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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 toFeaturing 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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Score distribution:
  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. Negative: 2 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 whoIf 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. Mar 6, 2011
    10
    this game is spectacular, highly recommended, this is a unique action-adventure with a great story and beautiful art direction. its story isthis game is spectacular, highly recommended, this is a unique action-adventure with a great story and beautiful art direction. its story is in some ways comparable to bioshock or half life 2 and also as well told. the brutal regime of the government in hillys, the place you start the game, is everywhere in the city, on big screens Expand
  3. Mar 3, 2014
    10
    A fantastic game from start to finish! If you've played the original release (like I did), then pick this up, right now! If you haven't playedA fantastic game from start to finish! If you've played the original release (like I did), then pick this up, right now! If you haven't played the original release, still pick this up!

    The most overlooked title of 2003. Period.

    Lets hope that Ubi releases that sequel soon!
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  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 otherI 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 8, 2011
    9
    SO glad I gave this game a second chance on XBLA. When it came out for PC in 2002 I played for about 30 minutes and thought it was a gameSO glad I gave this game a second chance on XBLA. When it came out for PC in 2002 I played for about 30 minutes and thought it was a game about taking pictures and nothing more. 10 years later I finally bought the xbox 360 (XBLA) version, and today I'm going to finally beat the game. I see why they felt the need to bring it back to the mainstream.

    Pros:
    -By far some of the best platforming around.
    -60 frames per second.
    -Clean, colorful graphics.
    -Fun mini-games (side quests). The racing games are surprisingly a lot of fun!!
    -Great music.
    -Great voice acting. -Characters are likeable.
    -Lots of things to collect and take pictures of to earn more credits (money). -Good campaign length (myself Im at 11hrs and about to do the last mission).

    Cons:
    -Combat is simplistic. -Even though the right analog stick controls the camera, if Jade is backed up against a wall and you try to rotate the camera it will refuse to go (the camera "hits" the wall and stops if you know what i mean).
    -Main map is great and very helpful- however it would have been 100x better if they added a HUD with a mini-map instead with an added "GPS" feature to pinpoint exactly where I want to go.
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  6. Sep 14, 2013
    8
    Very engaging game, keeps the action and rewards coming. I finished it in about 14 hours, great weekend game. Menus and hotkeys are intuitive,Very engaging game, keeps the action and rewards coming. I finished it in about 14 hours, great weekend game. Menus and hotkeys are intuitive, music is awesome, and graphics and sound are very good, but I couldn't figure out what age range they were shooting for and I thing that's a good thing. Felt like I was playing Tomb Raider Underword with all the good puzzles but also all the questionable camera control. I enjoyed the characters and voice acting, but don't expect to know too much about each character unfortunately. The game was virtually crash free except for the warehouse ending, which seems to be biting a lot of people. It would be nice if the developers put out a patch for this, although you can get by it, just might take several tries and rebooting your XBOX each time. There is no changing the axis during flying which made it a little difficult getting used to, and didn't try reversing the camera. Overall great game, great ending boss battles and cinematic. 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 atWas 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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