Beyond Good and Evil was secretly one of the best games of last gen. Playing a lot like one of the more recent Zelda entries, it had an engrossing story, great writing and characters that you really cared about. It was easily in my top 5 games that I played on the PS2, which is a pretty solid list, if you ask me.
The creator, Michael Ancel (the dude behind Rayman) just did an interview recently where he talked about some of the issues and inspirations behind the game and its upcoming sequel, which include 9/11 and Miyazaki, the man who created great anime features such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. I think one of the coolest things about Beyond Good and Evil was not only its imaginative world, but also the themes of a planet besieged by a foreign threat and a corrupt government. One comment in particular struck me, as he spoke about games like Zelda being out of touch, because they don’t focus on things that are current or relevant.
It just goes to show that there are some creators out there trying to push the envelope in gaming, and I love them for it. I can’t wait for Beyond Good and Evil 2. So, did you guys ever play the first game? If you haven’t I highly recommend it. It’s fairly cheap on Steam. It really is a remarkable experience.