Jade Empire: Special Edition

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Macintosh
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Windows
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Description

Jade Empire (Special Edition) is an enhanced version of Jade Empire.

No changes have been made to the game's storyline. Gameplay-wise, this version features a number of additions. Among those are two new fighting styles (Iron Palm and Viper), additional weapons in sword and staff branches, ultimate versions of stat-enhancing gems, and two new monsters (Rhino Demon and Ghost Lord). Enemy AI is slightly improved; enemies tend to block more often, and a few of them have additional immunities.

This release also includes a Jade Master mode, available after the player has completed the game once; it allows the player to keep all the styles and techniques mastered from the previous playthrough, but with the character level reset to the lowest, and the combat difficulty level increased. A new world map feature allows the player to access previously visited areas.

The interface has been improved, allowing quicker access to various fighting techniques. Up to ten styles can be bound to quick keys (as opposed to four in the original version). The graphics feature more detailed textures and resolutions up to 1600x1200, as well as some other DirectX 9.0c features.

Screenshots

Jade Empire: Special Edition Windows Pirates isle, on the way to the top of the isle
Jade Empire: Special Edition Windows What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?
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Jade Empire: Special Edition Windows This special attack can't be blocked.

Alternate Titles

  • "翡翠帝国" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Jade Empire: Edycja Specjalna" -- Polish title

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User Reviews

There are no white people in this game Windows lasttoblame (393)
Knights of the Old Republic meets the Far East Windows Rambutaan (432)

Critic Reviews

Pelit Windows Mar, 2007 95 out of 100 95
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar, 2007 82 out of 100 82
Games4Mac Macintosh 2008 82 out of 100 82
Maximum PC Windows May 22, 2007 8 out of 10 80
IGROMANIA Windows Apr, 2007 8 out of 10 80
games xtreme Windows Apr 03, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited Windows 2007 80 out of 100 80
Macworld Macintosh Nov 05, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Windows Feb 23, 2007 7.8 out of 10 78
Gameplanet Windows Mar 22, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

Development

While the game was being ported to PC, the developers nicknamed it "Jade Empire on Steroids" as the game was modified to take advantage of modern hardware and also running at ridiculously high resolution(ie 1600 by 1200) at full speed.

Version differences

The German version had all of the gory in-game effects, like decapitations or bursting bodies after Harmonic Combos, removed. The cutscenes still feature blood.

Information also contributed by Karthik KANE

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