here’s far more to this game than I have room to discuss, and that’s initially confusing. With no real introduction, this title thrust me into the unfamiliar world of Hyllis, a planet in the midst of a war with an alien species. I was completely in the dark about the planet and the characters, including my own. But the more I played, the more I learned about the story and was drawn into the strange world.
This complex plot unfolds almost entirely through character interaction; traditional cutscenes are all but nonexistent. Dialogue and story elements are integrated completely into gameplay, creating a smooth experience unlike any other game I have ever seen. Imagine playing an epic RPG that never pauses to load a cinema scene and you’ll get the idea.
Every moment of Beyond Good and Evil looks as good as a traditional RPG cutscene. Thanks to its flexible graphics engine, environmental effects are staggering and character animations are amazing. So why didn’t it score higher? Well, gameplay might be a tad simplistic for some people – combat exclusively involves the A button. More importantly, this game is just plain weird. That’s never a bad thing, but it took me a long time to figure out my feelings about this title. I’m sure many people will feel the same way, so I can’t say it’s the right game for everyone. But it is, without a doubt, one of the most unique.