Jak and Daxter Collection Review

Jak and Daxter Collection (Available exclusively on PlayStation 3)
ESRB Rating: T
Players: 1
Genre: Action Platformer
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Naughty Dog/Mass Media
Release Date: February 7, 2012

Parent Talk: The original Jak and Daxter was rated E for everyone, and the sequels were rated T for teen.  There’s mild cartoon violence and gun use in the two sequels.  The Precursor Legacy can be enjoyed by all children, while the other two should be restricted to teens due to potentially scary situations.

Plays Like: Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy plays a lot like the PS1Crash Bandicoot games Naughty Dog developed, except they’re more open and advanced.  The two sequels were open-ended and loaded with action, having much in common with the Ratchet & Clank series.

Review Basis: Played each game for a bit, comparing them to the PS2 originals.  It’s good that I own an original PS3 that’s backwards compatible.

Sony has been on a roll with all the HD collections they’re putting out: the ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection; the two God of War collections,Sly Collection, and now this.  We hope that a Ratchet & Clank collection isn’t far off.  Of all the HD collections released, this was the most exciting for me because J&D was my favorite franchise last generation. I must have a thing for Naughty Dog, since I now love Uncharted.  If you adored Jak and Daxter on the PS2, this collection is outstanding. If you never played it, buy this collection and don’t look back.

The Great:

Experiencing three of PS2’s best games in HD with platinum trophies and stereoscopic 3D. What’s not to love?

The Good:

+ Each game brings an excellent story and classic humor.  The plots flow perfectly from one game to the next.  Upon finishing Jak III, you’ll want a IV. Oh, and Daxter is still hilarious. I missed these characters.

+ Gameplay that’s aged well. Each game has quirks, and some mechanics work better than others, but you still get hours of fantastic platforming and action.

+ Incredible visuals. The upscaling is fantastic, especially for the sequels, but the first features the most creative environments. It’s hard to believe the games are as old as they are once you see them in action in the collection.

The So-So:

+/- 3D doesn’t add much. It’s expected since J&D was never intended to display in 3D.

The Bad:

– The not-so-great elements are left intact. The repetitive collecting in the original, Jak II’s insane dock level, and other moments that never sat well with fans will continue to do so.

The Ugly:

An angry Jack. You don’t like him angry!

The Lowdown:

It would be pointless to extensively retread each of these games. You simply need to know they were some of the best from last generation, delivered by one talented Naughty Dog team. If you want a quality action-platformer, and three at that, pick this up. It’s a trip down memory lane worth taking.

Average Score Scale: 9.0 (+/- 0.5) out of 10

Personal Final Score: 9.5/10 (Inflated)

Reason for +0.5 Inflation: The best collection yet. Three outstanding games, platinum trophies and a killer price.

Reason for -0.5 Deflation: You don’t care to revisit a few PS2 games, even with improvements.