A Great Experience
With all the time I've had due to the ongoing pandemic, I thought I would write a brief review for Beyond Good and Evil. A game I purchased from Lukie nearly two years ago and so while my memory may be a bit faint on some details, the vibrant and immersive world I was thrown into has always remained memorable.
If you're interested in purchasing and playing Beyond Good and Evil for yourself, please stop reading this review any further, as I'll be discussing particular mechanics, characters and parts of the story, which I feel is the most enjoyable with no foreknowledge.
On the planet Hillys, you play as Jade and along with her uncle Peyj' the two of you take care of orphans. Who throughout the game will have constant changes in dialogue based on your progress; and while the orphans don't play an integral part in developing the story, they, alongside many of the other NPCs allow for Hillys to feel more like a breathing planet, at least as much as is possible with the available hardware.
Additionally Beyond Good and Evil is an action-based stealth platformer, something that was during its time a bit bizarre and is an oddity today; as most games of its time often focused on one genre. And though it has each of these genres, it rarely feels as if it stretches itself thin attempting to be more than one thing at a time.
The story is always constant and most of the things you do will progress the narrative, with little time to breath. However I never felt this was a problem, as the game leaves various outlets for the player to relax on their own time.
When I first played Beyond Good and Evil, I was still trying to accept that apart of what made me so happy, made me smile and laugh was gone. And so when 'Home Sweet Home' played as the credits rolled and my journey was over, there was a pensive sadness and nostalgia, it was sentimental. A journey which for a dozen or so hours helped with forgetting the many things I didn't want to remember or feel again. So...if you're thinking of picking this game up, go for it, you likely won't have the same experiences or enjoyment as myself, but that'll mostly be a result of having a different perspective and being at a different time in your life than myself when I played. I hope you'll enjoy Beyond Good and Evil for everything it has to offer and remember to 'adjust the beat'!
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Joshua Reed from CA on 4/29/2020