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Jak and Daxter: One Silent Hero, One Loud Mouthed Son of a...who we love. STU2 (72) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall User Score (52 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic (Jan 22, 2002)
The gameplay is fun and addicting, and game saves are frequent and transparent. Best of all, there is virtually NO loading time!! Another innovative aspect is a lack of BOSSES. Believe me, you won't miss them a bit. The game has a fine sense of humor, and if Daxter doesn't make you laugh out loud, you will at least smile. Granted, there are a tons of other 3D adventure games out there, but I'd rather play Jak and Daxter.
AceGamez (2001)
Jak & Daxter is one of an elite group of games that have been created and developed with such loving care and attention that it shines through in every respect. With some of the best graphics, sounds and music you'll come across on any PS2 games, varied, challenging and addictive gameplay, a great sense of humour and larger than life characters, Jak & Daxter remains one of the very best games (let alone platform games) that you can buy and is an essential purchase for everyone. This is gaming at its purest and I defy you not to fall in love with it as I have.
GamesFirst! (Mar 20, 2002)
Overall, Jak and Daxter is a must play game. If you are a fan of the 3-D adventure genre, you will probably have already purchased this game. If you are not a fan of the genre, or are sitting on the fence as to whether you should get it or not, I can say without a doubt that this is one of the best 3-D adventure games I have ever played. The graphics and sound, as well as the game play, are top notch. The controls are intuitive and responsive. Naughty Dog really put a lot of effort into making sure Jak and Daxter looked, sounded, and played like a game on a next generation gaming system is expected to. If only more developers would put the time and effort in, we would have far less sub-par games and a whole lot more great games like as Jak and Daxter.
Gaming Age (2001)
While not revolutionary, Naughty Dog has created, what I'm sure will be the first game in a long and successful line of titles. Jak and Daxter is entertaining, fun to play, and a great addition to anyone's PlayStation 2 library. Don't pass it up.
GameZone (Dec 12, 2001)
Overall: 9.8 I wish I could shake the hand of every man and woman who worked on Jak and Daxter and thank them for creating this game. If you love video games, you must buy Jak and Daxter. Devil May Cry, Metal Gear Solid 2 and Grand Theft Auto 3 are great games, but not everyone is going to get to play them. Jak and Daxter is not only a game that everyone can play, but it's also one that everyone will enjoy.
Gaming Target (Feb 19, 2001)
Platform fans can rejoice. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is one of the year's best titles that's engrossed with challenging attributes, from the intricate level designs, to colorful characters, and the splendor of everything else, the game is a wonder to behold and cherish. For the holidays, if you're looking for the best platform game available on the PlayStation 2, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is a sure fire way to make the most of your game playing days, nights, and even weekends, from now, until eternity.
96 (Dec 18, 2001)
To say that this game is exceptional is not doing the game justice. It's brilliant, entertaining, and stunning. Naughty Dog has truly mastered the Playstation 2's power to create what is arguably the best looking game ever. The characters and levels are richly detailed but it's the little touches such as the raindrops on the camera lens, the humorous animation on Daxter, the varied characters and superb level design that make this game all the more impressive. The thrill of playing this game can't be described, but one thing is certain. If you own a Playstation 2 then you are doing yourself a big injustice if you don't buy this game. It's phenomenal.
PSX Extreme (Dec 02, 2001)
In the end, there's only one way to conclude this review, and that's by simply restating the traits that make Naughty Dog's Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy the best adventure/platform game to date. No other adventure title will impress you as much as J&D does. No other adventure title features an atmosphere as gorgeous, as vibrant and as exuberant as J&D does. No other adventure game comes close to achieving the same level of detail in every single technological field of Jak and Daxter.
Game Freaks 365 (Jan, 2002)
The truth is I love platformers, but I have grown weary of them in the past few years. Jak & Daxter is an extremely pleasant trip down memory lane and it packs a huge variety of new and improved features, either never seen before in platformers or never done well. This game must have some kind of lock mechanism inside or something, because I haven't been able to put down the controller since I first started playing it. You may not trust a company other than Nintendo to make quality platformers, but this is one of the best one of its kind, which is found exclusively on the PS2.
