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Beyond Good & Evil HD
Beyond Good & Evil HD Hands-On Preview & HD Gameplay - Reliving a Classic
Written Friday, February 11, 2011 By Dan Webb
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If there’s one thing the PSN is beautifully set up for... it’s second chances. After all, everyone in life deserves a second chance, except whoever stole my Cadbury’s Creme Egg out of the fridge the other day. You can burn in hell for all I care... For Ubisoft and Beyond Good & Evil though, this is it. This is the second chance that the original – generally heralded as a true great many years ago – truly deserves. Truthfully though, how many resources are lavished upon and how quickly the already announced Beyond Good & Evil 2 arrives, probably hinges upon its success, so although it might seem like a second chance, it definitely feels like there’s more riding on it this time.

When it comes to the game itself, I suspect there will be two camps of people: camp A who played it many moons ago and are looking forward to the HD remake; and camp B, who missed it the first time around and will be snapping it up this time to see what all the fuss is about. Camp B, by the way, is possibly the size of Africa with a London-esque density of people. In short, not enough people bought it first time around.

If you don’t fit into either of those categories, what the hell is wrong with you? Note: there is technically only two camps of people remaining, camp C, who are those who played it and don’t want to play it again; and camp D, who are those who don’t want to play it at all – both camps should be ushered into the corner and treated like plague victims if that’s the case. Anyway, in order to cater to both camps – the non-plague infested ones, of course – I’ll try and address how it’s aged and how it stands up in HD for camp A; and for camp B, I’ll try and give a little insight into the game’s mechanics and story, and such. Not too much though... you know how we hate spoilers around here. We put them with the plague victims... which is far away from us.

Beyond Good & Evil takes place in the year 2435 on the mining planet of Hillys. Jade, a young photojournalist and our fearless protagonist, along with her boar-like uncle, Pey'j, set off on a journey to uncover the secrets of the invading alien race, the DomZ, and in doing so, uncover the conspiracy of all conspiracies. From a gameplay perspective, in a nutshell Beyond Good & Evil is an action-adventure title with a few puzzles, some third-person hack-n-slash combat, a bit of stealth and plenty of exploration mixed in.

You’ll bounce from mission to mission – racing, playing mini-games and riding around in your hovercraft in between things – working with your uncle to uncover the truth and defeat the evil forces at work. So whether you’re earning pearls to spend on upgrades for your craft, earning credits to buy goodies or snapping photos of the planet’s wildlife, one of Beyond Good & Evil’s strengths lies in its inherent variety.

The upcoming HD version of the 2003 classic though doesn’t mean the upgrades have been confined to just improved character models and detailed textures in its upgraded 1080p glory. Far from it, in fact, the remastered soundtrack is every bit as much as an improvement as the HD visuals are.

From a control standpoint, everything is as you’d expect and from what I remember of how the original handled, the differences between the versions is minimal... which is a good thing. If there is one grumble I do have, based on the code we have our hands-on at the moment, there is no option to invert the vertical axis on its own; instead, you have to invert both the vertical and the horizontal axis together as one, which is a huge pain in the ass for inverts like me. It is a pretty criminal error in this day and age of games, but it’s one that doesn’t really ruin the experience. Luckily.

I suppose the big question is; how has it aged? Well, despite its simple one-button combat and its relatively straightforward puzzles, I’d have to say it’s aged surprisingly well, which if I’m being truthful, actually surprised me quite a bit. The charm of the original though was never its gameplay – although I would argue it was probably ahead of its time – but it was the story, the sense of humour and the great voice acting and chemistry of our dynamic duo. In short, it’s aged pretty damn well.

The new HD version of Beyond Good & Evil on first inspection seems to be a great port of the 2003 classic, boasting solid high-definition visuals and a remastered soundtrack that gives the experience a new lease of life. For a game that is effectively eight-years old to still handle well and not feel totally dated is an achievement in itself. For it to look and sound the part as well, oh well that’s just an added bonus. When you talk about classic titles for each console cycle, Beyond Good & Evil definitely stands out as one of the last generation’s iconic titles and it’s pretty damn good in this generation as well. Do yourself – and everyone who wants a sequel – a favour, and when this drops for what we assume will be $9.99 - seeing as the XBLA version is that much - then pick it up, it's a steal.

Beyond Good & Evil HD is coming to the PSN sometime in the near future, for price yet annouced, although if it's on par with its Xbox Live Arcade counterpart, it should roll in at $9.99. Take this awfully nice gameplay montage to tide you over until then.




 
 

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Comment #1 by Kojiro-uchiha
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 12:00:17 PM
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What so its download only? No disc version? What an epic fail. I hate downloaded games :/ But i am part of camp a and will be making an exception for this game. Damn you Ubisoft =.=

 
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Comment #2 by ryoma45
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 12:10:56 PM
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@#1 i'm guessing there's no disc version because of what happend the first time they released it :P

I'm a fan of the game and own it still, so while a it's nice to see it finally getting the credit it deserves updated graphics do nothing for me.

Just hurry up and release a sequel, i'm fed up of re-watching the teaser trailer from years ago.

 
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Comment #3 by Drexiel
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 12:42:25 PM
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JADE!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!! =D

I'm Dying to play this again!!! =D

This will be a obligatory Plat for me, I'll pay 30$ for this game too if i have to =)

 
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Comment #4 by uplink
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 01:14:32 PM
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@#3
In with you on this obligatory plat. This game is deff in my top 3 of all time favs. And Ive been around a long time :-)

 
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Comment #5 by Jonex
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 01:51:14 PM
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Heard some good things about this game, but it looks slightly strange based on the trailer :P Remember seeing it on the shelves years ago lol.

