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Step into the role of an aspiring martial-arts master and follow the path of the open palm or the closed fist. In this multi-award-winning action-RPG, your choices and actions will determine the fate of the entire Jade Empire. Will you prevent the destruction of this beautiful land, or will you crush it beneath your heel?
Release Date: Feb 27, 2007

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About the Game



Step into the role of an aspiring martial-arts master and follow the path of the open palm or the closed fist. In this multi-award-winning action-RPG, your choices and actions will determine the fate of the entire Jade Empire. Will you prevent the destruction of this beautiful land, or will you crush it beneath your heel? Are you a warrior who uses his strength and fighting mastery to bring peace, or will you instead use your power to bring pain and ruin?
The choice is yours.

The Original Award Winning Jade Empire

  • An incredible, engaging story that makes you the noble hero or the treacherous villain!
  • A wealth of fascinating characters to interact with.
  • Beautiful, mysterious lands to explore, discover, and save...or conquer.
  • A rich blend of role-playing and exciting real-time combat.
  • New monsters and enemies.
  • New fighting styles.
  • Customizable, intuitive controls including support for game-pads and keyboard/mouse.
  • Increased graphics resolutions and new visual effects.
  • Improved combat AI and difficulty levels.
  • New world map interface.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows XP, Pentium 4 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon 1800XP, 512MB RAM, 8 GB Free HD Space, DirectX 9.0, NVIDIA GeForce 6200 or ATI 9500 or better (Shader Model 2.0 required), 100% DirectX 9.0 compatible sound card and drivers.
    Recommended: 3 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor, 1GB RAM, DirectX 9.0 February 2006, ATI X600 series, NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series, or higher recommended.
Helpful customer reviews
194 of 236 people (82%) found this review helpful
47 products in account
2 reviews
4.7 hrs on record
Broken; you have to hack it or jump through hoops without any guarantee it will even work. Still not fixed to this day. Don't buy it.
Posted: March 21st, 2014
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176 of 212 people (83%) found this review helpful
130 products in account
1 review
21.7 hrs on record
Waste of money. I've played this game in the past and it's a great game. The game is not the problem, getting it to run is. The host of known problems with the Steam version continues to grow. First you will be greeted by the "Failed to find Steam" error. This can be corrected by running both the Steam app and the Jade Empire game as administrator. Once you get past that you will be greeted by the configuration screen which will crash while trying to detect your hardware. I hear the only fix for this is changing the registry but I could be wrong.

If you manage to get past these errors (and a few brave and knowlegable souls have) You will likely run into the game crashing on you upon launch. In short this is not a game so much as a program designed to crash your computer. I hear there are patches you can download from various sites but you risk downloading viruses too. Make a mistake trying to change the registry yourself and you just might end up reformatting your hard drive. It's far less painful to just stay away from this POS that will fight you at every turn as you try to get it to launch. Sometimes it will even mock you by making you think it's about to run only to crash and laugh in your face. Stay away!
Posted: March 17th, 2014
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62 of 81 people (77%) found this review helpful
12 products in account
1 review
0.3 hrs on record
C'mon!

Wonderful game, most deserving of its acclaim and rating. However, this is a fundementally flawed version of the game whos antiquated engine works about as well with newer Windows OS's as John Wayne would with Ace Hood. I dont know why Valve doesn't feel they need to disclose these issues, but I do know that i'm glad I bought this on sale and I only wasted $6 rather than $15. Bravo to that 25% faction who can get Jade Empire to work, to all others I would obstain from buying this. I EXPECT BETTER...
Posted: March 17th, 2014
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27 of 41 people (66%) found this review helpful
61 products in account
1 review
0.2 hrs on record
How could they let a game this buggy into the store? Loved the original, spent 2 hours getting workarounds just to start the game. Now I'm thinking of just skipping it and requesting a refund.
Posted: March 17th, 2014
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
117 products in account
11 reviews
17.5 hrs on record
Welcome all that will read this, and now to the review!


(Personal experience below, move down to "Rating" if you just want to see what its about in small details)

The first time I laid eyes on this game, I was late middle school and I thought it looked awesome just because I saw X-Play review it themselves (way back when X-Play wasn't controlled or canceled now) but what really pulled me into wanting this game was the mini episode inside X-Play called "Cheats" which showed how to get a M. art style that is hard to get or some extra silver you can get from a character or how to romance a companion, which I thought was great, also it showed how to beat bosses and how to do things if you wanted to be evil or the good guy side. Plus at that time the graphics where the best because it was a Xbox title.


Conclusion:

Now I have the game and I am in love with this game, to the story to the side quests, to the weird companions to the demons you'll face, I could go on and on about this game but I think you get the point.


With this said, I need to point out the faults and great ideas of this game:

Cons:

Same voices on non-important npcs
Can't backflip outside of combat
"Looking at the floor" glitch
Weird character movements
Easy bosses (if you have mastered a fighting style)
Kind of cheesy and somewhat predictable storyline
Some of the mouths of npcs don't match to what they are saying (I thought this was a throwback to older chinese/japanese movies but I'm not sure)
Past level 15 your unstoppable
This game will not play correctly if you don't have a patch from a guide on steam on windows 8/8.1 (manual install)
Wishes you have a asian girlfriend (or boyfriend if your a women)


Pros:

Every companion has their own voice actor and usually special characters do also
The fighting styles can be used in many combinations with another fighting styles
Different perks from all companions
TONS of side quests
China history referances
Funny side quests and dialogue
Epic story
Its equally fun being good and evil
Companion storylines connected to the main storyline
+1 for buns (you'll get it)
Love interests (maybe sexy time?)
You can do barrel-rolls
You fly a plane with jets
Also your a ghost jedi/seth lord


Rating:

I will give this game a 8 out of 10 for what this game brings to the table, fun-fast gameplay, a addicting game that you can't knock out of your head for weeks and keep coming back for more, a change of pace from shooters/RPGs/etc, a good karma system, great music and more.

I recommend this game for players that are tired of the same "dumb and dumber" (shooters) type of gaming and want something different but even if your looking for a new classic, then this is your kind of gem you'll enjoy.

{RECOMMENDED}
Posted: April 26th, 2014
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561 of 693 people (81%) found this review helpful
59 products in account
25 reviews
9.2 hrs on record
The game itself is brilliant, unfortunately, Valve is distributing it in a broken, unplayable state for most windows Vista/7/8 users. This requires users to hack the install directory by renaming files, or to seek to resolve the problem by more convoluted and risky means.

It is of course BioWare's responsibility to fix this, but Valve is still selling it, and it's unacceptable that people feel the need to download anonymous executables off the internet in order to play a game they purchased.

If you feel like dealing with the head ache of trying to get this broken product to work, it's actually a very good game. It starts a little slow but you encounter lots of interesting characters, make lots of decisions that impact how things turn out, develop relationships with party members, get multiple endings, and can unlock a lot of cool powers. It's a very good game many people will be infested with viruses or create registry errors for trying to play. It's like a pre-cursor to Mass Effect but JadeEmpireConfig.exe is broken and results in a Can't Find Steam error.

Oh the solution to the Can't Find Steam error? Simple

Make a backup of JadeEmpireLauncher.exe, create a copy of JadeEmpire.exe, and rename that copy to JadeEmpireLauncher.exe. For most people, this solves the problem. I'm sorry you had to look for a work around like this to make a game you spent money on playable.
Posted: November 27th, 2013
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