Bioware / 2K Games Jade Empire Special Edition (PC)

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100% of reviewers None indicated 8.0
Outline

Step into the role of an aspiring martial arts master and follow the path of the Open Palm or Closed Fist. In this multi-award-winning action-RPG, your choices and actions will determine the fate of an empire. Will you prevent the destruction of this beautiful land or crush it beneath your heel? Are you a warrior who uses strength and fighting mastery to bring peace, or will your power bring pain and ruin? The Choice Is Yours!

Quality

Now, I haven't played very much into the game (I've gotten as far as Tien's Landing), and so far, I'm amazed at the quality of the game, not only by the game play system, which is refined and stable, but the deep engaging story line. All of which is what I expect from Bioware, having been a fan of Baulders Gate and KotOR.

All of that is well in good, but what amazed me the most is the visual quality, considering the system requirements are not what you expect from other games that have been released lately, and are pretty forgiving for gaming systems that don't quite have the "oomph" (I installed the game on my brothers computer, a 2 year old dell with a 128mb nvidia card, and it plays decently) required for games like Quake 4 or Rainbow Six Vegas.

The game plays at 1600x1200 with all the graphical goodies maxed out on my computer (Custom built AMD Athlon 64 2ghz, 1 gig ram, 256mb ATi Radeon x1300), and I get silky smooth game play. KotOR 1 or 2 doesn't even do that on my computer. Needless to say, this isn't something I can't get my head around...

Here's a Screenshot: (link)

New Goodies Added

But when you come down to it, this is just an X-Box port with new goodies added, which include new fighting styles and new monsters, increased graphics and visual effects, keyboard / mouse and gamepad support, and a world map. So if you have played the Xbox version, you won't find much new things to be had from the old game.

Load Times

To Answer the question below, On my computer, which is a mid range gaming rig, the load times are actually quite short, never being more then 10 seconds. Part of this can be attributed that the game isn't loading off a DvD, but a hard drive. I would expect that if you had a hacked xbox with the game on its hard drive, the load times would be about the same as on my computer.
Keywords: Jade Empire Role Playing Game Martial Arts Fantasy
Sound & Graphics Very Good
Entertainment Value Very Good
Approx. Retail Price $39.95 (Bioware Online Store)
Genre (e.g. Action, Adventure) Real Time Role Playing Game
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  1. 6/3/2007 3:18pm
    1. Slothrop
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 8
      Pros: Fantastic martial arts gameplay, high replay value, huge customization
      Cons: XBox: high load times, feels far too short
      I quite liked Jade Empire, too. It's got excellent gameplay and it feels like you're playing out a period piece from ancient China. The branching dialog trees and the choice between open palm and closed fist were done exceedingly well.

      My one question as to the PC port; how are the load times? On the XBox the loading screen was just an evil abomination sent by Satan to completely destroy my good time.

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