Summary: Despite the periodic cries that
the platformer is dead, Jak II rises from the proverbial ashes to remind
us not only that the genre is alive and well, but also of what it's capable
of. Varied, smooth, and thoroughly entertaining this may be the new benchmark
for all other games like it.
Pros: Lots of variety in a killer game.
Cons: A bit disjointed at times with boring runs from A to B.
Excerpt: No longer is Jak a happy-go-lucky plucky kid. In Jak II , he's meaner, tougher, darker, and so are the surroundings, in the sequel to the popular Jak and Daxter . If you were a good enough adventurer, you found all 100 of the Precursor power cells in the first game (actually, 101 of them). Well, if you did, Jak and friends discover a massive door that, when opened...did absolutely nothing. The game ends and credits roll.
Excerpt: In the sequel to the popular platformer, Jak and Daxter , Naughty Dog has decided to take the series in an entirely new direction. Jak II still features much of the same action-adventuring of the original, but Jak now has special powers and even wields guns!
Excerpt: I don't think many people realize the long reaching influences of the original Jak and Daxter . Although it appears to be a simple platformer, the game not only allowed developers (and gamers) to see the true power of the PS2, but it also introduced gameplay elements that have become staples in many newer games.
Summary: Parents need to know that though there is nothing explicit in this game (no blood and guts, etc.), the dark mood marks this for mature players. The music is somber, the hero is damaged, and he can draw darkness out of enemies to use as a weapon.
Excerpt: Jak 2 is the second game in developer Naughty Dog?s Jak and Daxter trilogy, proceeded by Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, and followed by Jak 3. The series originated with fun, light-hearted, open-ended platforming. However, the game suffered somewhat in sales do to its competitor: the mega-blockbuster game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Therefore its develop decided to take a ?If you can?t beat ?em, join ?em? with Jak 2?s gameplay; with a more mature story in Jak 1?
Excerpt: I do believe I am about to piss a few people off. This is because I do not like Jak II . The original Jak & Daxter was a platformer, much like any other. It did not offend me, unlike many 3D platformers of the previous console era; it had a manageable camera and recognizable goals. If it seemed a bit random and unfocused, if its objectives were frequently the kind of thing you only found out about after the fact, then these were forgiveable things.
Excerpt: About halfway through my time with Naughty Dog's Jak II , I set my controller down, took a few deep breaths and thought to myself "What the hell happened?" Jak II's predecessor, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy may not have been the most innovative game ever produced, but nobody can deny that it was a totally solid play experience with some outstanding production values and a lot of brilliant design choices, putting it near the top (if not at the top) of the...
Excerpt: Back in 2001, Sony released their highly anticipated platformer called Jak and Daxter . The game took the great elements of Mario 64 and the Crash Bandicoot series and turned it into one of the best platformers to ever grace the PlayStation 2. Nearly two years later, Naughty Dog has done it again with its sequel to one of the greatest hit titles for PS2.
Pros: Grand Theft Auto 3 gameplay, Great graphics, Superb gunplay