 
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Comment #6 by weephilymcvey
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 02:30:06 PM
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Holy crap - i was literally just looking at this game on amazon thinking i wish i bought it 4 the ps2 and then i log on here - Fukin near jizzed in me pants! :p

I really hope this game has a platinum but if it doesn't, i'll live, since its going 4 so frikin cheap anyway :)

 
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Comment #7 by IAMTHEBISHOP
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 02:59:45 PM
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I still have the for the original xbox and it was an awesome game.It should have been more popular then it was. I have it on xbox disc but im still downloading it on my PS3 for the trophies and xbox360 for the achievements cause the game was that awesome

 
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Comment #8 by HappyNoodleBoi
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 03:07:52 PM
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I mean it's on psn because it wont be big enough to fully garner a bluray disc format. Its easier and faster to not lose any money plus could reach millions like marvel vs capcom 2

 
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Comment #9 by SilverGriever
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 03:47:23 PM
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@3 & @4
There is no plat. The game will have only 12 trophies. :S

 
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Comment #10 by Green LanterN E
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 04:59:59 PM
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how do you know there is no plat? I havent seen any trophy list for it yet.

 
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Comment #11 by RES666
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 06:01:22 PM
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With the amount that there is to do in this game it'll be shame if they don't give it a full range of trophies (including a Platinum) - I would guess 40-50 trophies would be my dream for this.

 
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Comment #12 by GeoMaggs
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 06:30:29 PM
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I'm guessing it'll be in the trophy range of Prince of Persia HD.

 
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Comment #13 by SilverGriever
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 07:00:04 PM
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It has 12 trophies cuz its the same exact game comming out on xbox live and it has 12 achievements, worth 200 points.

 
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Comment #14 by TKrames
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 09:09:42 PM
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@13...quoted from a thread: "Remember, some games who had 200G on Xbox had a platinum on PSN (like Worms 2)."

 
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Comment #15 by Stuffgamer1
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 09:53:36 PM
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I'm firmly in Camp A, though I'm one of the regretful ones who only bought the game used AFTER it flopped at retail. I'm not going to pass up a chance to give the creators my money for it this time!

I think it's not on disc because it's not worth a disc by itself (no PS2 game has been put on a PS3 disc alone, and I don't think they're about to start), and there's not really anything else that makes sense to pair it with. I'm perfectly okay with that, though, since I generally have no problem with downloading games anyway.

 
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Comment #16 by truehorizon
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 10:49:13 PM
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I never played this game, so it will be brand new to me.

 
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Comment #17 by Esquoret
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 04:27:48 AM
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Just curious, what is so great about this game that sets it above other third person adventures?

 
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Comment #18 by I_Shoot_Stuff
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 05:19:39 AM
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I can't wait to play this gem again. I actually pre ordered this game instead of getting all of the other hot games and thoroughly enjoyed this game.

 
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Comment #19 by Earase
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 06:40:06 AM
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@9: That would be a shame, but I'll buy it anyway.

Bought the PS2-version on day 1 back in the days and will buy the PS3-version immediately as well. This is such a fantastic game. I hope it sells really well so they can finish Beyond Good and Evil 2.

 
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Comment #20 by PoeticRealist
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 11:22:14 AM
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I was tempted to buy this when it was released for PS2 but other games were out and in the end BG&E got put on hold every time a new game came out a few months ago it was mentioned in mags about it being an underated classic and I felt a bit gutted I hadn't ever played it, then the HD remake was announced and I was convinced to buy it.

I'm now sitting here in Camp B and eagerly awaiting the release (for UK gamers I predict a pricing of £11.99) and really I think it will have a range of about 36 trophies including a platinum (like Dead Nation).

@5 don't let the look put you off, some people thought Resident Evil, Heavy Rain, Dead Rising, Enslaved, LBP & other games looked strange but they all turned out to be great games.

 
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Comment #21 by britishbird
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 12:40:04 PM
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i think ive played this game about 7 or 8 times, hav it on xbox, and ps2. definately buyin it on psn when its released!!! but seriously number 2 is way overdue, someone needs to live up to the plate and make it soon!!

 
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Comment #22 by starcrunch061
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 02:27:22 PM
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I don't think this game was underrated at all. Critics lavished praise upon it.

As for me, I thought it was a fun game, but if I recall, it was really short, which was a bit of a disappointment. I won't be buying the rehash, as I already gave the creators money for this once. I might get the sequel, though.

 
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Comment #23 by BlakeyBlake999
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 07:04:41 PM
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Awww my sister bought this aaaages ago, never played it though :/ looks like illl be buying it :D

 
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Comment #24 by Stuffgamer1
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 10:14:54 PM
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@starcrunch061: Yeah, it underSOLD, but the critics did love it. The Metacritic's still at 86 (PS2) and 87 (GCN/Xbox); not the best ever of course, but far too high to have sold so poorly.

I do agree it's too short, not because it's a really, REALLY short game (should take at least ten hours for a 100% playthrough), but because it's so good it leaves you wanting more.

I hope not too many people take your approach on buying this, though. In the past, sequels to some games have been skipped because the remakes didn't sell well enough due to people who'd already played it not bothering. Though I suppose the fact that Camp B is so much larger than the number who've already played it period should make this a moot point this time...hopefully.

 
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Comment #25 by BorderlandMaster
Sunday, February 13, 2011 @ 12:58:37 PM
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Looks Awesome (Y)

 
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Comment #26 by RES666
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 @ 10:46:39 AM
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Damn PSN! Xbox gets it on the 3rd and we still have no date for PSN! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
Rumours so far are the 30th March... or 'sometime in 2011'!!! Damn 'n' Blast!!!


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Developer:
Ubisoft Shanghai
Publisher:
Ubisoft
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Release:

US June 28, 2011
Europe June 08, 2011

Players: 1
ESRB: Teen
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