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Beyond Good and Evil HD screens arrive. Squint and pretend part 2 is here

Beyond Good and Evil 2 might be in an indefinite holding pattern at the moment as Michel Ancel toils his little heart out to make it 'perfect' for us (Gawd bless 'im) but as with most traumas in life, the pain of waiting for it can be remedied with a few healthy layers of self-delusion. And that's where these beautiful new screens from Ubisoft's upcoming HD remake of the original game come in. 

Upscaled to 1080P, and pimped out with sharper textures and whole bunch of other tweaking and digi-preening that we won't try to explain for fear of having to make things up, they're a perfect way to convince yourself that you actually have a proper current-gen BG&E game wile you wait for a genuine one to turn up. You know, like the way you convince yourself that a closing-time rebound looks just like your ex through a blurred veil of whiskey tears. Let the glorious denial commence!

Desperate denials of deep-seated emotional pain aside though, BG&EHD is very very pretty indeed. In fact this cleaned up version is a great reminder of how fresh and vibrant the original game's production design really was. Personally I can't wait to give it another play through. How's about you? Looking forward to the new and improved version, or are you one of those heartless puppy-kickers who didn't play it the first time round and now desperately need to? You people need to sort your lives out. You make me sick.

15 comments

  • cart00n - December 19, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    Truly my favorite game. I've already owned it twice (I lent the first copy out, along with my OX, to a visiting cousin to give him something to do while he was here. Got the Xbox back, but he refused to give BG&E back. So I sold it to his mom, and bought a 2nd copy!). Played thru it @ LEAST 4 times - it was my go to when my 360 was out on "R&R". I can't wait to play thru it again, with achievements (too bad it'll have to have so few on XBLA - there's so much game, here, they'll be hard-pressed to pick just 12 things to commemorate), and, sigh, shoulder buttons... These screens are actually pretty phenomenal, the detail in the city-scapes are exceptional, as well as the new skins on the creatures. The lighting has obviously been improved as well - just look at the shading on the Alpha goon in the last picture! Most of the changes are a little more subtle, tho... Doesn't really matter, tho - I'd've been happy if they'd just made the original back-comped with the 360. Looks like I'm buying it again. Day 1 purchase for sure! reCaptcha: refreshed Sheral
  • CH3BURASHKA - October 1, 2010 8:53 p.m.

    Very bonerific. I hope they include a "New Game Plus" mode. The world was fantastic, but after the ending, you were done. I hope they add a bit more to entice both new and old players. Judging from the above comments, there will be plenty of new players. EVERYONE BUY DAY ONE, DAMNIT!
  • Gable - October 1, 2010 7:55 p.m.

    BG&E 2 would be the game that make me purchase a new console.
  • NocturnalRight - October 1, 2010 7:41 p.m.

    My guilt for not playing this offset by owning Okami, but of course having bought Okami doesnt offset my guilt for never getting psychonauts.
  • MaynardJ - October 1, 2010 5:30 p.m.

    Shame on you infidels who have never experienced this game. An all-time top 10 entry for me. Having recently finished it a second time, these screens don't look THAT much better. I'll still get it though, looking forward to playing it in English. That's right, my copy of the game was dubbed in Dutch and French. Amazingly it didn't make the game worse, I remembered the guy who voiced Peyj' from some cartoons I used to watch, the voice cast was pretty solid.
  • Wazzle - October 1, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    I purchased this game on PS2 when I heard it was tanking. I have no guilt on my shoulders.
  • kompressorlogik - October 1, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    Count me among the ranks of the heathens who never played this. My guilt (and also curiosity and excitement) make this a must-purchase.
  • Kapuran - October 1, 2010 2:49 p.m.

    I'll be honest, this looks identical to me. I don't see a graphic improvement at all. But I am blind. This also doesn't change the fact that I will buy it to support it such that one day we may get BG&E2.
  • joshin69 - October 1, 2010 1:23 p.m.

    Oh yes, i will be placing my gill on the table for this. Great game
  • db1331 - October 1, 2010 12:55 p.m.

    This is one of those games like Psychonauts that I know are amazing but I've never played them. Looks like I will have the perfect chance to correct this issue. The worst part...I passed on Psychonauts for like $2.50 on Steam one time. Don't hate me.
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - October 1, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    Cool I never finished this on Gamecube and I ended up selling it on ebay to somebody who's probably regretting there purchase right now so I'll definitely pick this up
  • Redeater - October 1, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    Ok I have to say it now. Instant buy. Damnit....and I was so willing to save my wallet and live with my memories from the first play through.
  • StrayGator - October 1, 2010 11:15 a.m.

    Having played it on PC (1280x1024 mthfka), it doesn't look that much different. :P Anyway, with the controls and stealth mechanics updated to today's standards, another playthrough is imperative. Now just to get me a PS3...
  • KidKatana - October 1, 2010 11:13 a.m.

    Afraid I fall into the apparently vomit-inducing category of people who never played this...I'll have to download it. And, y'know...stop kicking puppies.
  • BMW89 - October 1, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    This. Is. BEAUTIFUL!

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