BioWare’s Jade Empire has endured a roller coaster ride of a history. First, it was considered the best thing on Earth when it launched before general opinions turned to “wildly overrated” after everyone finally played it. Fast forward to the Mass Effect years when it was forgotten in the hype of BioWare leaping into action games.
And now in the present day, it remains a bit of a cult-classic, still loved by those who endured each and every stage of its evolution. It’s this excellent game, one that houses actual choices that put most modern RPGs to shame, that will appear in the Origin Access Vault this summer.
For $4.99 a month, this game will be available alongside Crysis, Crysis 2, Crysis 3, Mini Metro, Plants vs. Zombies, and SimCity 2000.
Of course, if you downloaded Jade Empire when it was an “On the House” special, it doesn’t matter, does it? Just be sure to play it. The game is a fabulous retelling of epic martial arts films mixed with the genuine role-playing that once set BioWare ahead of the curve.