Review: Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier (Sony PSP)
9 March 2010
Summary: Something of a let-down, Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier isn’t a terrible addition to the Jak and Daxter series, but it is lacking some spark the other games had. The game controls decently but be prepared to fight the camera in some key areas. The story is a bit of a cliché and it’s missing several key components that would make the story-telling far less jarring.
Excerpt: There’s something loveable about Lego games. I wasn’t even a Lego fan as a kid, but seeing characters and moments from films play out as if performed by a group of seven-year-olds is something special. Although many might claim that this is simply Lego Star Wars in new skin, everybody will find something enjoyable about it.
Excerpt: Just last week, I complained Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time wasn't getting much publicity - at least when compared to other games. Cue at least ten commercials between then and now. I expect the same jump for Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier , a game that managed to sneak in under my radar and of most people I've talked to.
Cool sci-fi weapons & steampunk levels, but just OK overall.
Common Sense Media
7 March 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that playing Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier can be a frustrating experience because it doesn't feel truly finished. Aiming weapons is often annoying. The lack of depth perception leads you to die a lot. While the violence isn't a major issue as enemies die with a flash of light (and with no blood), the game design is. Within this confusing story are some mild cussing and sexual references of the double-entendre type.
Excerpt: There hasn't been a Jak and Daxter game for ages. After the duo made such an impressive debut on the PS2 back in 2001, the series dropped the "and Daxter" part of the title, went darker and placed a larger emphasis on using guns. Developer High Impact Games, the team responsible for the PSP Ratchet and Clank games, has taken over the reins from Naughty Dog, picked up after the events of Jak 3, and put Daxter back in the title.
Excerpt: Outside of the kart combat game Jak X, it's been quite some time since we've seen a Jak and Daxter game. Daxter made a solo appearance in the excellent PSP game that bore his name, but that was an adventure all the Ottsel's own without any help from Jak. Now Jak makes his PSP debut and the duo are reunited once again in Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier.
Conclusion: Although the portion of TLF I played was fairly short, it definitely shows a good amount of variety and promise. The classic level just felt right, dogfighting in a plane was loads of fun, and while I wasn't blown away by Dark Daxter, the level he was in at least had some interesting concepts.