Mixed or average reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
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  1. Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier is an action-packed platforming romp that punches above its weight and connects effortlessly. A Christmas must-have for young and old gamers alike.
  2. Despite its few issues, The Lost Frontier is yet another gratifying Jak and Daxter game that feels right at home on the PSP. While we could have done without the Dark Daxter moments in the game, flying the unfriendly skies and exploring the impressive Lost Frontier is more than enough reason to pick this one up right away.
  3. Well worth a place in your collection as one of the best platformers on the PSP, it is classic Jak and Daxter with some great aerial combat thrown in.
  4. 83
    The comeback of the funny duo. The gameplay is pretty much the same as the PlayStation 2 games, but with new features like flying. You can also play with Daxter when he’s transformed into the Dark Daxter. This game is a good PSP game, but the controls could have been better and the game is pretty short.
  5. Value-wise, The Lost Frontier is definitely worth the $40 MSRP given the overall length and variety. Had High Impact included multiplayer dog fighting…it would have been a must-buy.
  6. Games Master UK
    Another brilliant PSP release. [Feb 2010, p.76]
  7. Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier provides the true sequel to this beloved series that fans have been waiting for. The game is a high mark for PSP platform games and it really shows off just how much graphical performance a developer can get out of the handheld.
  8. One of the good franchises on the PlayStation hits the PSP – great graphics, a fantastic airship campaign and lots of jokes are included. You better don‘t miss it, because you won‘t get many games out there that are better than this one.
  9. 80
    Nevertheless, just when we thought we'd seen the last of Jak and Daxter, High Impact Games surprises us with this thrilling romp. Welcome back, team.
  10. Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier is one of the best platformers available for PSP (the other ones being LittleBigPlanet and the three-year-old Daxter). It also stands as evidence that there's life in the old Naughty Dog series yet. Any chance of a Jak game for PS3 then?
  11. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Even with the PSP's imperfect analog nub, the controls are tight and responsive, making the fight combat levels (nearly half the game) a white-knuckle joy. [Holiday 2009, p.80]
  12. 80
    Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier maintains the wonderful platforming gameplay of its predecessors. High Impact Games has remained faithful to the franchise and has even added challenging flying missions. It looks beautiful, plays fluently and has plenty of variety to give you hours of fun. A minor tip to High Impact Games though: Fine tune the aiming system and the camera and the next game will definitely be a classic.
  13. The wait for a new Jak and Daxter game has been a long one, and we're still waiting for the series to arrive on the PS3 (blame Uncharted and its success for that), but this PSP outing doesn't disappoint.
  14. While lacking the polish and pacing of High Impact Games' Ratchet and Clank titles, The Lost Frontier is an easy recommendation for faithful fans, or even those just craving a solid platforming, puzzling, action-adventure. And the focus on air combat is something I hope to see in the duo's eventual PS3 outing.
  15. The latest Jak and Daxter game on the PSP comes with some flaws, but also delivers a good gameplay, three different kind of action and plenty of missions. The Lost Frontier takes a little to start up, but then proves to be a product of great substance, very well made and full of good ideas.
  16. As you might expect from a new developer’s take on a series with such history, The Lost Frontier doesn’t feel essential. If you miss this game, you’re not going to be missing any major plot movements or character development in the Jak universe (and don’t even get me started on the snoozer of a bad guy). But if you’ve been jonesing for the gameplay that made you fall in love with the series in the first place, The Lost Frontier more or less delivers.
  17. Overall, Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier is recommendable. In spite of the camera issues and frustrating and repetitive elements of the gameplay, it has enough going for it to make the overall experience fun. I think that I would have enjoyed the game more if it was all aerial and no platform, though.
  18. A nice game, developed in the right way both technically and in gameplay. Unfortunately, lacks of any kind of multiplayer and the camera controls are irritating.
  19. If you've been hankering for a full-scale Jak and Daxter game for some time, The Lost Frontier largely fulfills its duty as a continuation of the main series with flying colors. It's not a perfect sequel by any means, but it's strong enough to merit a purchase and some solid play time. Just be prepared to deal with some bumps along the way.
  20. 75
    Despite the moments that Lost Frontier falters, most of the game is a solid sequel that lives up to the Jak legacy. The platforming is a nice homage to the existing Jak games, and the flight combat builds a new element that feels both refreshing and familiar.
  21. Jak and Daxter are back with a game that offers great visuals and gameplay, with many features that are worth it. Overall it's a good game, but we know that Jak's franchise can fare much, much better, and its pace in The Lost Frontier is not the ideal one.
  22. The gameplay is solid, but some awkward camera issues kept a few platforming elements from performing like they should and offered up far too many blind jumps.
  23. Solid gameplay, challenging platform puzzles, and a touch of wacky humour make Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier a good addition to Sony's much-loved series.
