Excerpt: (1 items) Bioware has a long history of bringing thrilling fantasy-based role playing games to life with titles like Neverwinter Nights ( ) and Baldur’s Gate. The company has made its bones by closely adhering to real Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules, creating a “legitimate” role playing game (RPG) experience that still has all the thrills and action of a computer game. They also thrilled Star Wars gamers with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic ( ).
Pros: No need to go to store to buy the game, Works on many older MacBooks, “open palm” vs. “closed fist” decisions affect story line, Martial arts action
Cons: Problem first registering the game, Old compared to Xbox release
Excerpt: When it comes to RPGs, Bioware are without equal. They have created wonders such as the Baldur's Gate series, quite possible the best fantasy RPG ever created, as well as given tools to the community with the hugely successful Neverwinter Nights. After a brief adventure in space in the form of Knights of the Old Republic, they sought a new challenge the result of which was Jade Empire for the Xbox.
Summary: BioWare is bringing an enhanced version, high-resolution graphics and new visual effects, of Jade Empire to the PC. The original, story of Jade Empire is injected with new monsters, weapons, combat styles, new challenges, and special items to discover.
Excerpt: How does a two-year old PC port of an awesome Xbox RPG hold-up in today’s world? Well, if the game is from a company like Bioware, then the game may have some life. And if the game is like Jade Empire , a game in which PC gamers lost out for two years while their Xbox brethren reaped all the benefits, then the wait may have been worth it. Despite some shortcomings, the game is worthy of the other classic Bioware RPGs.
Excerpt: Because my wife is away skiing in the North Country, you all benefit from what has to be, for me at any rate, the fastest game review ever. I played Jade Empire from start to finish in one marathon ten hour and fifteen minute gaming session, and without a multiplayer component and with essentially no replay factor in the single player adventure, that’s all there is to it. That doesn’t make Jade Empire a bad game, just a short one.