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- Included are re-mastered versions of Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy®, Jak II, and Jak 3 all in high definition
- Also included is trophy support for all 3 games
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Features All Three Best-Selling Titles
The Jak and Daxter Collection features all three best-selling PlayStation 2 classic hits - Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II, and Jak 3. This collection follows fan-favorite Jak and his sidekick Daxter through a series of action-packed adventures. The Jak and Daxter Collection blends action, shooting, driving, and platforming into one complete package.
The Jak and Daxter Collection includes
- Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
- Jak II
- Jak 3
- Trophy support for all 3 games
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Much has been said about the PS Vita's newest PS2 collection set, the Jak & Daxter Collection, but a lot of the criticisms are unfounded, and some are just flat out subjective. Jak & Daxter 1 takes the brunt of the criticism, so this `review' will focus solely on that game.
Criticism 1: The framerate makes the game unplayable. This game is about as unplayable as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I think OOT is a good example in describing Jak 1's framerate on the PS Vita. Its very much playable and stays at a very steady and smooth framerate the majority of the time, with only occasional drops which are barely noticeable and last about a second. Unplayable is a word thrown around too carelessly. The way people talk about the framerate in this game, you'd swear that it drops every couple of seconds and that the whole thing is a big choppy mess, but that really couldn't be further from reality. Assassin's Creed 3 Liberation had noticeable framerate issues and I still quite enjoyed it... kind of... but Jak1 is no where near as bad. If Jak & Daxter The Precursor Legacy is the worst of the 3, then by the Gods, the other 2 must be perfect.
Criticism 2: Input Lag - This one is just plain laughable and can be attributed to user-error and a bad decision on Naughty Dog's part. See, J&D1 features a move called the double jump, often found in other platformers, but in J&D1, the timing for the 2nd jump has to be perfectly precise. If it is not, then it will seem as though it failed to register the button input, thus seeming like `input lag'. But this was an intentional gameplay mechanic and occurs even in the Playstation 2 original, and in the PS3's version of the Jak & Daxter HD Collection.
Criticism 3: Graphical glitches in the main menu - Okay, yeah... this one is annoying. It happens when you cycle through the 3 games using the DPAD. Oddly enough it doesn't seem to happen if you `Touch' the games using the touchscreen.
Criticism 4: The fishing game is too hard because the analog sticks are too sensitive - Use the freaking Touchscreen then. It makes that mini-game so much easier. I do agree that using the sticks for this mini-game is a bit of a hassle, and although I'm not into gimmick controls, I found the touchscreen to be a life saver here.
Criticism 5: The camera sucks - You're late. The camera sucked even back in the PS2 original and in the PS3 version. Seriously though, the camera really is terrible, but this is a 12 year old early-gen PS2 game. You can't expect current gen advances in a collection of old games.
Criticism 6: Nee Nur Nee Nur Nee Nur!!! The PS Vita can't even handle old PS2 games!!! Really? Well the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection runs perfectly. It all comes down to whether a dev is willing to put in the time to really optimize the game for the Vita's hardware. The Vita certainly is capable of running these 3 games at full 60 FPS like the PS3 does, but seeing as how they allowed graphical glitches in the main menu, and the Vibration function in the Options menu to slip through, I think its obvious to say they were too lazy to optimize it fully. Still though, those are minor gripes and the game performs well where it counts, in the gameplay.
This collection set is overall a very playable, but more importantly, a FUN game. The detractors have blown this whole framerate issue way out of proportion.
The frame rate of jak 1 is truly abysmal, to the point where I haven't even touched jak 2 and 3 as a result. I wish a patch would be issued to address the glaring frame rate problems with this collection.
But until then I cannot recommend this collection to anyone in the slightest.
Mass media is responsible for this port of the original jak and daxter experience on the vita. But they are also responsible for the ratchet and clank collection on the ps vita as well, which has very minimal issues at the most.
Clearly incompetence is not the issue here. So what is?
On the positive side of things the audio is very crisp, but it does very little to make up for the terrible frame rate.
On to the quality in game. So far I have mostly been playing Jak 1 since it is the only one I never beat. I can say the frame rate is around 25 fps which is not too bad. There are some slight drops at times but I have only encountered them maybe twice and I'm 58 percent done with the game. Some people have complained that they can't double jump. As others have said, if you play the PS2 version you will discover that you have to time the second jump perfectly or it will not work. This is not an issue of how it was ported but rather it is staying true to the original. If you haven't played the original I can see how it would bother you since this kind of double jump is not used in more modern games. Nowadays you can spam the jump button and double jump every time. The only other issue I've had with Jak 1 is sometimes the camera is a bit shaky, it hasn't bothered me at all, the game is completely playable. I haven't played much of Jak 2 or 3 but what I have played so far seems to be just fine. The camera was never shaky and there was higher fps on those two games.
In closing, whether you have played the originals or not, get this collection, if not on the vita get it for PS3, or even buy the PS2 originals. These 3 games are smart and very fun. There are many things to do and it is incredible to see the differences between the games. On the originals, mostly Jak 2 and 3, I always tried to go back to places I've been in Jak 2 and find them in Jak 3. I'm overjoyed to have these games on a handheld and don't regret my purchase at all.