Jak and Daxter in HD

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Jak and Daxter in HD

Naughty Dog's Jak and Daxter series is coming to PS3 with the usual HD bells and whistles.

The Jak and Daxter: Collection comes with the first three games in the series, remastered in 720p and stereoscopic 3D. That's Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak 2 and Jak 3 - unfortunately the surprisingly good Jak X: Combat Racing and the PSP spinoffs didn't make the cut.

The original Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy was a cutesy platformer in the vein of Banjo Kazooie. The second dropped Daxter from the title, turned the 'grim' dial up to eleven - the first sentence muttered by previously silent protagonist Jak was a promise of murderous retribution - and added open-world vehicle missions. It was a jarring change, but it ultimately proved successful. The third game toned down the angst a little, and brought the series to a surprisingly emotional conclusion. Naughty Dog followed that up with the obligatory kart-racing game, then passed the series off to other developers in favor of the vastly more successful Uncharted series.

Is this collection strictly necessary? Probably not. Aside from a severe case of the jaggies - which, let's face it, turn up in pretty much every game from the PS2 era - the series' visuals are as fresh as they were back in 2001, thanks to some superb, expressive animation. Still, those who balk at sub HD resolutions, delight in the collection of trophies and other digital doodads or, like me, tended to pile their PS2 disks on top of each other in horrifying, scratchy death mounds, will want to pick up the collection when it's released next February.

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I absolutely, wholeheartedly, approve of this. Fantastic series.

Spyro The Dragon Trilogy (There aren't any more of them) HD Collection comes next? Please?

This makes me happy, though I already have all of them in the first place, so it doesn't really matter.

Does this mean we are going to get a true Jak sequel? Please? Pretty please? These were some of the best PS2 games out there. We need another adventure with Jak the badass and Daxter the smart-ass!

Saltyk:
Does this mean we are going to get a true Jak sequel? Please? Pretty please? These were some of the best PS2 games out there. We need another adventure with Jak the badass and Daxter the smart-ass!

I'm still hoping for a Crash Bandicoot game myself. Haven't seen one in more than a decade.

This is one of the very few things that makes me wish a bought a PS3 instead of an Xbox360.

Grey Carter:

Saltyk:
Does this mean we are going to get a true Jak sequel? Please? Pretty please? These were some of the best PS2 games out there. We need another adventure with Jak the badass and Daxter the smart-ass!

I'm still hoping for a Crash Bandicoot game myself. Haven't seen one in more than a decade.

The original Jak and Daxter was a bit of a spiritual successor to Crash Bandicoot. The others not so much. A new Crash game would be great, though. Remember when he was basically the Playstation mascot?

Grey Carter:
Jak and Daxter in HD

"I'm gunna KILL pixels!"

Saltyk:

Grey Carter:

Saltyk:
Does this mean we are going to get a true Jak sequel? Please? Pretty please? These were some of the best PS2 games out there. We need another adventure with Jak the badass and Daxter the smart-ass!

I'm still hoping for a Crash Bandicoot game myself. Haven't seen one in more than a decade.

The original Jak and Daxter was a bit of a spiritual successor to Crash Bandicoot. The others not so much. A new Crash game would be great, though. Remember when he was basically the Playstation mascot?

Crash Bandicoot is owned by Activision. It's their call whether or not to make another game. Even if they do it won't be ND doing it since ND belongs to Sony. Also ND likes to make a new ip with every gen so I doubt they'd do another Jak anyways.

OT: I'm definitely picking this up, PS2 games look awful on my HDTV. Even with component cables it's still not very good.

Saltyk:
Does this mean we are going to get a true Jak sequel? Please? Pretty please? These were some of the best PS2 games out there. We need another adventure with Jak the badass and Daxter the smart-ass!

But... Sequel to what? The third one pretty much tied up every loose end there was. All the questions answered, all the things resolved.

Saltyk:

Grey Carter:

Saltyk:
Does this mean we are going to get a true Jak sequel? Please? Pretty please? These were some of the best PS2 games out there. We need another adventure with Jak the badass and Daxter the smart-ass!

