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.
Were you a fan of Jade Empire? Let us know in the comments below.
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Played a good amount of it years ago when I started collecting original Xbox games and it's really good! It's reminiscent of BioWare games that came after it, for example Mass Effect, with features such as a Paragon/Renegade system. But it still holds up on its own very well. I definitely want to revisit it one of these days and beat it.
This game was(is?) awesome!! I may have to check it out, again, only one playthrough. Worth another.
I loved that game and it some what irked me that Mass Effect got sequels when Jade Empire never did. Although considering how the Mass Effect sequels ended up maybe it was for the better that Jade Empire never got one.
A remake of this one would be cool!!
this was a really fun game a bit on the short side as far as duration goes but very good
I remember as a kid picking up my copy of Electronic Gaming Monthly with this game as the main feature, and I was blown away. This game is so good and underrated; I would love to see a remake.
It's a shame it didn't end up selling very well as it was a pretty good game. It was definitely one of my favorite original Xbox games.
Played a small chunk of it and enjoyed it, but for reasons I can't remember fell off it quite quickly.
I see it's on Game Pass, via EA Play, on PC but apparently not on Xbox. Shame.
My last, favorite Bioware game/franchise. Kinda the pinnacle for me.
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