• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Nov 11, 2003
  • Also On: PC
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 104 Ratings

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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Play Magazine
    100
    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. Edge Magazine
    70
    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: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  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. Wackyman
    Jan 9, 2004
    10
    Excellent experience.
  4. Nov 22, 2014
    10
    Beyond Good and Evil es un juego que te entretiene desde que empieza hasta que termina, con una historia interesante, curiosa y que contieneBeyond Good and Evil es un juego que te entretiene desde que empieza hasta que termina, con una historia interesante, curiosa y que contiene mucha diversidad. 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. Oct 14, 2015
    9
    I can't believe why Beyond Good & Evil didn't get the attention it should've had when it was released. The story is amazing, it feels like aI can't believe why Beyond Good & Evil didn't get the attention it should've had when it was released. The story is amazing, it feels like a kid's cartoon show. A really good kids cartoon show. The music is breathtaking, and the graphics and gameplay are both solid. This game invoked my inner animal friend, as I went out of my way to find every last animal species in the game and photograph them.

    Without spoiling anything for you, I implore you try find a copy this game. You won't be disappointed.
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  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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#49 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
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#18 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003