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Beyond Good & Evil (Windows)

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Description

In the future, on the planet Hillys, the population suffers from constant attacks from the alien DomZ. The situation is gradually getting worse, as the rate of DomZ kidnapings increase. The Alpha Section forces, who are in charge of protecting citizens, seem to be completely ineffective, not even fighting the DomZ. In the midst of this situation, the secretive organization IRIS alleges that the Alpha Section is involved in a massive government conspiracy, and seeks to expose the truth through journalism.

The player controls a young reporter and photographer named Jade with her companions Pey'j and Double H. After experiencing first-hand a DomZ attack, she is contacted by IRIS, who recruit her as an action reporter. Jade is now tasked with infiltrating the Alpha Section, exposing the government conspiracy, and ultimately finding the truth for herself.

Beyond Good & Evil is an action game with diverse gameplay. Much of the game is based on stealth and puzzles, but there are sequences of racing, shooting, combat, and platform action. Jade fights with her staff and also uses various abilities to execute long-ranged attacks and solve puzzles. Many of the puzzles require switching between the characters and using their special abilities; often it is necessary to coordinate the actions of two characters to achieve precise co-operation that leads to a puzzle's solution. Beside hostile areas with puzzles and enemies, there is also a city and other friendly areas to explore, where various items and gadgets can (and sometimes must) be bought. There are several mini-games and even an online ranking system (used by entering codes online after they are assigned in-game when the game is saved).

Screenshots

Beyond Good & Evil Windows It was a peaceful morning at the lighthouse --with zen meditation and all!
Beyond Good & Evil Windows The mandatory main menu shot
Beyond Good & Evil Windows Your companions follow you flawlessly and effectively avoid traps like these electric cables.
Beyond Good & Evil Windows How do you like a boss fight about 2 minutes after the game starts? Nice lighting job, huh?

Alternate Titles

  • "神鬼冒險" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "撕裂的天堂" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "За гранью добра и зла" -- Russian spelling
  • "Project BG&E" -- Working title
  • "Beyond Good & Evil HD" -- Xbox 360 / PS3 title
  • "Between Good & Evil" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Brilliant. Ola Sverre Bauge (235) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Unique and a whole lotta fun. Jack Lightbeard (2653) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
An eclectic gem in the rough, marred by a few rather silly problems Andreas SJ (22) unrated
Not that good cosmo ruski (39) 2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars

The Press Says

UOL Jogos Dec 22, 2003 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Playback 2006 9.77 out of 10 98
GameZone Jan 07, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Peliplaneetta.net Feb 12, 2004 94 out of 100 94
IGN Nov 11, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Pelit Feb, 2004 90 out of 100 90
Gamesmania Dec 03, 2003 89 out of 100 89
Game Shark Jan 14, 2004 B+ 83
JeuxVideoPC.com Jun 05, 2006 16 out of 20 80
ActionTrip Dec 18, 2003 79 out of 100 79

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Beyond Good & Evil appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Jade

Jade's character design is actually based on her French voice actress Emma De Caunes.

Nietzsche

In an interview on LadyGamers.com, Tyrone Miller explains how the game relates to Nietzsche:

Many people assume that Beyond Good & Evil is a reference to the Friedrich Nietzsche book by the same name. Although you could probably make an argument – this game really has no connection to the German philosopher. As an action reporter, players need to investigate beyond the superficial facts of what is good and what is evil – which is dictated through government propaganda in the game. The player has to see what nobody else can see, what is hidden to the people of Hyllis. This theme is relevant to issues we face today – understanding the reasons behind the apparent facts.

Promotional websites

The publishers registered the websites for both the iris network (www.irisnetwork.net) and the Hyllian gov. (www.hylliannews.com) both featuring promotional material and assorted stuff.

Save games code

All the saved games in Beyond Good & Evil are marked with an "Internet Code". The purpose of this code is two-fold, first it enables you to go to the official website and check your ranking against all the other BG&E players in the world. Secondly, upon completion of the main game, you'll be able to use your saved game code on the official website and obtain instructions on how to go about obtaining missing MDisk #13 within the game.

Soundtrack

  1. In the Beginning
  2. Dancing With Domz
  3. Home Sweet Home
  4. Hyllian Suite
  5. Mammago's Garage
  6. Isle de Noir
  7. Mineshaft Madness
  8. Say Cheese, Fellas
  9. Akuda House Propaganda
  10. Ancient Chinese Secrets
  11. Don't Fear the Reaper
  12. Fear the Reaper
  13. Fun and Mini-Games
  14. Funky Bar 100
  15. When Domz Attack
  16. Slaughterhouse Scramble
  17. Sneaky Jade Suite
  18. Organic Beauty
  19. Violent Jade Suite
  20. Heart of Darkness
  21. Metal Gear Domz
  22. Something Completely Different
  23. Behind Enemy Lines
  24. Free Your Mind
  25. Thoughtful Reflections
  26. Enfants Disparus
  27. Above and Beyond
  28. Unacceptable Losses
  29. In Hot Pursuit
  30. Sins of the Father
  31. Redemption
In February 2004, Ubisoft released MP3s of Beyond Good & Evil soundtrack to NintendoInsider.com. These are still available for download, but as of April 2005, downloaders must register with the web site and go to the Members-Only Board to receive a frequently changing password.

Title

According to Michel Ancel, the game was originally to be named Between Good & Evil, but the marketing department did not like that name, so it was changed to Beyond Good & Evil.

The original title I gave the game was Between Good & Evil (see my first logo included) - which the marketing department didn’t like back then. For me, the meaning of this title is that you are always in the middle of an internal and external conflict, based on our conception of good and evil. In this game and in our world, propaganda thinks in our place; tells us these are our enemies and these are our friends. When you go beyond the appearances, you discover your own truth. That’s the theme of the game and marketing finally accepted this title, and just replaced the between by beyond, which fits better with the vast universe and story.

Awards

  • EGM
    • February 2006 (Issue #200) - #171 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time"
  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – #3 Game of the Year
    • 2003 – #2 GameCube Game of the Year
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 06/2005 - #8 Likeable Secondary Character (for Pey'j)
Information also contributed by Big John WV, Mark Ennis, Sciere, Terrence Bosky, WildKard, WindowsKiller and Zovni

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Kotario (124) added Beyond Good & Evil (Windows) on Dec 11, 2003
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