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Jade Empire (Special Edition) (Windows)

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4.0
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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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.2
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.1
Overall MobyScore (43 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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95
Pelit
Jade Empire yhdistää korkeat tuotantoarvot laadukkaaseen draamaan tavalla, jota on peleissä harvoin ennen nähnyt. Sitä voisi ajoittain haukkua melkein taiteeksi. Helmen ei kannata antaa lipua ohi erilaiselta kuulostavan aiheen takia, se on vain yksi pelin kiistattomista vahvuuksista. Kestoa tarinalle kertyy mukavasti vähintään 30 tuntia.
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Games Radar
We’re trying desperately to replenish our chi before our scantily-clad female character wades back into kung fu combat with a flaming horse demon. Of course, that’s pretty much par for the course in Jade Empire, BioWare’s latest role-playing epic in which the traditional fantasy trappings have been replaced with a mythical Chinese setting. But being a port of a two-year-old Xbox title, is this a case of glorious reincarnation or ageing master?
89
YouGamers
Solid action-RPG adventure properly ported to the PC without any major shortcuts. Polished and stable, no crashes or bugs anywhere in sight.
89
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
...with a great story, tons of missions, beautifully rich settings, satisfying fighting and brilliant characterisation, all swaddled in over 20 hours of play, Jade Empire has transcended its Xbox roots to reincarnate itself as a high-kicking, epic RPG for PC. The chi is strong with this one.
89
PC Zone
However, with a great story, tons of missions, beautifully rich settings, satisfying fighting and brilliant characterisation, all swaddled in over 20 hours of play, Jade Empire has transcended its Xbox roots to reincarnate itself as a high-kicking, epic RPG for PC. The chi is strong with this one.
87
GameStar (Germany)
Für mich muss ein Rollenspiel in erster Linie spannende Geschichten erzählen. Und genau in dieser Disziplin schlägt Jade Empire alles bisher Dagewesene - mit interessanten Figuren, tragischen Schicksalen und genau der richtigen Dosis Humor. Sicher, traditionsverliebte Rollenspieler könnten sich schwer tun: kein echtes Inventar, sehr actionlastige Kämpfe, ungewöhnliches Szenario. Aber vielleicht gefällt mir Jade Empire gerade deshalb besser als Oblivion und Gothic 3. Weil es sich traut, anders zu sein und sich trotzdem in jedem Detail so richtig anfühlt.
86
IGN
Though BioWare managed to set the standard for PC RPGs with their amazing Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights series, the Canadian developer has, over the last few years, been drawn towards the Xbox as the platform of choice for their efforts. And just as they raised the bar for PC RPG developers, the studio has broken new ground in the console world with Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire and the upcoming Mass Effect. While PC gamers might be understandably bitter about BioWare's new console focus, we can take some consolation in the fact that the games eventually make their way back to the platform that started it all, the PC.
85
Fragland.net
I had quite a lot of fun with this game and can only suggest it to RPG fans as well as others. Owners of the Xbox version won't need to get out to get this one though.
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Gameslave UK
It's not worth Xbox fans of Jade Empire buying the PC version. The amount of new content just isn't enough (a couple of new fighting styles and the odd new bad guy), but newcomers to the game will be enraptured by its charm; lovers of a good story and frustrated button-bashers will love this game in equal measure - and rightly so. Bow and prepare for battle, apprentice: you won't regret it.
84
PC Games (Germany)
Ich danke den Entwicklern von Herzen, dass sie dieses feine Spiel doch noch auf den PC übertragen haben. Und das sehr vernünftig: mit ordentlicher Steuerung, neuen Features, kaum Ladezeiten und schönerer Grafik! Ich hatte Jade Empire bereits auf der Xbox durchgespielt, daher habe ich für den Test nur einige der Kapitel ausprobiert. Rechnen Sie bei der Spielzeit mit etwas über 20 Stunden, vielleicht auch länger, wenn Sie wie ich den fantastischen Dialogen bis zum Schluss lauschen und wirklich jede Quest lösen wollen. Jade Empire ist nicht sehr umfangreich, nein, und es verläuft regelrecht linear. Auch die Charakterentwicklung und spärliche Ausrüstung dürften Sammelwütige und Zahlentüftler enttäuschen. Doch ich liebe gute Geschichten, ich liebe Dramatik, glaubhafte Charaktere und einzigartige Atmosphäre. Und all das bietet mir Jade Empire: Special Edition in Hülle und Fülle.
