Beyond Good & Evil HD IS OUT RIGHT NOW
When Ubisoft’s Beyond Good & Evil was released in 2003, it should have been huge. Masterminded by Michel Ancel, the French badass who also blessed the world with the Rayman series, and also being incredible, it’s a bit surprising that it didn’t at least compete with the Ratchet and Clank series in terms of sales and beloved, er, ness. Sadly, the whimsical, hard to classify action game about a puzzle-solving, orphanage-owning photojournalist on an alien planet, with a porcine humanoid uncle and… space alien police officers, just didn’t click with gamers in 2003; I blame Janet Jackson’s nipple from the 2004 Superbowl retroactively affecting events in the past1.
Ultimately, it was embraced by the same kind of people who
think know that Scott Walker is God2, and only by them. Fortunately, just like how Scott Walker type music fans usually end up becoming music writers, gamer-snobs and gaming critics loved this game. It’s since joined underrated classics like Eternal Darkness and Psychonauts in video gaming’s emerging indie-rock pantheon, which isn’t a bad fate, not really. Of course, what we want is for the sequel to happen, but that means money, dear boy; the fact that not a lot of us spent any the first time around might have something to do with the iffy, developementally hellified status of BG&E2.
Well gamers, now’s your chance to make up for the criminal negligence you showed back in 2003. Today, right now, you can download Beyond Good & Evil HD, a remastered version of the game with updated textures, character models, achievments and so on. Here’s the trailer:
I can think of few games from that era – the Ratchet and Clank series being among them – that still stick with me the way beyond Good & Evil does. It’s an original take on platform/puzzlers/action games, and now that it’s cheaply available for download, it’s definitely worth a lingering, protracted second look. Go. Now. Get it.
1) I also blame her nipple for the success of The Strokes.
2) Guilty as charged.