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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jak your body !
Having gained a refund for the mediocre "Dredd vs Death"I opted to take a gamble on Jak 2 having played the impressive demo...cutesy characters ? What the hell its worth a spin (So thought this 31 yr old vetran gamer)
My God ! This game has restored my faith that the PS2 is still king of the Hill . On graphics & eye candy alone I think Jak 2 gives the X-box a run for...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Different From the Original. Disappointing
If you loved Jak and Daxter, then you MIGHT love this game too. Or you may hate it. Its a big game, with lots of new features and the graphics look better too, so it ought to be better.
BUT, the aspects that made Jak and Daxter great: the hugely complex land to explore, the puzzles, the challenging platform areas and largely missing. Instead this game channels you...
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jak your body !, 30 Oct 2003
This review is from: Jak II: Renegade (PS2) (Video Game)
Having gained a refund for the mediocre "Dredd vs Death"I opted to take a gamble on Jak 2 having played the impressive demo...cutesy characters ? What the hell its worth a spin (So thought this 31 yr old vetran gamer)
My God ! This game has restored my faith that the PS2 is still king of the Hill . On graphics & eye candy alone I think Jak 2 gives the X-box a run for its money . PS2 users may agree that liquid & water effects have always been a little bit of a hit & miss affair when it comes to the PS2's graphics engine. Jak 2 delivers some devasting punches on the 'water front'-Beautiful rippling portals, shimmering lakes of Dark ecco & rolling lakes of lethal lava. Hold on a moment , lets get to the game. I haven't played Jak & Daxter so you'll have to forgive the fact that until this point I've never seen anything like this on the PS2.
Jak 2 plays a lot like Vice City except on an alien world in a city called Haven city, this place is VAST & believable. Within half an hour of learning the ropes I was in absolute awe , flying cars that you can hijack , highly populated streets & alleyways . You get to free roam & explore to your hearts content . Like GTA you'll need to find your way to points on the map to embark on missions that will progress the story . The developers have obviously taken note of the success of Pixar movies in terms of pleasing adults as well as kids. The humour is sharp & acccessible whatever your age.
I've been more than impressed with the seamless way the game offers new environments away from Haven city, dark caves, sewers, a forest , mining facilities & so on. No loading screens , no waiting around, no watching the scenery pop up out of no where (GTA3,Vice city)Jak 2 provides a fully immersive alien world.Lovers of detail & eye candy will really appreciate the use of perspective is employed; for example on many missions you will find yourself at a high point in the scenery which provides a vista to look at the city from afar , you then notice that you can see other environments from other levels outside of the city walls . Its jawdroppingly seamless & highly satisfying. You'll be left wondering 'How did they cram it all into the PS2 ?'
In terms of content , Naughty Dog have pulled a few aces, there's the 'GTA 'style of game play , there's the 'Tony hawk' style of gameplay , there's "Wipeout" style of gameplay, Space shooter style, smash & collect , jump & grab style and so on . Once again , the jumps in styles have been seamlessly blended , so much so you don't even question it when it happens.
Another review criticised the 'Time trial ' missions, its your reviewers opinion that this style of mission only takes up a small fraction of the game , yes some of them are hard & frustrating but would'nt you feel short changed if a game was too easy ?
In every way so far this game has presented beautiful graphics & smooth gameplay . Wonderful particle effects used appropriately , every trick the PS2 can produce with graphics has been carefully added to the world of Jak 2 with consideration instead of overkill . The music & sound suit the style & pace , the story is excellent , the jokes are funny ...I could ramble on . In summary ..
10/10 graphics.
10/10 Gameplay/plot
9/10 Sound
10/10 Upgrades & weapons
11/10 Value for money
For anyone who thought the GTA series is as good as it gets ,Jak2 pushes the envelope 100 miles further .A most surprising & overall mega-satisfying purchase.Buy it !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jak II:renegade, 1 May 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Jak II: Renegade (PS2) (Video Game)
"WELCOME TO NEARLY THE BEST PLATFORMER ON PS2"

I had to rate jak 3 before this because it was better,but it dosen't stop this from being one of the best platformers on PS2.What I enjoyed most was unlocking unlimited dark jak so that I could go round as a giant(which you can earn later on in the game if you get enough metal head skull gems)and killing those pathetic krimzon guards who can't do their job properly!!!!

the missons are outmoded and very frustrating.you'll need patience for this or you'll lose it....just like I nearly did.

