For centuries, the planet Hyllis has been bombarded by a relentless alien race. Skeptical of her government's inability to repel the invaders, a rebellious action reporter named Jade sets out to capture the truth.
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Release Date: Nov 11, 2003

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For centuries, the planet Hyllis has been bombarded by a relentless alien race. Skeptical of her government's inability to repel the invaders, a rebellious action reporter named Jade sets out to capture the truth. Armed with her camera, dai-jo staff, and fierce determination, she discovers shocking evidence leading to a horrific government conspiracy, and is forced to battle an evil she cannot possibly fathom.

  • Join the Rebellion
    As action reporter Jade, join an underground resistance group and expose your government's secrets using stealth, force, and wits. Stop at nothing until your people know the truth.
  • Expose the Conspiracy
    Enter a futuristic world full of deception, where nothing is as it seems and exposing the truth is the only hope of restoring freedom.
  • Prepare for Anything
    Brace yourself for any obstacle in this spellbinding world from the mind of innovative game creator, Michel Ancel.
  • United We Fight
    Battle against the forces of conspiracy with Jade's punishing dai-jo staff techniques. Master amazing tag-team fighting combos with allied resistance fighters.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® 2000/XP (only)
    • Processor: 700 MHz Pentium® III, Celeron®, or AMD Athlon™ (1 GHz recommended)
    • Memory: 64 MB minimum, 128 MB recommended (256 MB recommended for XP)
    • Graphics:DirectX® 9-compatible 32 MB video card (specific cards supported: ATI® Radeon™ 9700 and Pro, ATI Radeon 9000 and Pro, GeForce™ 4 Ti 4600/Ti 4400/MX 460/MX 440, GeForce3 and Ti500, GeForce2 GTS/MX400/MX)
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0
    • Sound: DirectX 9-compatible sound card
    • Hard Drive: 2.2 GB
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Sheeb
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
BG&E has to be one of my all time favourite games. I first played it on PS2 and was delighted to find it on Steam some time ago.

Great story, fun battle mechanics and unique inclusion of the camera/photography element that's essential to the game, but not tedious to use. The implementation of the creature cataloguing system is especially unique and rewarding. Quirky characters and uplifting soundtrack are especially delightful.

I may be a little biased because ~*childhood*~ but 10/10 would bang.
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Baby wookie
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
I played this when i was farely little and i loved it i played so much be excited to see what happens next and artwork and just theme in all is great characters are something you get easily connected to! If i had to rate out of 10 its a 10 Sum it up Great Story Great characters Great combat
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Gondile
( 13.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Beyond Good and Evil stands alongside Okami and Darksiders as the very best Legend of Zelda-likes. Bolstering lovable characters, an interesting story, a believable world immersed in conflict, and an interesting array of dungeons and world building, BG&E is a very fun action adventure title that's well worth its price. It's not a perfect game, nor is it "incredible", but it's in no way just average. Some minor quips are that the controls and camera can act pretty awful, and it sometimes becomes pretty easy to get lost.

Personally, I feel that the game is at its strongest in the first of its four dungeons, as it is most evocative of Zelda during this time. Following the first dungeon, the game begins to stress its stealth elements, something rarely seen in Zelda, but not unwelcomed in BG&E. I feel that the game's dungeons tend to take a small dive, but it recovers for the end and wraps up in a satisfying conclusion. (That is, unless you watch after the credits)
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RSmake
( 17.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
A blast from the past! An absolute masterpiece.
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Ronald mcdonald
( 60.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Great story, great characters, great music, great graphics (for that time) still good and the level design is great!
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Z-Gradt
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
Aesthetics and music are top notch. The story is so-so.
However, I must say that the core gameplay is either mediocre or downright annoying. Most of it is thanks to the camera. What happens is that, in some sections (combat & stealth), the camera is fixed at an angle, but you can still move it inside its axis. This creates a few undesirable situations, where you're fighting multiple enemies and the camera keeps snapping forward, or the camera angle doesn't actually show what's ahead (in stealth sections). The main problem is that your controls change when the camera changes, so an abrupt change can make the camera keep snapping forward and backwards, making you run up to enemies you don't want to fight.
The stealth gameplay in this is very simple. Enemy saw you? Run to another room. Got into a fight with patrols? Pray the camera doesn't keep getting in your way.
The story starts pretty good, but after mid-point, I realized everything was being rushed towards the ending. I didn't really like it.
The "open world" aspects are almost nil, and the game is rather short. It has 2 "big" areas where you'll spend most of your playtime in, then a very small stealth section, and finally the last stage, which is awfully paced (a few empty corridors and easy puzzles), probably because of the rushed ending.

All in all, the game is rather entertaining, but beware of its cons.
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Honey Lavender Tea
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
If you can get an original console version, do so. The port is lazy and has a lot of graphics issues. That being said, this is still a great game that I recommend highly to everyone. If Ubisoft ever actually makes the sequel they've been promising for years I will literally throw a party and force all of my friends to play it.
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MegaRaye201
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
Such an underrated game. It has a little bit of something for everyone! Collecting, simple cpmbat, racing, stealth, government conspiracies, lovely scenary. 10/10. One of my favorites!
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Lyrian
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Not bad, but I forgot how obnoxious the forced stealth sections could be.
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Twyger
( 68.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
The best Old-School adventure game on Steam, I can't find those much cons on this game, for me it is perfect, a must-have for everyone, if you have Windows 8.1 and you have the textures bug then check out my guide on how to fix that.

