Jak and Daxter are back, the dynamic duo from the early 2000’s and the PlayStation 2 console. Naughty Dog has once again put together a fantastic package in the Jak and Daxter Collection for the PlayStation 3.
The HD Collection consists of Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II and Jak 3 and while the second game is probably my own personal favourite, all three of them are great fun. The Jak and Daxter series is notorious for its action-platform style of play and many of the games in the series are still noted today as some of the top games of the genre.
All three of the games have been visually upgraded and Naughty Dog has done a great job with that. The first game may not be as good looking as the others, but all three are a huge improvement over the PlayStation 2 days which makes the Jak and Daxter Collection a must-buy for any fan of the platform type genre.
In fact, any gamers who appreciates gaming in general should probably look at grabbing the collection purely with the amount of content given.
Jak and Daxter: The PrecursorLegacy
This game came out on the PlayStation 2 around 2001 and Naughty Dog did a great job with redefining the genre and the overhaul to 720p HD does wonders for the game itself. But it's not as crisp as the others. The environments definitely stand out though and while running at 60 frames per second and full PSN trophy support, it’s definitely a great place to start gaming.
2003 brought the second Jak game into existence and this one is perhaps one of my personal favourites, so it’s great to see the game jump into the 720p HD market. The game features a massive open-city and a living population and it’s a really mature step into the series. This is also one of the games that redefined the action-platform genre by creating adventure and even more action than ever before, giving it an undefinable genre.
Looking a lot like the birth of a hulkish Jak, Daxter is able to free Jak from prison after years of dark Eco experiments on Jak. The chemical changes that take place within Jak make the game a lot of fun and give him the ability to lose his temper at will in order to break things and ultimately just cause problems wherever he goes.
It is also arguably the first time a “platformer” game has been able to make a story the central focus on the game rather than the actual gameplay and exploring of new areas.
Released just a year later, this was the adult version of the series. The humour itself more mature, the gameplay and settings feel more aged (in a good way) and it seperates itself from the first two games by becoming something more of a shooter with platform elements.
Jak 3 broke the mould and introduced different gaming aspects into a platformer that could make it into something so much more. The game was based around mission-play and offered rail-shooting, racing, free-roaming and much more, all introduced into one game which completely tore apart the fabric of platform gaming. Truly, something historic that is worth its weight in gold.
Aside from each game being a little life-changing each time, all three of these games are in their own right, quite epic and there is something nostalgic about seeing the memory card ‘save’ icon at the bottom left of the screen. Gamers will be able to enjoy the trilogy again in fully remastered HD graphics with hours and hours of gameplay sprinkled with a whole boat load of fun.
The Jak and Daxter Collection is exactly that, a collection. Go and collect it. Now.
Rob 'GrIdL0cK' Clegg has been in the gaming industry for over 15 years and has competed in both local and international tournaments at the highest level. He is also a respected gaming critic as Telkom Do Gaming’s lead reviewer and co-host of the Bits and Bytes Radio Show on Tuks FM.