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