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Just In Time: Beyond Good & Evil

An opening scene in the game. Still gorgeous.

In my effort to continue whittling down my backlog, I finally tackled a game my feminist friends have been praising for quite some time: Beyond Good and Evil. It's hard not to see why Jade often makes an appearance in top female game characters, as she truly does embody a full package, and does not seem to be pandering to any one goal. Then there's the gameplay.

While I had minor quibbles concerning the last boss, I was more than pleased with the rest of the package (which I'd attempted before, but managed to get distracted--a refrain you'll often read from these fingers). Michel Ancel and his team really did a wonderful job creating a world that I wanted to explore, and it was incredibly gorgeous, regardless of its age. While many liken it to a Zelda clone, , it felt different enough, and compact enough, that I could see the similarities, but didn't feel it borrowed too heavily.

Why the title above, Just In Time, then? Because the game is being released again on both PSN and XBLA soon. We've mentioned the HD package before, and the newest trailer confirms that the graphics have not been touched up so much as the resolution has been expanded; personally, something I enjoy, as the original graphics still looked fine to me.

Considering it is a game from a console generation before, and one that was vastly overlooked then, I figured I'd bring it up again, especially as Microsoft is soon having what it calls an 'Xbox Live Arcade House Party,' where this game will be released. That whole shebang will start February 16--still waiting on further news about the PSN release. Having played the PC port, which was a little less than stellar (actually, riddled with problems), it's certainly something I will consider purchasing again.

Now to patiently wait and see if the 'on hold' sequel ever makes any more progress.

5 Comments

Nexus said:

Still need to continue this one day.

As for the PSN/XBLA version. Slightly improved graphics don't do anything for me.
Unless there's been a huge graphical overhaul the likes of say FF3 on the DS, I generally just play the original version of a game.
If I already own that version of course.

raindog469 said:

We bought this game on both the Gamecube and PS2, so we could both play it at once... until we got to the parts where it's just stealth, stealth and more stealth. Neither of us ever finished it.

Been hoping that they'd make a sequel where that was fixed, because what we saw of the rest of it was amazing.

Caracticus said:

After hearing so much praise for this game, I picked it up for PC and started playing... but just couldn't get into it. Is it "that bad" on the PC or "that good" on the console that I should consider the console port over the PC version?

Was A Cactus said:

I imagine that the sequel's future is heavily dependent on how this title fares. If this release is well-received, I wouldn't be surprised if they commence with the sequel as an XBL/PSN title.

Jarod said:

This was an awesome game. If you havent already played it Id advise waiting till the PSN version comes out to finally play it. It was way ahead of its time when it came out in 2003 and even today is one of the best games. I hope they ad some new sidequests and creatures to photpgraph in the PSN version. And I have to imagine gay gamers will love this

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