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BaD 11: Jak and Daxter Trilogy Blog Part 1

On 02/11/2015 at 11:57 PM by Captain N

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Hey Pixlbit, how's it been? Today I'm going to step away from Nintendo and talk about a heavily requested blog I've been asked to do for more than a year (2 years on June/July): A blog on the Jak and Daxter Trilogy. I know someone will be happy. I initially didn't know how to write this one because I'll be honest, I'm not an expert when it comes to Playstation or it's games. The only one I'm fairly familiar with is Uncharted, but I'll try my best to give you a post about these games.

                      Jak and Daxter HD Trilogy

Anyway, I got the Jak and Daxter Trilogy almost 2 years ago on PS3 via a birthday coupon I got from Best Buy. It was worth 20 bucks and was looking at their site to see what they had for that price. They had alot of games I still haven't tried at that point, I think they had El Shaddai, Crysis 2, The Saboteur, Mafia ll and some bad licensed games. I was close on choosing The Saboteur but I saw that they had the Jak and Daxter Trilogy, I said why not? Plus I know it'll be a better value since I was getting 3 games and they were platformers so I knew I had made a good choice. I really didn't play the games once they arrived since I had some other games I was focusing on.

I was quite impressed with the games when I got to the games. I wanted to try them in order so naturally I went for Jak and Daxter first and it's the the one I'll be focusing for this blog. The game looks really good for a PS2 era game. One of the things that actually impressed me was the lack of a loading screen during gameplay. That's quite a feat in an era where everything had to load. Even more impressive that the whole world is interconnected, as in you have the main hub world and from there you could go to any level, but the game doesn't load at all when you go from the hub to a level. That's quite impressive. I think the game even moves at 60 frames per second, I think it does, all I know is when a games movement speed looks faster than normal, the frames are faster than normal. Again, impressive for a game released in 2001, not sure if this was in the original but I guess it was since it's an HD port of the original game.

Jak 1

That's enough of the technicalities of it, now for the game itself. It's great. The game heavily reminded me of Rare's platformers, namely Banjo-Kazooie. In fact there's alot of similarities to Banjo-Kazooie, you have the main hub world which connects to the levels of the game, like in BK, the collectibles like in BK, and more. Heck, the collectibles themselves are like the ones in Banjo-Kazooie. Take for instance, Power Cells are Jak and Daxter's form of a main collectible, like Jiggies and they are used to progress through the whole game. The game even has it's own  equivalent of Music Notes in form of Precursor Orbs which is sort of like a currency in the game. Then there's Scout Flies, they are like these mechanical flies of some sort that you collect in levels as something optional.

Jak 1

One of the things I liked the most about it were the levels. They are really great. I was surprised at how big they were for this kind of game, I mean the game already doesn't need to load and yet they are pretty big. They aren't really big but they are a good enough size to explore. And that's what I like about the levels, the exploration. Each level has the collectibles you need to get like the Power Cells, Precursor Orbs, and Scout Flies. The Precursor Stones are all around the levels to collect like Music Notes and the Power Cells all have a specific requirement to meet to get them, like helping out an npc, doing a task, defeating enemies, or they are simply out in the open but you have to find a way to reach them. The scout flies aren't really required but they earn you an extra Power Cell if you collect them all from a level. Also another thing I like to point out about the levels is that sometimes you might see a Power Cell and you're wondering how in the world am I going to get that? I love that feeling because it makes it all worthwhile seeing how or what you did to get it. One thing I found funny is that in order to get some Precursor Orbs, you have to sort of teabag a defeated boss. It's a nice touch but those are highly missable if you don't look around well.

Jak 1

The game also offer Jak power-ups to enhance his abilities called Eco and it comes in different colors and each one has a different effect. Green Eco heals any damage you've taken, Blue Eco makes you faster, Red Eco makes you stronger, Yellow Eco makes you shoot projectiles, Dark Eco is something you should avoid, and Light Eco, well I'd spoil the game in case some of you haven't played it. They offer alot of variety to the levels themselves and you have to get used to them because some of the requirements for Power Cells is to use a specific Eco power to either defeat enemies or reach a Power Cell.

