Publicada: 25 Dezembro
A gem of an Old Bioware game! I had no idea before I actually tried it. I have no idea any longer why I hadn't tried it and I can only wonder why it hasn't meritted more attention as an intellectual property.
The story, pacing, and other such plot elements are, to my taste, legit in comparison to other Old Bioware titles like Knights of the Old Republic and Baldur's Gates. Happily, it was one of those RPG stories I was not expecting to get caught up in and which I was memorably rapt and engaged to explore my first playthrough. Several of the side characters are memorable, the rest being amply adequate, and the romance subplots are nice enough. Appreciable world building polishes like an original language are interesting and, in my opinion, respectable artistic investments. For RPG completionists, there is to be divined (I have done so) a long enough but not too long set of missable items, etc., to hunt up. Certainly the character customization and development available here is nothing to Neverwinter Nights (and the same are far and away the most attractive aspects of NWN) and the martial arts dynamics are (presumably) little match for actual fighting games. But I found both highly satisfying in their simplicity. It's a sweetly elegant and intuitive simplicity, not an underwhelming simplicity, in my opinion, and to the extent that I reckon it a major asset of the design.
Overall, I've continually considered Jade Empire an unique and highly pleasant flavor to occasionally crave.
Get the mod Jade Empire in Style! With it and its rebalance in favor of proficiency in numerous styles, my replayability has gained significantly from the opportunity to gain more and finer combat skills through assessing the complements of combinations of single styles. I.e., trying the general pros and cons of the several main styles was interesting enough for several plays through, and with the expanded style list trying the very finest nuances of the combined pros and cons of switching several styles dynamically in battle is much stimulating, for me.