It’s been a while since the last time we saw our favorite duo, Jak & Daxter on the PlayStation consoles. Their last appearance was several years ago on the PlayStation 2. Finally, Jak & Daxter will make their big comeback. It’s not on the PlayStation 3 just yet, but on the PlayStation 2 and on the PSP as well.
Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier takes place several years after the events of Jak 3. The Eco (life, blood, and power source of the planet) supplies begin to disappear making many natural disasters such as the Eco Storm occur. It is now up to Jak & Daxter to restore the Eco supplies and save the world from the brink of destruction. Along with Jak & Daxter, Keira, an Eco sage in training, will join the entourage as they travel around the world searching for a solution.
With the new Jak & Daxter finally hitting the stores this week, is it one of the games on the PSP and PS2 that is worth owning? Let’s take a look on the HOTs and the NOTs of the game:
Prepare yourself to explore the colorful world of Jak & Daxter. I played the PSP version and one of the characteristics I noticed was how vivid the graphics and how well drawn the character models are. Jak & Daxter’s latest adventure will see them traverse through towering mountains and the darkest depths of volcanoes. Everything is detailed and I must say that this game has some of the best graphics on the PSP. There are occasional screen tearing issues, but it’s not a major issue that anyone should be concerned about.
The Lost Frontier offers cutscenes equipped with wonderful voice acting. Characters from Keira, Jak, Daxter, and the pesky pirates will all have the fantastic voice overs that fit their personalities. Similar to the Ratchet & Clank games, Jak & Daxter offers plenty of comedic moments that are sure to please fans of the series. Along with the awesome voice work the soundtrack for this game is nicely done with a remix of tunes from past Jak & Daxter games.
One of the enjoyable aspects of this game are the plane battles. In order to go from one place to another there will be a variety of vehicles that can be commandeered as the game progresses. These planes can have the parts upgraded or customized as you wish. The stronger the plane, the easier traveling will become outside of the airspace which may get crowded. At this point you will have to battle your way through.
Before any upgrades or customization can be done you must acquire scrap metal that can be achieved by completing certain task challenges. These challenges will appear as you play through missions. Completing various sorts of time trials will reward the player with the much sought after scrap metal.
Quick Time Event
Certain scenes in the game will require you to press specific buttons before the character can initiate a command. We’ve seen Quick Time Events in numerous games in the past and Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier follows this trend. From opening doors to stealing plane parts, a fast response is needed in order to succeed.
Unlockables & Secrets
The Lost Frontier should not take you more than 8 hours to complete unless you want to do some extra side missions such as collecting Precursor Eggs. To give a replay value on the game, The Lost Frontier offers some goodies that you can unlock under special conditions. There are multiple Precursor Eggs that are scattered throughout the world and collecting them is one of the methods used to unlock the secrets of the game. One of the things that you can unlock is the “beard” for Jak and a movie player that allows you to watch cut scenes that you’ve previously viewed.
Upgrade Jak’s Skills & His Gadgets
Dark Eco is a crucial component in the game. Collecting Dark Eco allows Jak to upgrade his skills with the help of Keira. From increasing Jak’s health using Green Eco to increasing his Melee Damage using the Red Eco many improvements can be made to Jak’s attributes.
Througout the game Jak will be able to acquire some brutal weapons that he can use to slay bosses and other various opponents. There will be abilities unlocked by using the Eco inside him that allow him to slow down time or teleport himself from one place to another.
The storyline in The Lost Frontier does not stand out among today’s newest and exciting stories. It is very predictable so don’t expect any shocking plot twists. The funny moments are there, but the Lost Frontier did very little to suck the player into the story. The stories of its predecessors excelled in this area much more.
Overall, Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier manages to excel in the same areas as before making it yet another enjoyable and enthralling action-platformer game. The vast selection of weapons and aerial battles are a welcome addition in the game and something you should look forward to during gameplay. Despite its cliche storyline the gameplay makes up for it. Fans of the Jak series will not be disappointed and it is a must have for any PSP owners who are looking for a great action platformer game.Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier Review,