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Jak 3 (PlayStation 2)

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MobyRank
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3.5
MobyScore
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User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.6
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (26 votes) 3.5


The Press Says

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100
AceGamez
Jak 3, like its predecessors, is quite simply a gaming masterpiece that surpasses every game that has come before it and takes the genre to new levels. Stunning graphics, an amazing range of highly imaginative and sprawling locations, endless variety, engaging and challenging gameplay, loads of mini-games, cool weapons, super powers, vehicles, races, a grand and exciting storyline, great music, superb voice acting and plenty of humour… did I forget anything? Probably. Jak 3 is simply too good for words and an unmissable experience for every PS2 owner. Now if you'll excuse me, I have the sudden urge to hear Daxter yell "crotch rocket flyby!" just one more time!
100
Yahoo! Games
The best and worst thing about trilogies is that they all must end. The story that began in Jak and Daxter comes to a very satisfying conclusion in Naughty Dog's Jak 3. With the main character's growth comes a wholly pleasing disc full of enhanced action platforming, well-tuned vehicles, and level designs featuring gameplay that seems endlessly varied. In short, Jak 3 is among the best action-adventure games to grace the PlayStation2.
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GamePro (US)
Jak 3 starts right where Jak II finishes. Jak and Daxter have been banished from the city, only to end up in another town where the skills of a seasoned hero fit in perfectly among the citizenry. Much like the sequel, Jak and sometimes Daxter must accomplish a variety of tasks to prove their worth, which include everything from driving challenges and arena fighting to hang gliding and just shooting things to smithereens.
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GameZone
Ever since Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy was released upon the gaming world I have been hooked on the series. The first game was a thing of beauty; it was one of the best looking games on the Playstation 2 at the time. Best of all the game had no load times and anything that you saw in the horizon, you would get to go to and explore. Jak II made a radical departure from the series, with an emphasis more on gun control, riding around in hover cars, protecting Haven City, and dealing with “Dark Jak.” Now the third and final game in this series has arrived. How does this game compare to the other games, and is it just as fun? Read on to find out!
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Next Level Gaming
Jak 3 is the third and final game in the series brought to us by Naughty Dog. The first Jak put a fresh of breathe air back in to the platforming genre on the PS2. The game looked good, it was fun to play, and the world you played in was huge. Jak II took a different path than its predecessor with a darker side, and focused more on gunplay and controlling hover crafts. Some thought that the difficulty was too hard, and did not like it as much as the first game. Jak 3 looks to return the series to glory in its finale. The final game has toned down the difficulty, added some new features, and has made the series fun to play once again. Let’s take a more in-depth look at the game.
96
IGN
Every so often a game comes around that's right and it makes me remember. It's a game that makes piles of other lesser games very, very wrong. There are precious few words that can so accurately describe this "correct" product in its entirety, but there are plenty to describe individual parts of it. Jak 3 is right, but if you dig through your lexicon you can easily break the game down into chunks of gorgeous, wonderful, fun, slick, polished, tight, balanced, well-produced, hilarious, intense, diverse, and wondrous... Buy it or die.
95
Play Magazine
When all is said and done versus the equally majestic Ratchet & Clank saga (my two comrades’ epic of choice) if it all boils down to the best ending, I think we might have them beat. Between a pair of plot twists to beat all plot twists and the coolest last boss imaginable, Jak 3’s is the best action-game ending maybe ever, and the journey through the wastes just before the cataclysmic event simply defies description. Naughty Dog makes destruction look beautiful like nothing I’ve ever seen. I can’t imagine action games getting any better…lucky for me, I’ll bet they can.
95
Armchair Empire, The
About 12 hours through Jak 3, I felt very scared that I was already 95% done the game. This series has been a lot of fun and the story was just plain awesome. I didn’t want it to end. After I beat the game I almost cried. Not from disappointment however, because the ending was great and it gave a great conclusion to the epic trilogy. However, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of our heroes.
95
Game Over Online
If you’re going to send a franchise into the sunset, this is the way to go. Jak 3 manages to instill a sense of resolution, especially if you’ve played the series all the way through. It also implements a number of substantial changes and gameplay additions that will appeal to any action or platformer fan. While I’m still sad to see the series go, I’m looking forward to seeing where our two heroes might pop up in the future. If you’ve got a PlayStation 2, you should hope to receive this wonderful conclusion to a great franchise this holiday season.
95
Game Vortex
Jak 3 is a fitting end to the trilogy and should not be missed.
