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Hard to get things going with Game 11: Jade Empire

Posted 02-18-2010 at 10:33 PM by Arphahat
So, since I determined that I was done with I-Fluid, I spent some time in the evening with Jade Empire again.

This game still annoys me, and I'm not sure why, exactly. I can see that it is a game that I will probably enjoy, but it doesn't pull me in like Dark Messiah, for instance.

It feels like maybe too much button-mashing, since there are not many things you can really do otherwise, and trying to block or think doesn't seem to work as effectively. Some of the beginning combat was frustrating in that I didn't feel comfortable with the controls, and having to deal with the cannonball fight ended up taking longer than I felt it should.

So, even after giving it a second chance, it still bugs me. I think I need to have a more patient attitude with it, since there is a lot of reading and exploring to be done. This goes into the middle of the list of "to play", somewhere after Dark Messiah and Max Payne, but before I-Fluid.

Any thoughts about Jade Empire? Have any of you felt it had a slow, frustrating start that you had to get past?
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I dunno what to say really, it's been so long since I played it (like '03 or whenever it came out). The combat was kind of fun at the time and a little refreshing compared to other console RPGs. It wasn't particularly challenging but I don't always need my RPG combat to be challenging. If I recall, there are a few different styles you get/unlock, so maybe one of them will suit you better?

In the end I was a pretty big fan of the game. I played it through twice back to back. The only real downside was that the second play through, as darkside or whatever it's called in JE, wasn't particularly satisfying. But I felt the same way about KOTOR.
Posted 02-22-2010 at 07:14 AM by Chris_D Chris_D is offline
 

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