Somehow I missed Jak & Daxter on its initial go-around on the PS2 (I was more of a Ratchet & Clank guy myself). Having played them now, they certainly show their age, mainly in the gameplay area.
1st Game - This is where it REALLY shows its age. HD or not, this snoozefest has you going around collecting power cores to power various machines and doing chores for people to get these power cores. Sound boring? That's because it is.
2nd Game - Upgrade! Very GTA-esque (but kid friendly). You get guns now and have access to a much larger area than you did previously. Unfortunately, the area is almost too big and you spend way too much time zooming around to this place and that place, again, helping people so you can get further weapon upgrades and stick it to the people who have done you wrong. The worst part is when you're driving around, you ALWAYS seem to hit the "police" and then they're chasing you all of the place. There is little to do to avoid this - it's just a general map layout type of problem. Regardless, everything is better about this game compared with the first one. But where this package really shines is on the third.
3rd Game - Blam! This game is great - Without a doubt, the best of the bunch. Taking place only shortly after the events of 2, it has lots of upgrades, larger maps (but way more fun and manageable than in 2), dialogue is awesome, the missions are varied so it's not super repetitive, and a whole lot more to enjoy.
Final Word - If you've played these game before, no need to replay them (unless you want the trophies for them). If you haven't played them though, definitely worth a rent to play through these pretty classic titles. Overall, lots of fun.
posted by pswilliams986 (ROCKY POINT, NC) Jun 17, 2012
Member since Oct 2011
I played Crash Bandicoot. Loved it. I played Uncharted; its currently my favorite game series. I skipped over Jak and Daxter so I thought I would rent the HD collection to see what Naughty Dog bought to the table for this one. I was very disappointed. I didn't immediately get into it the way I did the other two series mentioned above. A lot of the racing sections were difficult in a cheap way rather than a fun way and I would have much preferred skipping them entirely. The other parts of the game like the combat and platforming were underwhelming. This has nothing to do with graphics. I don't expect a game from 2001 to look good. I just didn't care much for this; especially compared to the other franchise that developer Naughty Dog has created