Bioware's unsung masterpiece.
Everyone's heard of Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age and the RPG juggernauts behind those titles, but surprisingly few have heard of Jade Empire. With it's heavy Chinese influence and very interesting lore and one of the most impressive storylines ever in the gaming world, Jade Empire is one of the most unique RPGs I've played. My only complaint is the rather shallow combat. While it can be fun, it doesn't require much skill and can get boring. The story more than makes up for that, however. Jade Empire is a certified masterpiece on par with titles like Mass Effect and Dragon Age in my opinion. I highly recommended it to any and all RPG fans.
Thought provoking and enjoyable
My sister picked this game up and after watching the opening I decided to try it too. Over all, it's an excellent game but for the sake of this review I'll break it down into the four categories and then add my personal thoughts. First of all, gameplay. The gameplay is excellent but there's a noticeable difference between the difficulties. If you want more of a challenge and take it up a notch, chances are it'll be too hard; if it's too hard and you take it down a notch, it becomes too easy. The level of difficulty also changes based on the type of character you make (my sister made a fast character and I made a balanced character; in the beginning she was having an easier time than I was but by the end of the game my character was better than hers). Next, the graphics. I have no complaints beyond the usual--characters can walk through each other and during cut scenes their body parts may disappear into objects and other characters. It’s not a problem but if you’re super picky about things like that it might bother you. The sound I did have some issues with but nothing too major. During some cut scenes the subtitles would disappear and the sound would either jump up quite a lot or would go very quiet. I dealt with this about the only way you can--keep the TV remote nearby and adjust the volume as you see fit. The lasting appeal is excellent. The game can be played a number of different ways so even though you've beaten it once you haven't seen it all. I'm not usually one to replay games but Jade Empire is one of the few that deviated from my norm. Personal thoughts? I loved the game although I do wish you could explore the world a little more. The story was engaging, the combat was thrilling, and the themes that appeared throughout the game (spirits and the underworld, loyalty and betrayal, a divine emperor and subjects who don’t even consider the possibility that he could be any less than a god) were thought provoking and enjoyable. So is it worth the $6 you'd have to spend on it? Absolutely, yes.
I love this game its one of the best games on the xbox a great rpg heres hopeing they make a second game
I bought this game curious of it's ability haha. I didn't think it was gonna be as great as it actually was. Its a 3rd person point of view game, and in the begining, you choose a character, and your the best student at the academy. This game isn't too easy, and isn't to hard, and the length of the game matches with the difficulty to make it perfect. Your master has been training you with only the basics, and hasnt really taught you much, but you later discover your own abilities, and skills. In this game you get to help people, choose from wepons, and various skills. You can choose to either help people, or make their lives miserable. And you also choose your path. Weather you want to choose the path of the closed fist, that teaches brutal and deadly techniques, or if you want to choose the way of the open palm and use less savage tactics, you'll have fun. One of the skills i love the most, is the demon from skill. It lets you transform into the demon you killed exact same size and skills and everything! Althought you can't transform into all the demons you kill, you get to transform into alot of different varietys. This game is exciting and packed with action, adventure, and a little bit of romance. If you like adventure games like Fable, you'll love this game.