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Jak and Daxter Collection - PlayStation Vita
Jak and Daxter Collection - PlayStation Vita
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jak and Daxter Collection, literally cut down to size, June 18, 2013
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If you're looking for a review on what exactly the Jak and Daxter games are, don't read this review. Instead, go look up the Jak and Daxter HD Collection that's available on the PS3. You should know what to expect in this package.

I'll talk about the quality of the Vita port itself, instead. It's not great.

First thing you'll notice when you boot up the collection are graphical glitches. They're not numerous and they're not incredibly common, but they do exist and they are distracting. There's one present on the main menu of the entire collection, and from just a quick glance you'd be wondering whether the game got any sort of QA or not, and I'd be willing to bet no.

The second, and probably more prevalent and important problem, is the framerate. It's abysmal. Every game runs at about 15-20 FPS, which leads to a very choppy and inaccurate experience. The colors are vibrant, the game is rendering at the Vita's native resolution, and at a glance, it seems fine. When things start moving (and as the nature of video games, and entertainment mediums as a whole, they move), you'll immediately notice how slow and awful it can be. It's not even as if the game's framerate is constantly dropping; it seems to be literally fixed at 15 or 20 FPS. It never increases, and it never decreases (thankfully). The framerate alone kills this collection.

Content wise, it's the exact same as the Jak and Daxter HD Collection that is currently on the PS3; it includes Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II and Jak III. Trophy lists are separate from the PS3 HD Collection, and menus and some minigames were given touchscreen controls to take advantage of the Vita's hardware. Other than that, there's nothing you haven't seen being resold for $30. And no, there is no cross-save compatibility with the PS3 HD Collection.

In short, the Jak and Daxter Collection for the PlayStation Vita is an utter disappointment. Yes, it certainly is playable, and if you are willing to look past all of the technical issues (which you shouldn't), the Collection is a fine substitute for people who want to re-experience the Jak and Daxter series in a portable fashion. But in the end, it is just another shabby and lazy port of a home console game to the PlayStation Vita in an attempt to get more money out of a console that is currently struggling. A similar thing was done with Ratchet and Clank: Full Frontal Assault's PS Vita port, which was delayed for 7 months and was incredibly lackluster, even missing features from its source material.

If there is ANYTHING you should take out of this review, it is this: If you own a PS3, just buy the HD Collection on the PS3. Skip the Vita version. Don't support lazy rehashes of old properties that are clearly being made for a quick buck.
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Jak & Daxter Collection - Playstation 3
Jak & Daxter Collection - Playstation 3
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47 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great games, Great Collection, Subpar port, February 7, 2012
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Before I begin, let's get one thing straight. I am not reviewing any of the games right now, I am simply reviewing the quality of the HD ports themselves. The Jak and Daxter games are by far one of my favorite games in the world, so if you want to know whether I like these games, I do. I like them a lot.

Now. The games are still good, and still playable even against today's standards. But the quality of the HD port is probably one of the worst in the HD Remasters series. Elements that are present in other HD ports are missing from the port. The games run at a fluid 60FPS, but all of the Jak games ran at 60FPS to begin with. All previous framerate issues with the PS2 versions have been fixed, so instead of being a variable 60FPS, it now runs at a constant 60FPS.

A new Stereoscopic 3D effect was added into all three games for all of you people who own a 3DTV, and it does the job. It's pretty good for a simple conversion. But, as you'll read below, I feel like the need for 3D was unnecessary, and easily could have been put on hold so that more pressing technical matters could have been fixed first.

What can be considered a huge negative towards the quality of the ports themselves is the apparent lack of anti-aliasing. Previous HD Collections, such as Metal Gear Solid HD, God of War HD, etc., all have rendering resolutions of 720p. Jak and Daxter HD also renders at 720p, but it lacks the sufficient amount of anti-aliasing that the other ports have that really give the makeovers that fresh, satisfying look that we expect from a big collection. In MGS HD and GoW HD, jagged lines are limited to almost none. On the flipside, Jak HD suffers from many jagged lines that are plainly noticeable. Someone over at Mass-Media (the people who ported the Jak games to the collection) forgot that anti-aliasing is something of importance to these remasters, and the difference really shows.

To be fair, however, the lack of anti-aliasing is certainly an issue but it's something that's not noticeable when you're in constant motion in the game. You'll notice the jaggies when you're standing still or when things are going slowly, but the "natural motion-blur" that comes with the framerate will usually blur up all the jaggies enough so that you won't see them when you move.

Also present is a few rendering issues that come with Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. Jak 1 did not support 16:9 resolutions, it only supported 4:3. In the collection, the aspect ratio was changed and fixed, so now we have a full 16:9 ratio. However, some foliage and details in the background seem to "pop-in" when they're outside of the 4:3 border. This wouldn't be a problem if the borders were there, except now they're not, so the player can plainly see those extra few leaves on the tree and a few boulders and rocks just popping in every time you move the camera a little bit. It doesn't happen too often, and usually it's not really noticeable unless you're REALLY looking for it, but the issue is there. Thankfully, because Jak II and Jak 3 natively supported 16:9 resolutions, no additional work was really required, and that problem is eliminated.

Overall, a solid 4/5. The collection itself is great; sticking 3 of the best PS2 games onto one Blu-Ray disc and adding trophies and 3D for just $40 is an excellent deal. However, the HD port themselves just seems rather lazy; it seems like Mass-Media just stuck the games onto a PS3, forced it to render at 720p, added 3D and widescreen to Jak 1 and called it a day. It feels sort of rushed, and as you play you'll feel like the port could have been improved so much more with just a little bit more time focused into adding something as simple as anti-aliasing to games that don't even use up the PS3's power. I can't really see a reason why the collection didn't use anti-aliasing in the first place, and thus, the port just seems sloppy and lazy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just your standard PCI USB card., November 2, 2011
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Bought it because I was running out of available USB ports. Installing it was a snap, and Windows 7 recognized it immediately when it booted up and installed drivers. The four USB slots are a great addition, and the addition of an internal USB slot allowed me to plug in my Bluetooth adapter and keep it inside, instead of outside. I thought that was a nice touch.

Overall, well worth the money I spent.


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