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).