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Jade Empire - Special Edition (PC DVD)

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista
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9 customer reviews

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  • All-new in-game content: more fighting styles plus new monsters, weapons and items
  • Ultra-crisp visuals showcase the lush environments of Jade Empire with short load-times and smooth frame-rates
  • Rich and engaging storyline: Forge a legendary tale where you control the outcome
  • Are you a noble hero"�. or a treacherous villain?
  • Intuitive controls optimized for the PC
  • Improved combat sequences with support for both game pads and keyboard-mouse layouts
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B001D217Y2
  • Item Weight: 45 g
  • Release Date: 15 Aug. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,852 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Jade Empire casts the player as a martial arts master and lets them choose between good and evil. That choice will follow them throughout the land, affecting their interactions with other characters and followers. Featuring furious action previously found only in Hong Kong cinema, the game lets players master fighting styles and a wide range of mystical powers as they embark on a perilous journey, stretching from the Land of Howling Spirits to the lush gardens of the Imperial City.

  • Customisable, intuitive controls including support for gamepads and keyboard/mouse
  • Increased graphics resolutions and new visual effects
  • New monsters and enemies
  • New fighting styles
  • Improved combat AI and difficulty levels
  • New world map interface

Manufacturer's Description

Your struggle is timeless. Your enemy is immortal. Adding to one of the most critically acclaimed action-RPGs ever created, Jade Empire: Special Edition features more characters, weapons, fighting styles and enhancements to the epic fantasy world of Jade Empire.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JC VINE VOICE on 16 April 2009
If you've played through the Bioware/Obsidian set of RPGs, you may have a sense of deja vu in some places while playing this game. Protaginist with mysterious past? Check. Female partner with equally mysterious past? Check. Powerful teacher/mentor with mysterious past and with a host of shocking stories about yourself (the ones about your destiny, that is)? Check. Evil guy in a huge suit of armour? Check. This is basically Star Wars:Knights of the Old Republic (with "chi" instead of "Force") and Baldur's Gate (did I mention the characters with a mysterious past?) rolled into one, upgraded, sprinkled with the Oriental appeal and a sense of humour. Is this a bad thing? Heck, no.

The newest additions to the normal Bioware fare is the real-time combat and the "transformation" discpline, whereby you can turn yourself into a demon with added benefits - kind of like turning into the Reaper in BG2, or a druid turning into a sword spider. It also puts in a few more situations of moral ambiguity that may find you running around the map a lot, but the reward is worth it in the end. And like KOTOR, you feel that as you're going along, you really are getting impressively powerful. This is a game that is not merely a console port - it has been designed for the PC as the controls are keyboard and mouse oriented (as they should be) and it takes full advantage of the resolution and texture changes. It also knocks Oblivion for six with overhearing NPC's conversations - you actually hear about people talking about you and what you have done, rather than the "hello - hello - did you hear about the emperor's murder - I hate you - good day - toodles" way of Oblivion.

So why four stars for "fun"?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Hill on 25 Mar. 2009
First, I never played Jade Empire on the XBox, so have no idea what it was like to play with a controller, but the PC port has controls that are easy to get to grips with and fluid and fresh graphics. Combat is the real focus of the game and it is more of an action game with RPG elements than a cRPG. There are only 3 stats that you assign points to on levelling (Body, Focus and Mind) and each are important for the different fighting styles available in the game. Fighting styles are learned as the game progresses and you can collect gems to modify your stats, but other than that there is little by way of loot collection (so no hackem up and loot the corpses!) The central plot is engaging and very martial arts cliche, so if you like Kung Fu movies, this really is the game for you. There are 12 possible followers each with their own combat styles and backstories that are fun to interact with... as well as 3 romance options which can be hetero or homosexual if you like!

All in all the game has several levels of difficulty including the Master Mode, wherein you can take a character you have already completed the game with and replay it at an insane difficulty level! If you are looking for something new in an action or RPG and you like oriental themes then this is the game for you. The graphics are pretty good (on par with KOTOR, essentially the same engine) and there are few bugs. The soundtrack and voice acting is very good and it offers an enjoyable distraction with an engaging main story and plenty of side quests.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D79 on 7 Aug. 2012
I generally like BioWare games a lot - they are usually to a high standard. This one is definitely a good one and worth playing but fails to reach their usual high standards I think due to gameplay. The story is great (plenty of homage to Star Wars and The Wheel of Time strangely) but I think personally the fighting system is pretty weak. Combat at first seems hard and complex - at first I thought it was going to be awesome. Then as I progressed I realised I was underwhelmed. The companions don't do much when attacking and support mode is uninteresting. Later on you get such powerful "forms" that fights are a joke (and if you don't use them they are slow and very difficult). I don't know if I'm spoilt by the mechanics in the Dragon Age series now, but I think I prefer the older games too (Baldurs Gate et al). There is no pause/strategy option - it's all out jump/block/fight stuff and it just never grabbed me.......

That said I'd recommend it if you are looking for games to play, but more as an interesting BioWare title from before they kicked on and improved the system and graphics for other games. It's like reading an early book by a writer who later became a master.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 July 2009
The four out of five represents the fun factor of the game. Previous reviewers have already mentioned Jade's similarities to Baldur's, NWN or KoTOR and for most players this will be a positive thing rather than a negative one.

These are the pros/cons mapped out...

1) Fighting looks VERY cool. It may not be the most complicated format (- a lot of rapid clicking wins most battles) but on the screen it looks impressive. The large variety of fighting styles also provide some much needed variation in the animation.
2) Ease of play. With only a handful of buttons to worry about you can quickly immerse yourself in the game.

1) Relatively short (- completed in a day)
2) Far TOO linear. Environment and NPC interaction is only really limited to the main plot line, which is very frustrating when you are in such a short narrative. Maps of huge areas reveal you can only visit a minuscule number of places. If you've ever experienced the enjoyment of wandering around Oblivion then you will know what I mean. Jade allows you to unlock a "master" level (where you can play your favorite uber creation from the beginning) but then forces you on the same narrow story line.

With some open-ended maps, random spawning this could have been a game you came back to again and again. In Oblivion the fun was AVOIDING the main quest but unfortunately Jade (which has so much going for it) will probably only get played once.
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