2003 saw the release of an overlooked and under-appreciated multi-platform action adventure title called Beyond Good & Evil. Produced by a multicultural team, Beyond Good & Evil featured colorful characters, polished gameplay, and a gripping story. The game’s protagonist; Jade, a photojournalist recruited by the local resistance to find proof of the military’s involvement in a wave of kidnappings. As Jade you are free to explore the world of Hillys, a world consisting mostly of water. Thankfully Jade is in possession of an upgradeable hovercraft to aid in travel. BG & E’s gameplay mainly consists of melee combat, stealth, and taking photos of local wildlife for extra credits. Gameplay though becomes rather varied when you also factor in it’s hovercraft racing, gambling mini-games, and exploration for the game’s some eighty or so pearls used to upgrade your vehicle at the garage.
With Beyond Good & Evil 2 finally (hopefully) on the horizon, what better way to get reacquainted (or acquainted) with the original than in newly remastered HD. Granted, even in HD BG & E looks a little dated and unpolished, though it was never a graphical powerhouse to begin with. BG & E is just as charming and enjoyable now as it was in 2003 though admittedly somewhat short with only a few dungeon type main levels and a rather modestly sized world map. What Beyond Good & Evil lacks in size and scope though, it easily compensates with style and heart.
Anyone who missed out on Beyond Good & Evil the first time around and enjoys a good Zelda-esque adventure title is highly recommended to download this gem. Beyond Good & Evil is available for download from the PlayStation Store for $9.99. (also available on Xbox)
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