Beyond Good & Evil

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Beyond Good & Evil
Beyond Good & Evil cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montpellier
Windows Ubisoft Milan
Publishers
Ubisoft
Poland Cenega
Russia Buka Entertainment
Engines
Jade
Release dates
Windows November 19, 2003
Reception
Metacritic 83
IGDB 91
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Adventure
Vehicles Hovercraft
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Sci-fi
Series Beyond Good & Evil
Beyond Good & Evil on HowLongToBeat
Beyond Good & Evil on IGDB
Beyond Good & Evil guide on StrategyWiki
Beyond Good & Evil on MobyGames
Beyond Good & Evil on Wikipedia
Beyond Good & Evil
Beyond Good & Evil 2003
Beyond Good & Evil 2 TBA

General information

Ubisoft game page
Ubisoft forums
The IRIS Network - A wiki for the game
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Uses TAGES DRM. Doesn't have controller support.
Windows
Epic Games Store
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Windows
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Doesn't have controller support.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
Ubisoft Store
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Included with Ubisoft+.
Windows

Version differences[edit]

Some retail versions use Tages DRM, which isn't completely compatible with modern OSs and systems.
The GOG.com version has been modified to work with modern systems through the inclusion of a multi-thread wrapper.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch v1.01 updates the retail version of the game. Digital versions already include the patch.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Ubisoft\Beyond Good & Evil\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15130/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\slot*.sav[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15130/pfx/[Note 1]
sally.idx contains an index of save game names which will not be shown if it is missing (saves can still be loaded).[1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

Video[edit]

External general video settings.
External general video settings.
External advanced video settings.
External advanced video settings.
Options can only be changed in the launcher.

Forcing anti-aliasing through your graphics card control panel will result (at some point during gameplay) in black screens, or corrupted graphics.[4]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen fix (Hor+)[5]
  1. Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000.
  2. Extract bge.7z files to the installation folder (password: bge).
  3. Edit bge.ini to set the resolution, pillarbox, and FOV.

Notes

Supported exe size: 7,778,304 bytes (GOG.com/Buka version), 7,819,264 bytes, 7,489,200 bytes (Uplay version).
Does not work with Steam version.
Widescreen fix for Steam and new Uplay versions[6]
  1. Download the D3D injector.
  2. Extract it into the installation folder.
  3. Open d3d9.ini and set your resolution, change bUseOverride to true, then save your changes and start the game.

Notes

If the game shows an error message go into the Redist folder and run DXSETUP.exe.
If the game fails to launch with this fix, run CheckApplication.exe in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode.
Because the game is internally rendered in a 16:9.4 aspect ratio instead of 16:9, you will see some very small borders on both sides of the game when playing in 16:9.
Seems to have issues with Uplay version as the image is displayed in the top left corner of the screen when antialiasing is turned on.
Widescreen fix based on dgVoodoo and stretching the image

The instruction can be found here along with the optional Reshade preset (20 shaders with various resharpers, e.g. cross-GPU CAS implementation, and RTGI).

Allows using additional injector in form of dxgi.dll, since d3d9.dll widescreen fix itself prevents from using Reshade ("ENB injector" used as a proxy for Reshade is incompatible with this game)

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed mode
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Set the window position and size.
  5. Repeat the steps above for the SettingsApplication.exe executable.
  6. Click OK, then File and Save.
  7. Run SettingsApplication.exe to set the rendering resolution for the game.

Input[edit]

External key map settings.
External key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
No mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Only mouse buttons.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Y and X axis cannot be toggled individually.[7]
Controller
Controller support
Not supported on retail and GOG versions.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Is mapped to mouse sensitivity.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Displays generic button prompts based on the Xbox controller's letters, but doesn't actually display Xbox-themed button prompts.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

External audio settings.
External audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[8] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Steam/uPlay release only.
Traditional Chinese
Steam/uPlay release only.
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Steam/uPlay release only.
Korean
Steam/uPlay release only.
Polish
Polish retail version only, download. Additional patch from publisher fixes a bug in the localization that makes the game unable to progress normally.
Brazilian Portuguese
Steam/uPlay release only.
Russian
Local retail release only. Steam/uPlay contain Russian text, but no audio.
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes upon start with "application settings not correctly set or invalid"[edit]

