Beyond Good & Evil - PC

Also known as: Project BG& E

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Beyond Good & Evil (PC)
Also for: PS2, Xbox, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Ubisoft Soft. Co.: Ubisoft
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB)
Released: 5 Dec 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 7+
Accessories: Control Pad


Originally released for the PlayStation 2 in November 2003, this latest creation from French games legend Michel Ancel has now made its way over to the PC. A genre mixing adventure game, Beyond Good & Evil blends elements of action, platforming, stealth, beat-em-up, and RPG, casting players as a heroine called Jade, on a mission to investigate a sinister conspiracy.

The game is set on the peaceful planet of Hyllis, which has recently fallen under siege by a relentless alien race. After a desperate struggle to defend her island, Jade collapses in exhaustion, only to be tormented by disturbing visions. Suspecting that there's more to the invasions than the government is publicly disclosing, Jade embarks on a journey to investigate further, whereupon she soon discovers the existence of a rebel organisation.

To begin with, the main task at hand is the collection of photographic evidence, and so Jade must explore the expansive game world, taking photos of various things (mostly wildlife) which she subsequently sends to different organisations in exchange for payment. It doesn't stop there, however, as she is soon drawn deeper into the sinister plot and soon begins to undertake a wide variety of missions that involve everything from hovercraft racing to spying.

As you may expect, danger lurks around every corner, so Jade must make use of her trusty dai-jo stick in order to defend herself against an extensive array of enemies and boss characters. Also, there are plenty of puzzles cropping up all the time, which often rely on the help of partner characters that accompany you through a lot of the missions.

Beyond Good & Evil has been likened to recent Zelda games on more than one occasion and it's easy to see why. The game is very atmospheric, intriguing and has a strong narrative within which you soon find yourself deeply immersed.