Happy 10th Anniversary, Jak & Daxter

Today is the 10th anniversary of the release of Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy on PlayStation 2. Naughty Dog, the game's studio, took a look back at the game's decade of service and wants to be sure it's remembered for its technical merit, too.

"With each outing in the Jak and Daxter series, we set out to create a game that offered the player a new experience that built on the previous game," writes Evan Wells, the co-president of Naughty Dog. He means in ways more than just the story of the previous game. "As you go from Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy to Jak 3, the story will connect across the titles as the gameplay and technical aspects of the games and the tools used to create them evolved."

That involved bump-mapping in terrain rendering, cloth dynamics and ragdoll physics, things taken for granted in the current console generation. Wells points out the gameplay changes made to the series, too, taking Jak & Daxter from a platformer to action-adventure, shooter and driving.

"Looking back at the old code and comparing it to this newly-minted code is pretty amazing. Our beloved Jak and Daxter franchise and its colourful cast of characters looks, and still plays, truly awesome," Wells said.

Next year will see the release of The Jak and Daxter Collection, which will remaster the original games for high definition and stereoscopic 3D presentation. The collection is currently due for a February release.

Naughty Dog Remembers 10 Years of Jak and Daxter [PlayStation Blog]


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    I liked the original the best. After that for me it went down hill. Now if tbey had more games in the same world/time as the original then I would of been happy.

      Totally agree. Jak 1 was the best. While Jak 2 was ambitious and had loads of good ideas, I never enjoyed it that much. I felt it was poorly designed in many ways (mainly the vehicle missions). Jak 3 was a great mix of Jak 1 and 2, and is almost as good as the original for me.

        Whoops, please delete above comment =P

        Anyways, I totally agree. Jak 1 was the best. While Jak 2 was ambitious and had loads of good ideas, I never enjoyed it that much. I felt it was poorly designed in many ways (mainly the vehicle missions). Jak 3 was a great mix of Jak 1 and 2, and is almost as good as the original for me.

    Jak II Renegade is where its at. I wish this series was more popular than the competing Ratchet & Clank one so I'd get to play some new games, instead of dusting off my trusty PS2.

    The original was easily the best. After that it turned into a crappy GTA clone. The first was a refreshing adventure game with great story, an awesome silent protagonist and wonderful quests. Then they had to ruin everything by trying to make it gritty.

    Out of all the well known PS adventure game heroes (Sly, R&C, J&D, Spyro), Jak and Daxter are my favourite duo. Personally I thought 2 was the best that brought out the mix of racing, platforming, combat and collection that 1 started. Although 1 feels like Super Mario 64 which is never a bad thing.

    Lost Frontier... well, it wasn't Naughty Dog and it kind of lost something.

    Personally I'd love to see Naughty Dog buy back the rights to the IP and do another game, just nothing like Uncharted with Ottsels and Precursors.

    this game took me by surprise, i mean i know Naughty dog are THE SHIT but when i first played this it blew me away i had to find every precursor orb, i 100%ed the game. The second and third were actually too hard for me i couldnt beat em! lol, i will definitely be picking the collection up and playing the shit out of it. I LOVE HD COLLECTIONS GIVE US MOAAAAAAAAAR!!!

    So are we all pretending that racing one never existed? Because I'm totally cool with that if that's the case.

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