I'm still hoping for a Crash Bandicoot game myself. Haven't seen one in more than a decade.

The original Jak and Daxter was a bit of a spiritual successor to Crash Bandicoot. The others not so much. A new Crash game would be great, though. Remember when he was basically the Playstation mascot?

Yeah. I've been replaying the series on the PS3 (they're currently free on PS Plus) and it's amazing how straight forward the first game is. Crash washes up on a beach and boom, you're playing.

I love the Jak and Daxter series. I liked Jak and Daxter 2 the best though, ofc 1 started the whole thing, but 2 was just great.

And I aswell, can't really see the need of a HD remake of these games, perhaps the first one, but not 2 and 3 tbh, they still look good.

Besides, I'd need a HD TV aswell then. :p

Grey Carter:

Saltyk:
Does this mean we are going to get a true Jak sequel? Please? Pretty please? These were some of the best PS2 games out there. We need another adventure with Jak the badass and Daxter the smart-ass!

I'm still hoping for a Crash Bandicoot game myself. Haven't seen one in more than a decade.

Crash of the Titans?

...Actually, wait. Nevermind that. Crash of the Titans was not a true Crash game.

OT: Goddamnit... And I already committed to the PS Vita. This makes me want a PS3 now. FUCK!

I've already got all three PS2 games sitting on my shelf.

...oh, you thought that meant I wasn't going to buy this day 1? Perish the thought. Jak and Daxter in HD would be SWEET!

Pandaman1911:

Saltyk:
Does this mean we are going to get a true Jak sequel? Please? Pretty please? These were some of the best PS2 games out there. We need another adventure with Jak the badass and Daxter the smart-ass!

But... Sequel to what? The third one pretty much tied up every loose end there was. All the questions answered, all the things resolved.

they did make a psp sequel to jak and daxter a few years a ago. It deals with the world after jak 3

Pandaman1911:

Saltyk:
Does this mean we are going to get a true Jak sequel? Please? Pretty please? These were some of the best PS2 games out there. We need another adventure with Jak the badass and Daxter the smart-ass!

But... Sequel to what? The third one pretty much tied up every loose end there was. All the questions answered, all the things resolved.

I'm sure there is more to discover in the world of Jak and Daxter. Other regions? Countries? If they wanted to make a sequel they could. It'd be easy. The question is would the plot be decent and the jokes funny?

ForgottenPr0digy:

Pandaman1911:

Saltyk:
Does this mean we are going to get a true Jak sequel? Please? Pretty please? These were some of the best PS2 games out there. We need another adventure with Jak the badass and Daxter the smart-ass!

But... Sequel to what? The third one pretty much tied up every loose end there was. All the questions answered, all the things resolved.

they did make a psp sequel to jak and daxter a few years a ago. It deals with the world after jak 3

I distinctly remember that one sucking for only bringing back one voice actor, and disregarding almost everything from the past two games.

I remember that the first two games were pretty good, but I never beat Jak 2. I guess I spent too much time blowing up incredibly long lines of hovercars and not enough time practicing my whack-a-mole skills.

Would rather prefer a non-sucking Jak 3 sequel, but if this is what it will take for people to see people are willing to support the franchise, I accept it. There are a few things to resolve and it looked almost like Naughty Dog was leading to something.

Jak 3 was also a bit of a downer. It was good, but it is my least favourite of the trilogy. When the player is 1/4 through the game and thinking "Where is all the platforming at?" then something is wrong. Jak 2 was a through-and-through platformer at heart, and Jak and Daxter is platformer at it's purest. Jak 3 kind of lost it's way with the open worlds and vehicles. Lost Frontier tried, but ultimately fell flat. Departed FAR too much from the originals.

Jak 2, hardest game I've ever played yet also one of my favourites, I will bend over and take my punishment with dignity once again. Hmm, is this what the Demon's Souls fans feel like or am I just weird?

