Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. May 7, 2012
    90
    Playing this collection on the big screen TV has left me wanting for more.
  2. 74
    If you missed any one of the original three Jak and Daxter titles, 40 bucks is more than worth getting to play these classics in HD. However, if you are a longtime fan, only pick this collection up if you have 40 dollars burning a hole in your pocket. It's fun, it's pretty, and it reminded me why Jak and Daxter was an awesome series, but that's all I can say for it.
  3. Jul 30, 2012
    46
    The Jak and Daxter Trilogy doesn't hold up very well as a remastered version of the original games.
  4. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    The Jak and Daxter Collection is one of the best high-def re-releases about and represents great value for money in terms of bang for your buck.
  5. Apr 10, 2012
    70
    The Jak and Daxter HD Collection is a nice little piece of history coded onto a disc.
  6. Feb 7, 2012
    90
    For just a bit over $13 a game you're getting the best version of three PS2 classics, each packed with tight platforming, great characters, hilarious dialogue, and a huge range of gameplay styles. And with the HD and 3D upgrades, these games have never looked better.
  7. Feb 7, 2012
    94
    The Jak and Daxter Collection is probably going to be one of the easiest releases for me to recommend to everyone this year; definitely a great addition to any PS3 library.
  8. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    No series has been so willing to switch gameplay styles with such reckless abandon, and The Jak and Daxter Trilogy represents a shining example of what happens when a capable developer takes a huge risk. There's nothing else quite like it.
  9. 80
    The first Jak & Daxter is without a doubt the crown jewel of the collection. Jak 2 and 3 are still fun, but have suffered from adapting to the kind of gaming-zeitgeist that prevailed at the point of their original release.
  10. Mar 7, 2012
    80
    The Jax & Daxter Trilogy is a great way to live the growth of a gorgeous video game developer. A huge piece of Naughty Dog's history is packed into a single Blu-ray. Buy it, and you'll learn to know Naughty Dog better.
  11. Mar 21, 2012
    90
    This is another collection not to be missed, not only for those who missed the adventures of one of the most successful duos of videogames, but also for those who want to rediscover this fantastic universe.
  12. Mar 12, 2012
    80
    The Jak and Daxter Trilogy brings together the finest examples of action platforming to grace the PlayStation platforms, and updates them with great care. Though some aspects of the games may feel less than modern, they still stand out as great games much due to the characters and stories told.
  13. Feb 6, 2012
    93
    Though some aspects of the games are dated now, the Jak games stand up as epic adventures. [Mar 2012, p.94]
  14. Mar 22, 2012
    60
    They aged relatively well, those three Jak games. But only the original remains coherent and solid enough to please platforming fans. The two other games are a little less appealing, even though they offer a different mood and take on the universe, with more exploration. Overall, camera issues and some shortcomings pop up a little more today than they did years ago, but it's still a great value package.
  15. Mar 25, 2012
    80
    At about $13 each, it isn't terribly hard to recommend Jak and Daxter Collection. Even though they don't do their fans any favors in terms of extras, the games themselves are just as wonderfully solid today as they were during their heyday.
  16. Mar 5, 2012
    90
    Three of the most beloved platform/action games ever created on a single disc and with a budget price. You really owe it to yourself to buy this collection.
  17. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    Considering three games in a single package makes for a difficult reviewing process. Those who consider themselves fans of the previous games, but who missed an installment, or those who sold or lost the games ought to consider this collection closely. Similarly, gamers who enjoy 3D platformers will find something to love in these PlayStation 2 pillars of the genre.
  18. Apr 11, 2012
    80
    The Jak and Daxter Trilogy sees the strange duo returning to consoles, this time in glorious HD, but the package as a whole is surprisingly unbalanced. The Precursor Legacy is a great experience, with top-notch level design and pure platforming fun, but the second installment falters in nearly every aspect being little more than an annoying time consumer. The third game addresses many of its predecessor's flaws and brings back some of the series' unique and magic charm, making this HD collection a safe buy for anyone looking for two greatly fun games.
  19. 90
    This is an absolutely fantastic rerelease, and even though the games are marked by the passing of time, they are so versatile that they definitely deserve a revisit. If you have played these games before, you are in for a wonderfully nostalgic reunion, and if you haven't, now is the time to pick them up.
  20. Apr 3, 2012
    79
    The perfect excuse to rediscover some PS2 classics. [May 2012, p.88]
  21. Mar 12, 2012
    85
    Overall, it's obvious to see why Jak and Daxter makes the perfect choice for a HD collection, and I knew that I would enjoy returning to all 3 of these games. What I didn't expect was to feel that the most relevant release in the package is the original, a type of game that simply doesn't get made any more.
  22. Mar 19, 2012
    85
    Any jump'n'run fan should take at least a peek at the Jak and Daxter Trilogy, as all three parts are absolutely worth playing.
  23. Feb 7, 2012
    90
    While I find myself more disappointed than I expected that games like Jak X, Daxter and even The Lost Frontier (ugh) aren't included in the package, The Jak and Daxter Collection has reminded me why I fell in love with the series, and Naughty Dog as a developer.
  24. 90
    Three legendary platformers remade for the power of PlayStation 3 come in one box. They did not lose any of their appeal and its playability is still flawless. [Apr 2012]
  25. 60
    The games are historical touchstones more than they are all-time classics, but nostalgic fans will still enjoy these entertaining riffs on the work of Rare and Rockstar.
