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  • Summary: The planet of Hyllis has fallen under siege by a ruthless alien race. Despite the assurances of the Alpha Section defense squad, the war drags on, terrorizing the once-beautiful planet and crushing the faith of the people. From the rubble of a tiny island rises Jade - a rebellious youngThe planet of Hyllis has fallen under siege by a ruthless alien race. Despite the assurances of the Alpha Section defense squad, the war drags on, terrorizing the once-beautiful planet and crushing the faith of the people. From the rubble of a tiny island rises Jade - a rebellious young action reporter left traumatized by a brutal attack. When Jade is hired by the rebel organization IRIS, she learns that the Alpha Sections are secretly trafficking humans to the enemy. Still wary of who to believe, she sets out to expose the gruesome conspiracy and bring proof to her people. Armed with her camera, dai-jo staff, and unflinching resolve, Jade plunges into a sinister web to untangle the truth and restore justice to her planet. But as she earns the trust of her beleaguered people, Jade discovers that sometimes, in order to find the truth, you must look beyond good and evil. [Ubi Soft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 44 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Where most games entertain us with cutscenes to observe, Beyond Good & Evil is a cutscene. This is the first game to fully, properly inject the undeniable power of cinematic technique into the experience. [Nov 2003, p.70]
  2. I’m of the belief that you should always leave your audiences wanting more instead of wishing for the experience to end. While some might consider that a sign that a game is too short, I was satisfied and indeed wanted more.
  3. A wonderful experience that tells a fine story. While the game can be completed in anywhere from 10 to 12 hours, the pacing feels just right. If you were ever remotely interested in an adventure title without the words "Legend and Zelda" in it, Beyond Good and Evil is the first title you should check out.
  4. Beyond Good and Evil is a game like no other, and while many aspects of its design are unoriginal snippets of genre, they all blend into each other to create something truly original.
  5. Sometimes it’s just too darn hard to figure out what you need to do, or where you need to go.
  6. The storyline, as well as tasks in hand, all work in perfect synergy, which gives this game its uniqueness. The puzzles in themselves may not be overly taxing, nor some of the stealthy actions, but as far as pure unabated storytelling and immersive interaction goes this works a treat!
  7. It's an 'experience' as much as a game, meaning that it will leave as many people cold as it grabs by the right half of the brain. Beyond good, then, but not quite excellent. [Christmas 2003, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Mr.E.
    Aug 26, 2006
    10
    One of the best games you didn't played. So play the game already.
  2. AngelaS.
    Apr 25, 2007
    10
    It´s absolutely the best game I have ever played! The Story, the scenarios, the music, are simply wonderful and inspiring! I It´s absolutely the best game I have ever played! The Story, the scenarios, the music, are simply wonderful and inspiring! I can´t wait for a sequel! Expand
  3. EduardoR.
    Jan 12, 2004
    10
    I must admit that when I say the main character holding a camera on the cover, I really thought this was not going to be a good game. I I must admit that when I say the main character holding a camera on the cover, I really thought this was not going to be a good game. I couldn't be more wrong, this is a very engaging game, very cool mini-games, awesome combat system and the best part, a really cool story. If you are looking for a cool action adventure game with a touch of cartoonish graphics and; then this is your game. I must admit thought that the game may slow down a little bit at times, but is so little it doesn't affect the game flow. Expand
  4. Nov 15, 2014
    10
    This is one of my top 10 games of all time. Everyone should play it. Good mix of gameplay, and a great story. Here's hoping for a sequel.This is one of my top 10 games of all time. Everyone should play it. Good mix of gameplay, and a great story. Here's hoping for a sequel. I also reviewed the PC version but had a lot of issues with it. It's not bad but I would definitely play it on console. Expand
  5. TysonB.
    Feb 12, 2004
    9
    I think this game is awesome, even the previews and demos are awesome. Just a little too expensive though.
  6. ToddH
    May 9, 2008
    9
    A very engrossing game with a good blend of action and stealth, a great musical score, good pacing, and great integration of plotlines. A very engrossing game with a good blend of action and stealth, a great musical score, good pacing, and great integration of plotlines. Difficulty varies in places from a bit too easy to teeth-gnashing difficult (until you get the "trick"), and the game sadly is a bit short, but a pair of set-piece action sequences are handled beautifully and alone are worth the price of admission. Highly recommended, and an absolute no-brainer at its bargin bin price. Expand
  7. JonS.
    Dec 10, 2003
    7
    This game is by far the best adventure game I've played in a long time. It's like Zelda and Final Fantasy had a child and gave it a This game is by far the best adventure game I've played in a long time. It's like Zelda and Final Fantasy had a child and gave it a camera. It's just a same that it runs so poorly on the PS2. It's almost as if ubisoft never tried to play it themselves. I "must purchase" title... for another system. Expand

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