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In 2001 Naughty Dog released the first Jak And Daxter Game for Playstation 2. However, I discovered Jak later and started with Jak II: Renegade from 2003. The Jak franchise has always fascinated me with the worlds, magic and different creatures and environments to explore. In the Jak Franchise, all humans have long, pointed ears for some reason. I guess that’s the main humanoid in that world.
The cool thing with the Jak franchise is the humor, the adult themes and off course that the whole game, just like Skyrim, is one big level, without loading screens. A world that also shifts between day and night, just like Skyrim in fact. That made Jak a game before it’s time. The high tecnologic Scince Fiction tecnology combined with old fantasy themes, is really inspiring and unique.
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is the first game in the series from 2001, and takes place in a tropical village with strange houses. It’s a really enjoyable place, actually. Without remembering the story very well, I remembered the different islands, temples and power cells to collect. Jak is a young man who cannot talk, which makes him a bit boring with a lack of characteristics in the first game. His friend Daxter is an annoying and rude figure, that accidently turns into some form of animal in a magic pot of so called Dark Eco. He remains this animal throughout the series. He has a lot of sense of humour and a yet bigger sense to put himself and Jak in danger. Most of all he is a lazy coward and a really funny and annoying character.
The two other games have a more darker theme and are therefore suitable from 12 years and above. The first game was pretty harmless and had a PG limit on 7 years and above. In the two later games, Jak can talk, for a reason you will soon know. It starts with Jak and Daxter accidently teleporting to a dark and grey place called Haven City. Jak is later captured by the Crimson guards and tortured with magic Dark Eco for two years by the leading dictator of Haven City – Baron Praxis. The magic torture changes Jak a little. He starts to talk and is now able to release a dark and powerful rage of Dark Eco, making him furious and his skin blue, his nails sharpened and black and his eyes completely black. When he learn to control this power he is much more powerful against his enemies.
However, Daxter saves Jak from the prison and Jak escapes. He comes out in Haven City – a city in decay, ruled by the terror of the crimson guards and by the tyrant Baron Praxis. Jak decides to join the resistance to get his revenge and kill Baron Praxis once and for all. To do that, he meet a lot of different people and have to complete different missions in and outside the city. Outside the city, the Metal Heads rule. The Metal Heads are a evil race of yellow eyed beasts, with big gems in their heads, that Jak can collect when he kills them. The Metal heads are enemies even to Baron Praxis and the Crimson guards.
In the middle of the Game, Jak discovers that Haven City in fact are Jak And Daxters old homes, destroyed and decayed by machines and the rise of Haven City. This means, that Jak and Daxter have been travelling in time. Yet, Jak have to save himself – a little kid, who actually is Jak as a kid.
In the third Jak game, Jak and Daxter is sent out in the desert to die, but he is later discovered by some caravans, transporting them to a mysterious desert city, where they have to complete different missions. Here are a little view of all three games. Enjoy!
Warning: This article contains spoilers.
The vampires, trolls and goblins crawl up from their holes and and the world is covered in darkness. “Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow” was one of my favourite games and still is until this day. In this Japanese game Franchise, we will follow the Belmont Family – who are members of a holy knight order that fight against the dark and evil forces from the pits of hell. Even if this post will focus on “Lords Of Shadow”, I will give you some history of the franchise.
The first game – “Castlevania” wes released in 1986, starring the warrior Simon Belmont, exploring castles and hunting vampires with his vampire killer – a form of crucifix with an internal chain, with a powerful steel mace in the bottom, that he can swing around himself and kill vampires with. The game became very popular and would soon be followed up by several sequells.
Each game had it’s own characteristics. In 1999, the first three dimensional Castlevania Game – “Legacy Of Darkness” was released. it was the first game in the franchise that was not in 8-bit mode. These 8-bit games from the 80’s were characterised by it’s pixelated graphics and that you only could go forward och backwards – they were two dimensional.
Even if the 3D-mode had seen it’s first light in the series, more sequels is the old traditional 2D-style were released. 2003 however, the second 3D sequel – Lament Of Innocence, came out.
In 2011, I came in contact with the franchise for the first time. The game “Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow” was released. It was a reboot of the old series and the gameplay and graphics were stunning. With it’s hard difficulties and 20 hours of gameplay, this was a fantastic adventure for me. The game takes place in a mythological version of Medieval Europe. We will follow Gabriel Belmont – a knight from The Brotherhood Of Light. He is a bitter man, due to the murder of his beloved wife Marie.
The game is crawling with action, platforming, puzzles and fantastic envirement. It’s combination of horror, fantasy and medieval christian themes, introduced me to the Low Fantasy genre – Fantasy that takes place in our world. Every level contains dead knights on the ground, carrying important scrolls with clues and information on Gabriel’s quest. You will now see a little summary of the game. OBS: It contains spoilers. Beware.
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Turok Evolution, which I showed you before, was actually a total flop. Acclaim Studios, the producer of five different Turok games since 1997, was closed down after their last Turok game “Turok Evolution” from 2002. The game was so bad, even for that time, but today, everyone want it back on PS4. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter from 1997 and Turok 2: Seeds of evil, have already been remastered for PS3 and 4, with better graphics, but not Turok Evolution. I guess it’s considered to bad to make a re-release.
However the Turok franchise was revived in 2008 by another game company who bought the rights from Acclaim Studios. Turok 2008, was a new game with much better graphics and different storyline from the old games. This time, Turok is not Tal Seth, but an US marine named Joseph Turok, former member of Wolfpack, led by general Kane. But later, Turok broke up with Wolfpack and betrayed Kane. Now he’s a member of the new division – Wisky Company. And their mission is to catch and kill Kane on a different planet. Since Turok worked for Kane before, nobody trusts him. His comrade Slade, voiced by legendary Ron Pearlman, dispices him, since his brother was killed on a mission in Columbia. Slade blame Turok for that.
Turok must prove himself worthy and gather their trust through the game. And they land on a planet full of dinosaurs. Together they have to take themselves through the wild and fight against raptors and a huge T-Rex called “Mama Scarface”. Their mission is to survive this hellhole and catch Kane dead or alive.
Here’s some of the gameplay.
As promised, one of my first PS2 game, which brings a lot of memories. Turok Evolution is about the Native American Tal Seth, who is teleported from the 1900th century’s America to another universe called “The Lost Land.” In this adventure he have to fight, dinosaurs, sleg troops and other creatures. The slegs are hybrids of dinosaurs and human’s, armed with heavy armour and weapons. Take a look for yourselves.