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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?
Release Date: Feb 27, 2007

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About the Game



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
203 of 248 people (82%) found this review helpful
47 products in account
2 reviews
4.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: March 21
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
32 products in account
4 reviews
34.3 hrs on record
Jade Empire won my heart several years ago, when I first played it on the original XBOX. While I recommend the game itself to anyone, I must ADVISE CAUTION TO THOSE SEEKING TO BUY IT ON STEAM. For some, the game will not operate smoothly (if at all) without downloading and installing an additional file. For those of you still needing help, there are many thread discussions regarding this error inside the community forums.

Alternatively, you can download and install the two files that I used (they worked for me) from:
https://anonfiles.com/file/2fd02e0d0446d3bcaa2c6b2d1fd85d8d

For reference, I believe this is the thread where I originally found the solution: http://steamcommunity.com/app/7110/discussions/0/864978835694348660

Now onto the game:

For those of you familiar with BioWare products, it probably won't come as much of a surprise that I would report Jade Empire to be a quality role-playing game. Clearly inspired by ancient Chinese mythology and folklore, this game is both alluring and enticing to players who can appreciate compelling storytelling combined with a refreshing cast of characters.

However, this particular title has a relatively simple design in comparison to many of BioWare's other creations. Don't let this discourage you! In spite of the average first play through lasting 20-30 hours, Jade Empire still proves to be an enjoyable experience worth a second playthrough.

One of my personal favourite aspects of this game is how the player's dialogue can influence the rest of the story. The player can interact with a large amount of NPCs throughout the game, however - like in most RPGs - the players main focus should fall to his/her inner-circle. I can't speak for everyone, but I myself found the interactions to be quite entertaining and likable.

All in all, I'd recommend this game to any lover of RPG's, though again: exercise caution before purchasing this game from Steam. I personally did not mind installing the additional files, but apparently that is call for some controversy. For those of you willing to go through the extra trouble, this game is well worth it (in my opinion).
Posted: June 21
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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
177 products in account
3 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
don't waste your time buying this game... doesn't even start with out editing a few things and even then it doesnt work properly for me. It also disables all my other steam games causing me to have to edit settings each time i want to play then edit them back so i can play or do somthing else.
Posted: March 18
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
101 products in account
18 reviews
16.2 hrs on record
Jade Empire, KOTOR, and Mass Effect are just painful reminders of how great Bioware used to be.
Posted: March 22
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21 of 35 people (60%) found this review helpful
110 products in account
1 review
2.4 hrs on record
Really? All you have to do is run Steam as admin...done. It's crazy that some of you call that "jumping through hoops". One google search and one right click. It works great and is a great game.
Posted: June 10
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565 of 698 people (81%) found this review helpful
59 products in account
26 reviews
9.2 hrs on record
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 many people will be infested with viruses or create registry errors for trying to play. 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. 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.
Posted: November 27, 2013
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