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.
User reviews: Very Positive (537 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 11, 2003

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"Beware the poor and outdated PC port, but soldier through it and you will get what is considered to be one of the best games of all time."

About This Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
This game is often mentioned as something special, and maybe it is, but ubisoft wont make it easy for you or me to find out.

It seems they've put this game on steam 'as-is', one would assume as a cash grab. They have not updated it for modern HW at all! If your GFX card is younger than 10 years, or you have more than one cpu core (including HT) expect lots of problems; such as slowdowns, texture glitches, and the sound being out of sync with the action/video.

There are lots of posts about this easily found with google. Two solutions often come up that help a little: 1) set CPU affinity to just one CPU core (done with taskman), 2) Set GFX features to manual and turn most things off (google for specifics). oh and you will never be able to get rid of the warning about your GFX drivers being too old.

Steam does not know how many hours I've played because I start the game outside of steam with a .bat script, that tries to adjust some things for the game. I am some hours in and I can appreciate the charm that this games had and I can see why it's so beloved.

Unfortunately unless I can get it to play smothly (i.e. Ubisoft fixes the game), I am not sure I will ever love it.

If you want to play it, I'd suggest finding a 10 year old laptop with winxp to play it on. A real shame...
Posted: September 25
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2.1 hrs on record
It's been about 10 years since I first started playing Beyond Good & Evil and to this /day/ I still listen to the soundtrack pretty regularly. I still look at the game play and the characters with great fondness. And I still hold my breath for the day that there might be a sequel made; one that's true to the original, at that. There aren't... words enough to express how much I love this game. Just play it; you won't be sorry.
Posted: October 16
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4.2 hrs on record
Watched my dad play this game and loved it as a child. Playing it first hand really is amazing. Best game imo.
Posted: October 17
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0.3 hrs on record
This game doesn't work for most people.

It's a great game though. Just don't buy it from Steam. GOG has a good version.
Posted: October 17
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0.1 hrs on record
This game is an utter masterpiece : Good story , charming characters , fun mix of genres , fluid movement and i can go on and . It's one of my best memories from my PS2. that said i say buy this game but not this version this is one of the laziest ports ever . It feels like sonic genesis for the gamboy all over again . great original game port ♥♥♥♥♥ all over it
Posted: October 21
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14.5 hrs on record
This is a great game. Strong female lead, love the stealth and photography mechanics, great story, wonderful characters. BEWARE THE PARTNER GLITCH. At certain points in the game, your tag along pal might glitch out. Rotate your saves, and DO NOT SAVE WHILE YOU ARE ALONE, because you can't get the tag along back, and you need them for progression. If at any point when you have a partner you notice them missing, reload a previous save. Other than that one minor problem, Beyond Good and Evil is an amazing game, and I'm very sad a sequel will probably never happen. ;_;
Posted: October 15
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11.0 hrs on record
So why don't you own this game already? I mean seriously!? This is a wonderful action platformer with some fun stealth elements spliced together ina world full of wonder and conspiracy! It may not be the LONGEST game in the world and could def have been a few more hours but you feel satisfied when you complete it. Side missions are actually really fun and diverse and a cool plot with twists and turns. Buy it now... DO IT!
Posted: October 12
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6.5 hrs on record
The game is fine. Getting this version operational on a modern PC is not. I wish I had emulated the Gamecube version.
Posted: October 9
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10.7 hrs on record
One of the greatest games of all time. Period.

In modern computers, you may find some bugs. To fix them, visit:
Posted: September 29
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14.4 hrs on record
An action adventure game where the main focus is stealth and photography. AKA, you get to be a secret agent in a sort of steampunk-ish fantasy world under an oppressive regime, who can't fight well and has to primarily avoid combat in favour of gathering actual evidence of corruption and abuse. Roll that in with an amazing female protagonist, you have one of the best games ever made.
Posted: October 5
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10.1 hrs on record
One the best games I've ever played, because it's filled with imaginative characters, storytelling, setting, art design and above all gameplay. While Beyond Good and Evil is brief, it packs plenty to love within its 10 or so hours. If you'll allow me a hyperbolic indulgence, I like to think this is the game Don Bluth wishes he made.
Posted: September 27
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
A game that is still as good as it was when it came in 2003. Maybe even better because today it's a classic.

