Jade Empire - hands-on

Reheated Chinese leftovers or a prawn cracker?

The reworked combat on PC works well too, even if it does take a while to get used to its intricacies - blocking, dodging, focusing power and dancing between light and heavy attacks. You can also specialize in any one of approximately a gazillion different fighting styles, and three or four of these are available in the game’s opening martial arts school, bandit attack and swamp-set scenes.

As you level-up, you put points into your favored disciplines as well as the usual character improvement ones, while there are also a ton of magical shiny gems that you can lodge in your ancestral amulet to stick a few pluses into the areas where you need them most.

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