Jade Empire (Special Edition)

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Macintosh
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4.5
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 Guess what, it has nothing to do with global warming at all.
Jade Empire (Special Edition) Windows Another view from the battlefield
Jade Empire (Special Edition) Windows The ghost of a pissed drowned girl...hmm, that "rings" a bell.
Jade Empire (Special Edition) Windows A boss battle! This is "the Mother" and her minions. She's trying to puke on me...how disgusting!

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

GameStar (Germany) Windows Feb 28, 2007 87 out of 100 87
Gameslave UK Windows Apr 04, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Games (Germany) Windows Mar 22, 2007 84 out of 100 84
4Players.de Windows Feb 26, 2007 82 out of 100 82
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Nov 24, 2008 8.25 out of 10 82
Power Unlimited Windows 2007 80 out of 100 80
GameSpy Windows Feb 23, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Bild Spiele Windows Apr 04, 2007 2.11 out of 6 78
GamingExcellence Windows Mar 28, 2007 7.6 out of 10 76
1UP Windows Feb 23, 2007 7 out of 10 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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