Jade Empire: Special Edition

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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.

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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

YouGamers Windows Mar 07, 2007 89 out of 100 89
PC Games (Germany) Windows Mar 22, 2007 84 out of 100 84
Gamers.at Windows Apr 02, 2007 84 out of 100 84
4Players.de Windows Feb 26, 2007 82 out of 100 82
Gamesmania.de Windows Mar 09, 2007 80 out of 100 80
Eurogamer.de Windows Mar 26, 2007 8 out of 10 80
PC Powerplay Windows Feb 28, 2007 80 out of 100 80
games xtreme Windows Apr 03, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Computer Bild Spiele Windows Apr 04, 2007 2.11 out of 6 78
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Mar 17, 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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