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  • Summary: For centuries, the planet Hillys has been bombarded by a relentless alien race. In Beyond Good and Evil, a rebellious action reporter named Jade sets out to capture the truth behind the invasion. Armed with her camera, dai-jo staff, and fierce determination, you must guide Jade as she discovers shocking evidence leading to a horrific government conspiracy and is forced to battle an evil she cannot possibly fathom. With the ability to perform stealth techniques, dai-jo staff moves, and tag-team fighting combos, you can stop at nothing to expose the truth. Expand
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Packed with atmosphere, accessible gameplay and sweet visuals, Beyond Good & Evil has most definitely reached beyond our expectations. Don't miss it.
  2. Do I really mean that after 25 years of gaming, and thousands of titles in my collection, that Beyond Good and Evil is one of the best games I have ever played? Yes.
  3. Beyond Good & Evil's gameplay is part and parcel of an elegantly imagined gameworld. The animation is so smooth as to be almost flawless.
  4. 90
    A combination of solid Zelda-style gameplay and cinematic excellence push Beyond Good & Evil into the upper echelons of action / adventure games. This is what an interactive movie should be.
  5. Wonderful direction, excellent storytelling, and a compelling plot. The gameplay is good enough to hold its own within the cinematic confines and actually does its fair share to charge the story forward.
  6. While the game's repetitive nature and short length take away from its overall impact, Beyond Good & Evil is a fantastic-looking game that tells its story well.
  7. 70
    Some of the puzzles in BG&E will have you tearing your hair out, though their solutions are tangible and never obscure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. MaricaR.
    Jan 28, 2006
    10
    One of the greatest games I ever played. Great experience. Real adventure, great plot, great involvement. Cool characters. Buy it, play it.
  2. NickP.
    Apr 25, 2006
    10
    One of the greatest games I ever played. I couldn't stop playing. I also replayed the game twice, once with my 9 year old and once with my 6 year old. A game we could all play together. Expand
  3. PhillipP.
    Dec 31, 2003
    10
    This is a good game, however, you should rent it because it takes only a MAXIMUM of 7 hours. The game is a lot like Legend of Zelda (the N64 zeldas dunno about the gamecube windwalker because I don't have gamecube) however THERE ARE ONLY 2 or 3 DUNGEONS IN THE WHOLE GAME!!! The game is fun but its not fulfilling because there are no sidequests (you don't need to collect all 88 pearls to win the game [no special endings if you get all 88 pearsls and 55 animals) However, the fighting system is fun and the graphics are nice (the water is realistic) and its not boring. Don't buy the game as its a less than 8 hours game making it a RENT ONLY. Its good but needs to be longer. Perhaps, Beyond Good And Evil 2 will be longer. P.S. Can someone elaborate on why the title was called Beyond Good And Evil because you act as a good person throughout the whole game. Expand
  4. Alx
    Nov 11, 2005
    10
    Dammmmmn this game kicked serious ass... make a sequel!
  5. DavidB.
    Jan 7, 2004
    9
    Great graphics, and an engaging story. Fighting was enjoyable. Actually the graphics were really really good, and the story was done incredibly well. This is a must rental and definately worth considering adding to a collection - but I do have to say this - replayability is nil and it is kinda short - otherwise I would have given it a 10. Expand
  6. IamNlCK
    Jun 25, 2006
    9
    Great story. Great original characters and plot. A lot of new innovative gameplay elements. Example of what an action/adventure game should be. The only hinderance would be with the frusterating "stealth/sneaking" mode...some minor camera issues. Can't wait for part 2. Expand
  7. Uter
    Jan 6, 2004
    8
    It's got a great story and fun gameplay. It could use some more polish, and length though. Plus the characters are a little lame sometimes.

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