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Jak & Daxter Collection - Playstation 3
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- Sony Jak & Daxter Collection PS3 Video Game
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Shipping Height: 0.6 Shipping Width: 5.3 Master Pack Qty: 24 General Information Manufacturer: Sony Corporation Manufacturer Part Number: 98281 Brand Name: Sony Product Name: Jak and Daxter Collection Marketing Information: The critically-acclaimed Jak and Daxter series makes its return with the Jak and Daxter Collection for the PlayStation 3 system. The Jak and Daxter Collection features all three best-selling PlayStation 2 classic hits: Jak and Daxter, Jak II and Jak 3 fully remastered in high definition and stereoscopic 3D. 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 PS3 package. Distribution Media/Method: Blu-ray Disc Product Type: Software Product Information Software Main Type: Game Software Sub Type: Action/Adventure Game Software Name: Jak and Daxter Collection ESRB Rating: T (Teen 13+) Release Date: 2012-02-07 Platform Supported: PlayStation 3 Miscellaneous Compatibility: DUALSHOCK 3 Wireless Controller PlayStation 3D Display PlayStation 3D Glasses
Don't let the pointy ears fool you — Jak is one elf that no one wants to mess with, as plenty of villains have learned the hard way. Since they first raided your living room on the PlayStation 2, the slightly mischievous, darkly hilarious and ever-tenacious duo, Jak and Daxter have taken you on a wild ride, annihilating enemies, wielding insanely powerful weapons and driving tricked-out machines in their platforming world. There's only one place these heroes haven't taken you — but that's about to change. Get ready to charge back into action on a whole new plane as Jak and Daxter transport you to the third dimension.
Jax and Daxter are back!
Remastered for Stereoscopic 3D
Relive the adventures
Combining the three complete games of the best-selling PlayStation 2 franchise, the Jak and Daxter Collection offers all the nonstop action you love, now remastered in stereoscopic 3D and high-definition. Journey back to where it all began in Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, then explore the dark, futuristic world of Jak II as the weapons, abilities and vehicle physics get kicked up a notch. Re-experience the epic climax to the series that leaves Jak and his sidekick battling their way through an unforgiving wasteland and left for dead. In a place where survival of the fittest is the rule of the land, Jak is armed with potent weapons, armor and vehicles as they set out to escape this treacherous world. As they travel, Jak discovers inside himself a new power that is the balance to Dark Jak — Light Jack. Join Jak for a final adventure where you'll discover the answers to the mysterious Precursors, the mythical Mar, the fate of the world and even more about Jak himself. With Trophy support for each game, the Collection gives you more ways than ever to claim glory on the battleground. Jak and Dexter are back and primed to conquer a new dimension — are you?
- Wield state-of-the-art weapons, lambaste your enemies and command powerful vehicles in adventures that blend action, shooting, driving and platforming into one complete package
- Collection includes the best-selling PlayStation 2 hits, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy,
- Jak II and Jak 3 -Experience Jak and Daxter's action-packed world like never before as all three fan-favorite games surge back to life, this time fully remastered in stereoscopic 3D and high-definition
- Claim more bragging rights than ever, with Trophy support in each game
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Jak and Daxter:
- The most notable change in this game is that they fixed the dreaded gambler glitch. In the original game, there’s a simple mistake the player can make to make the gambler’s race time literally impossible to beat. I tried and this glitch cannot be replicated on the PS3.
- The original release also had a glitch in Gol and Maia’s citadel, the erroneous gives you a checkpoint at the end of the level. This has been corrected, which is bad for speed runners but probably good for most other players.
Aside from the HD remaster, the most notable difference in Jak II is that the cutscenes aren’t consistently playing correctly. For example...
- When Daxter beats the 2nd championship race, the game immediately goes to a cutscene that takes place in the mechanic’s shop. Despite the fact that the crowd from the racing stadium is long gone, their cheering is played throughout the cutscene.
- Again with the obnoxious sports fans... After beating the third race, the audio is so messed up that I can’t hear the conversation between Jak and Praxis. This can’t be explained by different audio settings when I played this on the PS2.
