Jak and Daxter Collection preview

How does Jak and Daxter's foray into the world of 720p fare? Unsurprisingly, it looks pretty good.


Sony's HD collections have been the gold standard of HD collections. God of War, Sly, and Ico have all received impressive HD facelifts--and they certain fare much better than offerings made by Ubisoft and Capcom. So, how does Jak and Daxter's foray into the world of 720p fare? It looks pretty good.

I was unimpressed at first, watching a cutscene rendered in Jak 1's engine. While the visuals have been spruced up, the close-ups featured in the movies only highlighted the low-res texture work and low polygon count of the models. However, when the camera zoomed out during regular gameplay, I was impressed by how clean and bright everything looked.

The gameplay remains unchanged from the PS2 originals. Jak was a fairly standard platformer, even for its time, and it was easy to jump back in.

Jak 1 does look good, but Jak 3 definitely looks the best in Mass Media's spruced up engine. The jump in graphics detail from the first to last game becomes even more noticeable in high-definition. While I was unimpressed by the cutscenes from the first game, the last game was very easy on the eyes. (Arguably, this HD remake looks better than some of the less-polished efforts of this generation.)

The Jak collection doesn't feel as comprehensive as the others Sony has released. Jak's odd racing spin-off game is omitted from the collection, as is Daxter, and The Lost Frontier. There are no bonuses to be found. Also, don't expect a Jak & Daxter game for the PS3 either. The Sly Cooper Collection featured an incredible Sly 4 tease through its trophy collection. The Platinum in Sly 3 reads like this: "Unlock all trophies in Sly Cooper's final outing... Final? Really?" Unfortunately, the Jak collection features no such tease in its trophy list.

The Jak & Daxter Collection will be available on PS3 in February.

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    December 29, 2011 3:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Jak and Daxter Collection preview.

    How does Jak and Daxter's foray into the world of 720p fare? Unsurprisingly, it looks pretty good.

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      December 29, 2011 9:07 PM

      I hope your wrong about bonuses. I was hoping for new tweaks, bonuses, and Easter eggs. Hopefully each game has a full-featured Trophy list. Looking forward to it either way.

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      December 31, 2011 4:18 PM

      I guess in a world where ND feels it's okay to add online passes, it's okay to cheap out on bonuses for collections as well.

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