Beyond Good & Evil

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Beyond Good & Evil
Beyond Good & Evil cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montpellier
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Jade
Release dates
Windows November 19, 2003
Beyond Good & Evil guide at StrategyWiki
Beyond Good & Evil at Wikipedia

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]

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 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
GOG Galaxy
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 the launcher
Forcing anti-aliasing through your graphics card control panel will result (at some point during gameplay) in black screens, or corrupted graphics.[2]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen fix (Hor+)[3]
  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).

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed mode[citation needed]
  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. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  6. Click OK, then File and Save.

Input settings[edit]

External key map settings.
External key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native 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.[4]
Controller
Controller support
Uplay versions only. XInput only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

External audio settings.
External audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[5] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Polish
Polish retail version only. Additional patch from publisher fixes a bug in the localization that makes the game unable to progress normally.
Russian
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
iZ3D

Issues fixed[edit]

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

Alt+Tab support is disabled by default.[6]
MSI Afterburner's screen capture also does not work by default.
Disable compatibility fixes[7]
  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.

Closing game/Alt+Tab/Ctrl+Alt+Del results in black screen[edit]

Force game to run in borderless windowed fullscreen mode[citation needed]

See Windowed.

Low frame rate[edit]

Change video compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Launch SettingsApplication.exe.
  2. Click on the "Advanced Settings" tab.
  3. Enable "Manual compatibility settings".
  4. Tick all the boxes except "Autogen mipmap".

Texture flickering[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).
Method #1: Change video compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Launch SettingsApplication.exe.
  2. Click on the "Advanced Settings" tab.
  3. Enable "Manual compatibility settings".
  4. Untick "HW Vertex Processing", "Multi vertex stream", and "Autogen mipmap".

Notes

For most people simply disabling HW Vertex Processing works flawlessly, however this usually slows down the game badly even on high-end machines, which is why some prefer the second method.
Method #2: Disable anti-aliasing[citation needed]
  1. Launch SettingsApplication.exe.
  2. Click on the "Advanced Settings" tab.
  3. Set "Antialiasing" to Off.
  4. Enable "Manual compatibility settings".

Notes

If this doesn't work completely (some flickering still remains), the anti-aliasing can be forced (see Anti-aliasing (AA)).
Method #3: Enable compatibility mode[citation needed]

Notes

If you are using a Steam Controller, do not select Windows XP SP3 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.
Method #4: set Maximum Pre-Rendered Frames[citation needed]
  • If you have an Nvidia card, go to Nvidia Control Panel and change "Maximum pre­rendered frames" to 1 for BGE.exe. This should remove flickering without performance penalties.

Notes

"Manual compatibility settings" of the game should be left default.

Audio desynchronized in cutscenes[edit]

If there are problems with the sound not syncing up with the picture.
Enable 60 FPS cap[citation needed]
Choose sound card[8]
  1. Launch SettingsApplication.exe.
  2. Click on the "Sound settings" tab.
  3. Choose your sound card.

Game engine runs too fast[edit]

Enable 60 FPS cap[citation needed]

Can't change resolution or refresh rate[edit]

Enable compatibility mode[9]

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 BGAE Fix[citation needed]

Can't enable EAX reverb[edit]

Install Creative ALchemy for the game[10]
  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.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
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

References

  1. Tip: Best to include "sally.idx" when backing-up save games, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  2. https://support.ubi.com/en-US/Faqs/000009237/Beyond-Good-Evil-patch-v1-01-PC-BGE
  3. Beyond Good & Evil - WSGF - last accessed on 2017-01-25
  4. Buy on Steam or XBLA? - Giant Bomb
  5. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  6. Cannot alt-tab, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  7. DxWnd / Discussion / General Discussion:Beyond Good and Evil - Alt+Tab fix not working - last accessed on November 18, 2016
  8. Backlog on 1UP FM -- Replay this great game! - Beyond Good & Evil Message Board for PC - GameFAQ
  9. Resolution problem, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLj9obfMppk