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Jade Empire review at Gamespy
Review - posted by Role-Player on Sun 25 February 2007, 05:22:31Tags: BioWare; Jade Empire
Gamespy has written a review for that gook brawler with dialogue and a lesbian twist, Jade Empire. A 4/5 rating lands on Bioware's title, but it's not without some flaws:
Why wasn't this a concern with Throne of Bhaal and Knights of the Old Republic? Both games suffered from this.
Late in the game, the player is presented with one extremely important choice that will determine the fate of the Jade Empire. After completing the "Open Palm" route, I carefully tried to adhere to the "Closed Fist" approach, threading my way through the game's dialogue and choosing whatever came closest to the "tough love" philosophy. This was reflected in a nearly complete Closed Fist meter, but when I decided to restore the harmonic balance of the Empire at the end, the meter shot up to just short of a perfect Open Palm rating, and I got the "good" ending and postscripts. How could that one choice obliterate all the monstrous deeds I had done to get to that point? Ultimately, it made all the choices I had made in the game feel meaningless; I did replay and make a different choice to get the "bad" ending, but by that point it felt hollow.