and cannot praise it enough. It's a shame that the webcam is so central to the experience because I'd love to see this game ported far and wide so more people could experience it. I suppose it could theoretically work on PS5 if you had the camera, but having to sit close enough for it to track your blinks accurately makes this a game that probably needs to remain PC exclusive.

    A lot of people debate whether video games truly count as art or not, but I would challenge anyone to play Before Your Eyes and tell me that this isn't a masterpiece of art after getting to the end. It may be an extremely short game, but with choices to make throughout the game that can affect various elements, it's also not a game you're likely to play through once and be finished with. $10 may feel steep for a 90 minute game to some folks, but I give you my word that it's well worth every penny, and I'd suspect that I'll probably be at five or six hours by the time I've seen all that the game has to offer. Even if I did only ever spend 90 minutes with this game, the quality of the experience I had in those 90 minutes is still well worth $10. This really is a once-in-a-generation game in my opinion and a masterpiece of artistic expression. I've recommended a lot of games over my life, but this one is probably on my All-Time Top Five Must Play list.
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  6. Jul 31, 2021
    9
    Before Your Eyes is a beautiful small interactive story. It brilliantly utilizes blinking mechanic to increase the quality of storytelling.Before Your Eyes is a beautiful small interactive story. It brilliantly utilizes blinking mechanic to increase the quality of storytelling. And the story itself is good. And sad. I cried at this game like i never cried before in my entire life. Expand
  7. Apr 22, 2021
    5
    A very flawed but enjoyable experience, it's hard to recommend but it's definitely not a bad game by any means

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