84
Gamers.at
Jade Empire hat zwar schon zwei Jahre auf dem Buckel, macht aber immer noch viel Spaß und hat von seiner Faszination so gut wie nichts verloren. Wem die bisherigen Bioware-Titel zu komplex, zu träge oder zu langatmig waren, der könnte mit Jade Empire auch in der Welt der Rollenspiele Spaß haben. Oberflächlich ist das Abenteuer im Jade Reich aber trotzdem bei weitem nicht, denn das einsteigerfreundliche Gameplay wird Bioware-typisch immer noch von einer epischen Story und unzähligen Aufträgen umrahmt. Man sollte sich aber dennoch in Sachen Umfang und Komplexität kein weiteres Baldur’s Gate oder KotoR erwarten. Vor allem auch die relative kurze Spielzeit von etwa „nur“ 20 Stunden, könnten so manchen Rollenspiel-Profi eher abschrecken, als begeistern.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Of je Jade Empire: Special Edition zal spelen zal afhangen van of je het origineel al speelde op de Xbox. Zo ja, dan brengt dit te weinig nieuws. Zo nee, dan is dit een knap uitgewerkt verhaal met zin voor detail, tonnen sfeer en persoonlijkheid en niet al te complex of diepgaand. Wat meteen ook de kritiek op de hele speelervaring is.
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GameBanshee
The game does all of the things you want to see in RPG - it tells an interesting story, it gives you options in quests, it looks nice, and it rewards exploration - and it succeeds despite its origins and the developer's choice to leave in the clunky menu-driven interface and to overly restrict the camera. I encountered no bugs of any consequence in the game (which is pretty rare these days for any game, let alone a role-playing game), and the 30-hour campaign has enough options to it that you might want to try playing it twice. The game has a lot of parallels to Fable: The Lost Chapters. Both were developed for the Xbox and then made their way to the PC. Both have sub-par, console-style interfaces. In both you control a single character and use roughly the same control schemes. And in both the emphasis is on story and quests rather than on character development options. Jade Empire should also appeal to the less twitchy-fingered players of RPGs.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Als BioWare-RPG stelt het teleur, maar als pure Action-RPG biedt het een flinke dosis fun met een boeiend verhaal.
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Game Over Online
I’d like to summarize by revealing that I personally like fighting games of this type a great deal, and often wonder why we don’t have a God of War for the PC and instead must settle for lame ports like Resident Evil 4. I’m willing to let the outstanding plot carry the somewhat lesser though still enjoyable combat engine and the thinness of the RPG elements of Jade Empire. If you’re not a fan of fighting games in general, this one isn’t such a shining example of the genre (though it may well be one of the best you’re likely to find among the paltry selection available on the PC) that it’s likely to excite you, but if you’re looking for a quickie martial arts chop socky adventure, this could be just the ticket.
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games xtreme
Jade Empire SE for me has stood the test of time, the game looks nice on a decent PC and plays extremely well. It is a couple of years old and worth getting if you have never played the Xbox version - the grainy original FMV lets the whole thing down.
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PC Player (Denmark)
Endnu et overordentligt solidt rollespil fra Bioware. De små detaljer og spidsfindige twists overrasker ikke helt som i fx Knights Of The Old Republic, men helhedsindtrykket er imponerende.
80
Power Unlimited
Als de zwaluw langs het vensterraam vliegt en de lentebloezem geurt, zal de wijsheid van de jaren als een serene waterlelie voorbij komen drijven.
80
Gamesmania
Jade Empire erzählt ohne Frage eine tolle Geschichte und lässt einen richtig tief in das chinesische Szenario eintauchen, alles wirkt ungemein stimmig. Auch die unterschiedlichen Gesinnungen und die Dialoge mit den Kameraden sowie die abwechslungsreichen Quests zählen zu den großen Stärken des Rollenspiels. Leider enttäuscht Jade Empire als eben solches, denn für ein Rollenspiel wird den Ausrüstungsgegenständen oder der Charakterentwicklung viel zu wenig Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt und auch die Echtzeitkämpfe wirken nicht zu Ende gedacht. Ebenfalls störend ist die kaum vorhandene Bewegungsfreiheit. Insgesamt ist Jade Empire für Freunde von gut erzählten Geschichten aber ein empfehlenswertes Spiel. Wer allerdings bereits die Xbox-Version vor zwei Jahren durchgespielt hat, kann sich den Kauf der PC-Umsetzung sparen, zu gering fallen die Änderungen aus. Andererseits hat Bioware Jade Empire immerhin ordentlich für den PC umgesetzt.
80
IGROMANIA
Jade Empire, конечно, не дотягивает до уровня своего старшего братца KOTOR и вряд ли может использоваться в качестве пособия для изучения восточных единоборств. Но это прекрасная, исполненная атмосферы игра, которая является хорошей альтернативой затяжным эпическим приключениям вроде Oblivion. Если два года назад у вас не было возможности познакомиться с Jade Empire, то сейчас самое время наверстать упущенное.