95
Gaming Target
Never has Jak had life so easy. From the moment he and Daxter encountered the boiling vat of Dark Eco to the strenuous years he himself was transformed into an agent of unnatural powers, Jak has been kicked around a lot for a hero such as him. When we last left Jak and Daxter off at their prior mishap, Jak had saved his new home of Haven City from an evil that tried to conquer it using an invasion of Metal Head forces (i.e., alien-like wretches). And what does Jak get for saving the livelihood of the city? A bag of cash? A hundred 1-ups? A date with Tad Hamilton? Not even! He gets his ass tossed out in the desert wasteland for conspiring with those who sought to corrupt the city without prior knowledge. Oh yeah, and Pecker the talking monkey-parrot and Daxter Jak's best bud (the orange varmint always on his shoulder) went along with him.
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Fragland.net
Jumping Jak came back and once again he and I are more grown up. However, I still remember the day I saw the first Jak and Daxter commercial followed by the third place slogan. It was poured into the living room and into my brain on a Saturday evening when I was watching some dumb and superficial show on VTM, the first Belgian commercial broadcasting station which was set up in 1989. Later that night, Daxter kept coming back asking for my help.
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Futuregamez.net
Jak 3 is the perfect way to wrap up the series. The only gripe I really have with the title is that it doesn't push the series anywhere new. Having said that, this is one of the greatest titles on PS2, and along with the prequels, must be in every PS2 owners collection.
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Game Informer Magazine
Whether you break out in laughter at Daxter's obsession with underpants, find yourself staring at disbelief at the amazing vistas, or pumping your fist into the air as you combat the scourge of the land, Jak 3 truly does deliver on all fronts and emerges as one of video games' finest accomplishments.
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GamingTrend
Jak 3 is a fitting end to the Precursor story. It doesn’t deviate far from Jak II outside of a few notable things like difficulty (this is easier) and hijacking of cars. This time around Jak 3 has created the perfect mold for the “Jak of All Trades” type of game, a game that does everything great, but doesn’t make one section of gameplay better than the other. The story will keep you tied to this game and the frustration level will not present itself as much as Jak II did. Get ready for a wild end to this story. Sony is easily the king of the platform genre in this videogame age and Jak 3 easily stands along with Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal and Sly 2: Band of Thieves from Sony this year. The only trouble you’re going to have is if you only have $40 and you have to choose between the 3 of them; I don’t envy you if you’re in that position.
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NZGamer
So here we are, at the end, no more Jak. This title is justifiable proof that this is one series that needn't be put to rest. But perhaps it's best to quit while you're ahead so as to not create some sort of calamity of a sequel and tarnish this amazing series. No matter what level of a Jak fan you are you are going to miss the crude dude and his snappy mouthed sidekick. Does Jak 3 deliver enough goods to be deserving of being the final installment in the series and more importantly is it the most memorable and the most excellent Jak game ever made? Yes, this is it.
90
Gamesmania
Das gelungene Finale der Serie sollte sich kein Actionfan entgehen lassen. Der tolle Mix aus Jump´n´Run, Action und Racing-Game lässt garantiert keine Langeweile aufkommen. Daxters Sprüche verpassen dem Spektakel den gewohnten Humor.
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Game Informer Magazine
Naughty Dog has now stretched the action/platform genre to such epic proportions that its cinematic storytelling and gorgeous cutscenes rival the best RPGs on the market. What's more it offers so much variety and truly thrilling gameplay that it succeeds in making you feel that you're the protagonist in a big-budget sci-fi action film.
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Darkstation
Let's all give a hand to the development team Naughty Dog who for the past few years has brought us three of the best platforming games of all time, and has concluded with an extremely fun and enjoyable game. Any fan of the Jak series should definitely go out and buy this game right away, as this is a great end to a great series.
90
Gamer Within
Jak 3 is a solid, enjoyable platform that provides a compelling, yet humours storyline to create one of the best platformers to be released for some time. Offering a range of different weapons, vehicles abilities, Jak 3 proves to be more than your average platforming title. Fans of the previous games will find a lot of love in the latest, and possibly final game of the series. If you are a fan of the platforming genre, you owe it to yourself to experience a fine title.
90
GameCell UK
Jak 3 is a superb adventure, and so much more than just a platform game. Buy it now, and hope there is a Jak 4 after all...
89
Just RPG
If you haven’t played either of the predecessors to Jak 3, it’s highly recommended that you do so before playing through this one, or at least Jak II that is. Even though it is possible, it is somewhat difficult to know what is going on with several characters from the other games showing up. It would help to know who they are from the earlier games. Still, this game is highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of platformer or action games.
