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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I loved it back then on my GameCube and later Xbox and I still love it today. One of the best games ever made! Everything about this game is special and just fantastic.
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632 of 657 people (96%) found this review helpful
109 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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219 of 220 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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186 of 201 people (93%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

WE WANT BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2.Dumb UBI
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222 of 251 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2013
Dear Michel Ancel

Now that you have finished Rayman Legends (rad game btw) and the next generation of home console are on thier way, can we possibly get to see BG&E 2 happen sometime soon?

From A Concerned Recommender
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154 of 170 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Quite possibly one of the greatest single player games ever and extremely over looked.
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112 of 116 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2014
9/10

+ beautiful, beautiful game world
+ fantastic atmosphere
+ extremely well done combination of gameplay elements, a true action-adventure game
+ photoshooting creatures feels very satisfying and works great with the rest of the gameplay
+ very interesting conspiracy story

- bad controls, resulting in not so satisfying battles
- nothing else
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54 of 55 people (98%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2015
The good:

-The art direction and diverse cast of characters
-Photojournalism is the main weapon of your protagonist, and seeing it used as a concept in a fantasy setting is really refreshing
-The protagonists. Without spoiling anything, Jade and Pey'j are a memorable duo, heartwarming characters in general, and there's still plenty of mystery surrounding them. Jade and Double H were a fun team as well, and there seems to be a lot of untold depth to even the minor characters, namely anyone found in the Akuda Bar
-The soundtrack

The bad:

-The camera is sometimes wonky, especially on the PC
-It's kind of an extension of the camera problem, but controlling the game's two vehicles can be frustrating in some parts
-A little short, could have been one level/mission longer imo, but that's because I really enjoyed what I got

The ugly:

-The fact that this game was a commercial failure, isn't well known even to this day, and its sequel has been in development hell but is well deserving of existing already

Conclusion: Play this game. It's charming, unique, and refreshing despite being over a decade old.
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61 of 66 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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58 of 63 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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TheAce2221
8.2 hrs
Posted: September 22
One of the best story of the video games never made please do the second opus fast
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rutare
3.5 hrs
Posted: August 31
A little game made by Ubisoft when they still had a heart.
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Donald4Spiderman
2.5 hrs
Posted: August 31
I completed this on my PS2 7 times, never got bored. Amazing game. Just got to wait for number 2 now.
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ndwolfwood988
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 30
Oh this game is good.
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scrublord
10.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
I gave this game a whirl based on the glowing reviews it has received, and because I'm working through my backlog.


Note sure if I should have played this 10 years ago, but I really didn't enjoy it. Nothing felt particularly special to me, and will be an easily forgettable game.
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simpson.arick
11.2 hrs
Posted: August 25
Great game that I regret waiting so long to play. The story though not revolutionary is solid and pretty straightforward minus the somewhat out of nowhere twist. The characters are all amusing and good fun though double h gets a little annoying at times. Overall the game can be beat in under 14 hours if you're going for completion, 6-8 if you just plow through it.
Pros
- Simple and easy to understand combat system
- Minigames and photography are fun and have a good vary of difficulty without being unfair
- A fun break from larger 40+ hour titles

Cons
- Very rarely controls do tend to not respond correctly
- The camera. It works well minus a few sections where it snaps around.
- No gamepad support. Used Xpadder. (This con is for those who prefer controller for adventure platformers)
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Moonsugar
11.1 hrs
Posted: August 20
Yes, it's not an overly brutal and serious game. Yes, the graphics are rather dated. But damn, this story. These characters. This soundtrack.
The story is engaging and there are some nice plot twists to keep you on your toes. The characters are likable and each has their own personality. Especially Jade. Can we have more protagonists like her, please? She's a reporter armed with a camera and a staff. Not yet another one of those bloodthirsty, psychopathic assassins, and this is a really refreshing change.

There could have been more explanation for why things are, as the answer to that quite often seems to be "just because". Also, be warned, quite often you'll not only have to fight monsters, but also the camera - it's annoying.

Overall though, it's a pleasant game, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

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intence66
26.4 hrs
Posted: August 20
pro and cons

pro this game is amazing and beautiful i first played this game at the age of 9/10 and that was 10 or 11 years ago and the game is still beautiful with an amazing story line thats rich with fun and exploreing and heart felt understanding and passion the graphics are amazing and really set everything off specially with all the people and objects and animals and textures and story that brings so much to the game play experience . for 2003 this game was truely amazing at its time of realise and is still amazing today in 2016 i would 100 percent reccomend this game to everyone specially at only 6.99
..........................................cons..........................................................
cons are hard to comment on becuase there is no con but only the issue of a game getting very old
the game came out in 2003 and the year is 2016 now and that has been 13 years since it first came out and ofcurse technology addvances so my only issue and concern is that this game will no longer be able
to work . and a good example of this is when you buy beyond good and evil 2003 cd computer game it will not work on todays computers....and sometimes rarely you may be able to see through objects ie walls and things due to how old the game is also but that issue is not on the steam game. but i really want to thank steam for putting this game on steam becuase i really missed the game and it means so much to me ...............................however WE NEED BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2..................................
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neoblood_dark
11.9 hrs
Posted: August 12
The BEST!!! still sitting here waiting for a next sequel :)
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