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Jak and Daxter

Post  msistarted on Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:44 am

Jak and Daxter is a video game franchise originally developed by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation 2. There are four games in the main series (with two spin-offs) that have been released, with Jak as the primary playable character in all except Daxter for the PlayStation Portable

* 1 Games
o 1.1 Main series
o 1.2 Spin-offs
o 1.3 Related games
* 2 Common gameplay features
* 3 Major characters
* 4 Universe
o 4.1 Locations
* 5 Awards
* 6 See also
* 7 References

[edit] Games
[edit] Main series
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

Original release date(s):

* NA December 4, 2001
* EU December 7, 2001

Release years by system:
2001—PlayStation 2

* The first game.

Jak II

Original release date(s):

* NA October 14, 2003
* EU October 17, 2003

Release years by system:
2003—PlayStation 2

* The second game.

Known as Jak II: Renegade in Europe and Australia
Jak 3

Original release date(s):

* NA November 9, 2004
* EU November 26, 2004

Release years by system:
2004—PlayStation 2

* The third game.

[edit] Spin-offs
Jak X: Combat Racing

Original release date(s):

* NA October 18, 2005
* PAL November 4, 2005

Release years by system:
2005—PlayStation 2

* A spin-off racing game, set following the events of Jak 3.


Original release date(s):

* NA March 14, 2006
* EU April 13, 2006
* AUS April 28, 2006

Release years by system:
2006—PlayStation Portable

* A spin-off platformer taking place in the two-year gap in the opening of Jak 2.

Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier

Original release date(s):

* NA November 3, 2009

Release years by system:
2009—PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2

* The fourth game in the main series. Sixth game in the series overall. It was the first game in the series created by High Impact Games instead of Naughty Dog.

[edit] Related games
PlayStation Move Heroes

Original release date(s):

* NA Spring 2011

Release years by system:
2011—PlayStation 3

* An upcoming game that will feature the PlayStation Move. It will feature the Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Daxter, and Sly Cooper series together for the first time.

[edit] Common gameplay features

While there was a significant change in gameplay between the first and subsequent games of the series, and a noticeable deviation with both Jak X: Combat Racing and Daxter, much of the series shares common gaming elements.

The Jak series is primarily a platformer, requiring the player to control Jak or Daxter in jumping puzzles to reach a final goal while avoiding enemy attacks. The controlled character can only take a few hits before he is down, though health can be recovered using Green Eco. Both characters can double-jump to cross large gaps or reach higher platforms and Jak can perform several melee attacks in combination with his jumping skills. In The Precursor Legacy Jak could use four different colors of "Eco" which would provide him with improved abilities, such as speed and more powerful melee attacks. In Jak II only Dark Eco and Green Eco can be used outside of weaponry, and Jak 3 allows the player to use Light Eco and Dark Eco. Jak II introduced shooting elements to the series, using the "Morph Gun Mod" which can transform into four different guns (twelve in Jak 3) and receive upgrades. Jak II also made driving a core ingredient in the series, with the new and improved Zoomers.
[edit] Major characters
The two main characters of the series, Jak and Daxter.
Main article: List of Jak and Daxter characters

* Jak - Jak is the main protagonist of the Jak and Daxter series. He is the main character of all the games except Daxter, although he does make cameos in that game. He accidentally turns his best friend, Daxter into an ottsel (a fictional hybrid of otter and weasel). In Jak II, he is infused with Dark Eco due to being a test subject in Baron Praxis's experiments. In Jak 3, he gets blessed with Light Eco abilities by the Precursors.

* Daxter - Daxter is the secondary character from the Jak & Daxter video game series. He is Jak's sidekick, and is always getting into trouble. In the first game he gets turned into an ottsel. He rescues Jak at the beginning of Jak II, and becomes playable intermitently for the first time in the series (Daxter is also playable in 2 missions in Jak 3). In Jak 3 his role grows, and he gets a pair of pants as a reward for his efforts. His self-titled game details his adventures before he breaks Jak out of prison.

* Samos the Sage - Samos the Sage, most prominent in Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, serves as a guide throughout the series. He first appears in The Precursor Legacy as the sage of Green Eco and acts as a rough fatherly figure to the two heroes. In later games, he still serves as a mentor and a source of advice.

* Keira - Keira is Samos' daughter and Jak's main love interest in the series. She appears in every game, acting as a mechanic and inventor (with the exception of Daxter, where she has a non-speaking cameo). In Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier, she travels with Jak and Daxter in a flying vehicle in a quest to save the world by finding more eco.[3]

[edit] Universe

* Eco - One of the trademarks of the series is being able to manipulate Light & Dark Eco.[4] The main plot of The Lost Frontier is that the world is running out of Eco.[4]
* Vehicles - Given the enormity and variance in terrain of the Wasteland, vehicles play a large role as off-road transportation is introduced, fueled by a true-to-life physics engine.[5] GameSpy said the vehicles had "sluggish control systems" and thought "a specialized dune buggy wouldn't keep on flipping on its side as much as Jak's vehicles tend to."[6]
* Weapons - Jak II introduced the "Morph Gun," a weapon with four main "mods": the Red Eco-powered shotgun called the Scatter Gun, a Yellow Eco rifle called the Blaster, a Blue Eco machine gun called the Vulcan Fury, and a Dark Eco-powered lightning gun called the Peace Maker. Jak 3 adds two mods for each gun, giving the gun a total of twelve forms. In The Lost Frontier the player wields a customizable Gunstaff,[4] which makes use of the same basic mods as the Morph Gun.

[edit] Locations

* The Old World - A fictional planet, which was the setting for the first game, The Precursor Legacy. It contains a multitude of very different locales for the player to explore, ranging from jungles to volcanoes.
* Haven City - A dystopia ruled by Baron Praxis and his Krimzon Guard law enforcers. Haven City often serves as a hub, where the player is given tasks that must often be fulfilled outside of the city in places that are separated via airlocks. In Jak 3 the city is engulfed in war for control of the streets.[5] This city is the successor of Sandover Village.
* The Wasteland- A desert environment five times the size of Haven City with multiple areas including mines and a volcano.[5] Given the enormity and variance in terrain, vehicles play a large role as off-road transportation is introduced, fueled by a true-to-life physics engine.[5] It ranked 8th place on IGN's "The Wednesday 10: Gaming Dystopias."[7] The city Spargus is also located in the Wasteland, which is one of the main hub worlds in Jak 3.
* The Brink- The brink is the edge of the world and is found in the Lost Frontier. The eco here is highly unstable, and there are a lot of eco-pirates. There is also a race called the Aeropans here. The most common form of transportation appears to be aircraft.

[edit] Awards
Aggregate review score Game Game Rankings Metacritic IGN Gamespot
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy



Jak II



Jak 3



Jak X: Combat Racing






Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier




The success of the Jak and Daxter series resulted in Guinness World Records awarding the series 7 world records in the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008. These records include, "First Seamless 3D World in a Console Game", "Most Successful Single Format Platform Series", and "Largest Number of Cutscenes in a Platform Game" for Jak II, in which there are 131 cutscenes, 51 in the first act alone. In Jak 3, there are 213 cutscenes, with 20 in the first act alone.
[edit] See also
Book:Jak and Daxter
Books are collections of articles that can be downloaded or ordered in print.

* List of Jak and Daxter cast members
* Naughty Dog
* Ready at Dawn
* High Impact Games
* Heroes on the Move

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