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 (971 reviews) - 92% of the 971 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
Helpful customer reviews
131 of 140 people (94%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
I finished Beyond good and Evil twice,now i bought it on Steam,going to finish it for the 3rd time.such a masterpiece ...

this is a great game,even in 2015.

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41 of 42 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
So here's this game I played several times on the PS2, and it is SO FUN. PC is no exception.

People may have seen the camera on the box art back in the day and said to themselves "Ew! Camera in the gameplay, no way!" Sure the camera is sometimes a necessary part of the game, but combat and stealth are major gameplay elements that shouldn't be overlooked.

The story centres on Jade and Pey'j, in a strange world where half-animal people walk around on two legs and talk. For example Pey'j has a definite boar-like appearance. The world is under siege from the Domz armada, and the Alpha Sections are there to stop them. During an attack Jade discovers she's out of credits and her lighthouse shield power is cut off. In an effort to make some credits she takes on a photography job for the local science centre, and through a turn of events ends up working for a secret underground movement called the Iris Network.

The plot is fairly straightforward - you go on missions looking for evidence, once you find the evidence you take photos of it, and then you get the hell outta there. The missions are few and large, and the best way to approach it is to go sneaky stealth mode on everything. It is possible to attack your enemies too, but you will have a hard time.

Gameplay combat is all 3rd-person, but not all of it is melee. There are battles on the water inside your 'tugboat', and towards the end of the game there is even a spaceship battle, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Enemies hit hard in melee combat though, so it pays to grab all the health upgrades you can find. These can be manually distributed to your companion too if you think they need it. As already mentioned, subterfuge is your friend - you will have more fun with sneak attacks and trickery than trying to face-tank your way though the game.

Other gameplay elements include speed-races to get your stolen credits back, minigames (that game in the Akuda Bar is badass hard), finding all the species to photograph for more credits, finding all the pearls for more vehicle upgrades. There are a couple of foot-chases too, to add whipped cream to an already delicious cake of a game.

So how delicious is it? Well the music is a blast for starters. It has a wonderful style to it, melodious and alien. Well-suited to the game. The graphics are a little bland but good - with a main character like Jade it makes sense there's a bit of a green theme to it. Voice-actors have been cast well, there is a lot of great voice-acting in the game and it helps to suspend disbelief, helping immersion and reinforcing our empathy towards the characters.

Highly recommended to anyone that loves stealth, a great story, or just wants to try something new. The hours I've played it on PC are not representative of my total hours (PC and PS2). Worth it just for the soundtrack!
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38 of 41 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
It's not a lie that this is one of the masterpiece in adventures games.
This game was released on 2003. I played & reviewed this in year 2015.
Even the 12 years apart doesn't really affect the gaming expiriences.

It runs fine in Windows 7/8. I bet Windows 10 also can run it fine.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015

Beyond good and evil is a openworld rpg.
The combat is quite simple you have 1 attack button ( and upgrades later on ) and a dodge button.
Overtime you get upgrades like gloves that shoot things.
And heres comes my favorite bit the camera you take pictures of creatures/npcs to gain money and pearls.
Pearls are used for upgrades for your vehicles you gain em by doing races, exploring, making enough photos, and lastly bosses.
You have activities like racing just cave with creatures and pearls etc.
You travel through the world with your boat and aircraft(which you get pretty late)
The ship controls are pretty good and the combat is also solid, But then theres the aircraft controls which arent as good i suggest you just hold space while using the mouse.
You have followers if they die game over, oh and they do special attacks.
And as last you have stealth guard have 3 modes : the they havent seen you yet mode( green), The they heard you or saw you a lil bit (pink?), and the theyve seen you hide or kill em now( red).
Most stealth rooms i just killed the guards they all mostly have a weak spot at theyre backs, but some rooms you have to stealth or youll get instakilled.
The bosses are pretty easy once you find out what to hit or with what to hit the bosses.
The last boss however can stunlock you and it inverts your controls, i just gave up on the boss because i couldnt do it.


