Jak X: Combat Racing PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2005
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 69
  2. Negative: 8 out of 69
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  1. Jan 9, 2013
    9
    Naughty Dog made the same thing, that they made with Crash Bandicoot: the fourth game is a racing game. Jak X isn't as good as CTR, but it is still a fun game. It has the best story of racing games history. I give minus for repetitious and AI. It is stupid, that the other racers always comes to the finish within 15 seconds after you. But for a spin-off it is a good game.
  2. PeteW
    May 4, 2009
    9
    Naughtydog once again extend their series with a fan-satisfying, explosive racing game. Although with much more competition than CTR had to deal with in the combat racing genre, it manages to equal the service to the series and genuinely fun gameplay that CTR achieved. It may not break any ground, but it sure does entertain.
  3. Nov 19, 2011
    10
    In the same way Crash Team Racing (the fourth Crash Bandicoot Game) was a stellar spin-off competitive racer, Jak X (the fourth Jak & Daxter Game) wraps up Naughty Dog's share of J+D with true skill that only they have ever managed (how many spin-offs are ever as good as the original games? Until Naughty Dog came around, none). The racing is fast and intense, the number of vehicles andIn the same way Crash Team Racing (the fourth Crash Bandicoot Game) was a stellar spin-off competitive racer, Jak X (the fourth Jak & Daxter Game) wraps up Naughty Dog's share of J+D with true skill that only they have ever managed (how many spin-offs are ever as good as the original games? Until Naughty Dog came around, none). The racing is fast and intense, the number of vehicles and customisation options rival those of real racing sims and the actual "combat" side of the racing is brilliantly intuitive and very reminiscent of CTR, which is definitely a good thing, the most notable similarity is the upgrading of weapons through collecting dark eco (much like CTR did with Whumpa Fruit). As far as the story goes, its a let down coming straight out of the J+D trilogy, but it suits the subject matter well and brings back all of the characters and locations we know and love from the original titles, as well as much appreciated nods to previous events from said titles. A brilliant game that fans of the originals and newbies alike will love and a smashing send-off for Naughty Dog, we miss you D': Expand
  4. PlamenD.
    Oct 17, 2005
    10
    Perfect game!!
  5. DannyG.
    Nov 4, 2005
    10
    This game is the BOMB and anyone else who thinks it sucks think twice!!
  6. RyanM.
    Nov 6, 2005
    8
    Jak X is a good game, with solid racing. The story felt shoved in, clearly, as if the developers were forming the story just to make things considerably more interesting. Compared the the intricacy of the previous entries when dealing with the story this one lacks. But the gameplay is what matters most, and Jak X is wicked fun. the controls are sensitive, and people unfamiliar with theJak X is a good game, with solid racing. The story felt shoved in, clearly, as if the developers were forming the story just to make things considerably more interesting. Compared the the intricacy of the previous entries when dealing with the story this one lacks. But the gameplay is what matters most, and Jak X is wicked fun. the controls are sensitive, and people unfamiliar with the kart racing genre or just starting off with this game, they will have hard time getting the powersliding down, which is nearly ineffective once "mastered." Overall Crash Team Racing, naughty dog's last racing game, was far superior, in production values, controls and gameplay. Jak X is short, sweet, and leaves you admiring the fact that naughty dog went out of the way to offer something new...whether we wanted it or not. Expand
  7. VincentK.
    May 22, 2006
    8
    Racing plus combat equals a great game.
  8. Feb 14, 2015
    10
    One of the best games I have ever played!It's incredibly fun,lots of cool tracks,guns...Characters are really funny and the plot is good.This is a racing game and I like it a lot!!!
  9. Jul 3, 2016
    8
    Jak X is a interesting racing game mixed with shooting and also it has dialogue during the race. The negatives of the game are the auto-save bug that corrupts your memory card while the game saves. In order to prevent it you need to be on main menu, then remove the memory card, the game will tell you that the auto save is off. You can now play single player without damaging your card andJak X is a interesting racing game mixed with shooting and also it has dialogue during the race. The negatives of the game are the auto-save bug that corrupts your memory card while the game saves. In order to prevent it you need to be on main menu, then remove the memory card, the game will tell you that the auto save is off. You can now play single player without damaging your card and to save the game you need to be on the main menu check profile. Finally insert memory card and save it then remove it if you want to play again.

    Cons: Auto-Save bug,
    glitches while racing,
    and cars roll over like a dice sometimes.
    Pros: Graphics are solid 60 frames per second,
    story is average because is about being poisoned and racing
    but some characters have their unique personality.
    Racing is fast paced, unpredictable and fun,
    their is also pure combat arenas, collect artifact and more.
    You can unlock arenas, tracks, characters, accessories,
    vehicles, awesome 2-player exhibition mode and it had online play. So overall the game is great if you disable the auto save everytime you play.
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  10. Sep 3, 2016
    8
    Jak X: Combat Racing is a racing combat game video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment.

    + Good Story For a Racing Game
    + Fun Gameplay
    + Variety Modes
    + Customization
    - Frustrating Sometimes

Awards & Rankings

#50 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. PSM Magazine
    70
    It's been too long since we had a great vehicular combat game, and Jak X delivers some rollicking good multiplayer fun. It just lacks the flair needed to make it a must-buy. [Dec 2005, p.101]
  2. The gameplay variety wasn't always necessary but is a welcome change for the genre – a few more changes with the inevitable Jak X sequel and they could form a new sub-genre.
  3. 80
    A healthy collection of on and offline modes and a very satisfying story build real value for the title, but the actual play can sometimes feel a bit lifeless and often suffers from spontaneous swings.