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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Here is a game that is great fun from start to finish. You take on the role of Jak, a young man whose friend Daxter has just been turned into a fuzzy orange meerkat-type creature. Now it's up to you to journey north and find the one person who can change him back, but in order to do that, you'll have to collect increasing numbers of power cells to help you on your...
Published on 4 Oct 2003

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1.0 out of 5 stars BROKEN
The game froze 5 minuets in and wont go further...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, 4 Oct 2003
By A Customer
This review is from: Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (Video Game)
Here is a game that is great fun from start to finish. You take on the role of Jak, a young man whose friend Daxter has just been turned into a fuzzy orange meerkat-type creature. Now it's up to you to journey north and find the one person who can change him back, but in order to do that, you'll have to collect increasing numbers of power cells to help you on your way.
The world of Jak and Daxter is large, well detailed, and best of all- continuous. There are no loading times between levels, quite a relief after the frustration of Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex. No, here we have a huge free roaming 3D environment filled with sumptuous graphics, day-night transitions, and superbly realistic sound effects (from the crunch of crisp grass to the thud of metal surfaces, it's all in there). Jak and Daxter's one weakness is its music, but even though the music is not great, the fact that is underplayed enables you to concentrate more on the other, better aspects of the game.
But enough of the scenery, how does it play? The naswer to that is very well. Jak, accompanied by Daxter, may have a somewhat limited set of moves, but it's enough for the purpose of the game. As mentioned earlier, the aim of the game is to collect power cells; to do this you will have to complete a wide range of tasks. From catching fish to defeating ambushes and boss enemies, all the platform staples are there.
Gameplay is spiced up somewhat by the inclusion of eco. Eco comes in different forms, and has several different purposes, from basic health restoration to enabling Jak to shoot fireballs. There are also two vehicles in the game, the A-Grav zoomer (like an overland jetski) and the Flut Flut bird. The zoomer has several sections of the game devoted to its use, and once you've mastered it you'll have great fun flying around at top speed over platforms and through hoops. The Flut Flut only appears a couple of times, but is invaluable for gliding to some hard to reach places. And talking of hard to reach places, you will certainly find plenty of those! You'll have to master Jak's various jumping techniques if you want to reach everywhere in the game.
One thing that many gamers will find is that the game is very short; experienced gamers with time on their hands will complete Jak and Daxter in a couple of days. Certainly there is no complex puzzle solving to stump you; for the most part your goals are made very clear, and even when they aren't Daxter is on hand to offer advice.
A brief mention should also be made to the scripting. The wise-cracking Daxter has plenty to say during the game, and whilst for the most part, this is very funny, his comments may begin to seem repetitive after a while. However, this is what the "mute" button on your remote is for, and shouldn't detract from your enjoyment of the game.
If you liked Crash's earlier adventures and the Spyro series for PS1, this is the game for you. It takes some of the best aspects of those games, and packages them nicely in a beautiful environment with an easy-to-use control system. If you love platformers, or are even only remotely appreciative of them, Jak and Daxter is the game to get.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immense fun: a must-buy for anyone who likes platformers, 23 Feb 2002
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Here is a game that is great fun from start to finish. You take on the role of Jak, a young man whose friend Daxter has just been turned into a fuzzy orange meerkat-type creature. Now it's up to you to journey north and find the one person who can change him back, but in order to do that, you'll have to collect increasing numbers of power cells to help you on your way.
The world of Jak and Daxter is large, well detailed, and best of all- continuous. There are no loading times between levels, quite a relief after the frustration of Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex. No, here we have a huge free roaming 3D environment filled with sumptuous graphics, day-night transitions, and superbly realistic sound effects (from the crunch of crisp grass to the thud of metal surfaces, it's all in there). Jak and Daxter's one weakness is its music, but even though the music is not great, the fact that is underplayed enables you to concentrate more on the other, better aspects of the game.
