One year has passed since Jak and Daxter saved Haven City from Kor and the attacking Metal Heads, yet Haven City is still immersed in deadly chaos as three groups fight for control of the streets. The people of Haven City have grown to distrust Jak’s dark powers, and as rumors boil of Jak’s ties with Krew and Kor, the city blames Jak for its current woeful circumstances. With Daxter and Pecker bravely by his side, the three begin their next adventure where the battle for the city has just begun.
For those of you already familiar with the Jak series, you already know the game boasts some of the best cartoon graphics on the PS2 platform. Jak 3 is no different, but this time around I’ve been particularly impressed with the level of detail that has been given to the new worlds and environments, the new bad guys, and the absolute gorgeous cut-scenes. The graphics of the game are impressive and definitely eye-grabbing to say the least.
Of all the SCEA franchise titles that have come through over the years, I’ve probably enjoyed the gameplay of the Jak series more than most because of the game’s ability to have so many different types of things going on during the course of the life of the story. Also, the game is very easy to follow and its almost impossible to ever get lost or not know what you’re supposed to be doing. That doesn’t mean the game isn’t challenging, but the gameplay itself offers up some fantastic action – from using some of the coolest rifles to make it into the Jak games, to racing dune buggies and leaping lizards. There’s also some mini-games that crop up during the course of the story that are pretty fun and challenging as well. The story really drives the gameplay and the cut-scenes are a fantastic reward for finishing a level. The gameplay isn’t very difficult, and the entire game can be won in about 15 hours for experienced players.
If you like wisecracks, then this is your game as Daxter (the orange guy) makes a wise remark on just about everything you interact with in the story. The game offers up an impressive voiceover for the characters, but the soundtrack to the game is a tad uninspiring. The sound effects (what’s really important about the sound in this game) are pretty impressive and sound great on a surround sound system.
Longevity & Originality:
The game does take about 15 to 20 hours to complete, so it’s about a medium range adventure game on PS2. Once you’ve played the game through you might get nostalgic and want to play the entire series once more time since this does round out the Jak trilogy. The game is fairly original and offers up some new flavor to the series (such as Light Jak), and the story is pretty compelling and hooks you in.
The originality of the title stems from the compelling and creative back-story arc about Jak, the true identity and fate of the Precursors, and the overall struggle to save the world. The characters are also highly original and very entertaining to watch as the story unfolds.
Jak 3 is a fantastic game that closes out the Jak trilogy in style. The game boasts some very impressive graphics, great sound effects, and a fun gameplay that will keep experienced gamers entertained and new gamers challenged. The game has a decent enough play life and is the kind of game you can accidentally lose hours to while playing without realizing it. There’s a high fun factor in this game, as the characters, gameplay, and graphics definitely keep you sucked in to your seat.
Overall, Jak 3 is a very solid title for PS2 and one of my recent favorites. I thought the graphics and gameplay were the 2 most outstanding features of the game, and make a great addition to your PS2 collection. At the very least give the game a rent, otherwise, this is a very good buy if you’re not sure what to get your gamer friend this holiday season.
OVERALL SCORE: 86%