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  • Summary: Jak and Daxter are quite a comic duo! Jak's the strong, silent type of hero, while Daxter's the obnoxious comic nut! The adventure takes place across a massive piece of continuous coastline - you can explore freely, with no loading screens and no waiting time. All characters andJak and Daxter are quite a comic duo! Jak's the strong, silent type of hero, while Daxter's the obnoxious comic nut! The adventure takes place across a massive piece of continuous coastline - you can explore freely, with no loading screens and no waiting time. All characters and environmental elements exist in real time and have incredibly smart A.I.; you can't ignore or hide from enemies, they will follow you everywhere. ("Which is supposed to be a good thing?") [Sony] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    Good lord, is this a beautiful game. [Jan 2002, p.124]
  2. Offers up the kind of gaming experience that you will never forget.
  3. Its charismatic cast, wonderful voice acting, drop dead beautiful graphics, and awesome level design make Jak and Daxter one of the best platform/adventure games I've ever played.
  4. Cheat Code Central
    90
    If you love this type of game, if you enjoy being taken into a world that lasts very long, is fun and is not frustrating to play, then this is a must have for your collection.
  5. 90
    The nonexistent load times, unlimited draw distance, and non-linear level design go far to establish Jak & Daxter as a classic, but there could have been more innovation to cement its position.
  6. Games Radar
    87
    If a game like "Devil May Cry"'s a double espresso, heavy on the sugar, then Jak and Daxter's a nice soothing cup of tea. One offers non-stop thrills, but is over almost before it starts; the other's everything you'd expect, and it won't get you especially worked up, but lasts much longer.
  7. It is Daxter who gives the game its flavor—more so than the relatively anonymous Jak. This flavor is ultimately what sets Jak And Daxter apart from a lot of the other platform games out there.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 130
  1. Jul 14, 2012
    10
    So many colors! i love how many colors they put in this game, and how beautiful it is watching it turn from day to noon to evening to night,So many colors! i love how many colors they put in this game, and how beautiful it is watching it turn from day to noon to evening to night, killin' enemies,platforming and collecting stuff. than collect stuff and sell it to get more stuff, killing enemies to unlock stuff that unlocks more stuff to get more stuff. beautiful...just...beautiful. Expand
  2. Jul 28, 2014
    10
    This in my opinon is one of the best playstation 2 platformers ever. The games core is that its a colectothon adventure action 3d platfomerThis in my opinon is one of the best playstation 2 platformers ever. The games core is that its a colectothon adventure action 3d platfomer much like mario 64 or banjo kazzoie.The open world tropical island still looks gorgous and the best part NO LOADING SCREENS YES YES YES MY GOD THIS IS AWESOME:) If I had a poblem that isn't that big that the story is very simple its just stop the bad guys from taking over the world and the characters mostly daxter can get annoying and the dialog in any of the games to me isn't very funny compered to banjo kazzoie. The gameplay itself is simple but fun you play as jak a silent protagonist who has a ability to use different eco power ups red makes you stronger and better attack power blue makes you faster and yellow allows you to fire progectiles.You also have your spin attack and punch attack and jumping of course.Daxter just sits on your shoulder through the entire adventure just to make comments on the area with his annoying vocie. the main colectabels include preceursor orbs which can be used to get the main object of the game the power cell which makes jak and daxter do the best thing ever whichmakes me smile every time. If you love games like banjo kazzoie or mario 64 and have not played this game. GO GET IT NOW ITS FUN HAS A BUATIFUL WORLD TO EXPLORE AND IT KICKS MAJOR ASS TODAY 10 OUT OF TEN Expand
  3. Oct 6, 2014
    10
    How could somebody give this game a negative! This game is packed with amazing aesthetics and wild and vast landscapes. The amount of effortHow could somebody give this game a negative! This game is packed with amazing aesthetics and wild and vast landscapes. The amount of effort put into this 2001 classic is amazing! Here I am sitting with my PS3 playing all these amazing games with outstanding graphics and I still enjoy challenging myself with this first Jak and Daxter game! If you gave this game a negative go #%&$ yourself! Expand
  4. Dec 21, 2013
    9
    Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is one of the best platformers ever made, and it's one of the best games during its generation! It'sJak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is one of the best platformers ever made, and it's one of the best games during its generation! It's original, unique, funny and plays great. I love that it's an open-world type of game that focuses on collecting. Normally I don't like open-world games because they generally make the player roam around with very little to do, but since this is a platformer, the whole world feels like a fun playground. The characters are great and they help you get immersed in their great fantasy adventure. Their are few minor issues I had with the game such as finicky controls and a few bad camera angles, but like I said those were minor. Another problem I had was the story telling. The game doesn't really do much to let the player know how close they are to completing the game until you kinda of just stumble into the antagonist's lair and stop them, but considering that earlier games didn't do much to tell a story; this is still a big step foward. Overall, Jak and Daxter is a great game, and anyone who ownes a PS2 or PS3 should definatly try it (maybe not on the PSVita though). Expand
  5. Jun 29, 2021
    9
    Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is a PlayStation 2 classic that holds up remarkably well.

    The controls of Jak and incredibly smooth
    Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is a PlayStation 2 classic that holds up remarkably well.

    The controls of Jak and incredibly smooth and easy to use combined with excellent level design and gorgeous environments to explore and you have a work that borders on masterpiece.

    My biggest criticism is with many of the female character design feeling over sexualized particularly when it comes to Keira who is only 14 during the events of this game.

    Overall I would highly recommend Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy.
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  6. Nov 25, 2021
    8
    Until now this is my least favorite naughty dog game and even their worst game is a 8.
  7. [Anonymous]
    Apr 3, 2002
    0
    It sucks.

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Awards & Rankings

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#7 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
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#9 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001