Beyond Good And Evil was first released way back in 2003. It had a lot of critics raving and was one of Ubisoft's finest titles on the last gen consoles. If you never got around to playing it then now's your chance to see what you missed. It's had a total overhaul with improved textures in glourius HD and added achievements.
I remember playing the game when it was first released. Replaying it had brought back so many good memories and seeing it in high definition was a delight. Even though I played it many times before I still enjoyed playing it again. For a game that's over seven years old, it's remastered rather well. If you didn't play it though you might not think anything of the graphics, but this was a 2003 game after all.
You play as Jade, a photo journalist who is trying to uncover the truth of a alien conspiracy that attacked there planet "Hilly's". There's also a mystery organization called the Alpha Sections who seem to be friendly? On your journey you travel with your cousin "Pey'J", who happens to be a pig.
A section of the game involves you to take photos of animals that you discover through your journey. Taking photos will store them to your film and when it's full you are rewarded a pearl. These can also be found lying around and from dead creatures. Pearls act as currency to purchase more health bars, vehicle upgrades, repairs etc.
Your objetcives also involve using the camera. You will be sent to certain places to get evidence needed to stop the alien breed, but photography is only a small portion of the game. For the rest of the time you will be in combat situations, puzzles and stealth sections which all break up nicely to keep the game in flow.
The combat runs smooth and flows extremely well together when fighting multiple enemies. The only trouble I had was with the camera angles. Being in certain areas where tricky as i had to constantly rotate the camera to get a good view point for attacking. It only happened a couple of times and isn't a big concern.
Beyond Good And Evil HD is a remastered masterpiece that brings back one of Ubisoft's greatest classics from the last generation. If you missed a chance to play BGAE this is definitely worth picking up for 800MP. Even if you owned the game back in it's day, this is still worth a purchase for reliving memories and getting ready for the sequel .
Review by Gareth Smith