Armchair Empire, The (Jan 08, 2002)
Unbound in it’s exploration yet linear by format, J&D is a game you’d only replay for the pleasure of seeing it again or searching for those last few orbs you couldn’t find before. A diligent player could finish the game in less than 15 hours but its well worth the time and purchase. On the scale of pure enjoyment, I put J&D higher than many of this years releases for the simple fact that it’s so well designed mixing old school reliables with new school technology. And beyond that, J&D is one of the only games I’ve played this year whose hype shoe fits it’s foot so faultlessly. Let’s hope Naughty Dog hasn’t exhausted their creative nuggets with this one - I’m anxious to see where it goes.
I've said it before and I will say it again; Jak & Daxter is as addictive as Zelda and as beautiful looking as Luigi's Mansion. It rivals the game play of Munch's Oddyssee on the Xbox and Naughty Dog is showing that the PS2 can go toe to toe with Nintendo or Microsoft. Anyone who calls himself or herself a gamer and owns a PlayStation 2 would have fun playing this game.
TotalPlayStation (Mar 18, 2002)
Jak and Daxter was released at a time where there was a wealth of really, really good games. Now that the dust has settled on the biggest years in gaming history, here's a perfect opportunity to pick through all the big releases for a game truly worthy of your $50. Hidden under the MGS2s and GTA3s (and if you don't own both of those already, shame on you) is a game just as deserving of attention, if not ownership.
HonestGamers (Aug 06, 2002)
The majority of games simply aren't this good. It stands aside from the crowd and you'd be crazy to miss it.
IGN (Dec 04, 2001)
The more I played Jak and Daxter, the more that I realized that this game was really something special. It has that magical feeling that not all games can possess and it's just flat out a joy to play. This is one of the few games that I can't help but smile and have fun when I'm playing. Jak and Daxter is a true 3D platform/adventure masterpiece and one of the top games ever released in the genre, easily on par with some of the all time greats released by the likes of Nintendo and Rare.
For those of you who thrive on platformers, or count the days until the next Zelda release, or simply want to play a game that is continually rewarding, Jak and Daxter is the title you’ve been waiting for. It’s challenging, incredibly deep, and nothing short of a good time.
92 (Dec 14, 2001)
Lasst euch nicht vom ersten Eindruck täuschen! Hinter der japanischen Kaugummipop-Fassade von Jak & Daxter lauert ein fein ausgeklügeltes Spiel, das mit viel Liebe zum Detail produziert wurde. Eigentlich Schade, dass die Fortsetzung nicht schnell genug in den Regalen stehen kann!
92 (Dec 10, 2001)
Selten bin ich so voll Staunen und Begeisterung durch eine virtuelle Welt gehüpft und gesprungen. Mit Jak and Daxter haben die US-Entwickler ein Jump&Run der Extraklasse geschaffen, das Euch in eine bezaubernde Fantasywelt voller liebevoll animierter Figuren entführt. Die riesige Insel entpuppt sich als wahres Spiel-Paradies, das nicht nur mit vielfältigem Gameplay lockt, sondern grafisch erschreckend überzeugend in Szene gesetzt ist - die PS2 lässt die Muskeln spielen und macht Disney Konkurrenz. Und auch wenn es spielerisch nicht viele Neuerungen gibt, glänzt das Gameplay durch seine Vielfalt: Genre-Fans werden nicht nur das gesamte Jump&Run-Repertoire abrufen können, sondern müssen sich auch in atemberaubenden Racing-Einlagen und kleinen Mini-Games beweisen. Naughty Dog hat drei Jahre gut investiert, denn Jak und Daxter können aus dem Nichts an Rayman, Sonic, Mario & Co vorbeiziehen und den Genre-Thron erobern - Glückwunsch!
Game Over Online (Jan 23, 2002)
I must give Naughty Dog credit for creating a game that can truly be enjoyed by people of all ages. Whether you are thirteen or thirty, Jak and Daxter brings something special to the table. Its technology is superb and is leading the way other companies should harness the power of the PS2. So for all of you thinking platformers are just for kids, you couldn't be more incorrect!
