Excerpt: When it was announced that Jak 3 would be the last title in the series, I, like other Jak fans, couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Hell, even during the preview screenings of the game I had trouble rationally accepting that this was the end of the Precursor Saga.
Summary: The third and final installment in Naughty
Dog's Jak & Daxter trilogy takes the series even further from its roots as a
traditional platformer. This time, the game offers more driving, fighting and
combat sequences than ever before, along with more traditional platforming
Excerpt: Jak 2 was a bit of a crapshoot. Whereas the original was a genre defining platformer, the follow-up was a genre-buster that combined elements of platformers and action games with the free-roaming elements from the GTA series. While the game was enjoyable, it left a few fans with an uneasy feeling.
Conclusion: After a certain percentage of the game is done, Jak will have to return to Haven city. It’s not the same Haven from Jak II, however. Remember those annoying feds that would constantly chase you? No more of those.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Jak 3 has many strong points as you would expect. A second sequel should have ironed out the flaws of its (ahem) precursors, but the second Jak game put the series back too far.
Conclusion: To add to the atmosphere, the voice acting is done with great ability and humour, the music is excellent (I love the "peaceful" desert theme), the time of day changes, as does the weather, so you get sandstorms in the desert and when it rains you get raindrops on the screen – all little touches that...
Pros: We, love Daxter., A perfect difficulty curve., The Leapers., The Sandhopper buggy is genius., The huge T-Rex-like Metal Heads., The final boss.
Cons: A couple of graphical issues, but nothing much.
Summary: Jak 3 is the perfect way to wrap up the series. The only gripe I really have with the title is that it doesn't push the series anywhere new. Having said that, this is one of the greatest titles on PS2, and along with the prequels, must be in every PS2 owners collection.