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?
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Release Date: Feb 27, 2007

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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? 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.
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ANewtypeCentury
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This is hands down the single best game Bioware has ever made. Even above Mass Effect 1 for me. My only regret for it is that Bioware did not move development over to the Xbox 360 during development (which was on the table,) since it was lost in the shuffle from one generation to the other.

That aside, this game is just a joy to play. It being an action RPG, especially after all those years of more turn based, segmented fare from their studio, was such a joy to experience when I first played it. The fighting system is varied, there are several avenues to suceed, all of them entertaining. It is for this reason that, though the system can be abused, it just adds to the charm. In every moment, in every piece of it, you can see a real love for this property. It being Bioware's first in house IP is a large part of that, but it is also the source material. It turns out that the folks over at Bioware are big Wuxia fans, and if you aren't by the end of this game, you may not have a heart.

My favorite element of the game though, is the morality system (though I will admit it is more of a de jure love than de facto.) Where in Knights of the Old Republic you have Dark Side and Light Side choices, in Jade Empire, you have the Way of the Open Palm and the Way of the Closed Fist. The best way to describe the difference is for me to say that one is a personal choice, but the other is a personal philosophy - either path can be misrepresented, and there are no right answers. At least, in theory. In practice, having come right off of Kotor, and being originally for the OG Xbox, concessions had to be made. As it is practiced by the player, it too often comes across as little more than the Dark/Light Side heavy handed choices. This just serves to make those occasions where it does work extra special, and they really shine. I don't know whether it was a hardware or design limitation. If Bioware ever does make a Jade Empire 2 which could realize the system as it is described is as exciting an idea as I can imagine.

Alas, it was lost in the shuffle for better hardware, and though it is made by one of the most famous developers in the business right after one of their biggest hits and right before their biggest hit, there are seemingly few who have played or even heard of Jade Empire. That is the biggest shame of all. I exhort all who are on the fence to buy this game immediately (also, play with a gamepad. It works brilliantly.) You won't be sorry.
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RoxasTheHunter
( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Needs a sequel
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Roger
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Whilst there appear to be issues with the config utility and a few tweaks needed to run the game itself under Windows 10 64bit (namely creating an empty SystemInformation.xml file and adding Steam to the environment Path: variable), the game is fine once up and running and is the same Jade Empire that we know and love.

A rich world coupled with a decent storyline (even if it is a little trite in places) makes this martial art centred RPG one to grab ahold of, not only for nostalgia but also because it's a great game to play through.
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Neverdusk
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I've played the Mass Effects and KOTOR, but Jade Empire is still my favorite Bioware game. You can play it over and over again, finding things you've missed and making different choices to yourself and the world around you. It's mythology, characters, and world make Jade Empire unlike any other action RPG I've played before.
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sith aesthetic
( 19.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This isn't a bad game. I didn't really know that it was met with luke-warm feelings by gamers far and wide. I watched someone play it initially, and I thought it was pretty cool. It ran pretty badly on my computer, but the glitches aren't game breaking; mostly just a minor irritation as you would have to reload to get the game to work again. However, the storyline isn't uninteresting. The graphics aren't entirely bad. It was fun and I played it through pretty quickly - and the themes of the story are pretty neat (the ghosts being restless, the water dragon's powers, etc.). However, you don't get to know your team very well and the fact that only one of them can follow you around is a little bit of a bummer. You can't really customize your character at all and it felt kind of 'meh' to me, too. Still, worth playing if you can get it on sale and you can get it to work.
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pyxella
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Don't be fooled by the playtime; I've played the xbox version.

Jade Empire is such an underrated game and as Bioware's first original IP, it deserves a bit more respect. It doesn't have anything on a lot of their other games, sure, but I have good memories. I had a great story, great characters and an interesting setting for an RPG.

The only minor complaints I have is that the PC version is a little buggy in comparison to the xbox version (and I played this game on a 360 with backwards compatibility too). Also, it requires a little tweaking to get it working on modern operating systems. But other than that, it's good. And if you've never played it before, it's never too late to try.
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cdrive1
( 26.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
After managing to get the game to work, *Thank you Hilitai671 for that conicise guide* This game actually is pretty good *though graphics aren't much to write home about, graphics don't matter when it comes to quality* The fighting is pretty good and the cutscenes, well they have a slight delay before mouth movements stop but that *For me* adds some charm in the way of *Possibly unintentional* Dub Humor.

IT IS FRUSTRATING TO DO A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF WORKAROUND TO GET IT TO WORK BUT IT IS WORTH IT!
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Twotonetommy
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
This game is from Bioware's glory days. I can honestly say if you like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic then you will love this game. Good story, plot and kung fu action. What more could you want.
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Alpha Nexus
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
The game itself is great, but the Steam version does not work without modifying your system files. You need to follow the guides to get it able to run, then after the game starts, it runs very choppy.