A young woman Jade and her uncle, a boar like creature, Pey'j live in a lighthouse along with orphans whom they take care of. In the planet Hillys were they live, a war with an alien species called DomZ has raged on for many years. Ruining lives and landscape the war has taken it's toll on everybody. Despite a military organization Alpha Sections' reassurence that they will protect the citizens and push back the DomZ, everything has stayed the same. With a mission Jade receives she gets a chance to stop the war with a help of the IRIS Network, an underground rebel organization.

Beyond Good & Evil's gameplay varies and it basically has everything. Puzzle solving, combat, stealth, photographing species, adventuring and exploring, optional racing and mini games. And here's the secret: Every piece of the game, be it big or small, is enjoyable and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. Nothing seems tedious or annoying to do. Even if combat is pretty much just smashing one button it doesn't feel repetitive. Stealth is needed to take out enemies with more power than you. Puzzles are mostly figuring out how to get somewhere but it doesn't feel like they are showed down our throats. Photographing little creatures in the planet is a lovely little add.

And you just gotta love the characters! I'm not much of a fan of women in games (or in general) but Jade has a great personality and is very brave. Pey'j on the other hand is the kind of uncle I would like to have myself. Double H is a soldier and has strong sense of justice and is very loyal.

For such a great game I would have loved it to be longer. Especially because after playing it through many questions are left unanswered. Also the gameplay is really good but the "sometimes wacky" camera angles can lower your good mood.

Still waiting for that sequel though!

+ The graphics have remained in a good condition for such an old game
+ Lovable characters
+ Combination of everything: adventure, combat, puzzles, photographing, stealth etc
+ The beginning battle has to be in the top 10 of the most epic moments of gaming
+ The music
- A little short for such a great game
- The plot leaves more explanation to desire
- Camera can sometimes be a huge pain in the butt
Posted: June 20
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
One of the best games I've ever played! The story is amazing, the characters are heartwarming, funny and it's just so much fun to get through the game. Just let me say, it actually never gets boring to play that game. And it's impossible to NOT like the characters! If you are interested in good stories, neat graphics (yeah, this game is pretty old, but the graphics are also a + for the game okay!) and funny quotes as well as some good old fighting moments, then you'll have a lot of fun with that game. I also like the environment and the slighty futuristic touch in the game! :-)
Posted: June 1
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Beyond Good and Evil is one of my favorite games of all time. I jumped in not expecting much, but you gain an attachment to each of the characters and the action just blows you away. It has both combat and stealth sections, plenty of interesting puzzles, and hundreds of collectables to keep you playing. Cant wait for the second game to continue this epic saga.
Posted: August 16
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
This game is probably mostly known for its charm. I enjoyed it a lot when it came out, many years ago, and I bought it on Steam last time it was on sale. Although I've had to deal with several technical issues, I'm still glad I got in my library, and I look forward to a second playthrough.

I don't know who I would recommend this game to, other than old fans... However, it was very well regarded when it came out, and it still has its charm. Maybe it's a good idea to check out some gameplay clips and cutscenes before you buy it.
Posted: July 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
This is a beautifully designed game that holds up well to the test of time. You get treated with some cool gameplay mechanics and the game manages to be somewhere between stealth action and exploring. its a really nice mix with some great characters and a good story. If you don't mind the dated graphics its damn fun. I just recommend you to emulate a controller via XPadder because its nearly unplayable with keyboard and mouse in my opinion! and the boss design in some part is a bit strange.
Posted: July 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
very good and exciting story also beautiful game world =)
Posted: May 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
This game made me aspire to become a Video Game Designer, I can say It changed my life. 9.6 out of 10. Would change life again.
Posted: June 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
This is a major candidate for my favorite game of all time. The world is rich, there's all sorts of neat stuff to do like taking photos and such. And has a great story with wooonderful characters. Everyone should play it! Everryoonne!
Posted: June 20
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Strong female protagonist, fun gameplay, and an interesting story. If you are into casual RPGs (Zelda-esque) you will likely enjoy this game. Not a fan of the stealth section but hey, nobody's perfect.
Posted: June 21
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