Daxter hasn't changed with his hilarious comments.Maybe not as friendly but a really fantastic game!!!Not as good as jak3 but utterly remarkable.Its a huge city too so expect many challenges.

I also enjoyed getting that jetboard.So much fun that you'll be coming back to this for ages.if you do happen to buy it and get to torns missions,do you happen to feel frustration and happen to feel like killing him viciously?

you'll see........
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best platformer on earth!!!!, 6 Aug 2004
This review is from: Jak II: Renegade (PS2) (Video Game)
Well there isnt much to say here.
Pure brilliant.
The game starts off in a dark house and after half an hour off gameplay without a weapon you get loaded with your first gun and the action and mayhem starts there.Jak 2:Renegade is set in the future where there are hoverbikes, hovercars etc...This game is platformer and one of the best things about this game is that it is a free roaming enviroment, thus doing your missions whenever you wish.Simple and straight forward gameplay and some decent graphics leads this game to victory.In order to get the hovercar/bike you wish you will have to press the triangle button under the car that you desire to get and Jak simply jumps up and kicks the driver off his car.Roaming around the city isnt that easy though, as there are guards lurking around under the order of the baron and if you do anything which isnt within the law then the alarm will raise and the guards will come after you by foot or car and shoot you down.The map in Jak 2 is quiet simple, basic and easy to follow and the city is huge.Now moving on to the games levels and personally ive completed the game and there is nothing but happiness lying within you as you are on your quest to defeat the evil baron and get back into the past. As you progress in your level mostly with your gun then there are 3 different guns in the game with ammo which you can collect as you move on in the level.Jak can turn into dark jak with dark eco which you collect from eliminating a few of your enemys.There is a hoverboard in the game which you get as you progress futher into the game, the hoverboard can remain yours from a certain point in the game and you can style out a few neat tricks while your at it.The games sounds are impressive and the storyline is quite straight forward. If you get this game then there is definatly alot to look foward to.Amazing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A game worth trying, 21 Mar 2004
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This review is from: Jak II: Renegade (PS2) (Video Game)
I am a huge fan of the original Jak and Daxter game and so was truly looking forward to playing Jak 2.
At first I have to admit that I hated it. It's set in this dark city with the same old people walking backwards and forwards. Nothing like the Sandover Village!
Then it seemed to develop into more of a shoot em' up than a platform, which is why I liked the original game.
Slowly, after playing a little longer you start getting used to handling weapons and seeing a darker, meaner side to a good character. It ended up being a really exciting and enjoyable game. I 've actually played it none stop since buying it (three months ago).
One of the most enjoyable parts of the game is that you need to use your brain, instead of just plowing in bashing buttons. Their are techniques and puzzles that need to be solved in order to proceed.
This game also has an element of every genre in it. There are platform levels, puzzles, racing, shooting and sport ( a hoverboard where you need to pull off tricks). Something really for everyone.
One of the negative points is that some of the tasks and challenges are incredibly difficult and frustrating. The last challenge took me four days solid to complete. A point which the game developers need to take on board for future games.
Overall though, this game is worth trying just once. Some people will hate it as it's so different from the original. A lot more will love it as it is so original.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 23 Nov 2003
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D. Roe "isgorathe" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jak II: Renegade (PS2) (Video Game)
As an avid fan of the first game of this series I purchased Jak II at the first possible moment. I was not disappointed.
The game starts off with you being sucked into a time rift and ending up in a mysterious technological city known as Haven City. Immediately guards surround Jak and he is captured, leaving Daxter to fend for himself in the city. Eventually Jak is freed from his prison after being on the wrong side of some nasty Dark Eco experiments and is a changed person and actually speaks for the first time in the series. After escaping you learn that Haven City is anything but a haven, with the cruel Baron Praxis governing the town with an iron fist, and a wasteland full of menacing Metal Heads outside the city walls. The plot has many twists and turns and never reveals all until the very end.
