Back in 2005, before the days of Mass Effect and Dragon Age, BioWare introduced Xbox players to the world of Jade Empire. The classic exclusive was an RPG based around Chinese mythology, and as of today, has been around for 16 glorious years.

The game captured hearts of fans around the world and was well regarded amongst critics when it released on April 12, 2005. Unfortunately, its sales failed to warrant a continuation of the franchise, mostly due to the fact it released in a year many gamers were awaiting the Xbox 360. However, it's become something of a cult classic since then, and features many of BioWare's signature tropes, such as real-time combat and moral-based decision making.

Luckily, with Microsoft's brilliant backwards compatibility program, you're still able to play Jade Empire today on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. It's even Xbox One X enhanced, giving it a bit of extra flare from the original release. If you want to celebrate its anniversary in style, there are worse things you could be doing tonight.

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