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Jade Empire

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

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'Jade Empire' - 13 New Screens

by Rainier on May 16, 2006 @ 10:13 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.

Step into the role of an aspiring martial arts master and follow the path of the Open Palm or Closed Fist. In this action-RPG, your choices and actions will determine the fate of an empire. Will you prevent the destruction of this beautiful land or crush it beneath your heel? Are you a warrior who uses strength and fighting mastery to bring peace or will your power bring pain and ruin?

“We’ve taken full advantage of the PC’s capabilities to add many new and exciting enhancements that were simply not possible in the original version,” said Greg Zeschuk, President of BioWare. “PC gamers will be treated to the original, immersive story but the new additions deliver a far richer gameplay experience than ever before.”

The epic story casts the player as a noble hero or treacherous villain, on a quest to become a martial arts master by following the path of the Open Palm or the Closed Fist. Jade Empire has won numerous industry awards and earned Gamerankings and Metacritic review scores of ~90% for its excellence in story-telling, graphics, role-playing, and action. It is the first original intellectual property to be wholly owned and created by BioWare, with additional BioWare-owned IPs on the way in the form of Mass Effect and Dragon Age.

“BioWare has an amazing community of roleplaying game fans who have been demanding a PC version of Jade Empire,” said Ray Muzyka, CEO of BioWare. “We are delighted to deliver a fully PC-optimized experience to them, so that another important segment of BioWare’s fans can experience the beautiful and mysterious world of the Jade Empire!”

Features :

  • 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.

PC Exclusive Features :

  • Customizable, intuitive controls including support for game-pads and keyboard/mouse.
  • Increased graphics resolutions and new visual effects.
  • New monsters and enemies.
  • New fighting styles.
  • Improved combat AI and difficulty levels.
  • New world map interface.

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