April 18th to 24th
After owning Jade Empire for a mere four days I finished it Sunday night with around 24 hours of play under my belt. Finishing a game that quickly is almost unheard of for me, Jade EmpireÃ‚Â was really quite good.Ã‚Â ItÃ‚'s like Bioware distilled everything they do well into a tightly focused RPG and cut out anything that would take time away from the combat, quests or the plot. Sure, you manage gems and techniques but itÃ‚'s nothing compared to shuffling potions, armor, weapons, quest items and other sundry bits in BaldurÃ‚'s Gate 2. ThatÃ‚'s one reason I finished the game so quickly, the other reason is that itÃ‚'s really bloody easy. By the start of the second chapter (about two hours in) IÃ‚'d upped the combat difficulty to Grand Master (hardest) and still I rarely died or felt much pressure. I donÃ‚'t know if it was the martial combat and support styles I was using but damn, even the bosses gave me no trouble. Anyways, our Game of the Week is Psychonauts for the Xbox and PC. It ships on Tuesday for $49.99 (Xbox) and $29.99 (PC).
On DVD this week we have House of Flying Daggers, Meet The Fockers and more!