Beyond Good And Evil 20th Anniversary Edition Review (Uplay/PC)

Beyond Good And Evil 20th Anniversary Edition Review, 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. Embark on this epic adventure in up to 4K 60 fps with improved graphics and audio, a new speedrun mode, updated achievements, and an exclusive anniversary gallery.

Beyond Good And Evil 20th Anniversary Edition Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • Download size.
  • Uplay achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Ubisoft Connect integration housing rewards, challenges, and achievements.
  • Graphics settings – graphics quality preset, texture quality, anti-aliasing, shadow quality, SSAO, and bloom.
  • Camera settings – Invert axis and sensitivity sliders and you can change each individual one for – Jade, Hovercraft, Spaceship, and photo mode.
  • Two control scheme layouts – original or new.
  • Display settings – monitor, and resolution.
  • How to play the menu with text images for combat, vehicle, SAC, camera, and items.
  • Bonus speed run mode.
  • The anniversary gallery gives concept art, bonus videos, and some extra little snippets.
  • Local and optional online save choices.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • The cutscenes seamlessly transition into gameplay and vice versa.
  • Basic tutorial-style pop-ups.
  • 3rd person view.
  • A full 3D world with 360-degree camera control.
  • Multiple choice encounters.
  • Fast loading times.
  • You can skip cutscenes and fast-forward conversations.
  • Excellent voice work.
  • Memorable cast of characters.
  • When getting new tools or items you can view them in 3D and get handy tips on how to use them.
  • Photos are the crux of the game as you gather evidence, you earn credits for your images.
  • Luckily when entering photo mode the cursor will highlight the objective and help you in taking good pictures.
  • Heart-based life system, you can eat food to replenish your heart and find more heart containers.
  • A great looking world.
  • The map also shows objectives for areas and it’s all very easy to understand.
  • A special disc allows you to save at computer terminals.
  • Puzzle elements throughout.
  • Photo-taking starts to feel almost like a Pokemon you gotta catch them a
  • When using a vehicle you get a compass showing your objective and you can drive in first or third person view.
  • Feels nostalgic.
  • Credits let you buy basic upgrades and items, higher-end items require the harder-to-find pearls currency.
  • Big boss encounters.
  • You have handy bars that fill in with collected pearls, photos, etc.
  • The game does many genres from a shooter to puzzles, to action.
  • Take part in hovercraft races to earn pearls and credits. In the races, you can use boosts and shoot.
  • you don’t get games like this anymore which is a shame as the pacing and general gameplay loop is really refreshing and rewarding.

Beyond Good And Evil 20th Anniversary Edition Review Cons:

  • Cannot remap the controls.
  • The concept art is very bare-bones and not that exciting.
  • Bad camera angles especially in the small area fights.
  • Doesn’t have a camera setting for how close the camera can get or not get.
  • Jade looks really wooden and shows no emotion in the face.
  • Saving is slow and clunky.
  • Interactive elements are not distinguished so you kind of have to press interact all over the place or just guess.
  • Cannot always skip interactions or item scans.
  • When in photo mode you cannot move around and are stuck in place.

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Beyond Good And Evil 20th Anniversary Edition:

Official website.

Developer: Virtuos, Ubisoft Montpellier

Publisher: Ubisoft

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Uplay

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

The Good:

The remastered edition of Beyond Good & Evil brings several improvements. First, the graphics receive a decent upgrade, enhancing textures and shadows. The game offers full controller support, and Ubisoft Connect integration provides rewards, challenges, and achievements. Players can customize graphics settings, camera controls, and display options. The tutorial-style pop-ups help ease players into the game, and the seamless transition between cutscenes and gameplay enhances immersion. The voice work and memorable cast of characters contribute to the overall experience. Additionally, the photo-taking mechanics, heart-based life system, and hovercraft races add depth and variety.

The Bad:

Despite its strengths, the game has some drawbacks. Players cannot remap controls, which may be frustrating for those accustomed to custom keybindings. The concept art in the anniversary gallery is underwhelming. Camera angles can be problematic, especially in confined spaces. Additionally, the lack of a camera setting for adjusting proximity affects gameplay. Jade’s wooden expression and lack of emotion detract from the narrative. Saving is slow and clunky, and interactive elements are not always clearly distinguished. Finally, photo mode restricts movement, limiting its usability.

Overall, Beyond Good & Evil 20th Anniversary Edition offers nostalgic gameplay with refreshing mechanics, but it falls short in certain areas. It is a game that if you haven’t played before, need to make time for as it comes from a genre and playstyle we don’t see too often now a day, Returning players will love the extras and better playability.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!