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy does a great many things right. It's an excellent action/platformer, and while the moves may be simplistic and the storyline basic, the game's immersive enough to keep you interested in playing till the end. It doesn't offer as much replay value as the Crash series--there just isn't nearly as much hidden stuff--but Jak and Daxter is more satisfying on the first play-through, thanks to its continuous nature and immersive, free-form environments. The go-anywhere, do-anything attitude that the game takes is a pleasant change from Naughty Dog's previous offerings, and it should please anyone who was a fan of their other platformers and fans of 3D platformers in general.
Game Revolution (Dec 01, 2001)
Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy certainly has set a new benchmark for the platformer genre with its huge environments and gaming freedom. Play this one through, and you'll never look at platformers the same way again.
91 (Sep 15, 2002)
Jak & Daxter is one of the latest big titles for the PS2 and Naughty Dog wanted to create a promising successor to their Crash Bandicoot series. Let’s see wether they’ve succeeded.
PlayFrance (Apr 09, 2003)
Avec de la 3D proposant un univers coloré varié et techniquement impressionnant, des personnages parfaitement animés, une maniabilité sans faille et des énigmes diverses et intelligemment conçues, Jak and Daxter est désormais une référence dans le domaine des meilleurs jeux de plate-forme 3D.
PSM (Jan, 2002)
Rough spots aside, you're still in for an excellent adventure that's extremely rewarding. Naughty Dog delivered on the hype with one of the best games on the PS2 - and we can't wait for the inevitable sequel. The superb level design, finely-tweaked control, and eye-popping visuals cement this as one of the best platformers ever.
Naughty Dog tar inte genren till nästa nivå som Shigeru Miyamoto gjort gång på gång. De har snarare gjort vad Rare ägnat hela nittiotalet åt, nämligen att förfina konceptet. Naughty Dog lyckas dessutom mycket bättre än britterna och ur en teknisk synvinkel revolutionerar de genren. Resultatet är det bästa tredimensionella plattformsspelet sedan Super Mario 64.
I hope that today’s audience has the attention span to play J&D long enough to see what a great game it truly is.
Thunderbolt Games (Oct 21, 2008)
Jak and Daxter remains one of the best platform games to appear on a Sony console both then and now. Smart, funny, lovely to look at and a joy to play it should still find a home in anybody's collection.
90 (Nov 30, 2001)
Nouveau succès pour Naughty Dog qui, après nous avoir offert plusieurs merveilleux épisodes de Crash Bandicoot sur PSone, réussit brillamment son passage sur PS2 avec un titre déjà incontournable sur cette console. Le jeu est beau, attachant, intéressant, jouable et il plaira sans aucun doute à tous les amateurs de plate-forme. Il représente pour moi le jeu de l'année, tout simplement !
Overall, if you want a fun game with hilarious characters wrapped in a beautiful world, then by all means get this game. A must buy, worthy of being everyone's collection.
GameSpy (2001)
The nonexistent load times, unlimited draw distance, and non-linear level design go far to establish Jak & Daxter as a classic, but there could have been more innovation to cement its position. If you like the genre, and don't mind a 12-15 hour jaunt, pick this one up as soon as your legs can get you to the store.
90 (UK) (Feb 17, 2002)
Jak & Daxter is a decent length for a videogame at roughly ten hours, and it boasts an enormous number of hugely varied tasks to complete and beautiful sights to see. Capped off with an elegant control system and intelligent game design, this is the platformer to bury both mediocre rivals like Banjo Kazooie and old classics like Mario 64. It doesn't really innovate to any great degree, but it combines so many of the right elements of gaming that to leave it out of your collection would be to do yourself wrong. All glory to the inevitable sequel, and since I'm through lumping praise onto this game, get off your behind and buy it.
GameSpot (Dec 04, 2001)
While it generally lacks originality, its tight execution and heavy action elements ensure that things never become dull. More gameplay variety would be a welcome addition, and there's little left to do once its lengthy one-player quest has been completed, but Jak and Daxter still manages to provide a rewarding gameplay experience that shouldn't be missed by any fan of the genre.
86 (Jan 14, 2002)
Jak und Daxter ist eindeutig die neue Referenz was Jump'n Runs auf der Playstation 2 angeht und Liebhaber des Genres oder auch Leute, die auch nur ansatzweise daran interessiert sind, können deswegen bedenkenlos zugreifen. Und so wie man Naughty Dog kennt, dürfte eine Fortsetzung nicht allzu lange auf sich warten lassen, bei der dann hoffentlich auch Schönheitsfehler wie die schlechte Kameraführung ausgebügelt werden. Trotzdem ein Must-Have nicht nur für Jump'n Run Fans.
