Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy Official Perfect Guide (ジャック×ダクスター 旧世界の遺産 公式完全ガイド) is a Japanese mook strategy guide for The Precursor Legacy by Shogakukan Inc. (株式会社小学館), written by Hiromi Miyauchi (宮内浩美) and Seitaro Nakamura (中村征太郎), published by The Hitotsubashi Group (一ツ橋グループ), officially licensed by Sony Interactive Entertainment, with contributions by Naughty Dog, Inc.
The strategy guide's official name is "ジャック×ダクスター 旧世界の遺産 公式完全ガイド", which literally translates to "Jack x Duxster Old World Heritage Official Complete Guide" (Romanization "Jakku × Dakusutā kyū sekai no isan kōshiki kanzen gaido"). However, the official translation is "Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy Official Perfect Guide".
Format and graphicsEdit
The strategy guide contains artwork similar to that of the NTSC-J manual for The Precursor Legacy, and promotional renders shared among all Japanese Jak and Daxter media. It also has overhead 3D maps made of low LOD models of the environments from the game.
The strategy guide begins with a synopsis of the prologue, and an introduction to the main cast and central gameplay elements, including controls. Each chapter thereafter starts with 3D overhead maps of the main hub and surrounding areas, then continues with annotated walkthroughs of the following missions. The chapters are illustrated with screenshots from the game, original Japanese promotional renders, and 3D cutouts of characters and other elements from the game. Each hub area is preceded with a render of each sage the area belongs to.
The front cover of the strategy guide utilizes the same box art from the NTSC-J release of The Precursor Legacy, though the Japanese logo for the game is situated center top, with the "Official Perfect Guide" label in bold red Japanese text.
On pages 73 and 117, there are Jak and Daxter Korokoro comic strips.
Release and other mediaEdit
The strategy guide was printed and distributed in Japan, released on February 10, 2002, a few months after the game's Japanese debut. It was released as part of Shogakukan's "Wonder Life Special", and was originally listed at JPY 905 (~USD 8.20).
The book is one of three strategy guides covering The Precursor Legacy, and one of two Japanese language strategy guides. The other Japanese language guide is Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy Official Exploration Guide Book by Famitsu, and the English language counterpart is Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy: Prima's Official Strategy Guide by Prima Games. All three are included in Naughty Dog's Jak and Daxter merchandise collection.
The book is the only Shogakukan strategy guide for the Jak and Daxter series. The brand responsible for the book's competitor, Famitsu, proceeded to make Jak and Daxter's only other Japanese strategy guide after The Precursor Legacy, Jak and Daxter II Official Complete Guide for Jak II.
Originality and researchEdit
As a product officially licensed by Sony, published by Shogakukan, part of The Hitotsubashi Group, one of the largest publishing groups in Japan, the strategy guide is a canonical source of information. The book attributes direct supervision and contribution by Sony Computer Entertainment (now known as Sony Interactive Entertainment), with cooperation by Naughty Dog, Inc.
- ↑ Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy Official Perfect Guide. National Diet Library. Accessed August 22, 2017.
- ↑ 2004 02: The NEW Dog House. Eric Akira Iwasaki. Accessed May 19, 2017.