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The Jak and Daxter Collection (known in PAL regions as the Jak and Daxter Trilogy, not to be confused with the general term "original trilogy") is a compilation of the first three main installments in the Jak and Daxter series (The Precursor Legacy, Jak II, and Jak 3) remastered in full 720p HD with support for 3D graphics and PlayStation Network trophies. It was released in February 2012 for the PlayStation 3 and in June 2013 for the PlayStation Vita, reformatted by Mass Media Inc. The games' conversion was also assisted by the original developers Naughty Dog Inc. The disc was published by Sony Computer Entertainment with the Classics HD title.

DevelopmentEdit

After talks of and subsequently abandoning a reboot of the Jak and Daxter series with a Jak 4 title, Naughty Dog commissioned Mass Media Games to port three of the first games to the PlayStation 3 with "higher resolution graphics and 3D support,"[1] as well as PlayStation Network trophy design and implementation. Mass Media acknowledged the challenge of undertaking the project, stating "Looking under the hood, yes, it was a surprise to see that much code," says Robert Toone in regards to remastering the series. "I was there, sitting next to the programmer, helping him figure out what kind of clever algorithm Naughty Dog had come up with. [...] You gotta figure out how they did all this 'multi-layered, multi-textured rendering'. Ugh. Brilliant. But, troublesome."[2] Mass Media creative director Paul Mithra stated that Naughty Dog "told us from the beginning that this is an impossible project," admitting that "it wasn't long before we agreed with them."[2] Nevertheless, the game was finished with minimal bugs, as well as a few improvements aside the HD reformatting and PlayStation trophy support.

ReleaseEdit

Jak and Daxter Collection logo

The Collection logo.

Speculation of a Jak and Daxter Collection release began in May 2011 when a "source connected to [Naughty Dog]" hinted that a "dark, dirty and dangerous" collection was in the works.[3] Furthermore, in October 2011, a South African online retailer known as BT Games had a Jak and Daxter Collection listed early for a January 2012 release.[3] A week later, Justin Richmond, a Naughty Dog employee, confirmed the creation of the Collection, though Sony did not comment.[4] On 24 January 2012, Naughty Dog President Evan Wells formally announced on PlayStation Blog the Jak and Daxter Collection for a February 7 release in North America, "complete in one Blu-ray package" and with "100+ trophies to collect."[5] The Jak and Daxter Trilogy was also later released on 22 February 2012, and 8 March 2012 in the Australasia regions. On 19 April 2013, European Sony PlayStation producer Victor Harris announced that the Collection would be released in June 2013 for the PlayStation Vita as well.[6]

Remaster featuresEdit

The Jak and Daxter Collection was released on a single Blu-ray disc with support for HD format (720p), stereoscopic 3D, remastered audio, and an entire package of PlayStation Network trophies. Some aspects of the game were changed. The game selection screen featured four menu items which allowed the player to select The Precursor Legacy, Jak II, Jak 3, and "Credits", each menu changing the graphics of the screen. The Precursor Legacy menu featured Jak and Daxter as they appeared in that game, likewise for Jak II and Jak 3. The Precursor Legacy screen featured a Rock Village background, the Jak II screen featured a Port background, and the Jak 3 screen featured a Wasteland background.

DifferencesEdit

All gamesEdit

  • Due to the game being released in HD format, the start menu option to toggle between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio was removed. Instead, the game will default to whatever aspect ratio the system is set to in system options, and always 16:9 for HD resolutions.
  • Due to the PS3 having an internal memory card, the option for progressive scanning was removed.

The Precursor LegacyEdit

  • The Eco meter doesn't flash white when the level of it is depleting.
  • The Day Sun and the Night Green Sun are no longer in the sky.

Jak IIEdit

  • Many in-game explosions retain the white screen effect for a prolonged amount of time.
  • Metal heads have a shiny, silver armor texture opposed to the original muddy brown texture.
  • Some of the music also appears to be missing some melody notes. For example, the Haven City music while on a zoomer will miss some notes.
  • In the cutscene "Check the construction site", when Kor reveals his true identity, his face is texture-less and defaults to a solid black. This only happens the first time that the system plays the cutscene.

