Beyond Eyes

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Aug 16, 2015

Beyond Eyes is a unique title because it explores a topic that is rarely shown in a game and for the most part it does it very well. The art style is great, and the story is charming, even though it won't fully tug at your heartstrings. It's a quick completion for those who want it and it's a memorable game. It's very short length might put people off, though, so you may want to wait for a sale if you don't like the thought of paying £9.99 (or regional equivalent) for 2-3 hours of pretty limited gameplay. With Rae's sometimes frustratingly slow walking speed, the focus is all the more on seeing the colourful world coming into view. While there could have been more here, Beyond Eyes is still an enjoyable experience if you fancy winding down and just relaxing on your Xbox.

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5 / 10
Sep 23, 2015

Beyond Eyes is an incredibly admirable game. Its aim of simulating the experience of being blind is buoyed by a clever central conceit, and genuinely breathtaking presentation. Unfortunately, an exceedingly frustrating pace combined with a lackluster story means that the title ultimately buckles under the weight of its own ambition.

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Unscored
Sep 3, 2015

Naturally, I hope that "Beyond Eyes" encourages other intrepid game designers to explore less bombastic realities than are found in most games. And although I liked its ending more than I expected, with little else to stand on apart from its atypical video game protagonist and appealing audiovisual presentation, I found myself wishing this already short game were even shorter.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2015

I never had a particularly fun time while playing the several-hour journey, but by the end, I had grown attached to Rae. Beyond Eyes, in all of its beauty and darkness, had managed to fill my eyes with tears by being one of the most emotionally gripping games I have ever played.

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Aug 26, 2015

Beyond Eyes is an art showcase – beautiful to behold, undoubtedly – but I dreaded the majority of my time playing it. Unless you need to know what happens to a stray cat, don't feel guilty for keeping Beyond Eyes in your blind spot.

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5 / 10
Aug 13, 2015

As an exercise in empathy, Beyond Eyes is brilliant. As Rae muddles through her self-induced socialisation period, you'll see her sense of adventure overcome her fear of the unknown. Its message is loud and clear - to let life in, with all its risk and upset, so that the good can enter too - and its conclusion Watership-Down uncompromising. What's more, it's occasionally fun to indulge in a small-scale kind of exploration that encourages you to feel out the entirety of your environment rather than cast your eyes about for enemies and items. But for the most part the execution is too simplistic, and the frustrations are too frequent. Beyond recommendation.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2015

Overall I think the creators reached too far with Beyond Eyes. Even the name feels wrong attached to this game. It needed more challenges or a more intimate sense of gameplay. It's a hard task recreating within a visual medium the feeling of being newly blind. Close your eyes, even in a familiar space, and then walk around. Now think how you'd make that into a game. I think Beyond Eyes takes a good stab at it, but ultimately comes up short.

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7 / 10
Sep 21, 2015

Short but sweet

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3 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2015

Beyond Eyes has it's heart in the right place and on paper might have seemed like a good idea. As a game though it is slow and misses the mark leaving us with a walking sim where you can't even see where you're walking.

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4 / 10
Oct 1, 2015

There needed to be more of everything in Beyond Eyes – more story, more exploration, and more reasons for said exploration. With such a beautiful art style, Beyond Eyes is really just a huge let-down and clear wasted potential.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2015

Although it isn't the traditional, fun-filled kind of game most people would look for, I recommend this one. It's more like an interactive work of art, but it's well worth it. Put aside your expectations, and let yourself be guided through Rae's world one step at a time.

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9 / 10
Aug 6, 2015

There's definitely a feeling that there could have been more to it, but Beyond Eyes is an important game that is undeniably superb.

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Sep 1, 2015

If I could give Beyond Eyes more stars, I would. Rarely does a character emotion become so pronounced in my own being.

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4.6 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2015

As an experience, Beyond Eyes is unmatched in its imaginative approach to crafting a breathtaking and heart-warming world.

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Unscored
Feb 15, 2020

Beyond Eyes is fragmented, half-hearted, and dull, and I doubt I would have cared enough to write this much if it wasn’t also irresponsible with its subject matter. I do believe Tiger & Squid had good intentions, and Beyond Eyes is far from paving any roads to hell. I just wish they had spent as much time considering Beyond Eyes’ framing device and mechanics as they did editing its trailer.

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Unscored
Aug 4, 2015

Beyond Eyes is a great learning tool, but don't expect to be entertained.

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