- Late in the game Jak has to check a construction site. A cutscene plays, and Kor (the old man) has his face rendered improperly. His face is badly blackened, as if he just powdered it with soot.
None of these issues occur when I go the scene select from the menu, but all three have happened both times I played through the game.
In Jak 3 I didn’t encounter any changes that I deemed notable enough to mention. It’s just an awesome game like the other two. This would be an easy five star for me if not for the couple porting issues I had. Still, if you have a PS3 and love these games, you won’t regret this! If you’ve never played them before, I strongly recommend it.
I’m about to beat Jak II on this PS3 version for the 3rd time, so I decided to snap a quick photo of the poorly rendered character who I mentioned previously. He normally has light skin and a white beard, and he looks fine in all but one cutscene in the game. As you can see, he’s textured quite improperly. I played this game way too much on the PS2 as a teenager, and never had this issue.
Anyway, replaying Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy was a nostalgic trip down memory lane. I personally thought Daxter was at his funniest here because he didn't seem as obnoxious compared to the sequels, and so when he did speak his humor stood out more. The environments are lush and varied; beaches, lava pits, dark spider-infested caves, snowy mountain-tops, an underwater "lost city", and so on. It isn't really too story-heavy but what story there is, is semi-entertaining and interesting enough to follow. The first game is mostly a straight-forward 3D platformer collect-a-thon with your occasional boss fights, vehicle segments and cutscenes. But it's a vibrant, colorful and quite enjoyable one. Most fans of this series I've heard from seem to regard this one the highest.
Jak II I just recently beat (and platinum'd) so it'll probably be the freshest in my mind and easiest to review now. The game actually has a decent story that has a few twists and eccentric characters. The platforming is also still great when there are platforming segments. It seems to have adopted several elements from the then popular GTA games like GTA III or Vice City. You travel to icons around the city of Haven to start missions. They introduced weapons in the form of guns, which overall makes the sequels actually feel more like shooters a la Ratchet and Clank than platformers, and you now have a "Dark Jak" form which you can activate once your dark eco meter is filled. This form allows you to hit harder and do a few special moves that you can purchase via "skull gems" dropped by most metal head enemies. Sadly, most of the game's strong points end there for me.
The city hub in Jak II feels far too padded out and is more frustrating to navigate than being fun. The checkpoints for missions are also very unforgiving, often times requiring a complete do-over if you manage to die. This can be overcome with some trial and error but it can just grate the nerves if you've almost completed a mission, and you just manage to slip up at the end and fall off into an abyss or lose your last sliver of health. Racing was also a pain, as were some of the combat-focused missions such as one requiring you to get to a certain location while endless swarms of cops and turrets descend upon you. Or killing three huge robot vehicles headed towards your base before they get there. There are combat/weapon tricks involved for most of these though, and I'd recommend looking up video guides if/when you get stuck. Some other missions weren't really that hard however, in contrast to what a lot of people led me to believe. The "protect the NPC" or escort missions were actually pretty easy for me. As was the on-rails turret mission which I managed I think on my third try. It just required some patience and very quick disposal of enemies as soon as they appeared. I ended up using an "Orb glitch" to achieve the full 286 required for the Platinum trophy, which otherwise would be near impossible for me seeing as you would have to get "gold" in the shooting ranges among other mini-game type stuff. Overall a solid game but due to most of it being frustrating I personally couldn't rate it any higher than about a 6/10. The first game was just more enjoyable for me and stayed true to traditional platforming.
I've only just started Jak 3 and so far, as many people will tell you, it's mostly easier than Jak II simply because of the more lenient checkpoint placement. Gameplay mechanics and mission structure are still very similar to Jak II, however. This one, so far, seems to have quite an emphasis on vehicular gameplay; races galore, driving through the big desert to rescue NPC's before the time limits run out, and so on. There's still platforming sprinkled in here and there but it just seems to be a more "driving-focused" game. I hear it gets better and eventually blends in more platforming as well as combat missions but having to drive around or ride those large birds everywhere can kind of feel repetitive. The story is otherwise solid enough and characters well-done. But I'm more eager to see what the game has to offer besides driving, and the occasional boss fight missions.
