Reviews for Beyond Good and Evil (NA)
Excellent Underrated Gamefuzeblu | Aug. 7, 2014 | See all fuzeblu's reviews »
Beyond Good and Evil was one of the precursor games that tried to mix stealth, platform, puzzle, and action into a enjoyable player experience. You play as Jade, a photographer who gets thrown into a conflict with strange and dangerous beings who threaten her world. The style of the game is fun yet can be dark at times. The content is a wonderful mash of avoiding threats, cool puzzle elements and good old fashioned beating enemies to a pulp. The game world is bright and unique with interesting side characters, a strong protagonist and a mysterious antagonist. The story is engaging until the end, which begs for sequel. Overall, this game deserves a lot more attention, and I highly suggest taking the leap on this fantastic adventure.
An Excellent Change of Pacebwrussell | Jan. 9, 2014 | See all bwrussell's reviews »
Beyond Good & Evil is one of those games that aspires to have its sum be greater than the the individual parts. On paper it's a third person action game with heavy stealth and platforming elements, both of which work well (Once you unlearn everything from current gen free running gameplay). In practice it is so much more.
From the title you can probably guess that the story tries to raise some issues not often seen in the typically black/white, hero/evil mold of games today. The writing and tone has good range, moving from humorous to heartfelt without much jarring and it features one of the better written and fleshed out strong female leads I've ever played. Also of note is an excellent musical score.
Out of all this the thing that stood out the most to me was the pacing. It is truly exceptional. Upon completing the game the first thing that struck me was the how well paced the game was. It helps that the final boss is definitely a challenge but not rage quit inducing levels of hard. Just enough to give a good sense of accomplishment when you win.
While Beyond Good & Evil definitely didn't go unnoticed in its time it has sort of fall off the radar since. It is a game that shouldn't be forgotten, even 10 years later. Most assuredly this is a game worth your time.