GamesCollection (Aug 08, 2012)
Jak & Daxter è davvero un buon titolo, condito da una buona trama e da un comparto tecnico delizioso che paga solamente qualcosina per quel che riguarda le musiche, ma niente di eclatante chiaramente. Il gameplay è di buona fattura e il divertimento è assicurato. Per fortuna il doppiaggio non è da cani e, anzi...è veramente ottimo e quindi farà in modo che vi gustiate al meglio i dialoghi e, soprattutto, le battute. Si tratta del primo episodio della trilogia, consigliata veramente a tutti. Non mancheranno, infatti, anche le altre due recensioni. Come platform 3D puro senza elementi action (quindi senza contare né i due seguiti né Ratchet & Clank) si tratta di uno dei migliori per PS2 o forse...proprio il migliore. Non lasciatevi scappare, qualora non ce l'abbiate ancora, questa fantastica avventura. Su PS3 è uscita anche un'edizione Trilogy che contiene, chiaramente, tutti e tre gli episodi.
Gamezilla (Dec 13, 2001)
If you are looking for a great action/platform game, look no further. Jak and Daxter fulfilled my expectations. I am glad Naughty Dog did not try and make this the next Crash Bandicoot game with a new name slapped on it, which would have been the easy thing to do. While this game borrows some elements from Crash, it borrows elements from a number of other platform games out there as well. I was a tad disappointed in the slowdowns but, given the beauty of the game, it was forgivable. Overall, this game is good fun for the whole family and will make you proud to own a PS2.
Just Adventure (Feb 04, 2002)
Overall, I enjoyed Jak and Daxter, and I even found Daxter to be a great character. I found Jak and all the other characters dry and boring, but that was forgivable. If you love platform games, and you own a Playstation 2, this is the best one for it (till Maximo, we will see...). Get it and prepare for a splendid addiction.
Crash Bandicoot's well-publicized split with his creators turned out to be a bad move for the maniacal marsupial. While his new game is woefully average, Naughty Dog's new effort, Jak and Daxter, takes its place as the premiere PS2 platformer. Rather than just rehashing Crash, Naughty Dog wisely borrowed a few pages from Miyamoto's "How to Make Mario 64" book. The result is a true 3D platformer that offers perfect control, beautiful levels and ample challenge. Just as Mario 64 had stars, J&D places you on a quest for 100 well-concealed Power Cells. The tasks that must be completed to gain these precious orbs are wonderfully diverse, so the action stays fresh and funky. Jak's a total wallflower, but Daxter really hams it up with wry jokes and witty quips that are both funny and well acted. When Crash is begging for change alongside Bubsy and Gex in a few years, don't be surprised to see J&D living the high life as the true mascots of the PlayStation 2.
A fairly solid 3D Platformer with only a lack of difficulty letting it down. Definitely more worthwhile at the cheaper Platinum price point, and worth a look for all gaming fans.
GamersMark (Jan 29, 2002)
To conclude, Jak and Dexter is quite possibly the best platformer to be released in well over five years yet it falls just short of beating out the king of platformers that is Mario 64. Maybe the game is a bit too non linear for it’s own good because not having a grasp on what you are supposed to be doing and where you are supposed to be can really get confusing sometimes. Overall though this is an amazing first effort for Naughty Dog on the PS2 and if this is a sign of things to come all of the PS2 owners out there should be very excited.
80 (GAF) (Apr 28, 2003)
Jak and Daxter is a flexing of platformer muscles that we all knew Naughty Dog had. They have refined their skills and brought everything together in one effort. Everyone knew they had the expertise to produce a masterpiece, but that doesn’t take way from them creating this exquisite release.
Jak and Daxter is an accessible platform title distinguished more by its appealing presentation than anything else. Gamers new to the PS2 will love the game, but if you've played Super Mario 64, Gex, Spyro the Dragon, or countless others in the genre, you'll experience déjà vu. Nevertheless, the game is fun.