Fans of Jak and Daxter will be pleased to know that the gameplay is very similar. The city aside, the levels involve traditional platform aspects such as moving panels, jumping and navigating puzzles and obstacles. The 'gather 50 small green eco particles or one large one to replenish your health' system has been replaced with simply finding health boxes in crates. Eco powerups are out and weapons are in. There are 4 very different weapons to be obtained throughout the course of the game, such as the regular long-range Blaster or the shotgun esque Scatter Gun. They have a limited supply of ammo which can be found in crates or are dropped by guards, and they are easy to use. At first I was afraid that adding guns into the Jak series would spoil the platform experience, but instead it has made it much more fun and enjoyable. But incase anyone is wondering, you can still kick and punch to get yourself out of tricky situations, and even score combos off them in conjunction with a weapon.
The game progresses in a more 'mission style' format, similar to Grand Theft Auto in some respects, as is the city map and comandeering various hover vehicles to get around the place. The city is huge and it will take you a long time to learn your way around without total dependance on the map, but it is an enjoyable experience. Icons on the map point to where you need to go next, either to visit the Underground (the resistance movement against the Baron), various gangster whos contacts you need to fight the Baron etc. There are plenty of cutscenes and most involve quite a witty script.
Lastly, the system in which you must collect things such as Power Cells or Precursor Orbs which was only partially replaced in Ratchet and Clank, has almost been done away with completely. The only thing which is collectable are Precursor Orbs, there are only 289 and they are much harder to obtain, either by finding them or in mini-games. Finding these Orbs unlock special features, finding 200 unlocks Hero Mode, in which the game is much much harder to complete, a msut for any die hard gamers.
For platform and action game fans alike, this is an unmissable title which I highly recommend.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JakII - Grand Theft Auto for kids?, 31 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Jak II: Renegade (PS2) (Video Game)
First off, let me state my love for the original Jak & Daxter. At the time, it was THE platformer to have for PS2 and, to my mind, only Ratchet and Clank bettered it last year.
Expectation was understandably high, therefore, for JakII. I'm please to report it doesn't disappoint in the slightest.
To cut a long story short (and so as not to spoil it!), Jak ends up being held prisoner by an evil Baron and having hideous experiments conducted upon him. Cue Daxter to liberate our hero. The pair then end up on the run on the streets on a strange city. It's at this stage that the parallels with the Grand Theft Auto series start to kick-in. Jak takes on a mission-based thread with missions allocated by talking to various characters across the city. New areas become available the further you get into the game. Missions do go back to the Jak of old - platform heaven abounds in many of the missions. And guns - did I mention the guns? Yup - this time Jak is armed and dangerous! Guns are picked up at various stages throughout the game and used in various missions to varying degrees.
The developers seem to have taken the general non-linear mission-based thread of games like GTA and over-laid the graphical richness, great characters, humour and style of the original Jak and Daxter. It really does feel like a more child-friendly version of Vice City - and I hope that both games take that as a compliment!
But, after all this, is it any good? Well, I think so. The great elements of J&D still abound in plentiful measure and the new mission-based structure does add a nice sense of non-linearity. Graphically, the game is simply beautiful - some of the views you get as you move around town are glorious. Gameplay is varied and no two missions feel the same. It is obvious as you play that the developers have used several other great games as inspiration (anyone who's played Tony Hawkes will feel familiar with the initial Hoverboard challenge for instance!) and taken the very best of them and thrown it into the great melting pot that is Jak II.
Jak II suceeds on so many levels and will keep even the most hardened gamer engaged for many hours - it's full of attention to detail at every corner.
Jak II is, in my humble opinion, one of the great games of 2004 and proof that sequels can evolve whilst still retaining what made the original great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jak 2: Renegade, 25 July 2004
This review is from: Jak II: Renegade (PS2) (Video Game)
If you haven't already got this game then you should get it. It will last you ages as there is loads to do such as the shooting range, hoverbike races, jet-boarding and tons more. It is the second one in the trilogy and I can't wait for the third one to come out. :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sequel thats actually better than the first!, 14 Feb 2004
This review is from: Jak II: Renegade (PS2) (Video Game)