I will say, and I almost forgot, I actually enjoy the few sections where you get to play as Daxter. Aside from running from the spider in Jak II which was highly frustrating initially, the other parts where you get to play as him in Jak 3 are, thus far, varied and spicen up the monotony of all the driving and shooting you do as Jak.
Anyway, like I said at the beginning of this "review", I love the art-style and platforming (when it's present) of this series so much that I have to rate it five out of five stars here on Amazon. For all its shortcomings, it's certainly a unique series. I also have the Ratchet and Sly collections for PS3, but they haven't really grabbed me yet based on trying out the first games in each series. Jak & Daxter was just likable to me from the get-go so I tend to prefer them out of the three series. Maybe that'll change once I give them another shot after finishing up Jak 3.
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I had never actually beheld a copy of Jak 1, and in truth, I can see why. It's a pretty 3d platformer that manages to completely transcend load times. It was bright, colourful, and whilst possessing some quite tongue in cheek humour, it was clearly aimed at kids. A relic of a sadly bygone age in gaming, but one that holds up, excepting for a few terrible control issues, primarily that Jak seems to take the double jump and ledge grab commands more as suggestions than orders, and the player will die a lot as a result, and a slightly lacking tutorial. However, I can't help but picture a parent seeing their kid playing this, and getting the second... and watching their child be subjected to the single most jarring tone shift I have ever seen.
Gone are the days of a mute and his lippy ottsel jumping around colourful platforms. Before the gameplay has even begun, they are transported to the sci fi hellscape of Haven city, a dystopian city besieged by an army of monsters, and caught firmly under the jackboot of a vicious police force and a manical baron, who seem to have no qualms about arresting, torturing and experimenting on random strangers on the streets, and rounding up and executing entire blocks of their own citizens on the mere suspicion that a fugitive may be in the area. Jak and Daxter are forced into a convoluted narrative, dancing between gangsters, rebels, a lost child with a crocodile dog, time travel, two copies of the same individual from different times in his life, exploring the secrets of a dead civilisation... and guns. Lots and lots of guns. The setting is dark and gritty, and quite a lot of mature themes are explored, albeit in a somewhat awkward child friendly dressing that serves to make a lot of the darker moments even more jarring. The story in this one is surprisingly decent considering the sheer amount going on, and considering the standard of video game writing at the time, is pretty exemplary. My major qualms were that the control issues carried over from the previous game, and could be seriously buggy at times. This became particularly annoying in the second half of the game, when a major difficulty spike impales the player, and the general lack of checkpoints combining with they control serves to make the game extremely difficult, to the point where I can forgive my younger self for not finishing it. Jak 3 manages to fix all of my complaints about the controls, and even gives us more guns (Although, the bouncing rifle might be a little overpowered, especially considering how early it is given in the game) and lots of driving segments, but suffers from lacklustre writing (It also has a lot going on and on a larger scale, but doesn't manage to juggle the plots as well, and fails to give enough time to develop most of it's plot-lines. A few of the characters also seem to have mysteriously faded into the background (Kira in particular, who is incapable of shutting up in the first two game and gets less than five lines of dialogue in the third), and a rather unimpressive villain (Errol makes a return, but looks and sounds a little bit too ridiculous to be taken seriously, which juxtaposes horribly with the brilliant villain from the second game. Veger is also written very well, but is criminally underused, and ends up as more a comic foil than a villain.)
On a whole, the games are pretty solid, and despite the issues are fun to play. The cartoony art style has aged very well, which almost makes up for my final complaint. For a "remaster" the game barely looks better than it did on the initial release, and one would think that the control issues on the first two game would have been fixed in retrospect, but sadly not. As it remains, they are still excellent games, and well worth your time, and can be bought under the guise of buying them for your kids.