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 (484 reviews)
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
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
A link between Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect. A rather simple and quick ARPG, Jade Emprie satisfies mainly on its story and setting. The fighting system is very run-of-the-mill button mashing, and the skill system is not very interesting. However, for fans of BioWare and RPGs, there is enough here to satisfy.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Still one of the best games available despite its age. For those who can't get it to run, I copy pasta'd the steam.dll into the jade empire folder and it ran just fine. Might not work for everyone though, idk, I just wanted to dunk Gao the Lesser again, that little ♥♥♥♥.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Jade Empire is without a doubt a very good game. It stands, however, very firmly, as a mid-point between Bioware's other landmark titles: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect. It is very recognisable as a spiritual successor to the gameplay style of Knights of the Old Republic. On the other hand, you can see much that would go into Mass Effect being developed in Jade Empire. It says more than anything about Jade Empire that I could not write a paragraph in review without mentioning Bioware's other two excellent titles.

The characters and their development, the storyline, and quite frankly the world developed around them, simply doesn't live up to the heights generated by the other series mentioned herein. It perhaps helps with immersion that I was a Star Wars fan prior to playing Knights of the Old Republic; but Mass Effect's dramatic introduction of an entirely new universe was simply amazing and Jade Empire achieves nothing of the sort. It is a nice world, more densely populated than Knights of the Old Republic which makes it feel more immersive. But unfortunately it just does not stand out. It is not particularly memorable, and there is virtually no reason at all for the game to be open-world (when it does open up). If you are thorough, there is literally no reason to return to places you have visited in the past in Jade Empire, and that is rather unfortunate.

It is an aging game, so the graphics look a little dated at this point but you can still see that for their time they were quite pretty and it does not in any way impact the enjoyability of this title. The gameplay is also quite interesting, very fast-paced and there are a really wonderful array of fighting-styles that your character can learn. Slightly unfortunate, however, is the loss of the ability to play as other characters at will, which was a welcome feature included in Knights of the Old Republic.

All in all, this game is definitely worth looking into, especially for fans of Bioware's other excellent RPG titles. I have been rather critical in this review but it is only because Bioware has soared so much higher in other outings and with so much potential it is rather unfortunate that Jade Empire failed to achieve these expectations. Nonetheless, I still consider it one of the better RPG games I have played and would recommend giving it a shot. 8/10.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
After countless adjustment problems, in the end still managed to get the game to run. I have this game on the Xbox really enjoyed his time. This version does not even comes close to the game experience that i have as a teenager, but it was some kind of a throwback experience.

If the story has you once, you're lost.
The Jade Empire is a really nice setup, Bioware has done everything right with this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
I've been waiting some time until this game went on sale so I could finally play it - 9 years after it's release. If you don't mind old graphics, and I assume you don't if you play old RPGs, this game is worth playing and I enjoyed it as a whole :) it's set up in an interesting world and it's really entertaining and funny. The combat system isn't that bad as many are saying.
It's one of those pre-modern Bioware games - and that's a good thing in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Short version: 76%
Jade Empire is a solid BioWare adventure game with an enjoyable world and storyline, complemented by a frustrating combat system and stripped-down RPG mechanics. It probably won’t be your favourite action game of all time, but you definitely won’t regret playing it.

Long version:
Jade Empire was created between the releases of two highly successful titles, which later overshadowed its existence, although not without reasons. At its core Jade Empire is nothing more than an attempt to recreate the success of Knights of the Old Republic with a new world based on a highly fictional version of early Imperial China. For the most part, it works well… just don’t expect much historical accuracy, especially on the shoot-em-up stages against the ancient Chinese Luftwaffe. Yes, you read this correctly.

An RPG usually is as good as its story, and the game won’t let you down in this regard. The plot is solid with a few good twists, the characters are memorable enough, and the mandatory romance subplot doesn’t feel as forced as in most games. But it’s hard not to notice that most quests are recycled from KotOR and Neverwinter Nights.

So, why is Jade Empire so obscure and forgotten? For two reasons. The first is the lack of actual role-playing elements, and the second being the combat system.
This was the first title where BioWare tried real-time player-controled action instead of random-based mechanics, and it’s not working too well. Fighting is just mindless button mashing and the hit detection is beyond horrendous; using hand-to-hand styles almost equals a death sentence. As you can imagine, this creates slight issues in a Kung Fu game.

Still, Jade Empire is a solid title, and highly recommended for those who like BioWare’s KotOR era. Set the difficulty to easy or medium to avoid the frustration over the combat system, and enjoy this little piece of uniqueness.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
One of Bioware's earlier games, that does not disappoint! A great game, that still holds up well even now!!! (well i think it does... but i love it alot) If your a fan of other games by BioWare such as Mass Effect (which i also love alot!) you will very much enjoy this!

A+++ 10 out of 10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Port doesnt work (crashes on start up) with no fix and they refuse refunds. game is great but this version doesnt work.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Since the game cannot work proprely (because it's too old) and it's not supported anymore I give a thumbs down.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Does not run on windows 8 without going through a tedious amount of fixes.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
I'd love to see a re-release of this game. The technical problems are too great to warrant a YES from me, however.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
LUSTFUL LAO
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
great story for an old game. i mean really old
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Broken game.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
I played this game on the XBOX and loved it! It was absolutely amazing. I still have my copy, and only wish they would make a sequel.

With that said, I cannot recommend this port in any way. Run, don't walk, away from this! It isn't even playable on my top-of-the-line system, even after going through the pain of getting it to run in the first place. Sad! Too bad. Guess I'm breaking out my XBOX again.
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37.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Good.
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18.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Completely underrated IP.
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34.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
A lesser-known Bioware gem, Jade Empire boasts an amazing atmosphere inspired by Chinese history and mythology, an engaging story, a whole bunch of likeable companion characters, and a combat system that's simple to use but offers great variety.
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4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Outstanding game. Perhaps Bioware's best(and assuredly most overlooked) title. If you are even passingly interested in Chinese mythology, this game is a treat. Also contains an early nemesis voiced by Nathan Fillion, which is always a plus.
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5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
One of the best RPGs I've ever played.

It combines the deep world and interesting characters of old RPGs, with a challenging combat systems, and fast dialogues known from modern RPGs. Its story, full of great twists and turns, also clearly shows why BioWare was a loved company before it got bought by EA.

Even after all those years it has aged really well.

Note: It has some problems with Steam for some reason, but works great once fixed.
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