Bioware swims free. Although the Canadians have been among the hit suppliers in the role-playing genre for years, a game designer dream has remained unfulfilled so far, which cannot be expressed in terms of sales success or 90s ratings. Both the games of Baldur’s Gate-row, as well Knights of the Old Republic licensed foreign game universes. With Jade Empire For the first time, the creative minds around doctors Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk present a role-playing game that has nothing to do with either “AD&D” or “Star Wars”. Most of our images are from the original English version. The German counterpart was properly translated, but the voices are mixed. If you have the choice, it is better to get the English original. In our box you will find information about the special edition that is available from the States.
The story starts in an early medieval pseudo-China, the Jade Empire. Here the soldiers of Emperor Sun Hai fly around with smoking kites, countless gods and demons take care of the heavenly bureaucracy and old masters teach noble or nasty fighting styles. You are the best student of such a teacher and begin your adventure in the idyllic province of the two rivers. There are six characters to choose from, which you can let loose on the Jade Empire either with preset starting values or adjusted yourself. The three basic values body, soul and spirit influence the secondary abilities health, chi and focus. The blue chi energy supplies your magical abilities, the yellow focus bar indicates how long you can use a weapon or slow-motion mode. Now you choose your first two fighting styles, then it’s off to your master Li’s dojo.
The biggest innovation is revealed in the subsequent tutorial: Contrary to games like KOTOR is in Jade Empire fought entirely in real time. If you meet opponents, your hero raises his fists and a wild exchange of blows begins. During the fight, you can use the directional pad to choose between all styles that you have collected so far. Weapon styles cover longswords, dual swords, staves, and axes. With various melee and support styles, you deal blue eyes and shock states such as slowdown, paralysis or poison. Finally, the magic palette offers attack spells with different elements and the possibility to transform into some of the defeated monsters. In addition, you can connect styles to combos. Even if you can complete the adventure with only three styles, the mass of more than a dozen butcher types is still sorely needed.