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Jade Empire

Platform(s): PC, Xbox
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: BioWare

About Judy

As WP's senior editor, I edit review and preview articles, attempt to keep up with the frantic pace of Rainier's news posts, and keep our reviewers on deadline, which is akin to herding cats. When I have a moment to myself and don't have my nose in a book, I like to play action/RPG, adventure and platforming games.

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'Jade Empire' (Xbox) Rocks Onto The Music Scene

by Judy on Sept. 30, 2004 @ 11:31 a.m. PDT

Jade Empire will let players master dozens of martial arts fighting styles and mystical powers that match the dazzling spectacle of Hong Kong action movies like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." The game features a deep, rich story in the tradition of BioWare, which most recently developed Star Wars®: Knights of the Old RepublicTM. Players can train under their master's watchful eye to learn powerful martial arts and mystical powers. When danger threatens, players will travel across the world, from the harsh mountains of the Land of Howling Spirits to the lush gardens of the Imperial City. In their adventures, players will 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 players earn their place as a master of martial arts in the world of Jade Empire.

Morphing music videos and video games into an entirely new music viewing experience, each half-hour episode of MTV2 "Video Mods" showcases some of today's most popular video game characters and environments as they perform videos by artists of all genres including Lil Jon, Black Eyed Peas, Evanescence, New Found Glory and more. Each video is transformed, sometimes literally, sometimes with a completely new creative concept, by adapting the music video using a unique video game environment and featuring characters from one, or often a variety of video games.

"Using the same motion capture technology that BioWare uses to create incredible martial art fighting styles, MTV2 turns video game characters into rock stars - it's quite incredible to see the results," said Greg Zeschuk, Joint CEO of BioWare Corp. "This has been an exciting opportunity for us at BioWare and especially the Jade Empire development team. We have had fun working with MTV2 and Big Bear Entertainment, and watching this come to life," added Ray Muzyka, Joint CEO of BioWare.

MTV2 "Video Mods" is produced by Tony Shiff and Big Bear Entertainment. For complete information on MTV2 "Video Mods" visit www.MTV2.com.

The segment will air October 2, 2004 at 9:30 pm ET/ 6:30 pm PT on MTV2.

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