Game Nostalgia Part – 6: The Jak And Daxter Trilogy

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!

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