But enough of the scenery, how does it play? The naswer to that is very well. Jak, accompanied by Daxter, may have a somewhat limited set of moves, but it's enough for the purpose of the game. As mentioned earlier, the aim of the game is to collect power cells; to do this you will have to complete a wide range of tasks. From catching fish to defeating ambushes and boss enemies, all the platform staples are there.
Gameplay is spiced up somewhat by the inclusion of eco. Eco comes in different forms, and has several different purposes, from basic health restoration to enabling Jak to shoot fireballs. There are also two vehicles in the game, the A-Grav zoomer (like an overland jetski) and the Flut Flut bird. The zoomer has several sections of the game devoted to its use, and once you've mastered it you'll have great fun flying around at top speed over platforms and through hoops. The Flut Flut only appears a couple of times, but is invaluable for gliding to some hard to reach places. And talking of hard to reach places, you will certainly find plenty of those! You'll have to master Jak's various jumping techniques if you want to reach everywhere in the game.
One thing that many gamers will find is that the game is very short; experienced gamers with time on their hands will complete Jak and Daxter in a couple of days. Certainly there is no complex puzzle solving to stump you; for the most part your goals are made very clear, and even when they aren't Daxter is on hand to offer advice.
A brief mention should also be made to the scripting. The wise-cracking Daxter has plenty to say during the game, and whilst for the most part, this is very funny, his comments may begin to seem repetitive after a while. However, this is what the "mute" button on your remote is for, and shouldn't detract from your enjoyment of the game.
If you liked Crash's earlier adventures and the Spyro series for PS1, this is the game for you. It takes some of the best aspects of those games, and packages them nicely in a beautiful environment with an easy-to-use control system. If you love platformers, or are even only remotely appreciative of them, Jak and Daxter is the game to get.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A game worth every penny and summed up in one word- awesome, 4 April 2002
This review is from: Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (Video Game)
Jak and Daxter is one of the most addictive and fantastic games released ever. With graphics that make you gasp and a storyline that unfolds with humorous and tantalising suspense (there's always something around the corner) you won't be complaining. This game allows you to move on to different challenges while trying to work out previous ones so you aren't left with the frustration of not being able to continue-until the very end of course! But by then you've learnt the skills, picked up the logic and will be smiling all the way to the restart of the game. With a mix of easier and harder challenges it is suitable for all and those with huge amounts of time or the spare half hour. The platform is huge, one you will love to explore, sound effects so realistic you'll get swallowed up for hours upon hours and in the finale you certainly won't be disappointed with the time you spend. The X box is no threat to playstation 2 if it keeps producing games on this level. There are no annoying seconds wasted on loading screens, graphics with stunning realism and characters you'll adore, I was stunned. With constant new releases you may wonder what's so special but the fab blend of the most superb game qualities you can ask for guarantee that you'll not be leaving your games console for a long long time-even if there's an ever so important piece of work to be done. Happy playing!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jak and Daxter... how to write a game that won't annoy, 16 Feb 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (Video Game)
Congratulations to Naughty Dog. Whatever others might think about the game being a clone of N64 platform games (I can't speak from experience), Jak and Daxter was the most enjoyable game I've played on PSOne or PS2. If you've tried and enjoyed the Crash Bandicoot games, you'll see the similarities (same controls, same character actions, same boxes to jump on)... but you'll love the fact that this game does away with all the annoying features. To list just a few: NO load delays whatsoever; NO having to start levels from scratch when you die; NO getting stuck on something and not being able to continue. The whole gameplay is beautifully thought out. You can generally try levels in any order if you get stuck on one, and they're contiguous (so no going back to the "Warp Room" each time). It's a game that doesn't seem to want you to die... if you miss a jump, there's a fair chance you'll just grap the cliff with your fingertips and be able to pull yourself up. Once you've got a power cell, orb, or whatever, you've got it for good even if you die. It's very addictive, and yes, it only took about 4 days of solid playing to complete, but I reckon this was money well spent. It's not all about box-crushing and it's full of humour... where else would you have to herd cows - that moo plaintively when you hit them! - into a pen? My one (trivial) complaint: it really needs a map screen... it's very easy to get lost in some of the bigger levels. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!, 4 Mar 2002
This review is from: Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (Video Game)
Just finished the game after receiving it for Christmas. What can I say? Naughty Dog have really pulled it out of the hat with this one. Graphics, which are simply breathtaking in parts, Ultra responsive controls and a fiendish learning curve make this my one of my favourite ps2 game so far. Dont be fooled into thinking this is a kid's game because some parts will have you chucking the controller against the floor in frustration :). Even though I've completed it , I really can't bring myself to swap it. Buy immediately.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, I've eaten my hat!, 8 Dec 2002
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Jak & Daxter is beautiful, yet devoid of loading screens or frame-rate drops. Jak & Daxter is simple to play, yet complex in its incredibly tight level design and structure. Jak & Daxter has been taken very seriously by Naughty Dog, yet it is one of the most fun, entertaining and humourous games I have ever played.
