Jak and Daxter Collection Review
Jak and Daxter Collection Box Art
System: PS Vita
Dev: Naughty Dog/Mass Media
Pub: Sony
Release: June 18, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 544p Good

Throughout the trilogy you take on the role of Jak, a hero who goes through many changes over the course of the games. He is almost always accompanied by his best friend Daxter, who is turned into an Ottsel (a fictional hybrid of an otter and weasel) in the first game. The resulting banter and snarky dialogue between the characters is part of the inherent charm of the series.

Jak and Daxter Collection Screenshot

The Precursor Legacy kicks off the series as a pure platformer, but through Jak II and 3, the series evolves into a third-person action platformer, complete with weapons and vehicles. As Jak, you control a substance called Eco, which in the first game gives the player enhanced abilities and more powerful attacks. In the second game, Jak is infused with Dark Eco, which changes the tone of the game but makes Jak much more powerful. Finally, in the third game, you are imbued with Light Eco, which balances the Dark Eco within Jak. What you get is a hero’s journey story that spans the entirety of the trilogy.

In the end, this trilogy should be on your list of must-play, or even must-play-again games. If you have never had the pleasure of immersing yourself in Naughty Dog’s award-winning opus, you definitely should, and this HD remake has made it available to the masses. However, if given the choice of playing on the PS3 or the Vita, I would definitely prefer the former over the latter. But given the fact that you get three full games for only 30 bucks, it’s hard to argue with the price versus the value.

In short, you can’t go wrong for the price, and this game is definitely worth adding to your collection, but preferably your PS3 collection.

Joshua Bruce
Contributing Writer
Date: June 25, 2013

Definitely an improvement over the original versions of the games, but sometimes has issues running on Vita.
A slight remapping of controls was necessary for Vita functionality, and it doesn’t always work well.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
This collection retains the soundscape from the original games, but it doesn’t push it any further.
Play Value
There is no denying the fun of the Jak and Daxter series, even on a handheld port.
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • The Jak and Daxter Collection features all three best-selling PlayStation 2 classic hits: Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy®, Jak II, and Jak 3 fully remastered in high definition and stereoscopic 3D.
  • This collection follows fan-favorite Jak and his sidekick Daxter through a series of action-packed adventures. The Jak and Daxter Collection blends action, shooting, driving, and platforming into one complete package.
  • Includes Trophy support for all 3 games.

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