Jade Empire Special Edition
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- An incredible, engaging story that makes you the noble hero. or the treacherous villain!
- Many fascinating characters to interact with
- Beautiful, mysterious lands to explore, discover, and save. or conquer
- Rich blend of role-playing and exciting real-time combat
- Enhanced for the PC! PC version includes the entire original game with additional content in the form of new monsters, combat styles and combat re-balancing for extra challenge, and new items. The mysterious world of Jade Empire comes to life with beautiful high-resolution graphics and new visual effects and details
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I have never been able to come close to giving a game 5 stars. There are just way too many ways for a game to go wrong. I am not opposed, indeed I dream of encountering a 5 star game. It has just never happened. 5 stars would mean it was a work of art. 4 stars means it was a truly excellent game that I highly recommend, but it will still have problems. 3 stars is mainly positive but with notable problems- worth trying depending on your preferences. 2 stars is seriously problematic and not recommended.
I prefer storyline and character in a game. I am not terribly good at games and have a very low frustration level and so like the difficulty on the easy side, however, I will fight through difficult play if I really like the game. I read complaints sometimes about games being too short, but I have yet to find one that was too short and rarely finish the games I play. My favorite genres are rpgs and action adventure, but I will try anything.
Jade empire, a beautiful game I loved, is a classic example of the four stars above. Easily one of the best games I ever played I can still name a lot of small things wrong with it. It's funny, before I started playing computer/video games in the current 3D generation I would have assumed that a great many of these games would be much like jade empire. These would be games with strong stories, meaningful dialogue choices, intelligible character development, people to talk to, heroism, at least somewhat diverse challenges, and, yes, fighting. It is still surprising to me how rare bioware is and how rare a game like this is.Read more ›
Jade Empire is a relatively minor entry to the BioWare canon, although still a very good one. It was their first attempt to make an original game not reliant on any existing franchise (their earlier games were set in the Forgotten Realms or Star Wars settings). It was also a direct attempt to appeal to a wider audience. Whilst still definitely an RPG, the more stat-heavy elements and inventory management were reduced in favour of action. In fact, the game is more of a contextualised beat 'em up rather than an RPG, although still featuring all the moral choices, excellent characterisation and twisting storyline that we have come to expect from BioWare over the years.
The Eastern setting, in stark contrast to the traditional Western fantasy of the earlier Baldur's Gate games, is interesting, original and vivid. The art design in Jade Empire is fantastic, with lots of colourful backdrops and interesting architecture. Character models are also highly detailed. The Special Edition, which is exclusive to the PC, made use of an extra two years of development to radically enhance the graphics, AI and controls far beyond the original X-Box settings, resulting in a considerably stronger and far more attractive game.Read more ›
My only beef is this:
There's just too much forced dialogue. Yes, you know my name. Yes, you've probably heard of me. Yes, I assume you have a troublesome past as well. Do we have to stand around and talk about nothing for 15 minutes though?
Normally I get into RPG's with heavy dialogue, but then it usually serves to advance the plot. With just about every character I met, it felt like I was trapped in another dumb script. And obviously, if you get impatient you can earn brownie points for being evil, but tiptoeing through and staying neutral or good in conversation doesn't really affect your moral standing as much as a side quest does. And even then, you don't have to try hard to sway either way, because halfway through the plot, the game decides to shift you right into the choice you're nearest to.
The benefit of swinging good or evil, by the way, only gives you different abilities and potential power-ups. I don't think there's any way the plot will change significantly by going "the alternative route."
Also, the voice acting is great (Nathan Fillion plays Lesser Gao; geek points!), but like a bad kung-fu movie, it's hard to get over how much the voices don't fit the visual profiles of the characters. Read into that as much as you like. I just wish it was a little more authentic, if you know what I mean.
Anywho, get it! It's like $6 at the most here on Amazon, if you buy it used, which I certainly couldn't pass up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A long epic journey that sometimes get's very tedious but it's that type of gamePublished 25 days ago by Joseph P. Snyder
Played smoothly until I tried to load my save game the next day (I have Window 10 )Published 7 months ago by Nicholas Spencer
I don't know how I missed this game as long as I did. It's really awesome. The characters aren't as in depth and fleshed out as the Dragon Age or Mass Effect series, but they're... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Traguna Macoities Tracorum Satis De
Absolutely fantastic game. Still loads of fun after all these years.Published 14 months ago by Interloper
Played this on xbox and wanted a copy of my own. Works well, and the controls are adjustable. I play it on a laptop.Published on March 18, 2014 by Amazon Customer
We got this game and my son played it one time. After that we couldn't get it to load his saved game or to start a new one. We use Windows 8.Published on October 2, 2013 by Steve Talamantes
I was looking for an older game I may have missed to hold me over till some new titles came out,found this pretty cheap picked it up,and I would say it's ok,the graphics are abit... Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by spike
its one bioware's anticipated games of its year and most favored by fans of the star wars kinghts of the old republic seriesPublished on August 11, 2013 by S.Anderson
This is the last good bioware game in my opinion. Starting somewhere with Mass Effect and Dragon Age, BIoware games seem to have lost their spirit and soul. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by totally dude