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Before We Leave

Balancing Monkey Games, Team17
May 8, 2020 - PC, Xbox One

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71 / 100
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The Games Machine
8.6 / 10
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3.75 / 5
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Critic Reviews for Before We Leave

Cute little city-builder with big ambitions and even bigger cosmic cetaceans.

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Eschewing combat takes away some of the ethical dilemmas that are part of 4x and city builder games. You can even play Before We Leave without any threats at all, making it a very chill experience that’s focused entirely on puttering around and building. Without combat or threats, however, Before We Leave is forced to really lean into its aesthetic and mechanics. The result is a little vanilla and a bit repetitive over the long term. It’s a bit like decaf coffee. It’ll do, but you’re gonna miss the kick.

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Space whales! Before We Leave brings us space whales! And along with them, a polished city builder which takes known tenets of the genre to forge its own direction. Repetitive assets are a minor flaw in an overall extremely enjoyable experience with a lot to do even in absence of a real game over.

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Gamers will easily be able to sink hours into Before We Leave, from conquering new islands to finally getting off the planet. It’s just hard to get past, that while launched, the current game state feels more like the end half of a Beta.

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Before We Leave promises to be "gentle" and "relaxing" city-building game, and it is until you reach its game-breaking bugs. I guess you can't expect the post-apocalypse to be all fun all the time.

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In a pleasant change from most RTS games, Before We Leave makes a point of being a non-violent city builder.

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Before We Leave is a non-violent 4X strategy game that is perfect for newcomers, but its lack of challenge and overly simplified mechanics will leave genre veterans bored.

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Before We Leave is a great, relaxed simulation, but feels like it may be missing a few things

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