EDIT: Though I do agree with everyone that says the games didn't need a significant remake (especially at sub HD). Naughty Dog has yet to make an ugly game since Crash Bandicoot, and Jak 2 and 3 held up ok. Though I must say the first game footage in that trailer looks DAMN GOOD.

EDIT2: Huh, my paragraphs decided to multiply. That...is interesting.

Want want want want want want want want want!

Thank you Sony. I know we've had our differences here and there, but you really know how to deliver when it counts.

So, bring on Febuary, I can't waits to get mah Jak and Daxter on... IN HD!

You know, I thought I was the only person left on the planet who loved Jak as much as I do, but it was a warm and welcome surprise to me when it turns out EVERYONE is super duper excited for this collection, and for the potential PS3 Jak game. I is very happy about this :D

I can NOT wait for this collection to drop!

Raggedstar:
Lost Frontier tried, but ultimately fell flat. Departed FAR too much from the originals.

Don't worry, Naughty Dog didn't make the game, it's non-canon and does not count ;)

So, we are not going to get new games anymore? Companies are only going to release HD remakes of games that did excessively well the last generation? I'm a bit disappointed. It's things like this that show the true decline of the industry.

hmmmm jak and daxter HD collections? Ico and shadow of colossus hd collection? New twisted metal? all that's needed is ratchet and clank hd collections and I'm sold definitely on it

Slythernite:
Spyro The Dragon Trilogy (There aren't any more of them) HD Collection comes next? Please?

The PS1 games can be bought on the PSN.

HassEsser:
You know, I thought I was the only person left on the planet who loved Jak as much as I do, but it was a warm and welcome surprise to me when it turns out EVERYONE is super duper excited for this collection, and for the potential PS3 Jak game. I is very happy about this :D

I can NOT wait for this collection to drop!

Raggedstar:
Lost Frontier tried, but ultimately fell flat. Departed FAR too much from the originals.

Don't worry, Naughty Dog didn't make the game, it's non-canon and does not count ;)

Oh I know it wasn't made by Naughty Dog. It was made by High Impact Games, who also did the Ratchet and Clank PSP titles. Just...the game exists and is clogging my Google or Youtube when looking for Jak and Daxter stuff lol.

And there are LOTS of Jak and Daxter fans. It was one of the best selling PS franchises and a beloved platforming icon. Lots of love.

I still have the original three games and play them at least once a year.

Jak and Daxter is one of the most cherished experiences of my childhood. I loved it, so did my dad. Played every one to the end (even if they did get ridiculously difficult in some places). Might get this...oh wait Skyrim...

Rings of Power
The only 'Naughty Dog' game I'll ever play.
/thread

Oh sweet Chritmsas, YES!

The only thing that could make life better is a Ratchet and Clank HD remake, and a Tiime Splitters HD remake.

(Yes, I know the latter will probably NEVER happen)

awesome, with no backwards compatibility on PS3, HD remakes of old favorites are very welcome (still waiting on news of Ratchet and Clank), as well as PSN PSO games.

Re-releasing Jak & Daxter? Holy fucking shit, this is just really good fucking idea! TAKE MY MONEY! TAKE IT ALL!

obscurumlux01:
Rings of Power
The only 'Naughty Dog' game I'll ever play.
/thread

Well, you're sure missing out, then. But hey, you're choice.

I still own all of the PS2 games, and occasionally pull them out to take a spin around Haven City. I will DEFINITELY be picking this up. And I don't have to wait until SUMMER to get it! Great!

Sweet i will definitely pick this up, but if i could have one game in HD it would be okami. :)

I have copies of Jak 2 & 3 (lovingly taken care of with nary a scratch on them despite having been bought used...I was a late adopter of the PS2) and I've always wanted to play the original Jak & Daxter, which I missed out on because my sister's a bitch and wouldn't share her PS2.(despite the fact she NEVER played it /rage) I digress. I'll be buying at least the first Jak & Daxter game since it remains absent from my library, though an investment in the two sequels isn't out of the question.

INSTANT BUY.

There is nothing more to be said.

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