Jak 2

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a game by Naughty Dog, Inc.
Genre: Adventure/RPG
Platforms: Playstation 3, Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 7.7/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 7.9/10 - 21 votes
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See also: 3D Platformer Games, Futuristic Racing Games, Jak and Daxter Series
Jak 2
Jak 2
Jak 2

Name a better video game duo. Go on, I'll wait. Did you name the dynamic-duo that will be appearing in the sequel adventure Jak 2? You'd be correct in thinking that Jak and Daxter are a couple of the most iconic heroes in video gaming history. Considering how well their first entry to the franchise was received, that notion is bolstered.

Jak 2 seeks to expand on one of the most critically acclaimed action-adventure games of all time. It left big boots to fill when coming up with a concept that will live up to the sequel hype. If anybody can do it, though, it's the revered developers of Naughty Dog. Let's see if the highly-anticipated sequel manages to live up to its predecessor.

Twice the Adventure

Jak and Daxter entered the fray at quite a convenient time. It was an age where 3D platformers were taking off and proving popular among the masses. Naughty Dog took advantage of the genre's prevalence by adding in their own franchise, offering their strong storytelling prowess into the mix. The end result was our two loveable furry friends and was well met with gamers worldwide.

Following up on such a fantastic first game is always tricky. However, somehow - Naughty Dog has managed to pull off another glorious entry. Jak 2 is one of those sequels that doesn't fix what's not broken but adds a little extra flair to get players excited about the world around them. The dark narrative of dystopian revenge complements the dreary Haven City, where much of the game is set.

The story progresses in an immersive manner with robust character development for Jak and Daxter. Not to mention the game seamlessly pairing its tales with the platforming level design and satisfying combat. There's nothing monotonous on offer, and Jak 2 feels like a complete game in nearly every sense of the phrase.

If one had to pick out some irritating aspects, there are a couple. It would mainly fall down to the difficulty and lack of checkpoints in the game. However, those are only a couple of flaws in what has shown to be even better than its predecessor. It's a feat rarely accomplished in the video game world - but Jak 2 is arguably one of the generation's best action-adventure games.

Flexing the Arsenal

There's a reason why this era was considered the golden age of platformers. If you think about how many great games came out around the same time as Jak 2, you'll sit and wonder where we went wrong today. But let's sit and celebrate that we got offered a game like Jak 2. Arguably, it even beats out its excellent competitor in Ratchet & Clank 2.


If you are a young gamer looking for a definition of what made an excellent platformer, you wouldn't need to look further than Jak 2. It's the epitome of what a good game should be - immersive, satisfying, rewarding - and of course, easily accessible. Bar its difficulty curve, the game is nothing short of a masterpiece.


  • A gripping narrative that syncs with the level design
  • Satisfying and entertaining combat
  • Some of the best platforming mechanics in gaming history


  • The difficulty of the game makes completion frustrating

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Playstation 3

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
Playstation 2

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Given the popularity and critical acclaim of Jak & Daxter, a sequel was a no-brainer. What we didn't expect was that a follow-up to the kid-friendly platformer would follow with such a dark, gritty, more mature approach. As you can see, developer Naughty Dog has left behind the bright Crash Bandicoot-style backdrops of the original in favor of a setting that looks more like a war zone. When we last left Jak and Daxter, they were peering into a mysterious, glowing doorway. At the start of Jak II, we learn that doorway is actually a portal to a dark, depressed city in a completely different time period. Naturally, the pair enter the doorway, but they aren't given a warm reception on the other side; the natives grab Jak, throw him in jail, and experiment on him using dark eco, the mutagenic goo from the last game.

Daxter eventually helps his friend break out of prison, but hard time has changed Jak into an angry, street-smart tough guy (see the sidebar for details). With this new attitude comes a new focus on game-play, too. Jak now has access to four guns, each loaded with a different kind of projectile--and the game's fighting is also more combo driven. For example, you can spin kick, then follow up by smacking a goon in the face with the butt of your gun. Or you can jump into the air and blast downward to apply a brutal finishing touch.

There are a number of changes to Jak II from a technology standpoint, as well. Every one of the hundreds of different computer-controlled characters you run across in the city look different; you can travel through the entire town in a number of futuristic flying cars, and the cut-scene graphics have improved dramatically. Darker, bolder, prettier--all told, this is definitely one sequel to look forward to.


In the sequel to spirited PS2 platformer Jak and Daxter, Jak grows up, picks up an arsenal of weapons, and takes up residence in a living, breathing futuristic city. Oh, and he talks now, too.


Somehow this game feels like the original Jak and Daxter-- and completely fresh and new at the same time. I'm happy to report that it's not dark for dark's sake or the Grand Theft Auto clone it might seem at first. It's got the last game's inventive puzzles, great timing, excellent vehicle physics, and a spot-on camera, but now there's shooting and even more variety. I can't wait to get my hands on the completed game.

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