Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier Studios and published by Ubisoft Entertainment SA, Beyond Good and Evil, from Michel Ancel (the renowned creator of Rayman) was released on December 10, 2003. It is one of the rarest and most under-appreciated "Gamecube" Games ever made. With an interesting premise, surprisingly deep and subtle story, stylish design, top notch graphics, outstanding presentation, and brilliant blend of multiple genres, it is easily one of the best games ever made for GameCube. The scenario is that far into the future there is a planet named Hillys, which is being attacked by an Alien called DomZ, who is kidnapping it's citizens. To make matters worse, there is the rumor of a government conspiracy within Alpha Section, which is supposed to be protecting the citizenry. The highly secretive Rebel organization IRIS uses the media to try and expose this corruption. And after a young brunette freelance Photo-journalist named Jade experiences first-hand an attack, she is recruited by the rogue news network, IRIS. In Beyond Good and Evil you control the young journalist, with her Pin/human uncle, Pey'j and companion Double H., in their mission to infiltrate the corrupt Alpha Section and expose the government conspiracy. Jade will utilize martial arts, stealth, brains and cunning to collect photographic evidence. A lot of the game is based on solving puzzles and stealth, but Jade must explore the large expanse of a water-covered world by hovercraft. You can experience total game freedom of movement and explore this unique world as you travel by foot, hovercraft and spaceship through bustling futuristic cities and stunning landscapes. Jade can interact with merchants hawking their wares, and go to a variety of islands where she can earn money. And as this emotional story progresses, you are inextricably and emotionally drawn into the game.
Indeed, the greatest thing about this game is the unique, deep and intriguing story line that always surrounds Jade's quest, which is jammed full of interesting twists and turns. It even manages to effectively deal with some social issues along the way as you are bound to find out if Jade can ultimately handle the truth that she is seeking. You will find elements of shooting, racing, fighting, and platform action. This stylized and beautifully designed action-adventure plays somewhat like a Zelda game, and is just as interesting and absorbing. A hidden treasure trove of fun and vicarious emotion. And yes, you will see and fell Jade's emotion very effectively throughout the game. And if that wasn't enough, the audio and video is top notch also! Warnings: Animated Violence and Comic Mischief. Also called BGAE.
Review by NesMan (NeS GaMeR)