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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Ok, i loved this game. Unfortunatly this game is plagued with problems so i must say for god sakes don't buy it. The first issue you WILL have is it wont connect to steam. It took me a decent time searching and tinkering to get the game to even launch. Next the configuration IS going to crash when you try to run the game. Again searching and tinkering so you can get around that. Now that you finnaly get into the game, surprise. . . You dont have a cursor, the mouse works, you just cant see it. You will need a hefty resolution to get it. All in all, this isnt worth it. You should spend your money on anything else. With all the problems that it has, if i had known, i wouldnt have paid $1 for it. Shame on bioware for not fixing these bugs, that from what i have read, were known about. Ohh and steam didnt mention the plague either. My fault though, i should have done better research. So shame on me for thinking that the listed system requirements were what i needed to run the game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 9
Kung-Fu RPG! The beginning of Bioware's 3rd person RPG greatness, this one is an oldie but goodie.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Allow me to start this review by saying this is a great game, you should play this game!

But for the love of God, buy it elsewhere. As many people have already pointed out it is unplayable in its current condition. I was able to make it work long enough for one playthrough but it has since stopped working.

If you are interested in this awesome game, get it somewhere else. GOG Galaxy worked well for me. I bought the game from them and have not run into any of the idiotic issues that come with the Steam version.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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

Pros
  • ++++ Great Story
  • +++ Interesting Combat system - Weapons, martial arts, magic, morphing
  • ++ Choices everywhere
  • + Morality system
  • + Multiple followers to choose from
Cons
  • -- 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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1 of 1 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
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 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
pretty upset. was looking forward to this game but its not working at all. steam/bioware needs to fix this!!!
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694 of 861 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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298 of 363 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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Sion Barzahd
7.6 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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Firedancer
26.7 hrs
Posted: September 26
This, together with "Zelda: Ocarina of Time" and "Vampire: Bloodlines" is one of my favorite games of all times.
Strange mix, I know, but the thing connecting them is great storytelling.

The world is very charming, inspired by chinese fairy tales and wisdom. With the ways of the Open Palm and the Closed Fist it has some interesting philosophies built into it and tries not to fall into the good/evil trap. I think this was very successful. the philosophies seemed a little bit over the top, but all in all believable (and for something that was made up for a single video game this is a lot).
The graphics have aged well and are nice to look at (I mean yeah, the number of NPCs walking around is very low and thus the same model repeats).

I loved the combat system. It is a mix between RPG (acquiring and levelling skills) and Beat 'em up games. I found this very intriguing. In fights you can switch between different styles and each style has several different attacks. You can transform into all kinds of creatures to gain their skills. You can use weapon styles for massive damage, but using up your focus (which you can also use to slow down time). You can use your Chi and magic styles for different styles of spellcasting (but you can also use your Chi for healing or empowering your strikes).
And there are several support styles allowing you, for example, stuns or stealing enemie's Chi.
It is fairly easy to abuse. As soon as you have access to a few key styles you can win every combat with just those.
But it is still fun. You still have to position yourself and to wait for the right moment to strike.

And even though this game is mostly linear (linear main plot with plenty of optional side quests) I do love playing this game again and again (my playtime here is not correct, I used to have a non steam version before). It really managed to give you a sense of wonder and immerse into this world. You will meet fox spirits and cannibals, demons and golems. And you have a big group of followers, all with (somewhat) complex relationships and their own motivations.

So I would completely suggest trying out this game (but I think it might be free on other platforms).

I haven't tried it on Win10 yet, but on WIn7 I could get it to run with a few things changed (you can find them in the community hub, it is not to much effort).
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