I really dont want to spoil anything but ill just tell about some of the characters.
You play as jade and you have peyj as your companion. i really cared abut the characters.
Then you have the alpha somethings theyre here to save the hillyans and then there are the domz which are the evil aliens.
The story is really well paced and you really have some feels moments in it.

Audio and graphics
The soundtrack is amazing it does the creepy music right the intense music/action music really gives you a boost.
The graphics havent aged that well but the creature designs are great, the npcs are either just normal humans or just humans crossed with animals,
The other creatures looks also quite reminiscent of various animals.
The town looks futuristic.
Oh and if you have the flickery graphics bug go to yer setting launcher and turn off hw something processing.
The camera sometimes has siezures but its ok somtimes ihad to fight with the damn thing.

Final verdict
Amzazing soundtrack story which you care about the characters, pretty basic combat,
stealth which mostly just works but you can combat out of most rooms.
Dated but good artstyle/npc’s.
But a bad last boss.
And a refreshing camera mechanic.

No drama, Just Reviews.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
-Quick Review-
Beyond Good and Evil is Ubisoft's under-rated-masterpiece, it was first released on the PlayStation 2 on November 11, 2003. The beautiful Music was Composed by Christophe Héral.
Beyond Good and Evil is by far the most beautiful, outstanding game I ever played on the PS2, and when I saw it was available on Steam I exploded. There are many games that we as gamers 'play and forget'. Beyond Good and Evil is one of the games I will never forget.

-Video Review!-

-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: Beyond Good and Evil's Protagonist is a bright young woman named Jade. Jade is an avid martial artist, photographer and investigative reporter. She has been staying with her 'Uncle' Pay'j (A pig/boar-like biped, whom is acting as Jade's Guardian) to help take care of orphans at their lighthouse home.
Jade and Pay'j are on the mining planet “Hillys”. Hillys is under siege by an extraterrestrial group known as the “DomZ”, the DomZ are skeleton-reaper-like-aliens whom abduct and drain the life from their victims. Recently a group known as “The Alpha Sections” have taken up residence on Hillys. The Alpha Sections have sworn to defend the population of Hillys from these devastating DomZ attacks.

Gameplay: You play the game as Jade, in a third person camera view, the game is broken down into two modes: combat mode and stealth mode. (Side note: There is much more to the game than that, sometimes you need to take pictures, solve puzzles, figure out riddles, play mini games, and have dialogue with other NPC's.)
When in combat, Jade wields a special Bo Staff known as a “Jō”; Jade preforms strikes, flips, and power attacks while in combat mode. If you were unsuccessful in sneaking past enemies you can fight your way through many parts of the game. However there is definitely an emphasis on stealth rather than fighting.
When in stealth, Jade sneaks and rolls, there are oftentimes alternative paths to sneak around guards, other times you need to distract guards by creating a diversion to take them away from their posts, while you sneak past.

A final note I should make, is the console to PC port wasn't quite perfect; the camera angle is sometimes a little bit awkward, but you eventually get used to the limitations and controls; Beyond Good and Evil is still very playable.

Achievements: There are no achievements in the game, however there are extra things to collect while playing. You can take pictures of all the animals in the game, and collect all the pearls, and find every M-disks.

Price: Beyond Good and Evil is priced at $9.99, my first play through I unlocked everything before beating the game (I took my sweet time about it, and it took about 9-11 hours) the game can easily take anywhere from 6-8 hours to complete.

When I was younger playing this game on the PS2; I remember that I almost beat this whole game in a day. My parrents left the house in the late morning and I started playing Beyond Good and Evil, when they got back that evening I was still playing. Needless to say, they were not pleased with my binge-playing-habits.

Conclusion: Seriously, just buy and play this game.

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Edit/Update August 29, 2015:
Spelling fix, by Angfucious. (Then, Than, Thyn, QQthen -the q's are silent)
Edit/Update January 31, 2016:
Added link to YouTube Review for Beyond Good and Evil
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