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This week’s free game: “Jade Empire”

Jade Empire, released in 2005 by Bioware, contained many features that would find their way into the popular developer's later titles, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: The Old Republic. (Electronic Arts)
Jade Empire, released in 2005 by Bioware, contained many features that would find their way into the popular developer's later titles, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: The Old Republic. (Electronic Arts)

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We here at the Tech Deck are just like you: poor gamers looking for cheap entertainment. And nothing's cheaper than cost-free gaming. Each week, we'll bring you a title (or two or three) you can legally play at home without plopping down a single dollar. If you see games you think we should be featuring on the blog, email us at dang@spokesman.com or kiph@spokesman.com.

Bioware has created some wonderfully intricate worlds for their smash hit RPG titles, including the Mass Effect series, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Dragon Age. Between KOTOR and the first Mass Effect title, the developer released "Jade Empire," a game that melded eastern philosophies, martial arts and tight, action RPG gameplay. Electronic Arts is releasing the PC port of that game, Jade Empire: Special Edition, for free this month through its "On the House" promotion. Click on the image below to download for free!

Screenshot of "Jade Empire"
Click here to download 'Jade Empire: Special Edition' for free! (EA Origins photo)

To download the game, you'll need to register with an EA account and download the Origin client onto your computer. It's not aesthetically pleasing, but if you've been following this blog you should have already downloaded Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2Syndicate and SimCity to this point, three great EA classics. Jade Empire is another great entry in the "On the House" promotion. For questions on downloading, check out EA's help page.

Playing as one of seven protagonists chosen at the beginning of the game, in Jade Empire you're tasked with defeating a shadowy menace that attacks a fictionalized empire in ancient China. The developers created an entire language, called Tho Fan, for use in the game. The tongue was created by Canadian linguist Wolf Wikeley.

Jade Empire met with nearly universal acclaim upon its release for the Xbox and PC in April 2005. Bioware has not returned to the setting, after striking gold with the interstellar setting of Mass Effect. The first game of that trilogy appearing in 2007. 

Bioware's focus is on its next Mass Effect game, which is tentatively titled "Andromeda" and will be constructed using Battlefield developer DICE's Frostbite engine. It is scheduled for release sometime near the end of 2016.

What's your favorite kung-fu video game (we all know the correct answer is Shaq Fu)? Did you play Jade Empire before diving into the Mass Effect world? Let us know in the comments below, and check back next week for another free title.




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Kip Hill
Kip Hill joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the City Desk covering City Hall, Congressional politics and the marijuana industry. He previously hosted the newspaper's podcast.

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