Reviews for Beyond Good and Evil

89

What A Gem Of Its Time.

Darlizzle | Aug. 23, 2013 | See all Darlizzle's reviews »

3rd person story driven adventure game - wow how on earth did i not play this when i was younger. so glad i picked it up as it still holds up to this day. some sections will annoy you (some camera angles for sure) but overall a lovable game that i wish they would do a sequel to. Also capsule is easy to download, install, and play on.

94

Fantastic game

zipnox | Aug. 4, 2013 | See all zipnox's reviews »

Beyond Good and Evil is one of those games that everyone should play, it's a beautiful experience and incredibly enjoyable. The game is a mix of stealth, action, adventure and exploration with various gameplay elements and sequences that mesh perfectly. Personally, I enjoyed the adventure and exploration parts the most, the world feels vibrant and full of life, the setting is just awesome.

The gameplay is accompanied by an engaging story filled with great dialogue and likeable characters, it's truly excellent and keeps you going until the very end. The plot is all about twists and conspiracies, truths and lies, it does sound a bit cliché but it's unforgettable. The graphics and sound are well produced and fit together with the atmosphere of the game.

This is one game that is hard to dislike, I can barely find anything faulty with it and I recommend everyone to try this game out, don't be alarmed by the outdated visuals, just sit back and enjoy.

97

A masterpiece from Ubisoft's golden age

barniman | Feb. 27, 2013 | See all barniman's reviews »

Really a forgotten gem that deserves much more. This game contains some of the most touching scenes in video game history, the story, the caracters and even the gameplay is something you'll never forget. You control an uprising young journalist (Jade) and your main mission in this game is to uncover an evil organization. While this sounds simple, it'sreally not, the gameplay consists of action and stealth parts, photojournalism, hovercraft races and there are also some interesting minigames. A complex action-adventure game that you shouldn't miss!

90

What a surprise!!

abelfs | Jan. 14, 2013 | See all abelfs's reviews »

This game is a rarity. It defies many game stereo types without being something so far out there and strange that no one wants to play it. The main character is a female who actually wears clothes and is a living breathing character with depth, motives and her own perspective. Not, like many video game female characters, who are created to be saved or gawked at. The others characters are also fantastic. The game has a lot of variety and all the attempted game mechanics work well for the most part. A very well written story that is in some ways parallel to current events and different views of events that we see today. The art style is fantastic making you look past polygons. I recommend it highly.

90

A masterpiece which doesn't get old.

zhack075 | Dec. 30, 2012 | See all zhack075's reviews »

This game is trully a must have for everyone who loves adventure game.

Don't worry, the graphics are still good today and the game still looks gorgeous ! The game is mostly based on infiltration as you play a young reporter who tries to find out what happen on her planet. I think everyone should play it at least once as this is a game which didn't get old at all.

I think it totally worth it price even after all this years.

90

A hidden masterpiece

acard87 | Oct. 21, 2012 | See all acard87's reviews »

Beyond Good & Evil is one of those games that get overlooked by the public for no particular reason, despite their superb quality.

You play as the reporter Jade, on the planet Hillys, oppressed by the alien race Domz, that constantly bombards the planet and abducts its inhabitants, as she gets involved with the Iris Network, a rebel association who suspects that Hyllis government is controlled by the domz themselves.

Even though it is a classic action game, BG&E's gameplay is varied and never boring, including stealth missions and sections in wich you'll have to take photographs as proof of what's going on on Hyllis.

BG&E is a short game and not a particularly difficult one to complete, but it surely is a little gem that is hard to forget and will guarantee fun from the first to the last scene.

86

An overlook gem

CJV | Sept. 2, 2012 | See all CJV's reviews »

Beyond Good and Evil has a beautiful crafted world that is worth exploring. That's the thing that I like most about the game, but all the other components such as gameplay and story work very well too. Overall, it's a great game, maybe a little dated but still worth it.

92

A forgotten masterpiece

panz3r88 | Aug. 2, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

Beyond Good and Evil is a very great action adventure game that mix exploration, combats and the possibility of driving many different vehicles. The story and the characters are amazing and create a unique atmosphere I've never seen in other games An other important element of the game is the camera: you can use it to take evidence of the illegal activities of the enemy ot to photograph the various animal species. Beyond Good and Evil is a must buy for a fan of action games

87

An utter masterpiece the likes of which has yet to be beaten

mashakosha | June 20, 2012 | See all mashakosha's reviews »

BG&E is just brilliant in every way. These days it needs a bit of tweaking to run properly, but once you do, you dive in to a really unique, interesting universe. The story, the characters, and environments are all fantastic. Jade is a great female lead, and better than most in this age of over-sexualised or weak women, and her supporting cast are all equally great. The dialogue is pretty memorable too, especially some of Double H's lines. And one of my favourite things is the constant presence of the main enemies. They're pretty dominant and oppressive, just as they should be.

70

A fairly unique and memorable game

jojot | Sept. 2, 2011 | See all jojot's reviews »

Beyond Good and Evil is somewhat of a cult classic game the horribly underperformed original, despite getting decent reception by critics. It was generally loved for it's good art style, sense of humor, atmospheric setting and lovable characters. The game centers around Jade, A journalist who also works at an orphanage with her "uncle" Pay'j, an anthropomorphic pig. One day after an attack by an alien race known as the Domz (a fairly regular occurrence in the game world) she ends up getting drawn into conspiracy and adventure as she uses her journalistic skills to help uncover the truth behind the Domz invasion.