This game represents a reasonable challenge to all gamers, is a title to own, not rent, and is great value for money. The PS2 came of age when this game was released.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect,, just perfect !!!, 11 Jan 2002
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Tobbi (Keflavik Iceland) - See all my reviews
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It's hard to find a better game in this category and many others, wondurful storyline, beutyful world and funny caracters. Great for Noughty Dog who lost their agreement with Universal Studios for making more Crash games. This is much better than all the Crash series, but playing it i get a little Crash feeling. If you are interested in adventure, a must buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Game, Good Game, 3 Mar 2002
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I'm an ex-N64'er. Some of the best games on the N64 were Mario, Zelda (Ocarina of time), and the Banjo and Kazooie series. This game takes all the best elements of those games and bundles it together with the PS2's amazing graphics.
The only thing I would say is that if you are an experienced gamer then you may find this game easy. In the past there's usually been one point in a game that has forced me to look at a walk-through guide on the internet. But I completed Jak and Daxter (collected everything 100%) without the need for a walk-through.
That said it doesn't detract from the game as the puzzle-solving is still first rate.
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69 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jak & Daxter - Reviewed To The Fullest, 10 Nov 2001
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Naughty Dog the publishers of Crash Bandicoot have finished their creation of a new platform phenomenon. Jak and Daxter is amazing and I am about to review it to the fullest.
The graphics in Jak and Daxter is the first thing that will catch your eye. They are smooth, lush and polished well to make a cartoony, surreal world look realisted and believable (like in Shrek). The animation sequences are suberb and unlike anything you will ever see.
The gameplay adapts form the best platform games ever to make a new innovation. Whilst being a platform game at heart, the free roaming you can do in a large environment without any loading times is like an RPG game. The gameplay is fast and furious, and as you progress through the levels the game gets harder. The AI is very clever. Baddies will follow you, surround you, and attack in packs. Daxter is the character you control and Jak sits on his shoulder. Daxter can run, jump, kick, punch, swim and fish. You can also look around in the game through the eyes of Daxter.
The sound is impeccable. The sound effects are imaginative whilst the background music fits perfectly to each scene. And as a bonus to the sound, the loveable character Jak, makes hilarious wisecracks throughout the game. He's not the only one too. Other characters you will meet have something funny to say.
Overall, Jak and Daxter delivers something new whilst using the old styles of gameplay that we will always love. Jak and Daxter is original, and that's what will make this action-adventure a great RPG and a platform frenzy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but a bit too easy!, 20 Feb 2002
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Craig Hamill (Lancashire, England) - See all my reviews
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What can I say... It's a good laugh from start to finish. Nice graphics and sounds and similar to the Mario stuff on the N64 in game play.
My only problem would be the total game play. The more experienced gamers out there will finish this in a weekend (I did 75% in a day) so not all that challenging but worth it just the same for Daxter's witty comments!
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