Excerpt: By Gary Kearney Well those wacky French are at it again! First they give gamers a limbless little oddball buy the name of Rayman. Even odder than the main character having no arms or legs is that the games were pretty darn good. Now they’re throwing a new game at us, Beyond Good and Evil, with several different genres mixed together while actually having the nerve to also include an interesting, if not a slightly flawed, story.
Excerpt: It's always a shame to see a game like this get passed up for the next instalment in the Final Fantasy series. Or, as I like to say; ''Pretty boy and his pretty friends defeat overly pretty villain''. When pieces of gaming art like Beyond Good and Evil are passed up for the next in a line of cookie-cutter RPG's it makes me weep for the future.
Excerpt: is one of the most enjoyable games I've played in a long time. It's basically an Action/Adventure game with some stealth elements thrown into the mix, which has earned a great deal of critical acclaim among gamers. Perhaps poor timing was to blame (in other words, the game was overshadowed by other more popular games at the initial time of its release), but
Excerpt: I really love to get a little surprised by the games I play, and although that is hard to achieve in my field of work - since it is my job to stay informed on almost every game out there at all times - there are still games that positively surprise me every once in a while... If I perhaps heard of them, but didn’t expect them to be this good. Beyond Good and Evil is one hell of an example for this...
Excerpt: Yet, even while more game designers aspire to be the Jean Renoir or Orson Welles of their industry, game critics tend to use the descriptor "movie-like" as a backhanded compliment to describe games that focus on dramatic camera angles, story, graphics, and plot to the exclusion of gameplay.
Excerpt: In just over a year, Ubi Soft has turned into one of the better development studios out there, with the Tom Clancy series of games and now with Beyond Good & Evil, one of the most enjoyable games I have played in a long time. A game that seemed to have slipped under the radar of the gaming population, perhaps due to the female protagonist, or the tale of government conspiracy which in this day and age isn�t taken lightly.
Excerpt: I think you should all go play Beyond Good & Evil right damn now. I realize that this is a violation of unspoken principles. I am supposed to tell you about this game, and ease you into the idea that it's worth your money and time in a gradual and entertaining fashion. But I am not in the mood to be subtle. Go play it. Seriously. It is an adventure game, featuring the blend of other genres that is best characterized as "adventure.
Excerpt: I realize that this is a violation of unspoken principles. I am supposed to tell you about this game, and ease you into the idea that it's worth your money and time in a gradual and entertaining fashion. But I am not in the mood to be subtle.
I think you should all go play Beyond Good & Evil right damn now.
Conclusion: The characters are typically weird but charming (you'll even find some of the enemies and the amusing way you dispatch them endearing). There are a few sub games (including racing) and although BG&E isn't the exactly the longest game in the world, once finished you seem to have done an awful lot, and will have enjoyed the journey immensely.
Pros: Huge, non-linear play area., Endearing, likeable characters that you actually care about., Excitement without blood, gore and guts., Clever use of the camera., Many different styles of play in one game, all beautifully integrated., Clever level design and puzzles.
Cons: May be too easy and simplistic for 'hardcore' platform game fans. Hyllis is huge, but could have been, .
Conclusion: Beyond Good & Evil kann in vielen Bereichen überzeugen. Da wäre nicht nur die nahezu perfekte Atmosphäre. Auch die genialen Levels, die guten Charaktere, eine sehr gute Lokalisierung, das abwechslungsreiche Gameplay und die vielen Sidequest sorgen dafür das jeder sich stundenlang in dem Spiel wohl fühlen wird. Technisch sieht das Spiel ebenfalls gut aus. Eine makellose Optik ist genauso vorhanden wie ein guter Sound und eine spielerfreundliche Steuerung.