Jak 3Edit

  • Many in-game explosions retain the white screen effect for a prolonged amount of time.
  • Metal heads have a shiny, silver armor texture opposed to the original muddy brown texture.
  • In the cutscene "Travel through Catacomb Subrails", when Jak receives his Light Shield power, his eyes are blue instead of white.
  • The Day Star is not visible in-game, only in the cutscenes in which it is featured.
  • Light Jak's hair retains Jak's green color instead of changing to the uniform blue.
  • Light Jak's shield has a green aura around it.
  • The Naughty Dog team photo easter egg found via the Light Flight glitch has been removed. The box the photo itself is found in is still present.

ReceptionEdit

Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings PS3: 80.32%[7]

PS Vita: 67.64%[8]

Metacritic PS3: 81/100[9]

PS Vita: 67/100[10]

PlayStation 3 portEdit

The Jak and Daxter Collection was met with positive reviews from critics. Game Informer noted that "Though some aspects of the games are dated now, the Jak games still stand up as epic adventures," stating that "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 an unceasing inventiveness," and felt "the Jak games stand up as epic adventures."[11]

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."[12]

IGN gave the disc and series as a whole a glowing review, and with a score of 9.0, noted that if one missed the first round of Jak and Daxter, "You missed three of the best action platformers of that generation," and felt that the series' "huge worlds, memorable characters, action packed stories, and great gameplay, all without loading screens," was and still is "damn impressive." However, they also acknowledged that "while the Jak series feels a bit like a carry over from a genre that this generation has mostly abandoned, it stays fun, fast paced, and beautiful," adding that "As a gamer who likes to relive some of my favorite games, I find the HD collections to be an awesome way to get rewarded for nostalgia."[13]

PlayStation Vita portEdit

Despite these positive reviews, the Collection did not fare well with both critics and fans on the PlayStation Vita port. A Metacritic review said "It's just a shame the genre-defining original is such a frustrating title to play on Vita, the second is so impenetrably hard, and the third a little unfocused."[14] Many felt that due to the Vita's small screen, a game originally developed for on-screen PS2 play felt too compact and the controls too clumsy.[14] Another primary complaint is that the frame rate for The Precursor Legacy was noticeably slower. Digital Chumps felt that "It's no surprise that the Vita release of Jak and Daxter Collection is noticeably inferior to its console counterpart. The problem is I'm referring to both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 versions of each game. What the Jak and Daxter Collection gains in portability to loses in playability — a compromise that, even for games as objectively great as these three, is tough to reconcile."[14]

IGN felt that the PlayStation Vita was "the worst way to play these games," stating that "Immediately upon starting up the Vita collection, there's some disappointment. The port to the Vita has left the Jak series feebled. The whimsical and beautiful Jak 1 suffers from frame rate issues all throughout, as does Jak 3 during numerous spots. The middle game performs alright technically, but that's because the entire game runs at a lower frame rate than the PS3 versions. In fact, the Vita ports often look worse than even the PS2 versions. Not terrible, just third best... out of three. So... the worst," giving the port a final score of 6.8.[15] The same review was headlined with "Jak and Daxter Get Deported" and Destructoid headlined their review with "A Naughty Port".[16]

See alsoEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Mass Media Games Mass Media. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jak and Daxter Collection™ Behind the Scenes - YouTube YouTube. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Jak and Daxter HD Collection" rumored - Gaming News - Digital Spy Digital Spy. Mark Langshaw. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  4. Rumour – Jak and Daxter HD Collection heading to PS3 in 2012 - VG247 Video Games 24/7. Debabrata Nath. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  5. Jak and Daxter Collection Hits PS3 February 7th, 100+ Trophies to Collect – PlayStation.Blog PlayStation.Blog. Evan Wells. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  6. Jak and Daxter Trilogy coming to PS Vita in June 2013 - PlayStation.Blog.Europe PlayStation.Blog Europe. Victor Harris. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  7. Jak and Daxter Collection Reviews GameRankings. GameSpot. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  8. Jak and Daxter Collection Reviews GameRankings. GameSpot. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  9. Jak and Daxter Collection Reviews Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  10. Jak and Daxter Collection Reviews Metacritic. CBS Entertainment. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  11. Jak and Daxter Review GameInformer. Matt Helgeson. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  12. Jak and Daxter Trilogy Review Eurogamer. Jeffrey Matulef. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  13. Jak and Daxter Collection Review - IGN IGN. Jack DeVries. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Jak and Daxter Collection Vita Reviews Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  15. Jak and Daxter Collection Vita Review - IGN IGN. Jack DeVries. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  16. Review: Jak and Daxter Collection (Vita) - Destructoid Destructoid. Chris Carter. Retrieved {{{accessdate}}}.
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