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Eurogamer.de
Ich wüsste spontan niemanden, dem ich Jade Empire nicht ans Herz legen könnte – außer jenen, die sich den Spaß bereits auf der Xbox zu Gemüte geführt haben. Wer sich mit längeren Dialogen überhaupt nicht anfreunden kann, kann sich den Gang in den nächsten Spieleladen ebenfalls sparen. Alle anderen sollten sich, ob Faible für Fernöstliches oder nicht, die hübsche Metallbox unbedingt ins Regal stellen.
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GamesWEB
Každopádne ak máte radi príbeh s dobrým scenárom, kvalitnú psychológiu postáv, atmosfericko-emotívny zážitok, alebo jednoducho máte radi hry typu Knights Of The Old Republic, ste na správnej adrese. Nejedná sa o revolučný počin, alebo pokoriteľa rytierov jedi, ide ale o veľmi dobre odvedenú prácu od majstrov RPG, BioWare.
80
PC Powerplay
Jade Empire würde mir außerordentlich gut gefallen, wenn es nur nicht so lange bräuchte, um in Fahrt zu kommen. Ich bin teilweise bei den langen Dialogen fast eingeschlafen. Und für mich ist die Balance zwischen Rollenspiel und Action nicht ausgewogen genug. Vor allem, weil sich der Rollenspielpart so minimal anfühlt - es gibt kaum eine Charakterentwicklung bis auf die inzwischen schon obligatorische "Gut oder Böse"-Frage. Dahingegen ist die Atmospähre wirklich klasse, ich habe mich ein bisschen wie im Film Hero gefühlt: Tolle Farben, tolle Landschaften, eine spannende Geschichte und ein unkompliziertes Kampfsystem - wenn auch die Steuerung besser sein könnte. Ein Tipp von mir: Die englische Version spielen, die Sprecher sind viel besser.
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Maximum PC
Jade Empire has equal parts story and smash-’em-up action. And while it’s not a perfect port, you won’t be disappointed by the combination of story and action that it delivers.
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JagoGame.com
Akhir kata, bagi para penggemar RPG, kali ini Bioware telah mengangkat sebuah RPG yang unik. Dengan nuansa khas Timur yang kental, serta permainan yang cukup menarik dan menantang, ditambah lagi dengan alur cerita yang sangat indah dan berkesan, game ini benar-benar menjadi rekomendasi bagi para gamer PC. Kualitas grafis dan sound, walaupun bukan yang terbaik, sudah mendukung permainan secara keseluruhan.
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Worth Playing
As a martial arts epic, you can't go wrong at all with Jade Empire: Special Edition. The combat, while repetitive, is easily approachable and manageable with the extras added to the PC version. The narrative is excellent, with enough plot points and well-veiled twists to make it a beautiful thing to watch. I do wish it were a longer, larger experience, with more room for character development, and the technical inadequacies brought on by relying on a three-year-old console game certainly try their best to diminish the experience. Those trying to find more of a "light-weight" RPG without the sheer overhead of World of Warcraft or Oblivion will find themselves right at home for a few hours, whirling about the beaches and mountainsides of Jade Empire.
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GameSpy
BioWare, the company behind classic PC RPGs like Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights, took an extraordinary risk a few years ago when it shifted its development priorities to consoles. This gamble seemed to pay off with popular, well-received Xbox titles like Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire. Meanwhile, it took two years for loyal PC gamers to finally get their own version of BioWare's Asian-themed opus. While Jade Empire -- Special Edition is an excellent port of a great action-RPG, the intervening years have seen the state-of-the-art in both action games and RPG design move forward and reveal cracks in what once seemed a flawless experience.
80
ActionTrip
Jade Empire features but a handful of improvements over its Xbox counterpart. For the most part, the development team reworked the AI, which gives players a lot more to tackle this time around. Some new fighting styles were introduced with the PC version (such as Iron Palm and Viper). Other than that, there aren't any particularly noteworthy innovations. Plus, content wise, the game remained completely the same, offering as much as 20 hours of gameplay. Regardless, Jade Empire: Special Edition still has strong replay value, with different characters to choose from and different paths to take in terms of alignment. Also, for gamers who haven't played Jade Empire on the Xbox, this is your chance to get immersed into an imaginative new world and an intriguing storyline. It's still a good game that deserves your attention.
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GameSpot
PC gamers have been waiting patiently for almost two years for BioWare's Asian-themed role-playing game to make it to their platform of choice. And in many ways, it was worth the delay for anyone who hasn't already played the Xbox version. Jade Empire: Special Edition features a terrific story that, like most great tales, is as engaging now as it was when it was first told. It's set in a marvelous mythological land of monstrous demons and martial arts that's inhabited by hysterical and heartbreaking characters, each with his or her own fascinating story. If you cherish strong narratives in games and have appreciated the developer's previous efforts, this one won't disappoint you.