Move registry folder to correct path[9]
  1. Open up regedit in admin mode
  2. Navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node. If you see a folder named WOW6432Node with a Ubisoft folder and a "Beyond Good and Evil" folder within it, like in https://i.imgur.com/2HQ9CW9.png , then you have a problem. There should not be a Wow64 folder within a Wow64 folder. That's too much wow!
  3. Move the Ubisoft folder up a level so it's a subfolder of the first wow. Unfortunately regedit does not have a "move" command through the user interface, so you will either have to recreate the Ubisoft\Beyond Good & Evil folders within the first WOW6432Node or use the command-line interface. To create a subfolder you will need to click on a folder, hover over "New", and left click on "Key". When you have re-created the two folders, the new directory structure should now be Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Ubisoft\Beyond Good & Evil
  4. Once you have done that wait a minute and try launching the game. You may need to launch it a couple times but it should start working after a bit.
  5. The fix is from Arzamol on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/beyondgoodandevil/comments/e3txc9/i_downloaded_beyond_good_and_evil_on_steam_and/f98ld8d/

Can't Alt+Tab with the GOG.com version[edit]

Alt+Tab support is disabled by default.[10]
MSI Afterburner's screen capture also does not work by default.
Disable compatibility fixes[9]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Rename BGE.exe to something else.
  3. Create new shortcut to that .exe or run it directly.

Notes

If you're already using external software to limit the frame rate or change other settings, don't forget to add the renamed executable to that software's profile as well.
Use the BG&E ENB mod[11]
  1. Download BG&E ENB from ENB by CaptainSkullsaber
  2. Extract from .rar
  3. Put into <path-to-game>

Notes

This mod also alters the color pallete, if you wish not to use the feature, just delete the enbpalette.bmp

Audio desynchronized in cutscenes[edit]

If there are problems with the sound not syncing up with the picture.
Choose sound card[12]
  1. Launch SettingsApplication.exe.
  2. Click on the "Sound settings" tab.
  3. Choose your sound card.
High frame rate causes audio and cutscene de-sync issues.[2][3]
Cap the frame rate at 60 FPS[2][3]
Set monitor to 60hz

Can't change resolution or refresh rate[edit]

Enable compatibility mode[13]

Can't enable EAX reverb[edit]

Install Creative ALchemy for the game[14]
  1. Download & install ALchemy.
  2. Launch ALchemy
  3. Add a new Profile, name it Beyond Good And Evil
  4. Select "Use Game Path"
  5. Navigate to Beyond Good And Evil's install directory (For example C:\GOG Games\Beyond Good and Evil)
  6. Click "OK"
  7. Click The newly created profile and then click ">>" to enable it.
  8. Close ALchemy & re-open the SettingsApplication.exe for Beyond Good and Evil
  9. Go to the Sound tab, enable EAX Reverb.

Central Hall glitches and crashing / Triangle key doesn't drop after defeating bots[edit]

This tool can patch save games to work around a number of common glitches encountered in the PC version, including glitches in the 'Central Hall' area, and the triangle key not falling from the vent after defeating the bots.
Use Rahly's Unofficial BGAEfix Patch[15]
  1. Make a backup of your save game data folder.
  2. Download BGAE Fix to <path-to-game> and start the patcher.
  3. Select the save file and click Central Hall Fix.
  4. Load the fixed save file, then take the extra key you get and give it to Double H, now open the door and go get your pic.
  5. Once you get your pic, go back to the robot room, and save at the robot room once more (overwrite the same file you fixed (meaning save on top of it)).
  6. Exit the game.
  7. Open the patcher again, click on the same save file in the patcher and then click Central Hall Swap.
  8. Now go play and you should be outside the room.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE
Processor (CPU) 700 MHz Pentium III, Celeron, or AMD Athlon
System memory (RAM) 64 MB (98 SE)
128 MB (ME, 2000, XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7200
Nvidia GeForce1 256
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/15130/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (15130) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References