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Demo: Jade Empire

The April issue of XBox Magazine arrived yesterday with the Jade Empire demo included. I was pretty damn excited to finally try out the new hotness from Bioware, so I fired up the console and gave it a run. The demo's opening movie was mostly familiar territory, and then on to the combat demo between you and … well, I won't give it away, but let's say that L5R players will feel right at home with these Oriental critters. The demo is limited to two encounters.

The combat itself flows very smoothly (smoother than KOTOR!) and requires a little decision-making. The best part of the control scheme is using the D-pad to cycle between different kung fu fighting styles (such as "Long Sword" or "Dire Flame" or "Horse Demon"). Shifting some styles literally changes the appearance of your character, to resemble a dragon or demon or what have you. This makes perfect sense in the wuxia-driven context.

The demo is sweet, but it's also about 5 minutes long. Even if you replay it with all six or seven POV characters (and I'm not saying I did), it's still only about 30 minutes, all devoted to the same encounter. This thing better ship soon or I'm gonna havta whup somebody.


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Mar. 14th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
Please don't tempt me pick up a console, Monkey King! I'm just thankful my 2 year-old desktop is able to run KOTOR II (which I haven't quite finished yet, but I really enjoy the franchise). My budget will prefer the oft-delayed weaning of L5R to be unaccompanied by a large expenditure on a console, thank you very much.
Mar. 14th, 2005 07:14 am (UTC)
This game doesn't ship until mid-April. It is the L5R video game. You must own it, or at least play it at someone else's house.

Someone in Vancouver must have an Xbox.
Mar. 14th, 2005 07:28 am (UTC)
Yes, well ... I'll impose on a friend with an X-Box. Twist my rubber arm. Sigh.
Mar. 14th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
FYI: they stopped making XBoxes because they are starting the production of the XBox 2. Best to borrow one from a friend.

I would advise pre-ordering this game because only the preorder edition has bonus content and extra character.

I'm very grateful that it won't be Live-enabled.
Mar. 15th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was annoyed by this until I found out that the limited, pre-order edition was the same price as the regular edition. The bonus character is some kind of cool monk.
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