Design by Marty Smith
Not much needs to be said about BioWare's RPG pedigree: over the years, they've managed to create a trio of incredibly fun franchises. With Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, and Knights of the Old Republic under their belts, though, they've spent the last few years working on a new project: Jade Empire. This kung-fu themed action RPG marks the first time that BioWare has created both an entirely new setting and a new ruleset for one of their games.
In it, players take on the role of a student at a martial arts academy who's quickly swept away from their humble beginnings as turmoil overtakes the eponymous Jade Empire, ruled over by the rarely-seen Emperor Sun Hai. As his elite Lotus Assassins, led by the fearsome Death's Hand, scourge the countryside in an attempt to find you, you'll have to piece together precisely why you're so important. Along the way, you'll collect numerous followers who'll help you out in combat (and perhaps become amorously involved with you), and, in classic BioWare fashion, you'll need to decide whether or not you wish to help the many innocent bystanders that you come across, or crush them beneath your iron boot.
GameSpot's Game Guide to Jade Empire is going to give you everything you need to get through your lengthy adventure in one piece. From tips on using your Followers, combat tactics, descriptions and locations of the many martial arts styles in the game, and, of course, a walkthrough complete with detailed tips on all main and side quests, hopefully you'll find everything you need in the following pages. Enjoy!