88
Gamers' Temple, The
Players who enjoyed Jak II will like Jak 3 as well as there is not much change to the core gameplay. Conversely, if you didn’t enjoy Jak II, then there’s not much chance that Jak 3 will appeal to you. It’s a bit different than your typical platform game and the variety of gameplay and high quality production make Jak 3 a game worth checking out.
88
Gaming Nexus
When I first played The Precursor Legacy I was taken aback by the world that Naughty Dog had created, Jak II only further increased my love affair. With Jak 3 everything seems so passé and normal again, as it the well had run dry and the developers had lost their passion for the franchise. Perhaps it's the reason that Jason Rubin has decided to move on, or maybe it's just the fact that this is the third entry in the franchise, but it's definitely the weakest of the three. There’s still a lot of fun to be had here, but it just doesn’t live up to the standard set by the previous two entries.
87
4Players.de
Ähnlich wie die Kollegen Ratchet & Clank in ihrem dritten Abenteuer präsentiert sich auch Jak mitsamt Kollege Daxter als durchweg unterhaltsames, aber leider nicht mehr bahnbrechendes Spielerlebnis. Das Verhältnis von Action und fordernden Sprungpassagen geht zwar wieder mehr in Richtung des ersten Teiles und die integrierten Mini-Games sowie abwechslungsreichen Missionen machen eine Menge Spaß, doch es gibt nur in Ausnahmefällen spielerische Überraschungen. Insofern fackelt Naughty Dog bekannte Gameplay-Elemente auf verdammt hohem Niveau ab. Trotzdem gibt es ein paar Punkte, die dann schließlich für deutlichen Abstand zum Platin sorgen: Sowohl Zielhilfe als auch Kollisionsabfrage zeigen immer wieder Aussetzer und von Zeit zu Zeit zeigen sich sogar Bugs, die die Qualitätssicherung augenscheinlich nicht entdeckt hat. Doch die Momente, in denen diese das Gameplay beeinflussen, kann man an einer Hand abzählen.
87
Gamers.at
Jak 3 ist ohne Zweifel der beste Teil der Serie. Die Grafik ist top, der Schwierigkeitsgrad nicht mehr so hoch wie noch bei Jak 2 und die Story ist auch abwechslungsreicher. Nur ein wenig mehr Neuerungen hätten nicht geschadet. Neulinge werden sicher genug Neuerungen finden, aber für Kenner der Serie bietet es einfach zu wenig Neues. Die Szenarien wirken lebendiger und abwechslungsreicher und das unmenschliche Zeitlimit bei einigen Missionen gehört auch der Vergangenheit an, aber trotzdem fehlt für mich das gewisse Etwas. Das Spiel hat aber trotzdem seine 87 % verdient. Neueinsteiger können ruhig noch ein paar % dazurechnen und bedenkenlos zugreifen. Wer vom zweiten Teil nicht losgekommen ist wird auch Jak 3 lieben.
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GamingIllustrated.com
Overall, Jak 3 is a very solid title for PS2 and one of my recent favorites. I thought the graphics and gameplay were the 2 most outstanding features of the game, and make a great addition to your PS2 collection. At the very least give the game a rent, otherwise, this is a very good buy if you're not sure what to get your gamer friend this holiday season.
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GameSpot
Most significantly, the game adds dune buggy driving to the already impressive stable of gameplay types from Jak II. You'll have access to a number of speedy ground vehicles, each with its own weapons and properties that you'll use to traverse the desert wastes and fight off the bandits that live there. Many of the missions require you to drive one of the dune buggies to accomplish a particular goal, so it's fortunate that the driving has a really loose, arcadelike feel that's easy to pick up after just a few minutes. You can work up some speed, fly over dunes, and powerslide around while evading enemies or racing against time. The driving missions add a good bit of variety and fun to Jak 3.
85
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
The Playstation 2 has a lot of platformers coming to the PS2 this year which redefine the concept of a “platforming” title and Jak III is just one excellent example of this. Any fan of platforming games should pick this title up, Jak will not disappoint.
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Gamer 2.0
Jak 3 really delivers a solid game on pretty much all fronts. The game is actually fun to play and it will keep the casual gamer busy for quite some time. Sound and graphics alone are enough to warrant people to notice this game. Fortunately for you, the game not only looks and sounds fantastic, it also plays pretty darn well too.
83
Game Revolution
Jak 3 puts on a good show and will no doubt please fans of the series. Though it sticks very closely to the franchise's formula and has a few flaws, the excellent story, great presentation and varied gameplay make this 'final' episode a good one.
