Jak And Daxter Collection
|a game by||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Platforms:||PS Vita, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||9/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 10 votes|
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|See also:||Jak and Daxter Series|
The Jak and Daxter Collection is a three-in-one game pack that combines three of the best action games to ever be released on the PlayStation 2. Starring the spunky hero Jak and his furry sidekick Daxter, all three games in this collection tell fantastical tales full of magic and mystery. Starting with their introductory adventure to the dark and twisted third entry, the Jak and Daxter Collection is chock-full of classic action gaming that's sure to please any platformer fan. Apart from a few interesting gameplay choices in the later sequels, this is a nearly flawless high-definition collection that every gamer should try out.
Main Game Features
- Three full length adventures to enjoy
- Mixture of platforming, combat, and open-world exploration
- Hundreds of collectibles to find and upgrades to earn
The Jak and Daxter Collection contains all three original games in the franchise, including Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II, and Jak 3. Each game tells the continuing story of Jak and his sidekick Daxter, who live in the magical Sandover Village. In the first game, Daxter accidentally transforms from a human to a fuzzy animal after falling into a vat of dark Eco, the mysterious energy that fuels the planet. With the help of the local sage's daughter, the duo travel to the far north in search of help. Jak II picks up hundreds of years later, with the pair transported to the metropolis of Haven City. After succumbing to Eco experiments, Jak gains the power to transform into Dark Jak, and must use his powers to liberate Haven City from their villainous leader, Baron Praxis.
The third game, Jak 3, takes place a year after the events of Jak II, with the heroic pair now banished to the Wasteland. After arriving in the Spargus City outpost, Jak and Daxter must prove their worth or be banished to the unforgiving desert. While each of the three games has a unique story and tone, all of them share the same interesting universe and core cast of characters. With plenty of surprising twists and some exceptionally cool concepts, the overall narrative of the Jak and Daxter Collection is outstanding.
At its core, the Jak and Daxter Collection is a compilation of action-platforming games, but each title introduces unique gameplay concepts, weapons, and upgrades. All three games revolve around Jak and Daxter exploring a hub world, which connects to various stages to explore. While the later two games introduce an abundance of side-missions and open-world content, the first game is more basic, focused on collecting powerful Precursor orbs as players complete tricky jumps and fight enemies. With each sequel, the maps become bigger and more detailed, and a larger emphasis is placed on action and combat.
Both of the sequels expand upon exploration by introducing vehicles and maps with more points of interest, encouraging players to take their time and talk to every character. The second and third games include a wider variety of weapons, including close-range shotguns, miniguns, and revolvers. The introduction of the Dark Jak form also emphasizes melee combat, giving the player increased attack and agility for a limited time. The third game even includes a Light Jak transformation, which enhances defense and blocking. As a trilogy, the Jak and Daxter games provide a consistently evolving gameplay design that grows more addictive and plentiful with content, resulting in over 60 hours of enticing platforming fun.
All three Jak and Daxter games represent the height of the action genre at the time of their release, and the Jak and Daxter Collection puts all of those fantastic games in one place, with remastered graphics to boot. Whether you're a fan of colorful platformers or dark and brooding open-world action, this franchise has it all, wrapped together neatly with an engaging story and cool characters.
When compared to modern open-world action games, the two Jak and Daxter sequels can occasionally feel underwhelming, but the main gameplay loop remains enjoyable over dozens of hours of playtime. With its cartoon-like narrative, excitable cast of characters, and rewarding gameplay, you'll easily fall in love with what the Jak and Daxter Collection has to offer.
- Gameplay feels responsive and exciting
- An interesting and confident cartoon art style
- Memorable characters and story
- Not enough checkpoints
- Some frustrating mini-games
- Tough to find every collectible