Beyond Good & Evil

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Beyond Good & Evil
Beyond Good & Evil cover
Ubisoft Montpellier
Release dates
Windows November 19, 2003

General information

Ubisoft game page
Ubisoft forums
The IRIS Network - A wiki for the game Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums


Version differences[edit]

Some retail versions uses Tages DRM, which isn't completely compatible with modern OS and systems.
The version has been modified to work with modern system directly including multithread wrapper.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch v1.01 updates the game to the latest version.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Ubisoft\Beyond Good & Evil\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\slot*.sav
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]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

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

Widescreen resolution[edit]

All resolutions stretch from 4:3 without this fix.
Use DX3D injector[2]
  1. Download the DX3D injector.
  2. Extract it into the installation folder.
  3. Open d3d9.ini and set your resolution.
  4. Save your changes and start the game.


The game is internally rendered in a 16:9.4 aspect ratio, resulting in very small borders on both sides when playing in 16:9.
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.

Input settings[edit]

External key map settings.
External key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
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.[3]
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

External audio settings.
External audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[4] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support


Language UI Audio CC Notes

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D

Issues unresolved[edit]


Alt+Tab functions while in-game, but the window title bar will flicker in the game itself.

Issues fixed[edit]

Low FPS[edit]

Launch SettingsApplication.exe, click on the "Advanced Settings" tab, enable "Manual Compatibility Settings", then tick all the boxes except "Autogen mipmap". Finally, save your changes.

Texture Flickering Issues[edit]

The optimal settings for maximum modern system compatibility with the game (Method 1).
The optimal settings for maximum modern system compatibility with the game (Method 1).

First Method[edit]

Change video compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Launch SettingsApplication.exe and click "Advanced Settings".
  2. Disable the following:
    • HW Vertex Processing
    • Multi Vertex Stream
    • Autogen Mipmap
For most people simply disabling HW Vertex Processing works flawlessly, HOWEVER this usually slows down the game badly, including on high-end machines, which is why some prefer the second method.

Second Method[edit]

Disable anti-aliasing[citation needed]

Another popular fix is to simply disable anti-aliasing in the "Advanced Settings" menu and checking the manual compatibility box.

If this doesn't work completely (some flickering still remains), the anti-aliasing can be overridden in the graphics card's control panel.

Third Method[edit]

Enable Compatibility Mode[citation needed]

If anti-aliasing settings don't work for you, try setting a compatibility mode on BGE.exe. "Windows Vista (Service Pack 2)" seems to work well. If you are using a Steam Controller, do not select "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)" or older, as this prevents the Steam Overlay from hooking into the game and mapping the controller correctly.

With this setting, you can also re-enable anti-aliasing.

Audio/Video Sync[edit]

If you are having problems with the sound not syncing up with the picture, go launch SettingsApplication.exe, go to "Sound Settings" and choose your Sound Card.[5]

Note that using a monitor with a native refresh rate above 60 Hz may also lead to sync issues.[citation needed] To correct this, change your refresh rate to 60 Hz or use an FPS limiting program to set the max FPS to 60.

Central Hall Glitches & Crashing / Triangle key doesn't drop after defeating bots[edit]

The unofficial tool "BGAEFix.exe" (by Terry Goodkind) can be found online ("" or search "BGAEFix.exe Beyond Good Evil"). This tool can patch save games to work around a number of common glitches encountered in the PC game, including: Glitches in the 'Central Hall' area, and the triangle key not falling from the vent after defeating the bots.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE ME, 2000 SP4, XP
Processor (CPU) 700 MHz Pentium III, Celeron, or AMD Athlon 1.3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB (98 SE)
128 MB (ME/2000/XP)
128 MB (98 SE)
256 MB (ME/2000/XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.2 GB 2.2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7200
Nvidia GeForce1 256
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible
ATI Radeon 9500
Nvidia GeForce 3
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. Tip: Best to include "sally.idx" when backing-up save games, page 1 - Forum -
  2. Widescreen fix, page 1 - Forum -
  3. Buy on Steam or XBLA? - Giant Bomb
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  5. Backlog on 1UP FM -- Replay this great game! - Beyond Good & Evil Message Board for PC - GameFAQ