The story, I can't say for the reason that I may spoil the game if I do. All I'd say on it that it's great, it definitely feels like something Rare might craft during their N64 days. 

And that's it for now. I think this game is great, I'm surprised that they put out a game like this in 2001. It's a great game with a great story, it's really colorful, with great level design, in an interesting world. I wish I could of played it when it came out then, I couldn't since I was only allowed to own one console then and naturally I went for a Gamecube. If I had the chance to own a second console, I would consider a PS2. This is definitely one if not, the best what the PS2 had to offer. I was originally going to talk about the whole Trilogy here but just the part on the first game became too long,so I'll have to split it in 3 parts. Next time I'll talk about Jak 2,  so hopefully you'll look forward to that, so thanks for reading and later.



Super Step Contributing Writer

02/12/2015 at 12:11 AM

Yeah, I really enjoyed renting the first Jak and Daxter. Like you, I had a Gamecube, but my older brother had a PS2 so I got to play this.

Captain N

02/13/2015 at 12:09 AM

It's a pretty cool game. Yeah I only had a Gamecube back then, my cousin next door had a PS2 so my know how came from there, though it's very limited.

Casey Curran Staff Writer

02/12/2015 at 12:19 AM

I didn't get to play this until years later like you and thought it held up great. Not my favorite platformer, but probably my favorite collectathon one. Interested what you have to say about 2 and 3.

Captain N

02/13/2015 at 12:10 AM

Yeah, it's held up pretty well and it impressed me quite alot. Yeah, collectibles are easy but not too obvious which is great. Hopefully you do look forward to the rest too.


02/12/2015 at 12:47 AM

I tried this collection and I just couldn't get into it. Maybe it was Daxter constantly showing his annoying face everytime you died or those awfully hovercraft sections. Yeah, not my cup of tea.

Captain N

02/13/2015 at 12:11 AM

I kinda liked the Daxter parts where you died, reminded me of Conker. But yeah, not every game is everyone's cup of tea but thanks for commenting!


02/12/2015 at 01:34 AM

Awesome! It makes me happy that you enjoyed this game :) It is just pure fun for me. Curious what you think of the others!

Captain N

02/13/2015 at 12:12 AM

I had a feeling you'd love this, I enjoyed it alot and it's really fun. Hope you do look forward to my posts on Jak 2 and 3!

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/12/2015 at 03:02 AM

I think i got this on PSN some how.  I played a little but not a lot.  I want to get back to it though.  I remember when it came out I visited NYC and my friend was playing it.  I have a very vivid memory of that. 

Captain N

02/13/2015 at 12:13 AM

You should try to replay them, I think you'll like the first one alot.

Cary Woodham

02/12/2015 at 06:07 AM

I liked the first Jak & Daxter game fairly well.  It was a charming and colorful 3-D platformer that played like a more adventurous Crash Bandicoot.  I couldn't stand the sequels though, as they made them all dark and gritty and stuff.  What happened there?

Captain N

02/13/2015 at 12:14 AM

Agreed, that's what I like about the first one alot. The sequels are more darker, which is odd and I wish I knew about that last one.


02/12/2015 at 08:13 AM

I bought the PS3 collection a while back.  I still hadn't played it.  I played the first Jak and Daxter game on the PS2 and liked it enough.  I also played a little of the 2nd.  I plan to play through the PS3 collection one of these days.

Captain N

02/13/2015 at 12:15 AM

Same, I might get the other collection games at some point. I liked the first one alot, I'll post my thoughts on 2. Yeah, it might be a good idea to replay them.


02/13/2015 at 08:51 AM

I need to get back on this. I'm at 80% completion on the first game.


02/14/2015 at 04:07 AM

I have the first game on PS2. I want to play it.

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