Jade Empire is a role playing game developed by Bioware for the Xbox.
Jade Empire begins with you as a pupil in the Two Rivers martial arts school, soon your school is attacked and you must take up your weapons and help to defend the school. With the help of your Master Li you manage to defeat your attackers and all is well. As your training continues your journey into a spirit cave to achieve enlightenment but when you return your village is in flames and Master Li is kidnapped. You must journey around the ancient lands and save Master Li from the Empire. The game has exciting characters to meet and the ending plot twist was incredible!
The game has you engaging in fights and talking to other characters. The fighting system in Jade Empire is unlike any of the previous Bioware titles, it is all in real time and you can use a variety of different fighting styles which you learn as the game progresses. You can also perform leaps and dodges to evade damage along with Chi moves which can be used to increase your attack damage and heal your wounds. There is also a focus mode which sends the game into a slow motion mode where you can attack at high speeds.
The character interaction is brilliant, the games actors really capture the feel of the setting. The game lets you pick from multiple dialogue options to reveal more of the plot and allowing you to gain insight into the many characters that inhabit the world.
There is also a morality system in the game, as with Knights of the Old Republic you can choose to be good or evil, in this game you can follow the way of the open palm which is good and the way of the close fist which is evil. There are many different dialogue options for each path so may want to play the game twice to encounter them all.
Graphics are excellent and the combat animations are superb. Voice over is exceptionally well done and doesn't come across as cheesy at all which would have been very easy to do.
Jade Empire is an excellent role playing experience and if you are looking for a good story you will find it here.
The story line for Jade Empire begins as you being a student in a martial arts school. You are the best in the school, and you are the Grand Master's top pupil. Everything seems to be going well until one day things start to spiral out of control. You are set off on a journey to uncover the truth.
The game begins with a quick tutorial instucting you on how to fight. The controls are easy and comfotable to use. The combat in the game is amazing. There are loads of martial arts styles to learn and upgrade, you'll never get bored of trying out new things with new characters.
Like all good role playing games, you get the choice to be good or evil. Meaning you can play the game once, then go through it all again from another point of view. There are many side quests to complete for extra money and experience.
This game is packed with great fighting moves, weapons, magic, mysterious monsters, enchanted lands, interesting plots, and gripping story lines. This is a game that you MUST own. Especially if you are a role playing fan, a must have.
This is probably one of the best role playing games that I have come across on the x-box and one that I would definitely recommend.
Set in a world that quite obviously gets its inspiration from ancient China it does however have its fair share of demons, ghosts and monsters as well as some robotic fighters so it is a sort of cross between the old and the new. You take on the role of a young martial arts student who has to search for their Master who has disappeared.
The whole game has a pretty good storyline and you pick up a few allies along the way. The level of detail on this game is of the highest order and as you travel around you come across some great settings in which to overcome the various challenges that come your way. When interacting with the different characters you have a number of options available to you and these will influence the way that the game progresses to the extent that you can play the same level a number of times just to check out the different outcomes that are possible.
The fight sense are really good and play just like a normal beat em up which is a quality not always found in RPG games and given that this is a game with a martial arts bias you get to perform some kick ass moves. The controls are really responsive and you can choose from a number of fighting styles dependant upon the opponent in front of you, naturally it is a bit pointless choosing weapons mode if you are fighting a ghost however it is easy to pick up on what works best.
It is the level of detail that really makes this game stand out and whilst you can speed up the motion when running through worlds to get to the next challenge sometimes it is a good idea to slow down and take a look around. The city scenes are the most detailed and colourful and the whole animation has a warm glow to it which just makes it a more pleasant game to play.
Certainly I have found that you get a lot of game play out of this game and it is well worth the £17.99 it currently costs at Amazon.
In the ancient, mysterious world of the Jade Empire, you train under your master's watchful eye and learn powerful martial arts and mystical powers. When danger threatens, you travel across the world, from the harsh mountains of the Land of Howling Spirits to the lush gardens of the Imperial City. In your adventures you face powerful human and supernatural foes, learn exotic and magical martial arts, and discover the darkest secrets of the world. Only by mastering the greatest fighting styles and defeating the most powerful enemies will you earn your place as a master of martial arts in the world of Jade Empire.