The formiddable duo make a fine partnership in their transition to PlayStation 3.
The Jak and Daxter Collection, a compilation of the first three games in the popular platformer series, brings a fantastic remastering of PlayStation 2 classics to the PS3. With high definition graphics, refined gameplay, Trophies and plenty of action, the Jack and Daxter Collection (or Jak and Daxter Trilogy) is certainly a worthy purchase for fans of the genre and original PS2 series.
What Jak and Daxter Collection Got Right
Three Fantastic PS2 Games In One Pack - The original Jak and Daxter games, thankfully, still hold up, some eleven years after the first game launched. Developer Naughty Dog truly pushed the console to its limits, even in such early days, bringing large, lush worlds and limited loading screens that made for engaging, streamlined gaming that is definitely still impressive by today's standards.
Other recent HD Collections have all had to deal with the prospect of outdated gameplay and graphics, but those issues don't really concern this Collection. The humour still holds, the gameplay is still impeccably solid, and the puzzles are still super challenging. If anything, going back to these games showcases how impressive Naughty Dog can be as a developer, creating a game that still seems brand new over a decade after release.
The games are Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, a special platformer with plenty of great humour and challenge; Jak 2, a far more darker, heavy-handed and action-packed sequel; and Jak 3, a merciless and challenging adventure that made for a spectacular end to a wonderful trilogy.
Overall, you're looking at three great games with a progressive story, and an amazing twist ending that will stick with you long after the game ends.
Great Upscaling - Unsurprisingly, Jak 2 and Jak 3 certainly outperform the first game in the series. The HD quality is certainly better in these games, making for smoother textures, nicer animations and stunning environments. The Collection overall looks great, but the HD remastering doesn't make these game stands out much above what they originally looked like.
What Jak and Daxter Collection Got Wrong
Is The Platformer Still Relevant? - The only thing really holding this Collection back is its worth a platformer. The genre has certainly lost a bit of pace this generation, and the third-person action platform hasn't had anywhere near as much support on PS3 as it did on PS2. That might deter some that are looking for deeper gameplay mechanics and perhaps even multiplayer. That said, the games are still a lot of fun, and are hopefully a lead-in to what will be another Jak and Daxter console game.
The Final Verdict
It sure is great reliving these great PS2 classics. They are arguably the three best games in the Jak and Daxter series, although seeing the PSP version of Daxter would have certainly made the Collection that little bit more appealing. A fun, funny and challenging collection, Jak and Daxter Collection is definitely worth checking out, whether you played the originals or not.