- The textures bug is annoying, but there is always a way to fix it, so it's not that big of a deal, you can still play the game perfectly, but fixing it would make your experience better.
- The camera is a bit hard to get used to.

Those are the only cons I can find, this game is full of such good things, so why would we get worried about a texture bug as a major problem since it can be fixed in minutes and a camera difficulty since it's all about getting used to it? Now those are the pros.

- The game will give so much nostalgia for those who played it before, for many people it's a classic childhood game.
- The story mode is complex and very addicting, making you stick to it until the end.
- So many things happen in such short time, from a peacefull mining planet to a war in just minutes.
- For a 2003 game, the graphics are stunning, animals, creatures, landscapes, characters, all of that is perfect.
- The soundtrack is the best soundtrack for a game like this, its beautifull.
- The fighting mechanics are so complex, specially when our character proceeds from an enemy for the other one.

Just go buy it now, it is millions of times better than some games that are released in this years.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Such an underrated game. It has a little bit of something for everyone! Collecting, simple cpmbat, racing, stealth, government conspiracies, lovely scenary. 10/10. One of my favorites!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Beyond Good and Evil stands alongside Okami and Darksiders as the very best Legend of Zelda-likes. Bolstering lovable characters, an interesting story, a believable world immersed in conflict, and an interesting array of dungeons and world building, BG&E is a very fun action adventure title that's well worth its price. It's not a perfect game, nor is it "incredible", but it's in no way just average. Some minor quips are that the controls and camera can act pretty awful, and it sometimes becomes pretty easy to get lost.

Personally, I feel that the game is at its strongest in the first of its four dungeons, as it is most evocative of Zelda during this time. Following the first dungeon, the game begins to stress its stealth elements, something rarely seen in Zelda, but not unwelcomed in BG&E. I feel that the game's dungeons tend to take a small dive, but it recovers for the end and wraps up in a satisfying conclusion. (That is, unless you watch after the credits)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I played this when i was farely little and i loved it i played so much be excited to see what happens next and artwork and just theme in all is great characters are something you get easily connected to! If i had to rate out of 10 its a 10 Sum it up Great Story Great characters Great combat
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
68.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
The best Old-School adventure game on Steam, I can't find those much cons on this game, for me it is perfect, a must-have for everyone, if you have Windows 8.1 and you have the textures bug then check out my guide on how to fix that.

- The textures bug is annoying, but there is always a way to fix it, so it's not that big of a deal, you can still play the game perfectly, but fixing it would make your experience better.
- The camera is a bit hard to get used to.

Those are the only cons I can find, this game is full of such good things, so why would we get worried about a texture bug as a major problem since it can be fixed in minutes and a camera difficulty since it's all about getting used to it? Now those are the pros.

- The game will give so much nostalgia for those who played it before, for many people it's a classic childhood game.
- The story mode is complex and very addicting, making you stick to it until the end.
- So many things happen in such short time, from a peacefull mining planet to a war in just minutes.
- For a 2003 game, the graphics are stunning, animals, creatures, landscapes, characters, all of that is perfect.
- The soundtrack is the best soundtrack for a game like this, its beautifull.
- The fighting mechanics are so complex, specially when our character proceeds from an enemy for the other one.

Just go buy it now, it is millions of times better than some games that are released in this years.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
If you can get an original console version, do so. The port is lazy and has a lot of graphics issues. That being said, this is still a great game that I recommend highly to everyone. If Ubisoft ever actually makes the sequel they've been promising for years I will literally throw a party and force all of my friends to play it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
60.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Great story, great characters, great music, great graphics (for that time) still good and the level design is great!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
BG&E has to be one of my all time favourite games. I first played it on PS2 and was delighted to find it on Steam some time ago.

Great story, fun battle mechanics and unique inclusion of the camera/photography element that's essential to the game, but not tedious to use. The implementation of the creature cataloguing system is especially unique and rewarding. Quirky characters and uplifting soundtrack are especially delightful.

I may be a little biased because ~*childhood*~ but 10/10 would bang.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
A blast from the past! An absolute masterpiece.
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585 of 608 people (96%) found this review helpful
95 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2015
Ubisoft stop making Assassin's creed games and give us Beyond good & evil 2.
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208 of 209 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2015
Beyond Good and Evil is one of the most beautiful, amazing and original games the humanity has ever seen. (I really like it)
Thanks to it's particular and charming design the game has aged like fine wine(*). While it was released in 2003 it has nothing to envy to current indies or more "aesthetic" games. It drives one of the most amazing an beautifully written stories I've ever seen, it's an amazing and original open world adventure game that will keep you hooked for many hours.

*While the games is amazing, the port is old and it's engine doesn't play too well in post Windows XP machines without some tweaking. Gladly, we can fix that, when you launch the game, you will be presented with a Settings window (you can find the settings executable in your Steam libradry folder \steamapps\common\Beyond Good and Evil\SettingsApplication.exe), go to Advance Settings and in the Compability menu check "Manual Compatibily Settings" so you can manage the rest of the settings and uncheck the following options:
  • Triple-buffering
  • HW Vertex Processing
  • Multi vertex stream
  • W Buffer

If you are still having issues, check the PC Gaming Wiki page for Beyond Good and Evil or some of the Steam Community Guides or Discussions about the game
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