Excerpt: Features Progressive scan 1-2 players (offline) 2-6 players (online) Network Adapter Dolby Pro logic 2 Developers Naughty Dog have always been synonymous with the PS1 and PS2 with such classics as Crash Bandicoot, Jak or Ratchet and Clank. I loved some of those early games but lost interest after each succeeding instalment. It is my belief that you start to lose some of the lustre after too many similar games with numerals added to each title.
Excerpt: Of the various kinds of games out there, the car combat genre is, in some ways, one of the easiest to make. Why is this true? Well, the format is essentially a backdrop of various tracks for the competition to take place on, as well as a number of vehicles flying around at breakneck speed. You also need a handful of weapons to create some drama on the course, such as oil slicks, machine guns and land mines.
Excerpt: When I first heard that a fourth installment in the Jak and Daxter series was to be released, I was excited. After all, being a hardcore fan of the trilogy, I couldn't wait to see what was in store next for the duo. However, when I learned that Jak X was going to be a racing game, I was a little disappointed. While I've never been a fan of racing games, I figured I should still give the game a try. Honestly, I sure am glad I did.
Excerpt: It’s funny how the Jak and Ratchet & Clank series have mirrored each other over the years. One adds a new feature and the other follows suit. It should come as no surprise then that in the very same year that Ratchet & Clank takes an entirely different approach to its core gameplay style that the Jak series does the same with Jak X: Combat Racing . Though Jak X may not play like past Jak games, it still looks the part.
Excerpt: You’ve just made three of the Playstation 2’s best platform games, and developed two of the most brandable and recognisable characters available in modern-day gaming. So, for the next title in the series, what do you do when you run out of ideas’ That’s it! Put those characters in either a) a beat ‘em up ‘ if you have enough other characters to flesh out the combatants list or b) a racing game. Naughty Dog have plumped for the latter, and thus we have Jak X .
this installment will probably surprise gamers who were expecting another
platform adventure, taken on its own merits, Jak X succeeds as an above
average racer. It's controls are smooth, intuitive and responsive, making
the gameplay easily accessible. Using elements of other popular racing
franchises makes the game feel somewhat derivative in places.