Jak and Daxter HD Collection Review
Publisher: Naughty Dog
Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
Players: Single Player
Purchase From: Gamestop, Amazon
The Scoop: Naughty Dog let’s us relive the good ol’ days of Jak and Daxter’s many escapades again on the PS3 with the release of a HD collection. And it’s a gun blazing, globe trotting, eco blasting hell of a time! With three great games for only $39.99 this is a steal!
The Setup: You (Jak) and your best friend Daxter leave your village and take a boat to go explore “Misty Island” (against their village Sage’s order’s to stay away from it.) As you explore the island you happen upon a vat of purple ooze known as Dark Eco. Suddenly out of nowhere you are ambushed by a Lurker (Ape type enemy). You see a odd ancient orb lying nearby and chuck it at the Lurker. Luckily it explodes on impact, yet unexpectedly blasts Daxter in the Dark Eco. Daxter appears to be unscathed, but… comes out of the eco as a orange ostel. Upon returning to the village (and to a infuriated sage) you find out that the only way to turn Daxter back is to find two other Sage’s known as Maya and Gol, who might have the power of turning Daxter back too his previous self. Oddly, they have goon missing for ages… So begin’s the perilous and exciting adventure known as “Jak and Daxter The Precursor Legacy”.
Jak 2 starts off right after the events of the original Jak. Jak, the Green Sage, his daughter and Daxter blast off into a portal gate which throws them into the future. Upon stepping into the city known as “Haven City” Jak is immediately captured by the “Krimzon Guard” of the city to be experimented on. After two years of Jak getting pumped full of dark eco, Daxter finally breaks Jak out of the prison. Now all there is lefy is to find The Sage and find a way out of this new world. Sound’s like fun! Right?
What’s Hot: The gameplay of all 3 Jak’s are extremely fun and engaging. The 1st Jak play’s and feels slightly reminescent to a Crash Bandicoot type of gamepay style. With you adventuring to different part’s of the world with teleport gates that take you to a designated area. When faced with a enemy you can use your fists and kicks to deal damage or if your powered up with eco a special bonus or added damage attack. Which varies with what eco your channeling, adding a fun mixup too combat. Boss battle’s normally rely on doging enemy atacks then counter-attacking by using a specific eco that is around you considering the boss is a lot larger than you most of the time.
Jak 2 and 3 add in guns to the fray, which make combat a lot more simplistic and fun to play with. Their are a lot of different gun upgrades and mods to toy with throughout the game which you will be given by playing different mission in the story. Also brand new is the ability to use Dark or Light Jak which each have their respective special abilities. Dark Jak focuses more on special hand to hand attacks, while Light Jak has the ability to heal you, or even flly. brand new is the ability to drive or hijack flying cars at the press of a button. of course by hijacking a guards car you will be wanted and be pursued by the Krimzon Guard until you either escape the area, start a mission, or die. With all of this added, Jak 2 and 3 feel more closer to a GTA game than the light-hearted tone the game displayed on the original Jak.
What’s Not: Althought these game’s don’t have a difficulty settings there are a few thing’s I found unfair. When your doing a mission, a lot of times there ia a checkpoint smack halfway into it. The problem is it might take about 20 min’s to get to that point. If I’m almost at the point then I die, I have to restart all the way from the begininng. There are also missiona were you have to fly a futursitic type of motorcycle to a specific place in under a short amount of time. If you aren’t skilled with the driving, you will easily crash into something. It only takes three crashes before your ride is destroyed and you have to quickly find another before your remaining time runs out. These are small quips that hardly deter the gameplay experience though.
Final Verdict: Besides a few gripes Jak and Daxter HD Collection only reminds us of what a great game it really is. This is one of many Naughty Dog’s and the Playstation 2’s greatest titles, that will never be forgotten.