Review: Beyond Good and Evil HD

Posted: July 8, 2011 by E-mann in REVIEWS

The critically acclaimed Beyond Good and Evil gets an HD remake.  Beyond Good and Evil was released in late 2003 for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox and PC but failed to strike a chord with gamers. Has this hidden gem tarnished in it’s 8 years in obscurity? Read on to find out.

Beyond Good and Evil follows the adventures of Jade, a photograper who works with a resistance movement to reveal a planet-wide alien conspiracy. At it’s core Beyond Good and Evil is an action adventure game along the lines of Legend of Zelda. There is a little bit of everything in Beyond Good and Evil. Sneaking, fighting, hovercraft racing, spaceship battles and exploration, all of which are done pretty well. It’s not every day you see a mixture like this in games. There is a lot to be found in the world of Hillys and if you are persistent enough you can get every little bit that it has to offer in around 10 hours. I definitely felt I got more than my money”s worth.

Beyond Good and Evil is to my knowledge the first game to incorporate a multi-enemy attack system similar to Batman: Arkham Asylum and an AI assistant character that can be use in conjunction with your normal attacks. The controls are a bit on the sluggish side though. It takes a little time to get Jade moving. The game is pretty forgiving though. Except on the final boss which is probably the most annoying boss battle I have ever played. The boss battle can take at lest an hour if you don’t follow a strict pattern when fighting it. You can wail on it to your hearts content but if you don’t stick to the pattern you will not defeated it.

The remastered version of Beyond Good and Evil runs at a smooth 60 frames per second. The stylized designs look good and stand the test of time. Some of the improvements to the game include improved character textures, soundtrack, Achievements/Trophies and even an online leader boards was added.

Despite all of the improvements the game has some glaring issues, like falling thorough environments, seeing random bits of geometry and even game menus floating  in the distance of environments. Despite the issues the game remains fun and it was a great journey. I suggest it to any one looking for something fun to play.

Liked:

  • Original concept
  • Fun characters and world
  • Exploration

Disliked:

  • Some bad voice work and translation issues
  • Minor camera issues
  • Glitches
  • The final boss

 

Beyond Good and Evil was developed and published by Ubisoft. It was released on the Playstation network and Xbox live and is available now for $9.99. The copy played for this review was a digital copy that was downloaded from the Playstation network.

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