Jak and Daxter Collection

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Genres Platform
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Publishers Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Original release PlayStation 3
PlayStation Vita

Jak and Daxter Collection (known in PAL regions as The Jak and Daxter Trilogy) is a Platforming game remastered collection that contains the remastered ports of the first three games in the Jak and Daxter series on a single Blu-ray Disc. The game was ported by Mass Media Inc. in collaboration with Naughty Dog and was published by Sony Computer Entertainment as a Classics HD title.

Development[edit]

In July, 2011, Naughty Dog's Co-president Evan Wells stated in an interview with Game Informer that they would "love" to return to the series, but said they were currently "focusing" on Uncharted 3.[3] Wells revealed in a later interview that they had explored the idea of a new game in the series "fairly extensively" before development began on The Last of Us.[4] Neil Druckmann elaborated further in an interview for The Last of Us. He said they had planned on making a reboot of the series, and had spent along time searching for ideas and concepts they would get excited by, but discover that "the ideas we were getting passionate about were getting away from what Jak and Daxter was."[5] They later hinted, however, that a "dark, dirty and dangerous" collection was in the works.[6]

In October, 2011, according to Digital Spy, an online business in South Africa known as BT Games had a Jak and Daxter Collection listed for release in January 2012.[6] Justin Richmond apparently also confirmed the that a Jak and Daxter Collection was set to be released in January 2012, according to Video Games 24/7.[7] Sony then revealed that the Jak and Daxter Collection would be released on the PlayStation 3 in February 2012, and on the PlayStation Vita in June 2013.[8]

Remastered features[edit]

The game supports a 720p resolution which allows for smoother animation, and has a fixed frame rate of 60 frames per second. The stereoscopic 3D runs at 30 frames per second. The game has additional features for the PlayStation Network which includes support for the trophy system.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS3) 80.32%[9]
(PS Vita) 67.64%[10]
Metacritic (PS3) 81/100[11]
(PS Vita) 67/100[12]

The Jak and Daxter Collection was met with positive reviews from critics, who highlighted the overall graphical transformation, and noted: "Though some aspects of the games are dated now, the Jak games still stand up as epic adventures."[13]

Eurogamer offered praise for "three of the most interesting platformers of the 21st century." They maintained that they "may not be as solid a platformer as Sly Cooper and its gunplay isn't as refined as Ratchet & Clank's – but in terms of ambition, invention and grandiosity, it remains leagues above its last-gen platforming brethren." They regarded the games as a "fascinating document of the evolution of the action adventure; its heroes are unstuck in time, without a genre to call home. No series has been so willing to switch gameplay styles with such reckless abandon", and concluded "the Jak represents a shining example of what happens when a capable developer takes a huge risk."[14]

Game Informer "the series was driven by a restless sense of innovation", praising "Naughty Dog's work in this franchise for creating great characters, finely tuned gameplay, and a unceasing inventiveness", and felt "the Jak games stand up as epic adventures."[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jak and Daxter Collection hits PS3 February 7". Blog.us.playstation.com. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Jak & Daxter Trilogy arrives on PSVita". Blog.eu.playstation.com. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "PS3 News: Naughty Dog: We'd love to make another Jak and Daxter". ComputerAndVideoGames. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Naughty Dog seriously considered new Jak & Daxter title". GameSpot. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Naughty Dog’s Jak & Daxter reboot". PlayStation Official Magazine. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "'Jak and Daxter HD Collection' rumoured". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rumour – Jak and Daxter HD Collection heading to PS3 in 2012". VG247. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jak and Daxter Collection coming to PS Vita". PlayStation.com. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Jak and Daxter Collection Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Jak and Daxter Collection Review". GameRankings. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Jak and Daxter Collection Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Jak and Daxter Collection Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Jak and Daxter Review". GameInformer. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Jak and Daxter Trilogy Review". EuroGamer. Retrieved January 18, 2014.