I love Bioware. KOTOR 1 & 2, and the Mass Effect trilogy are some of my favorite games ever. So I was quite excited to finally get this shipped to me. Sadly, I was in for a disappointment.
Graphics: The textures themselves are alright, but where this game really suffers is its detail. Especially comparing it to games older than it is, such as KOTOR, the character models are very boring and the environments get very repetitive very quickly. What's really annoying are certain effects, like the way my character rolls her shoulders after every single fight. Ugh.
Music: This game has the same composer as the Mass Effect franchise, Jack Wall. After actually loving the ME soundtrack so much I went out and bought it, I had high hopes for Jade Empire. It wasn't to be. The soundtrack quickly grows cliche, and I hear the same songs used again and again.
Combat: The game isn't bad, if it was I wouldn't have given it a 6. But it's just not all that good. The combat system is a real-time kung fu system that has serious flaws. You can't attack while moving, which is a huge pain. Unless you want to stop attacking to run up to your opponent all the time, you need to invest in a style that automatically jumps for you when you button mash. Speaking of such, that's what it is- a button-masher. There's the basic attack, which you'll mash for the whole game. There's a heavy attack, which is only useful to break defenses. And then there's a shield button which I never used. There's also a focus system that slows down time, it's useful enough for bosses but overall I found the system far too simplistic. Furthermore, there are far too many individual styles to assemble and pick through - I don't have time to try them all, nor do I really care to.
Story: It was an incredibly cheesy story, and one that I didn't care about at all. Especially disappointing after other Bioware storytelling masterpieces. It wasn't predictable, but I didn't really care about any of the big plot twists
I was pretty excited about this game when I first heard about it...but I have to say I was a little let down. The story line was good, but the game really go repetitive after a while. I thought the combat system was mediocre at best, the graphics were ok, the magic system was boring and the characters were totally cliché. The replay value of this game is weak. Even though you can choose to do good or evil, the game is very much the same. As someone else mentioned, the game has a set path with some side quests. Xbox really needs to invest some time into a REAL RPG.
I thought this was alot of fun but after a while I got bored with it. There was cool powers and it felt like a rpg(with almost everything upgradable. But the storyline was just to hard to follow. If you love rpg though you must give this game a look over.