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  • Summary: Featuring epic boss fights, puzzle-solving and stealth-based games, Beyond Good & Evil broke the barriers of traditional action-adventure gameplay when it was released in 2003. The story follows Jade, and investigative reporter and martial artist, who works with a resistance agency to uncover a government conspiracy and reveal their horrific secrets. As Jade, players are tasked to solve puzzles, fight enemies, and obtain photographic evidence. Expand
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  1. Positive: 52 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. Mar 8, 2011
    100
    It is not about the known camera issues that cause several headaches or the short story. It is not about what this game should be and what has become of it. Itʼs about the very essence of gaming, the essence that draws a permanent smile on your face while playing this masterpiece!
  2. Mar 2, 2011
    91
    Beyond Good & Evil was ahead of its time in 2003, and it fits 2011 like a glove. This is still a great game that's unquestionably deserving of your $10 – especially if you missed it the first time. Admittedly, it's showing its age, but it's less like a disgusting chunk of old cheese and more like a glass of fine wine.
  3. Mar 4, 2011
    90
    This is a title that should have done a lot better in sales, but unfortunately because of the circumstances it didn't become as popular as it should have. Critical acclaim sometimes doesn't cut it, but I sure hope with an HD upgrade and being available to download will bring this great title to some more gamers to thoroughly enjoy, if not for the first time but for nostalgia's sake.
  4. Mar 2, 2011
    85
    Given the lower price and upped quality of presentation, what was already a great experience is that much better now – so get behind the original Beyond Good & Evil and see what you (probably) missed out on.
  5. Jul 12, 2011
    80
    No doubt inspired by Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series, Beyond Good & Evil HD is an ambitious title that deserves to be played. It may not be groundbreaking today, but it is a key title on any essential list of video game gems. If you can force yourself to adapt to the controls, the experience is worth the hassle.
  6. 80
    There are plenty of downloadable games with the same high ambitions as Beyond Good & Evil HD, but very few of the offers a full retail experience. Sure, it isn't entirely fresh anymore, but this adventure is recommended for everyone.
  7. Apr 7, 2011
    60
    Beyond Good & Evil HD is a visually lovely update to what many consider an ignored classic. There is much to be admired about how the heroine Jade is presented and how the game mixes a plethora of genres with some success, but the nonexistent difficulty curve and simplistic mechanics make it hard to recommend for fans of action-rpgs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Mar 15, 2011
    10
    If you haven't played the original on the PS2, or Gamecube this is a must buy. For $10.00 this is a steal. I recommend this game to anyone who likes action games. It's a few years old but it doesn't feel dated. Only thing that still bugs me is the camera. This is a GREAT classic game at a GREAT price. Download today! Expand
  2. Apr 24, 2011
    10
    Nothing has really been changed at all...and that's the best part. The same great smooth graphics, colourful environments with lively soundtracks. It's the classic adventure game mechanic of run around and button smash to fight without the need for fancy unnecessary maneouvers with a little bit of stealth later on. It's a classic nostalgic candle that holds up well even to this day. Expand
  3. Aug 7, 2011
    10
    As a kid I played this game obsessively, but in the end I was rubbish at being sneaky, didn't understand what was going on and had an overwhelming sense of achievement when I photographed a dead whale. Still somehow Beyond Good and Evil spoke to me and has made me regret the ridding of the gamecube for a long while. So I bought an xbox, purely to play this and hope for a sequel. An amazing soundtrack, brilliantly thoughtful plot and wonderful gaming style has made this impressive action puzzler one of the best overlooked games of the noughties. I seriously recommend you give it a try, and a full game for only a few quid makes it immensely great value! Expand
  4. Mar 6, 2011
    9
    I played this game six years ago on the 'Gamecube' from a recommendation on a review and was so amazed, being a fan of Zelda and other adventure games I had quite high expectations as it was more or less scoring the same. This game is wonderful, it feels to me as a mix of 'Abe's Oddysee' and the Zelda games, you would be crazy not to check this out at this ridiculously low price on the XBLA. Expand
  5. Dec 14, 2011
    9
    This game is awesome! I just got it from XBL arcade for only 400 points... it may seem outdated in gameplay and graphics, but it's still very enjoyable! The story is really creative and interesting, and the gameplay kind of reminded me of the first time I played Rayman 2 for N64. This little game is a very fun adventure at a great price... definitely a top XBLA title! Expand
  6. Mar 21, 2011
    9
    What a find !!!! In a sea of xbox live arcade dross shines this gem. Anyone who is hitting or in there 30s, and can remember what good games used to be like, will love this game. I'm ashamed to admit that I missed it on it's original release back in the day, so THANKS to someone at Microsoft for letting this happen. There are hours worth of quality gaming in Beyond Good & Evil HD that would be cheap at twice the price. Don't get me wrong, it's no Ocarina of Time, but it still rocks. If you're asking "What is an Ocarina of Time?" then shame on you, you don't deserve to play this game. Joking aside, this is an excellent game that doesn't coddle players and hand you everything on a plate like so many modern games. My only criticism is the camera control. I'm an inverted stick player (the proper way it should be done) but if you invert in this game it also inverts left and right. It's a shame but not enough to ruin the experience. Buy this game, play this game, enjoy this game, and stand tall as a true gamer. Expand
  7. Mar 20, 2011
    1
    Was really looking forward to trying this game out, however the camera settings are inexplicably cruel. You can only have one axes inverted at a time - Normalising one inverts the other. This makes it IMPOSSIBLE for me to control the camera properly. I hope an update sorts this problem out so I can give this game a good shot. Expand

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