Review: Beyond Good & Evil – 20th Anniversary Edition

Welcome to our review of Beyond Good and Evil, a game from many years ago that got a brand new remaster and they kept it as close to the original as possible!

Armed with her precious daï-jo fighting stick and faithful camera, Jade’s adventure will get you to freely explore Hillys, combat creatures large and small, infiltrate dangerous areas, solve enigmatic puzzles, play addictive mini-games, race the best hovercraft pilots, and take pictures of the whole experience.

Rediscover the Award-Winning Adventure: Swoop into the marvelous world of Hillys as action-reporter Jade to investigate the mysterious DomZ alien attacks alongside colorful characters, like her adoptive uncle Pey’j or the valiant Double H.

On the Hunt for Treasure. Enjoy exclusive new rewards as you explore the planet and discover more about Jade’s past in a new treasure hunt throughout Hillys. Dive into History: Put your skills to the test thanks to the new speedrun mode and updated achievements, and learn more about the game’s development and secrets in the anniversary gallery! Be ready to experience a trailblazing blend of action gameplay and thrilling emotional cutscenes!

In this anniversary edition game, actually the one thing that really stands out, is how true to the original Ubisoft has kept things and I have to admit, I loved the GameCube era but I sure forgot how “limited” gameplay could be with just a handful of buttons instead of the button abundance we have on current consoles. While nothing wrong with too many buttons, there is something to be said about going back.

 

 

Where this remake basically excels, is how simplistic so many mechanics were made possible even back in the days. Jade can perform all sorts of actions and her versatility is what makes the puzzles so much fun. As easy as they may be, just need to keep your eyes open. Like the time you will be in the mines, you already learnt by that time how to push something, so once you finish that, as long as you keep your eyes open, you will see the next path appear. A lot of times, the game is really that easy.

Another thing that did age gracefully are the fighting mechanics. Again the need to say they are pretty basic, yet that is the appeal of them moves. I would say in general, Ubisoft did a great job of keeping its original charm. Though it must be said, in a period with the new Luigi’s Mansion for Switch and the Elden Ring DLC, it may face a tough fight to get your attention, but let me try to convince you to really try this one too.

Beyond Good and Evil is one of those timeless classics and with its updated graphics, it can only be described as a relic of the GameCube era but it holds up. It really does, sure, you could make a point about some things not being woke enough, but fudge that. I am incredibly happy the story was kept original and not butchered in a way that Disney has made their selling point for Star Wars. No, Beyond Good and Evil is really no game to ignore.

In conclusion, Beyond Good and Evil is one of those games that I consider a must play title, it is just that much of a classic.

9/10

Tested on Xbox Series X

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