The GOG version is better, it installs the DirectX files that's needed and works smoothly after a reboot. I would recommend getting that version instead.
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aim4thetop1
( 26.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
Played this a long time ago back when people still had original xboxes. My ex-uncle somehow managed to modify his xbox, so that it could download xbox games like they were roms. Had absolute fun playing it back then, and playing it again years later, I still feel the same about the game. Although dialogue changes are minor for each character, the game is fun enough to have plenty of replay value, even though I always end up pairing up with Dawn Star or Silk Fox.

Shame Bioware never got the series to take off, or to my knowledge, produce a similar feudal era in their games. But to be honest, and as of writing, this is like the only Bioware game I've ever palyed.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
The game itself is great, but the Steam version does not work without modifying your system files. You need to follow the guides to get it able to run, then after the game starts, it runs very choppy.

The GOG version is better, it installs the DirectX files that's needed and works smoothly after a reboot. I would recommend getting that version instead.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
After managing to get the game to work, *Thank you Hilitai671 for that conicise guide* This game actually is pretty good *though graphics aren't much to write home about, graphics don't matter when it comes to quality* The fighting is pretty good and the cutscenes, well they have a slight delay before mouth movements stop but that *For me* adds some charm in the way of *Possibly unintentional* Dub Humor.

IT IS FRUSTRATING TO DO A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF WORKAROUND TO GET IT TO WORK BUT IT IS WORTH IT!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I've played the Mass Effects and KOTOR, but Jade Empire is still my favorite Bioware game. You can play it over and over again, finding things you've missed and making different choices to yourself and the world around you. It's mythology, characters, and world make Jade Empire unlike any other action RPG I've played before.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Whilst there appear to be issues with the config utility and a few tweaks needed to run the game itself under Windows 10 64bit (namely creating an empty SystemInformation.xml file and adding Steam to the environment Path: variable), the game is fine once up and running and is the same Jade Empire that we know and love.

A rich world coupled with a decent storyline (even if it is a little trite in places) makes this martial art centred RPG one to grab ahold of, not only for nostalgia but also because it's a great game to play through.
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656 of 816 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
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, 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. Then run it in XP Compatibility Mode with Run as Administrator checked. 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.
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278 of 339 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
Steam Version == BROKEN

I cannot recommend the Steam version in its current state, simply because it's broken (i.e. "non-working") beyond belief. This seems to not only be because of a "we don't care" attitude on Bioware's part, but also on Valve/Steam parts for letting things into the Steam shop that obviously haven't been QA'd AT ALL. This basically forces users to "jumping through hoops" like resorting to running Steam as Administrator, "registry hacking", manipulating broken config game files, renaming game executables and so on, without any guarantee that the game will run in the end anyway. Most of the problems are well-known (i.e. mentioned numerous times on forums here at Steam and Bioware), but there seem to be neither official solutions nor statements nor any signs of pressure from Steam towards Bioware to fix it.

* "Can't Find Steam error" : The most blatant proof that Steam didn't QA the Steam Version. The initial setup will throw this error message at your face unless you start the STEAM CLIENT itself in Administrator Mode (!). As the game requires admin privileges, and Interprocess Communcation between game and steam (with Steam_api.dll for Overlay / DRM) requires both executables to have admin privileges. Basic programming mistake on Biowares part? Non-existing QA on Steam's part?
* Verify integrity of the game cache throws you into a loop: Got "2 files failed and will be reaquired" every time you try from the steam client? In this case: Good luck. (Steam's fault)
* Crashing Game Configuration Dialog: The game configuration laucher crashes while trying to discover your hardware? You're out of luck unless you start renaming files / editing the registry / create a valid xml config file. (Bioware's fault)
* Dead-locking game right at the beginning: You only get the initial loading screen where you only see a background image? Afaik, there is no known solution to this problem at this time. (Bioware's fault)

There are speculations that the last 2 points might be caused by the "Optimus" technology from NVidia (modern Laptops with dedicated graphics cards have 2 cards: One integrated HDxxxx Intel version inside your CPU and one dedicated NVidia / ATI card). If that were true, it would mean that most laptops with dedicated graphic hardware (from NVidia) won't run this game at all. This is only *speculation* though.

TL;DR version: DON'T BUY! Unless Valve / Steam starts putting serious pressure towards Bioware to fix the plethora of issues nothing will be done, and the version offered in the shop will remain broken.
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97 of 103 people (94%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Compatability mode Windows XP. Right Click. Run as administrator. May you have less hassle than I did.
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219 of 274 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2014
I enjoyed this game when I played it on the original Xbox and grabbed this off a Steam Sale. However, this port seems to be broken. I can't launch the game and going to the forums just shows that I am in the company of hundreds of others who also can't launch the game.

The game is good, but the port is broken. Stay away or press your luck, you may be buying a broken game!
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124 of 142 people (87%) found this review helpful
84 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
if Kotor met Bruce Lee and then was best friends with The Last Airbender.
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192 of 238 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 17, 2014
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!
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