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+ many secrets
+ good dialogs
+ exciting story
+ easy control
+ very nice light effects
+ living characters
+ considerable fights
+ cinematic background music
+ good inventar, interactive map
+ puzzles, mini-games and races
+ wonderful animal & character designs
+ good money and upgrade system
+ playtime around 12-20 hours
I Dont Like:
- many small loading phases
- weaknesses in texture detail
Beyond Good & Evil is a small masterpiece of game design. Rayman father Michel Ancel strips off his playful platforming past and present himself as a storyteller first order. We'll tell you why the thrilling adventure has not only deserves an award, but also an Oscar for best director and best screenplay!
Beyond Good & Evil tells the story of Jade, a freelance photographer and protector of children who have orphaned due to the Domz. The Domz are a brutal alien race who are currently invading the planet aqueous Hillys, locked in a fierce battle with humanity protectors, the Alpha Sections.
Beyond Good & Evil puts you in the role of Jade, a young woman who, along with her humanoid pig uncle, Pey'j, runs a lighthouse on the planet Hillys.
Hillys is at war with an alien force known as the DomZ, and an elite squadron known as the Alpha Sections protects Hillys from the alien threat.
Or does it? An underground rebel organization known as the IRIS Network charges that the Alphas control both sides of the equation. IRIS is essentially a rogue news network, informing the people via a newsletter that strives to expose the link between Hillys' protectors and the alien menace.
That's where Jade, a photographer-for-hire when not tending to the lighthouse, comes in. You quickly hook up with IRIS and spend the bulk of the game infiltrating Alpha strongholds, camera at your side, in search of the truth.
First, Beyond Good & Evil does not feel it has aged well. The fight is a simple one-button affair. The game environment is divided into very small areas separated by loading screens.
The act of saving their own game requires unnecessary animations and middle-man menus. However, the more open the game, the more returns the old magic.
Puzzles are spot-on, if a little obtuse at times, and the combat still manages to be fun thanks to the special attacks of Pey'j and Double H, and the surprising depth of strategy that can occur during boss fights.
And there are multiple bonus objectives and mini-games, should you fancy a break from the main story. From air hockey in alien bars to hovercraft races and ongoing wildlife photography assignments, this is a game with no shortage of things to do.
Deeper into the actual mechanics of the game, not everything has aged so gracefully. The camera is a particularly fractious beast, requiring constant attention in confined areas and becoming a real problem during the game's well-intentioned but frustratingly woolly stealth sections.
While the game behind the presentation is pretty good on its own, the entire package benefits from some pretty stellar audio and video.
The game is graphically impressive. The world of Hillys is beautifully rendered. It's large and atmospheric, and the outdoor segments show off some nice-looking water. The interior of the buildings you'll be infiltrating are appropriately dark and intimidating, with a hefty dose of effective lighting.
An easy way to suck some of the immersion out of a game is with wooden, generic animation and character models. But the animation and character models are perhaps Beyond Good & Evil's strongest aspect. The game's story gets emotional in spots, and you can see Jade emoting very effectively throughout the game.
Quality voice acting really drives the point home, and here, too, BG&E excels. The voice cast is, for the most part, great, and the various voices match up with their characters very well.
The game's music also does a great job of setting the tone, particularly some of the alien-sounding songs that can be heard while in and around town.
Impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Feels as good to play now as it did eight years ago. While not the narrative tour de force you may recall it being, the game manages to draw one in and keep the player involved with a charming game world and a strong, atypical female protagonist. Beyond Good & Evil is a fantastic-looking game that tells its story well.
Score: 82 / 100
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