The game has a good mix of Platforming, basic combat, mini-games and a fairly unique "photography" system where you go out and take pictures of the various creatures in the world on contracts for money. The game has a somewhat similar feel to it as the Zelda games which certainly isn't a bad thing.

While it's not the most amazing game ever made, it is unique enough to stand on it's own and be one of the few games out there that you will likely enjoy coming back to every now and again, just to relive the experience.

89

Another timeless classic.

GAMERamble | June 9, 2011 | See all GAMERamble's reviews »

Jade is just another down on her luck reporter living on the planet Hillys with her uncle Pey’J and a group of orphans she’s taking care of. The kids are orphans because of the Domz, a group of aliens that attack Hillys almost daily and abduct the citizens. There is an elite section of the army called the Alpha Section who’s job it is to protect the people but lately their actions are being called into question by a underground resistance group calling themselves IRIS. IRIS claims that the Alpha Section is in league with the aliens so when Jade gets a chance to do a little reporting to uncover the truth she jumps at the chance.

Although a brilliant game Beyond Good & Evil unfortunately isn’t all that big. While Hilly’s might seem large at first you only have a few areas to explore and there’s only about three or four “main” sections that have to be completed. You can do some optionally extra stuff like take part in hovercraft races, play a few mini-games and so forth but the pearls you earn from these events can be gained in other places. The gameplay is a nice mixture of all out fighting and stealthy sneaking around. Working for IRIS, Jade’s main objective is collecting proof of the Domz infiltration. This means gaining access to their bases and sneaking around unnoticed taking photos. You’ll always have a partner with you, first your uncle Pey’j and later a fellow IRIS reporter HH and these guys actually have a big impact on the gameplay. Not only is your game over if they die but they can also help out a lot in combat and come in especially handy for some of the puzzles. Teamwork is essential to get through this game but these guys are smart enough not to get in your way or require too much baby sitting.

The audio is just as polished as the graphics and while not all the text is spoken out loud the voice overs are generally of a good quality. Sound effects and ambient noises are also nicely done. The audio features some strange tunes like the reggae music that blasts out during the races but overall all the tunes fit the game. The game will also be over way before you get tired of any of the songs.

Apart from being a bit on the short side there’s very little I can criticize about Beyond Good & Evil. It’s a very console style adventure which might scare way some computer players but it’s definitely a lot of fun and a game anyone can sink their teeth into. Just don’t’ expect too much replay value since once you’ve completed it you’ll have seen pretty much everything it had to offer.

95

Milestone on long gaming road

nurz | May 5, 2011 | See all nurz's reviews »

I won't be writing what's good in this game - i just want you all to play it and find out for yourself. Beyond good and evil is not about gameplay (which is quite enjoyable and varied - fighting, racing, sneaking, etc.) but it's about overwhelming mood if you only immerse in world of Jade and her uncle Pey'j. No more words - if you are a gamer you can't miss this gem.

80

Beyond Good and Evil but not much else

Jahman | April 28, 2011 | See all Jahman's reviews »

Beyond Good and Evil is game widely recognized as a cult classic. Myself, I don’t really know why. Sure, the game isn’t half bad but it also doesn’t offer something that would/did revolutionize gaming as we know it.

The simplest way to put it, BGaE is a TPP platformer-adventure-fighting game. Half of a game is based on running around, talking to various characters, buying stuff and collecting things and the other on exterminating or sneaking around various creatures while exploring hostile locations. The combat is pretty decent and Jade is often accompanied by one or two companions with unique skills, that make the fights somewhat more interesting and help you solve some of the platforming puzzles. The downside is that you have to take care of their lifebars yourself, mostly by sharing your health-expanding bonuses and healing items. The nice thing is that Jade’s abilities can be improved by finding or buying a special “power-up” items that allow her to access new moves, so you’re not stuck with only the basic ones through-out the game.

The best part of Beyound Good and Evil is probably the setting. While the visual theme may seem to be a little on the cartoon-trippy side, it actually fits the game’s tone and ages pretty well in terms of graphics. The story is rather interesting (though the ending is an annoying sequel-bait), there's a lot of good humor, the characters are very believable and well-defined, and the voice acting is top-notch. Also, the game’s world is filled with little “extras” like mini-games and loads of collectables including newspapers, animals and pearls. A somewhat annoying thing is that some of those collectables are used as currency or means to acquire it (Jade has to photograph different species of wildlife to gain cash) and are sometimes required to move the story forward (which means they are not really optional and you will be forced to go looking for them on couple occasions).

To put it simply, the BGaE is a visually appealing game with very good level design, a rich and interesting world, great characters, mediocre combat and otherwise decent gameplay. It can be somewhat boring and tedious when it forces you to collect wildlife photos and pearls (especially if you don’t really like that kind of stuff) and the sneaking parts later in the game feel sort of forced, but other than that the challenges are pretty entertaining and the story more than makes up for that shortcomings.

On a technical note, the game is best played with a gamepad but unfortunately the PC version doesn’t support most of them “out-of-the-box”, so you may need to use some third-party software to get it to work.