Reviewed on PC
Released April 8th 2021
Before Your Eyes is a visual story that you control. It is developed by GoodbyeWorld games and published by Skybound Games. Here’s a bit more about the game from the developers-
‘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 your eyes.’
Graphics & audio
Graphically Before Your Eyes are beautiful. Scenes are well drawn and you really get the interpretation you’re in your own memories, characters are animated well and there’s a real sense of life coming from the characters you meet as you journey through your memories. Voice acting is superb and the moments are almost perfect. The Memories really hit the spot or evoke those feelings as if they’re really yours. It’s like you really are Benny. Then you blink.
I’m not going to say anything that spoils the story, but you take the role of Benjamin, your life is played out before your eyes and you move through the life you lived. You find love, your passion and how your life went. Or at least that’s what you think.
The story takes several turns. Unexpected, heartbreaking and ultimately, incredibly gripping. I blinked my way through an incredibly emotional story that almost brought tears to my eyes.
Blink and you’ll miss it
Before Your Eyes uses the blink of an eye to progress you through the story. As you blink the memory changes and you move forward. If you blink too fast obviously you don’t see all the memory and get to interact with segments and influence the overall story. So you really have to think and try your hardest not to blink. You can also use the mouse if you can’t help but blink every 5 seconds!
This review may be short but nothing I write will do this game justice. Before Your Eyes tells a wonderfully deep and compelling story and you just can’t help but sink deeper into. It’s a game that’ll definitely stick with me. There’s no doubt in my mind you should play it and open yourself up to a good story.