Platform: GC, PC, PS2, XB

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Ubi Soft

Developer: Ubi Soft

ETA: November 2003

 

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Beyond Good & Evil

 

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Above: Playstation 2 Screens

 

For some reason, when I first read about this game, the old phrase from The X-Files, “The truth is out there” sprang to my mind.  No, this game doesn’t star a redheaded doctor with a flair for forensic science and an unwavering level of steadfast skepticism, nor does it feature a conspiracy theorist who believes in aliens and has an insatiable appetite for porn.  What this game does have that reminds me of the X-Files is a main character who is out to discover the truth.

 

 

In Ubi Soft’s latest foray into stealth-based gaming, the planet Hyllis has been under attack by aggressive alien invaders, where one of its residents, Jade, is fighting tooth and nail to defend the island on which she lives.  Eventually Jade collapses from exhaustion in her struggle and is assaulted by unusual visions.  When she comes to, the planet’s government insists that everything is now under control, but Jade remains skeptical.  Eventually she comes into contact with an underground resistance that confirms her suspicions that everything is anything but smiles and sunshine like the government would like the population to believe.

 

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Above: PC Screens

 

Now Jade must grab her camera and aikido staff as she becomes an intergalactic gumshoe out to discover the what the government is really up to.

 

Features:

 

FLUID GAMING EXPERIENCE: Enter a riveting new era of gaming, where diverse gameplay styles blend into one uniquely fluid and immersive experience.

 

POWERED BY THE INNOVATIVE JADE GAME ENGINE, built especially for Beyond Good & Evil to exploit a boundless quest with diverse gameplay and freedom of movement.

 

AN EPIC STORY OF TRUTH & DECEPTION: Plunge into a mysterious, gripping saga where nothing is as it seems and unraveling the truth is the only hope of restoring freedom.

 

LEAD THE REBELLION: Fight using stealth, force, and wits against the only reality you have ever known. You must stop at nothing until the perpetrators are exposed.

 

BOUNDLESS, AWE-INSPIRING WORLDS: Journey through the reaches of a strange and ever-changing universe – a place beyond earthly imagination that spans the galaxy and mines the very soul of Jade herself.

 

FROM THE CREATOR OF THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED RAYMAN FRANCHISE: Created by Michel Ancel, Project BG&E is his latest masterpiece – a title in development for the past 3 years.

 

- Mr. Nash

(October 18, 2003)