Review by Dany Doring
"How well do you know Jak?"
Finally, Jak II is out. Jak II is a sequel to Naughty Dog's hit, ''Jak and Daxter''. Jak II takes place two years after ''Jak and Daxter''. Yay.
The Opening Story:
The opening cinematic is amazing. Jak, Daxter, Samos and Keira made a teleporter. The get the gate open to travel through, but a giant monster came out and was seemingly blocking their way. Jak hits a button and they go through. The ship is destroyed, and Jak and Daxter keep going, while Samos and Keira separate from the group. Jak and Daxter land...Hard. Jak is dragged off by Krimzon Guards. They drag Jak to Baron Praxis, who expirements on Jak with Dark Eco. Jak and Daxter escape from Baron Praxis. Now...Jak wants revenge on the Baron.
With the Dark Eco, Jak can turn into ''Dark Jak''. He now can transform. He turns pale, grows horns, gets a little taller, and grows claws. Dark Jak is invulnerable and can deal ''One Hit Kills''.
Okay. On with the review.
What can I say? The gameplay for Jak II is smooth. Now, with weapons, the game is more interesting. You also get to use the hovercrafts to ride around Haven City. It may take some time to get used to dodging and steering with the hovercrafts. All in all, the gameplay is solid.
The controls for Jak II are the same as in Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. Except, L3 is now your first-person view, and L2 turns you into Dark Jak. You also use the directional buttons to equip the weapons, and R1 to fire. The controls are very easy to learn. On to...
As you may know, Jak II starts two years after Jak and Daxter. Baron Praxis experiments on Jak with Dark Eco. Jak finally awakes, and wants revenge on Praxis. Jak will run around and do multiple tasks for different people to gain items like weapon upgrades. Very good storyline.
The graphics are well animated. The characters are highly detailed in their own way and now use face expressions. The weapon and hovercraft designs and graphics are very good. All of the backgrounds, enemies, and surroundings are beautifully designed. Just amazing.
This rating depends. If you only run around, not bothering to pick up all the secrets, then you have a range of replayability. If you went and gathered all of the precursor orbs, all upgrades, obtained all secrets, and such, there is a lower replayability, unless you wanted to get everything again. So yeah, the rating depends on how you played.
Overall, Jak II scores a 9 out of 10. Very good game. worth picking up, or atleast a rent.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 10/18/03
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