Beyond Good & Evil

Reviewed by Syrsly on May 05, 2012
Rating
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4/5
(Great!)
Game Overview
Release Date:
November 19, 2003
Platform Reviewed:
Personal Computer
Platforms Available:
Windows
Playstation 2
Xbox 360
Requirements: 
700 MHz Pentium® III, Celeron®, or AMD Athlon™ (1 GHz recommended) processor. DirectX 9 graphics support. Controller recommended.

Ubisoft has a few gems under their belt. However, one of their hidden gems, a game you probably have not noticed, is Beyond Good & Evil.

The game is a mix of genres. The result is a unique blend of platformer, third-person/first-person RPG, hack-and-slash (Zelda-style), and even adventure.

The platformer portions of the game are very limited in scope and feel more like a point-and-click adventure due to the lack of importance when it comes to jumping. There is not any challenge to the platformer elements, but they do offer some nice distraction from the adventure and RPG elements.

The adventure elements I am referring to are the main points of the game, the story. Your primary goal is to talk to key characters throughout the world. Every now and then, you will receive a quest or mission to photograph something or collect an item in order to progress in the story. The photography element feels like a first-person shooter but only lasts for seconds at a time, until you get a decent photo.

The RPG elements are also limited in scope. However, the mixture of genres melds together to form a brilliant storytelling effort with brief but fun gameplay moments.

The game is probably best played on a console, but it works well on my computer with a gamepad. I would not recommend using the traditional mouse and keyboard controls. The game is designed for a console.

PC When we refer to PC, we mean personal computers, so be sure you read what operating systems support this game. Currently, we review games for Mac, Windows, Linux, and DOS.

Another thing to look for when browsing PC games is the system requirements. There are really 4 things you need to worry about: RAM or memory, processor, video card, and finally, the hard drive space. Memory can be upgraded fairly easily, and it shouldn't cost much. We recommend having at least 1GB memory, 2GB if possible. Your processor needs to be fairly modern, and a Pentium 4 probably won't cut it. We recommend a 1.8Ghz Core 2 Duo or better. Your video card should support DirectX 9 (or higher) and have a minimum of 256mb memory attached to it. We recommend 512mb or greater. Hard drive space is subjective, but we recommend having a fairly large amount of space. You could settle for as little as 40gb and be able to play most games, but we recommend having 80gb or more space to make sure you have room for multiple games at once. Most PC games don't run straight from their disc. They usually require an install process, and most modern games require around 8gb of free space to install.

PC controller PCs are the ultimate game console, because they can be upgraded, and they will never go out of style. PCs can also play most old game systems through emulators, so if you lose your Playstation, you can just play your games on your PC. You can also play classic arcade titles and have infinite coins!

A lot of people complain about having to use a mouse and keyboard to play PC games. This isn't a requirement, fortunately, and we have what we call gamepads or joypads. Yes, we can use game controllers! We can even use Xbox controllers! That said, it's not as plug-and-play as a game console, and some games simply will not work with your joypad. Fortunately, Steam tells you if games support controllers, and if your favorite game doesn't support them, you can map the controllers to keyboard and mouse controls.

Just be careful when buying PC games. Read reviews carefully. If a game gets a 1/5, don't buy it. If your PC is a cheapie, don't expect modern 3d games to work. Read the system requirements very carefully. If you don't know anything about your system, you can find help in the PC Stuff forum.
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