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Repetitive combat and week-long load times aside, this is an excellent RPG for the casual role-player. While it may lack some of the depth seen in other games of its kind, it is also a much faster paced game. All in all, Jade Empire is one of the last great games for a system whose days are numbered.
And the second is at Age of Play with an overall score of 4.5/5:
More importantly, the combat sequences are in real time (as opposed to the turn-based trade-offs of traditional RPGs), making it all a deviously dynamic story-telling affair as you intellectualize not only every path, but every combat move, each throw-down, each block or roll, all at the speed and fluidity of kung-fu and with a firm understanding of the elusiveness of paper-scissors-rock outcomes.