I’m sure you may be wondering why I’m reviewing Jade Empire. “This game’s pretty old, so what’s the deal, Laevatein?” Truth be told, I suppose there’s neither rhyme nor reason behind my choice this week. I recently finished it for the first time, so I guess now’s as good a time as any. Anyway, Jade Empire is Bioware’s fifth game, and is probably their most unique one of all, at least in terms of setting. It’s also important as Bioware’s first original IP. In many ways, it’s pretty unique, insofar as Western RPGs go. I often like to think individual RPGs need to be more unique, too. However, I think Jade Empire is a pretty good example of why uniqueness alone doesn’t cut it.