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?
User reviews: Mostly Positive (661 reviews) - 74% of the 661 user reviews for this game are positive.
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.
Helpful customer reviews
122 of 140 people (87%) found this review helpful
81 people found this review funny
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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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
One of the great Bioware RPGs up there with KOTOR and Dragon Age. The biggest difference from their other games is that it takes place in the Eastern fantasy world of Jade Empire and character's fighting styles are inspired by martial arts practices and techniques. If you like Bioware RPGs and, or fantasy martial arts movies play this game.


To expand upon my previous review the game isn't as deep as Kotor may be, though simplified Jade Empire is still a great experience. The gameplay is more action based than other Bioware games, no strategic pause option, D&D rules, and such. You can use focus points to slow down time for an advantage or for certain styles. Each fighting style you gain can be leveled up and is like it's own weapon or feat. You'll most likely find yourself switching between two or three that work the best. The diologue and choices are as great as you'd expect from a Bioware game. The story is basic but leads up to a pretty good twist and the quests are great, hardly any felt like pointless fetch quests. Very enjoyable game that would make a great intro into RPGs or fans wanting more.
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25 of 39 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
Although this is a wonderful Bioware classic, I cannot recommend buying the steam version. It has serious compatibility issues with windows 7 or higher and a bunch of unreliable fixes are required to get the game working. Get it elsewhere.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
Bioware RPG with an amazing feature for me. NEW GAME PLUS MODE!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
Love this game. Love it, love it, want to marry it, love it.

The cons first: the combat can be a little dull or weird. That is literally it. And I still really liked the combat. I imagine others might not, but it's hardly a dealbreaker level of weird.

You can tell from the get go this is a Bioware game - rich characters, a massive over arching story with multiple acts, and amazing world building. The combat is different to any other I've experienced, with a massive martial arts emphasis while still being the kind of "pause and fight" type deal you get in KOTOR or Mass Effect. Every aspect is well thought out and brilliant.

I'm so disappointed there weren't more games in this series. I really recommend giving this a go and falling in love with it as I have.
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