Video Game / Xuanyuan Jian

Xuanyuan Jian AKA Xuan-Yuan Sword (Chinese: 軒轅劍, literally "Sword of Yellow Emperor") refers to a series of Chinese role-playing video games for personal computers developed by DOMO group, named to represent a group of friends with common goals, of Softstar Entertainment Inc. based in Taiwan. These games incorporate elements from Chinese history and mythology. The first game, released in 1990, was a short game with a somewhat fragmented plot (retconned in the second game) and lifted names for its protagonists straight from a popular movie at the time (also retconned in the second game), but paved the way to the establishment of a groundbreaking franchise of video games as well as the Chinese video gaming industry at large.

In the first game, in time immemorial, the "Xuan-Yuan Sword" is created by Huangdi, the Yellow Emperor of ancient China to defend his subjects against the warlord Chi You and his followers. After Chi You's defeat, the five-thousand-year-old history of China was secured, and the Sword was passed on from Huangdi to future generations to continue to defend the world against evil. Due to its great power, treacherous individuals often sought the Sword to further their own ends.

The Spirit Fusion Pot/Jar/Kettle/Bottle/Container/Vessel (Lian Yao Hu, 鍊妖壺 in traditional Chinese) was created by the goddess Nwa in emulation of the Immortal Creation Ding to cleanse the world. Living in the Pot is the Spirit of the Vessel, who rules within the Pot's domain and can utilize the artifact's power to combine creatures and items, and transmute them into other entities that can benefit the world.

In the beginning of the mortal world, the goddess Nwa, patron deity of mankind, created two genres of intelligent life: those of Man, and those of Monster, who warred among each other all the time. The Sword was created by Men in an attempt to end the everlasting war. Led by a single heroic figure, Xuanyuan Jian Xia (軒轅劍俠, Crusader of the Sword, or simply the Crusader) who wielded the Sword, the War Between Men and Monsters ended with both sides suffering heavy casualties. Seventeen years later, the main character, He Ran (何然), a young discipline of Xian Shu (仙術, sorcery) left his mentor to go on an adventure to bring peace to the lands.

The first game of the series, Xuanyuan Sword was also Softstar's first RPG product, released in 1990. The storyline in this game was not based on any certain period of actual history. The user interface is reminiscent of Dragon Quest games. Players start the game as a novice adventurer, and level up through battles.

The game featured standard VGA 16-colored 640x480 screen, and feature recruitable party members, round-based combat, full-screen sprite animation, various enemies, Chinese-styled Ad Lb music, sound effects, animated spell effects, as well as a fully Chinese interface,proving to be a great hit in Taiwan's computer game market.

The series consists of the following games:

Main entries:
  • Xuanyuan Jian (軒轅劍) (1990, DOS)
  • Xuanyuan Jian 2 (軒轅劍貳) (1994, DOS, iOS)
  • Xuanyuan Jian 3: Yun he Shan de Bi Duan (軒轅劍參:雲和山的彼端) (1999, Windows)
  • Xuanyuan Jian 4: Hei Long Wu xi Yun Fei Yang (軒轅劍肆:黑龍舞兮雲飛揚) (2002, Windows)
  • Xuanyuan Jian 5: Yi Jian Ling Yun Shan Hai Qing (軒轅劍伍:一劍凌雲山海情) (2006, Windows)
  • Xuanyuan Jian 6: Feng Ling Chang Kong Qian Zai Yun (軒轅劍陸:鳳凌長空千載雲) (2013, Windows)
  • Xuanyuan Jian 7 Online (軒轅劍七Online) (TBA, Windows)

Waizhuan entries:
  • Xuanyuan Jian Waizhuan: Feng zhi Wu (軒轅劍外傳:楓之舞) (1995, DOS, iOS)
  • Xuanyuan Jian 3 Waizhuan: Tian zhi Hen (軒轅劍參外傳:天之痕) (2001, Windows)
  • Xuanyuan Jian Waizhuan: Cang zhi Tao (軒轅劍外傳:蒼之濤) (2004, Windows)
  • Xuanyuan Jian Waizhuan: Han zhi Yun (軒轅劍外傳:漢之雲) (2007, Windows)
  • Xuanyuan Jian Waizhuan: Yun zhi Yao (軒轅劍外傳:雲之遙) (2010, Windows)
  • Xuanyuan Jian Waizhuan Online (軒轅劍外傳Online) (2012, Windows)

Other entries:
  • Xuanyuan Fu Mo Lu (軒轅伏魔錄) (2001, Windows)
  • Xuanyuan Jian Online (軒轅劍網路版) (2002, Windows)
  • Dream Of Mirror Online (飛天歷險:軒轅劍網路版2代) (2005, Windows)
  • Tian zhi Hen: Xuanyuan Jian Online (天之痕:軒轅劍網路版) (2010, Windows)
  • Flying PuPu (飛天噗噗) (2011, iOS)
  • Battle Legends (伏魔傳奇) (2012, iOS)

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  • Spin-Off: The franchise has generated a great deal of spin-off media and events, such as music concerts, mobile games, MM Os, novels, comics, fanart, and a TV show, Xuanyuan Jian: Tian zhi Hen (軒轅劍之天之痕, lit. Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky), a 2012 Chinese TV series adapted from the game Xuanyuan Jian 3 Waizhuan: Tian zhi Hen.
  • Video Game Long-Runners: Definitely, because the main series has at least six games, with multitudes of spinoff games, and the franchise has spanned over 25 years.
  • Autosave: Featured in the newer installments of the series.
  • Cel Shading: Dream of Mirror Online, or Xuan Yuan Sword Online 2, utilizes this to great effect.
  • Cut-and-Paste Environments: Several generic environments from Xuan Yuan Sword 3 were reused in its legend title, Scar of the Sky.
  • Elaborate Equals Effective: Typically, the better looking the equipment is, the more powerful its stats are.
  • Evolutionary Retcon: And how!
  • Faux First-Person 3D: Featured in the first three games.
  • Fixed Camera: A point of controversy in the three games of generation 5, where there were usually no environments to render outside of the camera frame.
  • Going Through the Motions: A staple from generation 4 (the first 3D generation) onwards.
  • Isometric Projection: Experimented with in Xuan Yuan Fu Mo Lu, a spinoff tactical-RPG.
  • Loading Screen: Present in the series during environment transitions.
  • Multi-Platform: Xuan Yuan Sword 3 Legend: Scar of the Sky, has been ported on to mobile platforms, including iOS[1] and Android [2].
  • Real Time with Pause: Gate of Heaven features the Cross Dynamic Time Battle system, in which the players can use a pause function and yet still issue commands to the currently selected character, while actions initiated before the pause resolve.
  • Respawn Point: Averted. Being defeated in battles that are not Hopeless Boss Fights takes the player back to the starting menu screen.

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