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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Mixed (16 reviews) - 56% of the 16 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (734 reviews) - 74% of the 734 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.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
far too hard to get to run on a modern system
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
It's Great

Name Jade Empire
Release Date 27 Feb, 2007
Current Date 22 Sep, 2016
Graphics Nice
Story Excellent
Choices Everywhere
Length [hours] 20 - 30
Achievements None

  • ++++ Great Story
  • +++ Interesting Combat system - Weapons, martial arts, magic, morphing
  • ++ Choices everywhere
  • + Morality system
  • + Multiple followers to choose from
  • -- Characters have a set appearance (You can choose one)
  • -- You might have to manually do some stuff to get it to work
  • - Followers don't tend to be useful in combat
  • - Choices are mostly either good or evil (e.g. Kill or Help)

Note: I played this game years ago outside of STEAM for a long time, pay no attention to my playtime
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
"Failed to find Steam." I've read a thousand ways to fix it, but I'm not really computed savvy enough to do it. Waste of money.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
runs like ♥♥♥ out of the box and you may have to do some ini tweaking to uncap the framerate and going into your graphics card settings to disable vsync
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702 of 868 people (81%) found this review helpful
7 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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306 of 371 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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105 of 113 people (93%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
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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202 of 249 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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222 of 279 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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225 of 284 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2014
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.
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7.6 hrs
Posted: October 18
First off, it takes like 3 things to fix this just google it, its not hard and im not computer smart by any means, so stop putting negative reviews for being lazy f**ks.

Now to Jade Empire... f**king wow. For an old game, it's bloody amazing. I've put in 6-7hours so far and that was just today, I struggled to stop playing I even skipped dinner (I missed F**king steak to keep playing this) The music is awesome and fits so well, the graphics are dated but remind me of Morrowind (greatest game of all time) but what's really got me into Jade Empire was the BADA$$ MOTHERFU**KING KUNG FU FIGHTING! Holy Sh*t YEAH! You do front flips and back slips and side rolls while confusing the f**k out of your target and then just kick there a$$ like the kung fu beast you are. Omg it's down right bloody amazing. But there's more so far the story is really cool aswell, of course being made by Bioware there's tons of dialog and lots about the world to learn. (nothing on the scale of Mass Effect or Dragon Age) but enough to want to learn more. There's orge's and f**king DEMON TOADS! (like wtf!) its a great and very unusual mix of fansty and steampunk with alot of tradtional asian culture put into it. (it's bloody rad)
So to sum up if you like Mass effect with Morrowind's style graphics and BEING A KUNG FU MASTER!
This is a must have :D
Ps. I got it on sale a while back for $3.70 but would of happily paid the $15 so worth it!
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17.7 hrs
Posted: October 16

While the port is pretty troublesome to boot up it is worth it.Seriously just rename the file and then run as administrator it is literally that easy.People are making it out like their trying to hack the ♥♥♥♥ing matrix.

100/10 jade master destroyed my bung hole
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 16
Tried every single possibile thing, managed to make it run for 5 minutes after 3 hours of fiddling.

But teleporting NPCs and Objects made it impossibile to appreciate.
Without mentioning some missing audio files and unstable framerate even on high end machines.

Will delete and redo a review if it ever gets a community patch or something official that resolves the problems i got.
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59.0 hrs
Posted: October 16
This game was one of the names from my childhood; in my opinion it is one of the two heights BioWare has reached, those two being this game obviously and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic.

This game has graphics that are incredible, they stand testiment even to this day. Though looking very slightly dated, this game was released in 2005 and still looks beautiful even even despite the slightly aged graphics which don't stand in the way.

The gameplay is complex and direct. Unlike other RPGs, this is an action RPG with varied styles and enemies to face against to challenge you. The gameplay is always fun regardless of whether its on easy or difficult due to the way the game presents that combat, which never seems to get repetitive.

The story is a BioWare classic, one with in-depth characters that are interesting and are actual people rather than tropes on legs. They all have stories and personalities that bring them and the game to life and the main storyline itself is intruiging even though it starts off with a cliché or so it appears.

I still play this game to this day despite originally owning it on Xbox and having played it multiple times all ready, I would suggest this game to ANYONE for at least a single playthrough.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 7
Broken- Ask for refunds!!
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2.7 hrs
Posted: October 7
Unfortunately this game won't run without serious framerate issues. I do recommend the game in that it is a superb story but not with the framerate trouble. Considering the other games I'm able to run on this PC there's no reason for the framerate problems here.
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47.1 hrs
Posted: October 6
I always heard this game was good, but I never tried it until recently. I was very pleasantly surprised, way better than I though it was going to be. If you liked Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and/or ancient Chinese culture, this is right up you alley.

My two gripes are:
- The combat system feels a little clunky, likely due to it's age, but it is managable.
- The auto save system doesn't save nearly enough. Sometimes you will get swarmed with enemies and die in about 3-5 seconds, but then the game will send you back like 20 minutes! I found myself saying "You gotta be kidding me, all the way back here?!" More than once.
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18.8 hrs
Posted: October 2
A fun game that could've been so much more in my opinion
+Fun Combat Styles (Thousand Fists, Toad Demon)
+Plenty of choices
+Fun parallel between Open Palm and Close Fist(not just evil vs good)
+Nice Chinese Atmosphere
+Diverse Areas
-Overlly Linear(In my Op)
-Combat system can be too easy (Jade Golem Op)
-Endings Lack Meaningful Diversity
-Too few areas (Around 10 Zones)
-Too Short in general (Prob one of the if not the shortest Bioware game out there)
6.5/10 If only this game would get enough attention for a sequel
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Red Monk
22.0 hrs
Posted: September 30
Terrible game compared to modern games but it's usually people who want a blast from the past who would play this and understand how amazing the game was back in it's prime, I'm having some powerful nostalgia playing this game of when I completed it at full retail price of £30 back on the original xbox.
If you've never played this game before though and care for gameplay or graphics, this is not a game for you.
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