  26. Mar 9, 2012
    87
    Jak and Daxter arrive for the first time on Blu-ray Disc thanks to this excellent collection. The games are a remastered port of Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II: Renegade and Jak 3 with new high-definition resolutions, stereoscopic 3D and Trophies. A great opportunity to enjoy three masterpieces of the recent past.
  27. Mar 22, 2012
    88
    Highly recommended.
  28. Instead of playing it safe after successfully replacing Crash Bandicoot with Jak and Daxter in The Precursor Legacy (and creating another fun, colorful platformer) Naughty Dog decided to throw everything overboard with Jak II and III. Even today we're still amazed by the radical changes. [April 2012, p.88]
  29. Mar 28, 2012
    82
    They don't make 'em like this any more. [Issue#216, p.72]
  30. 90
    It is a bit frustrating to not have the entire series added in, especially Lost Frontier from the PSP, but the set does not lose anything by just having the first three games. Aspects of the series also feel dated, but that is really the only bad thing you can say about this collection, which is a testament to the quality of the original games.
  31. It's a turn of the century time capsule that showcases the pinnacle of 3D platforming – a genre that's been rendered all but extinct by our modern obsession with shooters and sandbox titles. [March 2012, p77]
  32. Jak can still turn heads. [Apr 2012, p.112]
  33. 75
    The games aren't perfect, however, for the most part, they withstand the test of time quite well. Looking incredible in HD, this is a great way to experience these benchmark PS2 titles.
  34. Jak and Daxter Collection feels more like a lightly upgraded historical document than a lovingly tweaked attempt to make these aging classics shine for a modern audience. [Mar 2012, p.81]
  35. Apr 3, 2012
    82
    When will developers learn that it's not cool to keep forcing us to shut down the entire game if we want to switch titles? Other than that – and maybe the often annoying camera – these are still the great platform games we've come to know and love, only prettier.
  36. Apr 9, 2012
    70
    Three platformers give great value for money, and they're still playable. [May 2012, p.111]
  37. Mar 7, 2012
    70
    Platforming fans would probably be better served by the more streamlined Sly Cooper Collection, but if you've already revisited Sucker Punch's classic trilogy, and you've played Ratchet & Clank's most recent outings, then this collection is your best option for classic platforming on PS3.
  38. Feb 28, 2012
    85
    With Jak & Daxter Collection Sony gives a gift to all lovers of one of the most beloved sagas of the PlayStation brand, giving new users the opportunity to enjoy three of the best adventures games of the last generation.
  39. Mar 4, 2012
    80
    The collection hits highs (Jak 1) and lows (Jak II) but serves as a great window into the changing of the guard in action platforming in the early aughties. Gamers who haven't checked out the series really should for historic value alone.
  40. Apr 11, 2012
    85
    This HD upgrade delivers what it promises. It enhances image quality, adds trophies to foster replayability, and also includes 3D steroscopic vision. We only miss some extra content, like artworks galleries, interviews with the team or a making of documentary, but those who didn't enjoy the originals have here a very interesting buy to consider.
  41. Mar 4, 2012
    85
    If you missed out on the Jak and Daxter series when it first debuted or haven't spent any recent time with the games, I'd highly recommend that check out The Jak and Daxter Collection. It's a great set of platformers with a whole lot of content for $40. They look gorgeous on an HD set, and age hasn't deteriorated the gameplay.
  42. Mar 13, 2012
    85
    The platforming elements in these Jak & Daxter games are still as good as ever and look amazing in high definiton. The camera might be your worst enemy at times, but for a very low price you'll get a ton of gameplay.
  43. Feb 17, 2012
    90
    Naughty Dog has become the de-facto Sony developer for a reason, and this showcases some of their best work. These games still hold up well today and highlight how this forgotten genre is still one of the best in gaming. If you own a PS3, this is yet another HD collection you simply have to own.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 152 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
  1. Feb 7, 2012
    10
    While the games themselves may be rather old, and some of the features quite dated, it is still a romp and is as great as it was roughly tenWhile the games themselves may be rather old, and some of the features quite dated, it is still a romp and is as great as it was roughly ten years ago. Fans of the series won't be disappointed, with all the new features including 3D, Trophies and much more. Also, new players will also get a blast out of it as they will be able to see what Naughty Dog used to do before Uncharted. One, if not the best Collection out there for the PS3. A must buy for any nostalgic gamer, or new ones looking for a thrill.
    Gameplay: 10
    Graphics: 8.5
    Sound: 9
    Presentation: 9.5
    OVERALL: 9.7/10
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  2. Feb 10, 2012
    9
    Three games that I consider to be the last remaining examples of a genre that is practically lost today. Nowadays the market is filled withThree games that I consider to be the last remaining examples of a genre that is practically lost today. Nowadays the market is filled with shooters and games left unfinished so that DLC could be made. Anyways these games hold up extremely well today, back when devs cared about making great story driven games and great realized characters; putting gameplay in first instead of graphics. All three have great gameplay, graphics that still look great(except jak 1 which looks pretty dated) and fun & interesting storylines. The first Jak is a lighthearted platformer, JakII is an open world with a more mature tone and Jak 3 is II but upgraded and with the addition of vehicles and another city. All three are great games and this collection deserves a purchase. Full Review »
  3. Feb 8, 2012
    10
    The Jak and Daxter trilogy has been heralded as one of the best set of games for the Playstation 2. Now all three are available for the PS3The Jak and Daxter trilogy has been heralded as one of the best set of games for the Playstation 2. Now all three are available for the PS3 and as a huge fan of the original series the question comes up: how does nostalgia stack up with reality? Pretty well. The games are as they were â Full Review »