Epic story set in the world of mythical China : Step into a deep, rich story in the tradition of BioWare-developed Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic™. Sinister events upset the peaceful harmony of an isolated martial arts school and draw you into a story that unfolds with drama, action, and adventure. Confront wild outlaws, evil magicians, demonic incarnations, and other foul villains that protect the Jade Empire's darkest secrets. Stare in awe at the sweeping views of the lush environments, sheer vertical drops, and overpowering scale that provide the visual backdrop to the story.
Using the knowledge gained in crafting multiple story-based role playing games, BioWare sends you on a journey to become a martial arts master. Choose your character with a unique appearance and quirks, a custom voice set, and a powerful combination of ability scores and fighting styles. Choose to act for good or evil, and rule your stronghold with an iron fist or a velvet glove. Your decisions will affect your reputation—a reputation that precedes you throughout the land, changing the course of interaction with other characters and followers. Take the role of a master of martial arts, build and develop a fortress, regale the populace with tales of bravery and honour, and recruit followers to your cause in an interactive, living world.
As with all Bioware titles an innovative fighting system is at play here. Master fighting styles and mystical powers in a tale that matches the tempo and fury found in Hong Kong cinema favourites like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Bruce Lee classics. As you journey through Jade Empire, you can upgrade your combat style or learn entirely new styles to tailor a character for your specific game play preferences. Select from more than 30 different fighting styles, each with its own unique moves, speed, power, and form, ranging from punches and kicks to weapon strikes, mystical powers, and even transformations into supernatural monsters!
Build your personal stronghold. Take over a fortified town and turn it into his base of operations. Attract followers to go on missions, learn new fighting styles, and attract and train students. Defend your property from invading marauders that threaten the countryside. Your stronghold will grow and evolve as you gain prestige, reflecting increased stature in the décor and popularity of the school.
If you played Peter Molineux's Fable on Xbox recently you will see similarities in the styling and the game-play. It has a fantasy feel which is really magical. The graphical look is superb and the interaction available with the rest of your living world is superb.
Graphically Jade Empire sets the scene well – whether it is the beautiful water falls and rolling countryside or the amazing monsters you are set to fight the graphics are tight and the Chinese mystical theme is carried through everything. If you are looking for an adventure in a strange and mystical land then Jade Empire could be the game for you.
8 out of 10
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