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Jade Empire (Special Edition) (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 Tien's Landing - a dying village
Jade Empire (Special Edition) Windows You can have same-sex romances in this game, both as a male and female character, which is something more games should have. My female character is flirting with Silk Fox in this screenshot.
Jade Empire (Special Edition) Windows As cliche as most other fantasy RPG, fight to the top for the bad boy.
Jade Empire (Special Edition) Windows A soon to be death villain

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 lasttoblame (393) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Knights of the Old Republic meets the Far East Rambutaan (432) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

Critic Reviews

Games Radar Feb 26, 2007 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Mar 22, 2007 84 out of 100 84
GameBanshee Apr 04, 2007 8.2 out of 10 82
4Players.de Feb 26, 2007 82 out of 100 82
Game Over Online Mar 19, 2007 82 out of 100 82
GameSpy Feb 23, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Unlimited 2007 80 out of 100 80
IGROMANIA Apr, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Mar 17, 2007 7 out of 10 70
RPGWatch May 30, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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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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