Jak 3 PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: One year has passed since Jak and Daxter saved Haven City from Kor and the attacking Metal Heads, yet Haven City is still immersed in deadly chaos as three groups fight for control of the streets. The people of Haven City have grown to distrust Jak's dark powers, and as rumors boil of Jak'sOne year has passed since Jak and Daxter saved Haven City from Kor and the attacking Metal Heads, yet Haven City is still immersed in deadly chaos as three groups fight for control of the streets. The people of Haven City have grown to distrust Jak's dark powers, and as rumors boil of Jak's ties with Krew and Kor, the city blames Jak for its current woeful circumstances. When the palace is destroyed by a surprise Metal Head attack, even Ashelin cannot protect Jak as the High Council's power broker, Count Veger, forces Jak into banishment to the desolate Wasteland. Jak is flown to the harsh island and dumped. With Daxter and Pecker bravely by his side, the three begin their next adventure where the battle for the city has just begun. Five times the size of Haven City, the Wasteland is a desert environment with multiple areas including mines and a volcano. Given the enormity and variance in terrain, vehicles play a large role as off-road transportation is introduced, fueled by a true-to-life physics engine. With a rugged new look and suited with armor, Jak is also equipped with an arsenal of new weapons with upgradeable mods that enable players to increase their firepower and enjoy the freedom to strategize and activate their arsenal at any time. As Jak has been exposed to Light Eco, players can now experience Jak's magnificent transformation to Light Jak. With a glowing electric blue aura and a massive wing span, Light Jak introduces new move sets, including the ability to glide great distances, emit an energy to block enemy attack, and power up at anytime, all of which provide the player with a sense of being invincible. Dark Jak also returns with more capabilities, forcing Jak to find a balance between light and dark. [SCEA] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. 100
    Compelling and addictive, and far more fun that we'd have expected after slogging through the confounding Jak 2. This is the action platformer refined to perfection.
  2. 96
    If you're looking for art and technical achievement, Jak has it...Jak is it. Characters animate so smoothly it actually makes playing other games painful. Painful, I say! And it never stutters, never glitches, never hitches, and never, ever lets up.
  3. The variety of missions/gameplay types is refreshing.
  4. This game simply builds on Jak II's winning formula by adding more weapons and abilities, varied kinds of action, and an interesting and well-told story; in short, all the stuff that made its predecessor a great game.
  5. What's genuinely disappointing though is that it's all over so quickly... Jak 3 is much, much shorter than its epic predecessor. Indeed, it took us just 10 hours to achieve a 100 per cent rating.
  6. 80
    At times, Jak 3 seems to be scraping the bottom of the idea barrel...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.
  7. For all it's technical wizardry, a game is only as good as its gameplay, and that portion of Jak 3 just doesn't measure up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. Dec 16, 2012
    10
    This might just be nostalgia talking, but the game is an amazing game that is very well done. Of course there's going to be flaws, but it's anThis might just be nostalgia talking, but the game is an amazing game that is very well done. Of course there's going to be flaws, but it's an example of a proper third person platforming shooter done to a tee. There's even a good storyline to follow, this series will forever be a huge part of the PS2 library and truly shows the prime of Naughty Dog. Expand
  2. Jul 24, 2015
    10
    ***This review is not comparing Jak 3 to the first or the second game in the series. i Reviewed the game for what it is***

    Voice acting:
    ***This review is not comparing Jak 3 to the first or the second game in the series. i Reviewed the game for what it is***

    Voice acting: Solid! very good characters that feel alive

    Lore and Creativity: Delicious! this world feels amazing and i wanted t explore to explore every last bit of it when i first played the game - and now, years later, i still do.

    Graphics and general technical bling: For the time it was top of the line, but i don´t consider that aspect important

    Soundtrack: Yeeea baby this is my jam!

    Gameplay: In this game you will race, fight, hunt, solve puzzles, partake in urban combat, hoverboard over the desert, explore, and much more. They kept coding new gameplay aspects through the entire story, and nowadays you simply can´t find this anymore. Amazing.

    This is a must-have. The first time i played it i couldn´t speak english and i didn´t knew the first games, but it left me with a powerful impression. Checking back on it, i see that i was not mistaken.

    10/10 - A Treasure
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  3. Mr.pokeGuy
    Jan 6, 2006
    10
    Great game stunning graphics. Great story, and sums up the whole trilogy. THe only thing that annoyed me was the part where you had to shoot Great game stunning graphics. Great story, and sums up the whole trilogy. THe only thing that annoyed me was the part where you had to shoot the gems off of Erol's spider machine..... Awsome but Jak II is very close. Another improvement is the extra gun upgrades i really liked the supernova over the peacemaker. Expand
  4. Jacob
    Feb 1, 2006
    9
    It was a good game, though rather short. And it is a pretty satisfying ending to the trilogy of games, but it also is a letdown that the It was a good game, though rather short. And it is a pretty satisfying ending to the trilogy of games, but it also is a letdown that the whole series is over. Other than that, the graphics were great and it's story line was tied together well with the other Jak games. Expand
  5. Feb 20, 2016
    9
    This game was so awesome as a kid and it still is now. You don`t get games like this anymore which is a shame as whenever i play it manyThis game was so awesome as a kid and it still is now. You don`t get games like this anymore which is a shame as whenever i play it many memories and nostalgia just roll in. One of my favourite PS2 games of all time. Expand
  6. Feb 25, 2013
    8
    The worst in the series in my opinion. I highly recommend this game however, it has a lot to do and the fact you get to play as Daxter more isThe worst in the series in my opinion. I highly recommend this game however, it has a lot to do and the fact you get to play as Daxter more is kind of fun I guess. But I will admit whenever you do play as Daxter you always kind of wish you were playing as Jak. This is one of the best games on the Playstation 2. Expand
  7. RagingOrca
    Apr 21, 2007
    5
    Absolutely loved game 1 and game 2 but this game was a big disappointment. The amount of developer effort in order to realize such a Absolutely loved game 1 and game 2 but this game was a big disappointment. The amount of developer effort in order to realize such a compelling open world is all totally wasted by extremely poorly tuned missions and gameplay mechanics. Had to stop playing after only 1.5 hours because it was so frustrating. Expand

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#9 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#26 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004