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Beyond Good & Evil HD: “2nd Times A Charm” – Review

We, at Gamer Reaction love Beyond Good & Evil. Like, really love this game. So much that we dedicated a segment to it:

But anyway, that’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the HD remastering of the award-winning action-adventure game from Ubisoft. We already know that Beyond Good & Evil HD will be awesome. We know that already. So the point of this article is simply to try and convert you non-believers that BG&E is awesome and you need to buy it– now. OBEY OR PERISH!

I remembered going to my local Gamestop and trying to find a game that would fill in the dry spell before the big game that I was waiting for. I picked it up, asked the dude at the counter, and he said had no knowlege of the game. I happened to have Alex with me who, at the time, was also loyal employee of Gamestop and he didn’t know anything about it either. The cover attracted me and so I purchased it.

I fell in love with it when I heard the music. It’s one of the few games that Alex actually sat down and watched me play– and Alex DOES NOT like watching other people play video games. The story and characters were awesome. I loved everything about this game.

So imagine my surprise when I read that the game was getting a touch up in graphics and music AND it was being re-released for X-Box Live. I was so excited because I had lost my copy at some point moving from Manhattan to Queens several years ago. This remastering is a perfect opportunity for me to re-play one of my favorite games.

You play as Jade, she’s an investigative reporter whose trying to expose a terrible government conspiracy. Jade is armed with a camera, a dai-jo staff, and unparalleled braver. It’s your job to save your planet and its inhabitants. She sneaks and fights and occasionally has a friend help her out.  Jade is joined by Pey’j, her uncle – a giant, talking man-pig with a gruff — but lovable, southern accent.

What makes Beyond Good and Evil a memorable game is how fleshed out the secondary characters are. The world is fully imagined. You really feel like you’ve been picked up and placed in a world that has a full history with people who have had relationships and have known each other all their lives. Jade is one of the few female video game characters that I can think of who is sexy; not because of her looks but because of her actions. Seriously, this girl kicks butt on so many levels. She’s smart, brave, clever, maternal, and she looks like a real person instead of the normal big breasted, skinny, female protagonists that we’re used to.

The gameplay is pretty cool. You sneak your way around warehouses and inside caves. You’ll shimmy around ledges, jump through lazers, avoid shooting robots, push crates to get to a different parts of the level. The game is not without its flaws, of course: the camera is still a bit of a pain but isn’t impossible to get thorough. Un-skippable cut-scenes can be annoying sometimes since all you want to do is go back to fighting the big boss and move on.

One of the coolest parts of the game (much like Bioshock and Dead Rising), is the picture taking ability. The world of Beyond Good & Evil is full of cute critters and scary monsters that you have to take pictures of. Every picture you snap earns you money for upgrades. I personally get a huge rush when a monster appears and I have to find the perfect angle to get a good picture of it before it shoots you with killer radioactive balls.

Long story short (because I feel like I’ve gushed about this game waaay too much), this is a great game. You should totally get it.  What are you waiting for!  Get it now! If enough people buy this game we may get a sequel.

Beyond Good and Evil HD currently  available on Xbox Live and will be coming to the PSN in May.

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  1. One of the coolest parts of the game (much like Bioshock and Dead Rising), is the picture taking ability. The world of Beyond Good & Evil

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