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Beyond Good & Evil (Xbox)

by Ubisoft
 Ages 7 and Over
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0001D1S0C
  • Release Date: 27 Feb 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,027 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

In Beyond Good & Evil the vast, peaceful planet of Hyllis has fallen under siege by a relentless alien race. After a desperate struggle to defend her island, a Hyllian named Jade collapses in exhaustion - only to be tormented by disturbing visions. Despite public assurances that the planet has been secured, Jade begins to suspect that there's more to these invasions than the government has disclosed. When a rebel organization reinforces her doubts, Jade begins a harrowing journey to get to the core of the conspiracy.

Armed with her camera, aikido staff, and resolute investigative skills, Jade sets out to expose the truth and to liberate the minds of her deceived people. Pushed to the very edge of her physical and spiritual will, she soon discovers that even these limits are not what they seem... Her quest for the truth knows no bounds.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure gaming at its (almost) best 1 Mar 2004
I'd been waiting for another adventure game to come out ever since I'd completed The Wind Waker, and I have to admit, I wasn't particularly that bothered by Beyond Good and Evil when I first saw it. I'd just dismissed it as average before I'd even been bothered to take a closer look, but my naivety soon wore off as word of mouth (from the Ps2 release) soon made me take notice. I soon couldn't wait for it's XBOX release and promptly got it the day it came out, and have been playing non stop ever since.
The game is full of imagination and details which ensure you never get bored. Unlike The Legend Of Zelda, most of the characters have splendid voice-acting behind them, albeit only during the cinematic cut scenes, and occasionally during the course of the game, but it all gives the game a great feel, rather than just going through the motions.
The graphics are wonderful, the storyline is better than expected, the fighting is ok (it boils down to bashing A but the way in which the character bounces about is pretty cool). Everything about the game is class, from your talking pig uncle Pey'J, to the Jamaican Rhino Mechanics to lining up the perfect snapshot of an animal (your characters proffession is a journalist).The fact that game is so well put together, and the many genres seamlessly woven into a beautiful game is a shame, just because it's just a bit short. I managed to finish it in about 11 hours, just on the basics. But never mind, its cheap, fantastic looking, entertaining, and if I'm being totally honest, I preferred this to The Wind Waker. Unmissable.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play the game - Chapter 14 30 Mar 2004
I picked this up for a penny short of a 20 note & was absolutley delighted to discover a well made, highly amusing and entertaining gem of a game that has made many an hour go past without any conscious thought for food or drink. An eclectic effort with elements that draw from a multitude of genres (Platform, shooting, puzzle, racing, etc) bound with a sense of humour and garnished with eye pleasing graphics. The characters are well rounded (particularly the pig) and provoke a weird sense of caring for the "home team".
Some say it's too short, some may say the camera work can be a bit erratic (although I felt it was better than most) but I would have been happy with it even at full price.
Discover the world through the lens of the strange - a pearl of a game.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I really enjoyed this, and I didn't think that I was going to.
The graphics could have been better, but are up to the standard. The animation is superb, and this more than compensates for any lack of quality.
The sound is well implemented and used effectively although there is no voiceovers for most of the conversations with NPCs.
Stealth elements play a strong part of the game, and fortunately the control and also the camera make this more enjoyable than things can be in other games.
The quests are largely well thought out, and the side games are more than an adequate diversion to the main story, where they do not compliment it perfectly. The comic moments/characters are used well and help the story and the cutscenes seem like welcome breaks rather than intrusions to the game.
Like I say; I really enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An oft overlooked masterpiece 16 Mar 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I first heard about this game from a friend, who recommended it unconditionally. I later found it going for 20 in a shop (about a month after release), which just tells how poorly the game did. However, it has built up a fiercely loyal fanbase, and deservedly.

Beyond Good and Evil is a fitting title for the game. To start with, the story is very well done, with most characters, although clear good/evil, having mixed agendas, so you can at least relate to the baddies. However, it could also tell of how the game itself goes out of its way to break the mould in certain areas.

For example, the graphics. While they are certainly beautiful, fitting the game perfectly, and the art style is fresh and original, there are some parts which are just *too* quirky for the average consumer, who prefers the drab grey environ of "Space Marine Shoots Lots Of Aliens", and all its yearly sequels. The textures vary wildly, from beautiful water effects and stunning sunsets, to grainy, inconsistent rock and fields. However, instead of detracting from the experience, it serves to heighten it; instead of picking nits at the tiniest inconsistency, it encourages you to ignore them and concentrate on the gameplay, which is, after all, the whole point of a game.

The aforementioned gameplay is definitely among the best I have tried on the Xbox, ranking alongside such titles as Halo and KOTOR in terms of immersion and (for want of a word to describe it), that rare feeling when a games controls suit it perfectly, and the buttons fall under your fingers as if second nature. I haven't completed the game on other consoles, but from quick goes on friend's machines, I can confirm that the PS2 and Gamecube controls feel great as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine class 12 Sep 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The term "classic" gets bandied about a lot, and is often applied to yet another annual update of some fat license or one more bog-standard FPS. "Beyond Good and Evil", though, is the real deal. The gameplay is quick and intuitive: some might even go so far as to call it "easy", but that, I feel, would be to miss the point. This is not a game where you have to be pixel-perfect to make that one crucial jump, or where you need to be an octopoidal stenographer to hammer in the killer combo. There are challenges, of skill and wit, but the game is never less than fair in either respect.

So what makes this a classic? The graphics are good, technically, but won't make your eyes pop. To some they might be "cartoony", others might call them "stylish". They are, though, beautifully designed. The characters, vehicles, buildings and landscapes all hang together: they all belong. And not just in their physical design: there's a real sense of personality about this game. It's not just a bunch of generic fluff that could be grafted into any game, anywhere; these characters, these locations, stories and events belong to this game and this game only. It wouldn't work anywhere else.

This is what makes it a true classic. You are -- quickly and painlessly -- drawn into the gameworld. You start believing in it, and start caring about it, in a way that very few other games can match. This is no numb, dumb button-bashing timewaster: it's a genuine, absorbing pleasure to play.
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Published on 18 Oct 2007 by pistolparty
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as it gets
Brilliant game and thorughly joyfull from beginning to end, most problems to solve are difficult yet intuatively solved after working them out rationally, shame that such a great... Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2005 by David N. Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars beyond good
one of the best xbox games. ive played loads of xbox games and this belongs on the top pile of games i own. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2004 by mr martin dale
5.0 out of 5 stars A very Charming adventure
I picked up this game after hearing a few good reviws and I wasnt dissapointed.
The Graphics are great, the Story is great and most importantly, Jade, Pey'J and Double H are... Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2004 by James
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but short
This game was extremely entertaining. I enjoyed every minute of it. The graphics are excellent and the gameplay is spot on. Almost the perfect game. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2004 by Mr. R. Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars In my opinion over rated
Well i want to make this clear from the start that this game is a very good but it was not what i was expecting. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2004 by "walkermrkt"
4.0 out of 5 stars A regular David Bailey
I was surprised to see this in the 'new releases' section of my local computer shop for the princely sum of 20. Read more
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