The Jak and Daxter Collection on the PS3 brings some new and interesting developments to the game series'plot-line. A story-line that used to be about a happy-go-lucky kid on misadventures with his playful furry friend, has gradually taken on a much darker, more serious tone. With new industrialized environments and copious amounts of gun-play, it is hardly comparable to previous games. While some people would see this as a negative thing, many people believe that this darker spin gives the game added complexity and more room to show-off the cartoon-like, yet remarkably crisp graphics that have been associated with these games throughout the years.
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy.
Out of the the three games, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is the one that most obviously stays true to the original games. With the classic linear quest lines and stunningly beautiful landscapes, it presents the player with the same playful yet challenging experience one would expect from the previous Jak and Daxter games. Although it is very similar to the original games, it still has new and stimulating game-play that makes it stand out from them. Playing this game is somewhat akin to a modern-day remake of the first Jak and Daxter game.
Jak 2: Renegade.
In a somewhat drastic shift, Jak 2 Renegade ushers in the more modern era of the Jak and Daxter games. The colorful forest landscapes become an industrial metropolis. Our protangonist experience a similar change, our cheery boy has grown into a bearded, gun-slinging hero. While Jak and Daxter still maintain their playful banter through-out the games, it seems as though the playful nature of the game has to certain degree been lost. The game-play experience also changes to include new features such as vehicles, racing, and a surprising amount of variation compared to previous games. The game's new found diversity comes at the cost of making it significantly more difficult, but just as much fun to play.
Jak 3 strikes a new balance between new and old by incorporating the new dark theme of the series with barren wasteland dessert maps, and by easing up on Jak's gruff attitude by making him slightly more lighthearted. It also adds more to the game-play than Jak 1 and 2 did by making it a fast paced game not solely for the sake of difficultly, but to include more content. While the game still doesn't completely stray from it's roots, it does introduce a new manner of getting ammo that finalizes the new darker aspects of the game, killing innocent civilians. While this is a part of many games, it represents a final close to the cheerful tone that used to define Jak and Daxter.
While the trilogy may not be classic Jak and Daxter, they do bring a new promise of evolution to a series which has a lot of potential. Even with the changes, the games remain just as entertaining, if not more so.