Beyond Good and Evil is a true adventure game in the style of Legend of Zelda or Metroid, in which you must explore dungeons to collect various stuff and complete various objectives, all the while also collecting extra hearts for your health meter and extra gadgets which allow you to access new areas. Overall, I enjoyed playing it, but it is far from perfect, and I was frankly expecting more based on its high Gamefly rating and reputation as a hidden gem.
1. The game just plays well and is made with care. The controls are intuitive, the maps are useful, the objectives (while sometimes set up as puzzles) are all doable without consulting a strategy guide or other resource. Playing this game made me appreciate how bad things like camera control, menu setup, item usage, and all the other minor features are in many 3D 3rd person games.
2. I also enjoyed the setting and the setup for the plot. The game is set in a futuristic world in which aliens are invading the planet, and you get tied up in the whole political situation that causes. This story gave me a lot more motivation to play than Zelda's typical "the princess has been captured" motif straight out of the 80s.
1. I found the game to be too short and too easy. There's nothing wrong with this per se, but it's not challenging enough to be considered a gem, in my opinion, and it's a defininite "rent."
2. The story has a good setup, but poor execution. Don't expect to be enthralled by a story with lots of interesting twists and turns. Once you get the basic gist of it, that's pretty much it. The ending was also disappointing.
1. I was surprised that, unlike Zelda or Metroid, the game emphasizes stealth and sneaking past enemies (almost like Hitman) more than fighting. Don't expect too much beat 'em up action.
2. Also, I feel compelled to say that the world of the game is very small. This is nice for getting to your objectives quickly, but the game is not very epic.
too many cut scenes. game play is atrocious. hard to move around, all you can do is press A to attack. the puzzles are redundant. enemies all attack in the same manner. quit playing after about hr and a half. people say this plays like zelda.... just really poorly. feels like its meant for kids who never played a videogame before. in the little time i played the game. the only thing i like about it was the how easy it was. if it was hard i would give this game a 2. do not understand how its called a hidden gem. ive seen n64 with better graphics and gameplay.
this is a great game. to some it up, its metal gear staring a lady, with pokemon snap on the side. you sneak around and find out sercrets that the government isnt telling you. a good point is that you can get money at any time by taking pictures of different animals. this add another layer to this game. but unlike an onion, it doesnt stink after a while.
the turning point for me:
when a limosine driven by what looks like an AIG CEO drives up to you, and parks, and out of the back drives a taxi?!?!? yes!!!!!