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Computer Bild Spiele
Als das Spiel vor zwei Jahren für die Xbox erschien (Testurteil "gut" in COMPUTER BILD SPIELE 6/2005) konnte es noch mit seiner opulenten Optik und dem komplexen Spielprinzip beeindrucken. Die "Special Edition" hat trotz zusätzlicher Spielfiguren und Kampftechniken doch ein wenig Staub angesetzt. Vor allem die viel zu häufigen und viel zu langatmigen Dialoge bremsen den Spielablauf empfindlich. Davon abgesehen weiß das exotische Abenteuer auch heute noch mit seinen dämonischen Gegnerfiguren und spektakulären Kampfabläufen zu faszinieren. Ein "guter" mix aus komplexem Rollenspiel und harter Action.
76
GamingExcellence
A unique setting, some interesting (sometimes clichéd) characters, and a decent combat system makes Jade Empire a pretty good game to play. The PC version is really only for those that haven’t played the one on the Xbox yet, since, aside from a couple new fighting styles and a minute amount of new content, little has been added to the game. Still, the Jade Empire makes for an interesting place and a very decent game.
75
JeuxVideoPC.com
Bioware nous sert avec Jade Empire un subtil mélange de beat them all et de RPG comme on aimerait en voir plus souvent. Une aventure onirique hors norme, qui vous plongera vingt cinq heures durant au cœur d’un combat épique. A savourer comme un duel à l’arme blanche sous les cerisiers en fleurs.
73
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Jade Empire оказалась для BioWare своего рода вторым дебютом. Выпустив два блокбастера — Neverwinter Nights и Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, — студия рассталась с чужими лицензиями и взяла курс на создание оригинального интеллектуального багажа.
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TTGamer
Jade Empire is a decent RPG, but everything from the menu design and XP system, to the level design, basic fighting system and graphics absolutely reek of "console port". The only positive coming from this is the fact the game is well suited for control pad use and that the Xbox 360 controller works perfectly without any effort required from the gamer whatsoever, but even then that probably isn't going to appease the majority of PC gamers interested in an RPG. If you can look past the flaws and strong Xbox feel, Jade Empire is definitely a fun and addictive experience, but overall it is perhaps best suited for the casual gamer who prefers real time control than character and general game depth in their RPG gaming. Basically, if you've always wanted to mix the most basic and simplified elements of Fable and Mortal Kombat together, Jade Empire is for you.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Les deux ans d'attente qu'il a fallu concéder pour voir débarquer Jade Empire sur PC ont bien sûr été préjudiciable lorsqu'on connaît le niveau qui a été atteint depuis en matière de jeu de rôle sur nos chers ordinateurs. Néanmoins, le soft est tout de même un bon titre qui a conservé un certain charme grâce à son univers original et à ses personnages attachants.
70
1UP
Compelling narrative and crippled combat make Jade Empire a case of form over function -- and depending on what you want from a single-player RPG, that might be totally OK. It's short (in the 20-hour neighborhood for first-timers) and sweet; just don't let the premise trick you into expecting gameplay that isn't altogether there.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
Not only are there better looking, more advanced games on the shelves now, there are also simply better games out there; this genre hasn't stood still since Jade Empire came out. It's still got a spark, undoubtedly, but faced with a two year porting process which has tacked on precious little content and fixed none of the problems highlighted by reviewers of the original game, it's impossible to rate this game the same in 2007 as we did in 2005. Jade Empire has aged better than we expected, and we still recommend it to anyone who hasn't played the Xbox original - it's just that two years on, our recommendation is a little more muted than it was the first time round.
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Gameplanet
In terms of interface and controls it doesn't feel like a PC game (compare it to Fable, or to be more outside the box, the differences between the Halo port and its original), and as such suffers from what could be called consolitis. However, all that said, if you are a PC gamer and avoid consoles like the plague, then this may your only chance to enjoy a game with one of the best storylines in recent years.
60
RPGWatch
Despite these merits I couldn't help but feel like it was just more of the same. Playing Jade Empire felt like I was replaying Knights of the Old Republic and not just because it uses similar interfaces. The story seemed as though it was made using the usual formula for a BioWare game, regardless of the setting. I can only describe the romance options as silly and predictable. To top it all off this is actually a setback in terms of linearity from BioWare. Perhaps they have simply taught fans like myself to expect far too much. If you are looking for a mind blowing twist on the genre, this probably isn't the game you're looking for.