Jak2:renegade is deeper and tougher than it's predecessor it starts exactly after it left off (when you open the big door that takes 100 power cells to open). Jak 2 kicks in with an amazing cut scene showing jak, daxter, samos and kiera hurltling through a time portal (using the rift raft) they all get split up. jak then gets arrested by the crimson guard (the police)and daxter runs off like the wuss he is (no offense all you daxter fans) two years have passed and Baron Praxis is pumping you (Jak) full of dark ecco Daxter then breaks you out of prison and thats where the first mission kicks in and its a good one!
Please BUY THIS GAME and pray for a sequal.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can Jak and Daxter save the world again?, 13 Jan 2004
This review is from: Jak II: Renegade (PS2) (Video Game)
When Jak and Daxter arrived on PS2, it was critically heralded by the magazines and people bought it in droves - and for good reason. It was the best platformer on the machine by a mile and Daxter became a PS2 icon with his witty comments. Jak however was something of an enigma and didn't speak throughout the game. Then came Ratchet & Clank which in my opinion was even better - mainly due to the fact that the player was equipped with an amazing arsenal of weapons.
But late in 2003 Jak II arrived and completely redefined the genre. It combined the quality and gameplay of the original with features that appear to have been 'lifted' from other games on the PS2. The storyline begins where the original ended, from where Jak & Co are warped into a futuristic world and Jak is promptly arrested.
After two years of torture and imprisonment, Daxter finds Jak and helps him to escape. But Jak has changed and is filled with rage, intent on revenge on his enemy Baron Praxis. And he has found his voice! This is where the game begins and through a series of trials and cut-scenes, Jak is a man on mission. His enemy comes in the form of the 'Crimson Guard' and the 'Metalhead' race who are invading the city where the game is based. Jak muat help the underground overthrow Baron Praxis and defeat the metalheads - but it won't be easy!
Jaks progress is now done largely through interaction with other characters in the game and has moved away from the collecting power cells in the original. However, the player can still collect precusor orbs during the game to unlock secrets from the main menu.
As the game progresses, Jak learns to harness his 'dark powers' that he has gained from being injected with hazardous dark eco and also obtains weapons to use in the game. These are fairly basic - nothing like the bizarre items that Ratchet and Clank collect in their adventures. However they are great fun and you won't get far into the adventure without them.
Naughty Dog have done so much to ensure this is not just another platform game. For a start, it is a free roaming adventure (a la GTA) and the player does not have to play the levels in a defined order. There are shooting ranges, street races and in a stroke of genius, towards the end of the game you get to play as Daxter in the 'Metalhead Mash' (play it and you'll see what I mean).
This game is very innovative and deserves all of the accolades that it has been presented with since it's release. In short - Jak II is the best platformer I have played to date and is an epic adventure that should keep you occupied for a long time. Strongly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get any better than this !, 1 Mar 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Jak II: Renegade (PS2) (Video Game)
If you loved the first game or even just have a ps2 you MUST have this game (and the other 2 preferably). The game is darker, bolder and bassicaly better in every way over the first. This is saying something since the first game was easily in the top 5 games for the ps2 to begin with.

There is another inaccurate review i have read saying how this game is more linier than the first which is complete stupidity.Clearly this person never actually played the game or has completly forgotten how the orginal actualy played out. The original game was fantastic ofcourse but ultimatly your only option was to complete each area to 100% and then move to the next and get 100% and so on . It was completly linier and you had no choice of what to do as there were no side missions or anything to complete other than getting 100% completion in each area.

Jak 2 however is completly open , very much inspired by GTA you can do whatever you like and there are a large number of side missions and areas to explore searching for the rare precursor orbs and completing chalenges such as time trials and hoverboard courses. Lots of choice and lots of fun is the ony way to desribe jak 2. Then ofcourse when you want to progress the story you can go to a marker on your map and take part in some of the most fun and engrosing story missions of any game ive played in many years with lots of interesting twists and exciting momments.

The difficulty has cirtainly increased no doubt but usualy it's simply a case of being patient. The controls are liquid smooth ofcourse and handly very well . Considering the ammount of diffrent gaming elements added to the game its a true work of art to have them working together in such harmony in a single game.The game is seemless with no loading times to be seen and crisp gorgeous visuals , aspecialy if using a component cable to bring out all the detail and colour from the game.
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