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PS3 Attitude’s 20 Days of PSN: #8 – Beyond Good & Evil HD

Submitted by on Tuesday, 13 September 2011One Comment

If you were a fan of action/adventure or platformer games on the PS2, the chances are you played Jak & Daxter and Ratchet & Clank. However, one game you probably didn’t play was 2003’s Beyond Good & Evil, which despite being very well received by critics, was a commercial failure.

Luckily, Ubisoft has given all of us who missed it the first time around a second chance to experience it, in the form of Beyond Good & Evil HD, which features updated visuals and PSN trophies, and is available for a ridiculously low price.

Read on to find out why Beyond Good & Evil HD is #8 in our Top 20 PSN titles…

In Beyond Good & Evil, you play as Jade, a photojournalist who lives with her half-pig Uncle Pey’j in the fictional world of Hillys, which is in the middle of a war with an evil alien race called the DomZ. Struggling for money, at the start of the game Jade gets an intriguing job offer that she cannot refuse.

From there, Jade embarks on a grand adventure throughout Hillys and beyond, visiting many interesting environments in the process. The team at Ubisoft Shanghai has done a great job with the port, keeping the original game’s charm, but giving everything an HD sheen.

It’s not quite perfect though, as unfortunately some of the shortcomings of Beyond Good & Evil’s last-gen roots are also present in its HD incarnation, such as an occasionally awkward camera, a lack of an autosave feature, and no lip-synching outside of cutscenes.

However, Beyond Good & Evil HD places so highly on our countdown because, despite being an eight-year-old game, overall it still holds up incredibly well today, even when compared to more recent games in the action/adventure genre.

Part of the reason for this is that it was way ahead of its time in certain aspects of gameplay and presentation, such as its cinematic visual style, its inventory wheel, its photo-taking mechanic, and the fluidity of Jade’s movement in combat.

Furthermore, although it’s a single-player game, Jade is almost always accompanied by a second character, who she’ll need in order to solve certain puzzles and get past obstacles. This co-op aspect to gameplay has been emulated in later games, such as Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.

Beyond Good & Evil HD should also be commended for its wide range of gameplay. As well as standard platforming and combat, you can also race in Jade’s trusty hovercraft, play a myriad of minigames, discover collectibles that are actually fun to search for, and much, much more.

Eight years ago, all of this would have cost you $60, but now Beyond Good & Evil HD is available on PSN for just $10. With around ten hours of content, that price really is a bargain, whether you’re yet to experience this underrated gem, or have fond memories of playing it last generation.

#8 in our 20 Days of PSN goes to Beyond Good & Evil HD.

Return to PS3 Attitude every day to discover the rest of our twenty favourite PSN games. Can you guess what #1 will be?