  24. The return of an explosive duo delivers a thrilling platform experience. Unfortunately, aerial sections are repetitious and some camera issues spoils the fun.
  25. 74
    There’s fun to be had here, but it could’ve been polished a bit more to bring out the value.
  26. Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier has an interesting mix of platforms, action, flight levels and customization. It's not the best High Impact's game but it's still very suitable for fans of the series.
  27. It's not the new Jak game most fans were waiting for, but as a surrogate portable platformer, it will do in a pinch. But you better like flying. And eco.
  28. Jak and Daxter are finally back, but the quality of the gameplay in The Lost Frontier isn’t quite up there with the games on the PlayStation 2. The game tries to hide this by swapping different styles of gameplay very often, but this only ensures that the platforming isn’t getting the attention it deserves. However, the presentation is of high quality and it lifts this game above the average.
  29. Jak & Daxter are back on another great adventure. An adventure that should have stuck with the fighting and platforming that defines Jak & Daxter, instead of all the unnecessary extra gameplay elements. Not the great comeback we had hoped it to be.
  30. It is a good game for the fans and is fun while it lasts, just not as much as it could.
  31. games(TM)
    You often die for reasons beyond your control. [Issue#91, p.126]
  32. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Classic “retro” playability comes with new PSP adventures of Jak and Daxter. We’ve seen them in better fig but still it is a good choice for your handheld. [Issue#187]
  33. Some of the gameplay feels a bit archaic, and there's some unneeded filler here and there, but those looking for a quality portable platforming action title should be satisfied with Jak & Daxter's latest adventure.
  34. This Playstation Portable game is more a throwback to the original games with a few new twists and turns, only not as solid.
  35. 62
    While the new flying sections are fine and the characters and cutscenes are good, the game is beset with targeting and camera angle problems, which simply make it feel old. The problems detract greatly from what might have been an engaging addition to Daxter and Jak's adventures.
  36. With the two crucial pillars of an action-adventure game’s quality being story and gameplay, some games in this category make up for their shortcomings in one department by excelling in the other - The Lost Frontier isn’t anything of such sort, as a shortage of interesting characters stumbles over an average gameplay design that’s difficult for the player to even interact with.
  37. The first portable game in the Jak & Daxter-series is a well done game with a lot of different elements. For the younger player this could be a must-buy, but older gamers may find it a bit too easy.
  38. Fans of the series will no doubt relish the opportunity to spend some more time with the duo, and even those not so enamoured with them will still find something to enjoy – that is if they are able to put up with its shortcomings.
  39. The biggest drawback of Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier is not so much its boring, monotonous design as the overall lack of ideas. High Impact Games made a game “with cute little animals” instead of an epic adventure. It’s certainly playable, but it won’t make your heart skip a beat.
  40. J&D feels too safe, too 2001, and I couldn’t help but feel that my time would be better spent elsewhere.
  41. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Stick with bigger bro. [Jan 2010, p.114]
  42. Play UK
    It looks nice but plays a shockingly average platform game. [Issue#187, p.78]
  43. AceGamez
    While Insomniac have embraced their PS2 series, retaining what made those games so enjoyable while bulding upon them twofold, Jak and Daxter have been left to suffer on the PSP. With so many great PSP games this Christmas, it’s hard to recommend this.
  44. Sadly, due to the lack of a compelling narrative, the frustratingly boring gameplay, and the poor camera, Lost Frontier becomes a forgettable experience almost immediately after playing it.
  45. 50
    I don't think it's awful -- I just think I experienced the entirety of what fun the game has to offer in just a couple of hours, and then repeated this until the credits rolled.
  46. A not very dynamic comeback for Sony's other platforming duo in this repetitive and flawed adventure.
  47. I hate to say it, but this is not a good game. Not in a "for a Jak game" sense, but in the most all-encompassing way I can mean it. To see this franchise fall so far after redeeming itself with Jak 3 hurts.

Awards & Rankings

#18 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2009
#17 Most Shared PSP Game of 2009
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 36
  2. Negative: 5 out of 36
  1. Mar 19, 2013
    The Game wasn't even close to what it was before! Naughty Dog were not involved in the making of this game, so the replacement developers forThe Game wasn't even close to what it was before! Naughty Dog were not involved in the making of this game, so the replacement developers for this game had absolutely no idea what they were doing. They could have left the series on a high note but this is everything wrong wih jak and daxter all together. Awful, Awful, Awful game Full Review »
    Nov 6, 2009
    It's a good game but doesn't come close to the quality of any other Jak game
  3. Sep 3, 2016
    Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier is a platform game developed by High Impact Games published by Sony Computer Entertainment.

    Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier is a platform game developed by High Impact Games published by Sony Computer Entertainment.

    + Plataforming Fun
    - Dark Daxter Levels
    - Bad Camera
    - Empty Environments
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