Jade Empire Reviews

Two new online reviews for BioWare's Jade Empire were published over the weekend, and they're both fairly positive. The first is at Xbox Gamers with an overall score of 9.75/10:
BioWare has released an amazing game with Jade Empire, and this game is so much fun to play, you had better turn on the answering machine before you play, because it will be a long time before you can put this immersive, involving game down. Jade Empire is one of those games that will be remembered for a long time, a game that is so well done that it will remain in your mind and keep dragging you back to your Xbox to play. This not only plays great, but also sounds and looks great. If you are an rpg fan, or just someone interested in any type of game, Jade Empire gives every gamer a great experience. BioWare has a massive hit on their hands, and hopefully we will see a sequel on the next Xbox.

And the second is at AltGaming with an overall score of 8/10:
Unlike The Sith Lords, the game passes largely without faults or bugs - and whilst it is shorter than most RPGs, it feels better structured and more complete than any RPG since... well, Knights of the Old Republic. The dialogue is good for the most part (except for Sky, whose cliché motivations and contrived romantic dialogue should have been buried with Carth Onasis when I severed his head on the Star Forge. Ahem) and the production values are expectedly top-notch. There is little reason not to go back to it, particularly as character relations change so drastically depending on how and whom you take along for the ride. Despite its flaws, Bioware has shown with Jade Empire that their own IP will become as treasured and valuable as the work they've done for other licences. It's not often a game is compelling enough to warrant replay straight away, but Jade Empire isn't a game that comes along often. You'll replay it, again and again, until their next one. It may not be universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want for a new Bioware game - but after playing Jade Empire, it's about as close as it can get.
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