80
UOL Jogos
"Jak 3" conserta os principais erros do frustrante segundo jogo, destacando claramente as melhoras que a série recebeu. É a versatilidade do game em misturar estilos diferentes que dá o seu charme - além dos personagens carismáticos. Algumas pequenas falhas o deixam atrás de jogos como "Sly 2" e "Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal", mas ele ainda é um dos melhores representantes do gênero no videogame da Sony.
80
G4 TV: X-Play
Jak and Daxter do pretty well in their third action-packed romp. The world looks fabulous, characters are full of personality, and it comes close to nailing nearly every gaming action you could think of. The one down side is that the shooting still feels pretty basic. The game is a little shorter than you might expect, but goes well over 10 hours and it wraps up the series’ story nicely with a pretty crazy twist. It does a lot, and it does a lot well, it just doesn't do anything other games do not.
80
Mygamer.com
Jak 3 is a tough game to review. You want to give it such high scores because you loved it since the beginning. But since Jak and Daxter many new platform games and franchises have entered the arena and the ante has been raised. Jak 3 can be completed in a weekend, minus the egg missions. If you are a fan of the series, you should buy the game to support Naughty Dog on a trilogy ended fairly. He retains his 8's but does not innovate enough to earn the high 9's. Thanks for the helping the revival of the platform genre years ago.
80
TotalVideoGames (TVG)
A fitting last chapter in the trilogy that will have fans entertained if a little disappointed by its close similarity to Jak’s previous adventure. However taken for what it is, Jak 3 provides plenty of laughs and hours of entertainment.
80
Gameplanet
While Jak 3 may fall a little short compared to the other games in the series, it is still an excellent game that is fun to play throughout. It's wide range of gameplay elements and sharp execution will keep gamers entertained.
80
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Jak used to jump around a lot more. In the heavily GTA-influenced Jak II, he didn't do quite as much jumping around, but when he did it was sustained and memorable. Who can forget the passage across the very skyline of the city on the way to a showdown with the Baron? Or scrambling over vast precursor machines in the depths below Haven City? And how the game dipped its platforms in a melange of other genres - most notably shooting and hoverboarding - with almost blanket success?
80
1UP
As the credits roll after the final boss, those issues melt away. An almost reverent melancholy takes their place. While this final chapter is not the platforming clinic of the first, nor the trendsetter of the second, it is an extremely satisfying finish for the series. In a way, it almost feels right to have Jak and Daxter go out in a blaze of glory. Fans will absolutely not want to miss it. Yet those unfamiliar with the prior two will still find ample reason this belongs on their list of top action games for the year. To Jak, Daxter and Naughty Dog, all that's left to say is thank you. It's been a great adventure.
75
Jeuxvideo.com
Peu surprenant et grosse remise à jour du précédent opus, Jak 3 propose néanmoins une aventure riche et passionnante, à la jouabilité titanesque et à la réalisation somptueuse. Mettant en scène de nouvelles phases de gameplay détonantes via l'utilisation des rugissants buggies, ou par le biais de la transformation en Light Jak, le titre de Naughty Dog clôt de bien belle manière une série connaissant quelques lacunes, mais au potentiel non négligeable.
70
Thunderbolt Games
Fans of the series will no doubt find this new palette of game mechanics a welcome twist on the genre - the desert driving in particular proved so popular that the non-canon sequel Jak X focused primarily on the race sequences albeit with an added lick of polish. This is by all means one of the finer adventures on PS2, with some top class entertainment to be had and characters that stick, it’s well worth seeking out - especially considering its now sub Platinum price tag. Jak 3 is an undeniably fun title with many things in its favour, however there comes a time when a hero has to rest and unfortunately it looks like Jak is feeling pretty tired.
60
GameSpy
Jak 3 isn't torture (that is to say, Blinx), but there are better and much more cohesive action / platformer experiences to be had right now. Sony's two competing products are excellent examples. Take Sly 2. There's a game that has a good idea and executes it pretty well. Jak 3 is a game that has ten ideas which vary in quality and can't decide which ones to focus on. It does a little bit of everything but is master of nothing. If you liked Jak II, then buy without hesitation: You are this game's audience. If you're new to the Jak thing, definitely try before you buy, because not everyone's cut out for life in a desert wasteland.
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Gaming Age
Simply put, Jak 3 makes me sleepy. I'm not joking either, there were times when I had to take a break from the game as I was falling asleep in front of my television, and these were days when I was well-rested. That's not to say it's a bad game, but there's a definite "oh yea, I've done this before and it was better then" vibe that permeates the title. Fans of the series will want to play through and see how this conclusion unfolds, but that's about it.