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  • Summary: After Jak stopped the Dark Maker menace in his last adventure, cities were rebuilt, people flourished and sports reemerged to fill the void. Combat Racing became the biggest sport of all, as the excitement of high-speed competition brought crowds to the track. Kras City led the way, withAfter Jak stopped the Dark Maker menace in his last adventure, cities were rebuilt, people flourished and sports reemerged to fill the void. Combat Racing became the biggest sport of all, as the excitement of high-speed competition brought crowds to the track. Kras City led the way, with people flocking to the dangerous city of death and intrigue. When Jak and Daxter receive a mysterious invite to Kras City for the reading of Krew's Last Will and Testament, they find they have been joined by familiar faces such as Ashelin, Keira, Samos and Torn. When Krew reveals in his recording will that everyone present, including his daughter, Rayn, has been poisoned, everyone is shocked. Krew gives everyone an ultimatum -- the only way to get the poison antidote in time is to race for him in the next Kras City Grand Championship, or they will all die. Now, Jak and his friends are forced into a high-speed contest for their lives, as they are swept up into a deadly plot to win the biggest racing event on the planet -- against the best drivers in the world. With a deadly objective ahead of them, Jak and his friends take to the treacherous terrain as they are thrown into the driver's seat and find themselves racing against time in order to save the world. [SCEA] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. Sprinkled between the races are the kinds of cinematic scenes that Jak games have been known for: clever and extremely well animated.
  2. AceGamez
    90
    One of the best racing game I've ever played, walking the fine line between serious race challenge and kart-style arcade antics with the grace of a tightrope artist. Luscious graphics, masses of hilarious and beautifully scripted cut scenes, a great story, a host of racing modes with loads of weapons, a huge single player campaign and blissfully great online play.
  3. It’s a pretty good title with impressive graphics, a lot of tracks and cars, a deep single-player adventure and full online support with many game modes.
  4. Another fantastic script with more one liners and jokes than should be allowed.
  5. I would defiantly [sic] recommend this to anyone who ever wished they could strap a rocket launcher on the side of their car in "Gran Turismo."
  6. It's a racing game where the racing isn't even right thanks to cars that are just too squirrely and AI that blatantly cheats on top of rubber banding up behind you. Any fun the game had in the start is sucked right out by the end.
  7. games(TM)
    30
    It's a horrible, cynically produced, soulless and poorly designed racing game that manages to be as equally boring as it is frustrating. [Dec 2005, p.107]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. 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 & DaxterIn 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
  2. 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.ThisOne 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!!! Expand
  3. Jul 2, 2020
    9
    A truly fun game, to really enjoy it one must first play the trilogy to understand the characters to get the most out of the game.
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    A truly fun game, to really enjoy it one must first play the trilogy to understand the characters to get the most out of the game.
    An outstanding OST as well, really atmosphere fitting, at times it hypes you up at intense situations and challenges, I still listen to the OST to this day.
    If you find someone to play multiplayer, you will not realize it has been 7 hours since you started playing.
    I personally was not a big fan of racing or car related games, but this one won me over, it's not your usual racing or your usual cars, lots of action, different strategies and tactics.
    Just wish this game had more secrets and collectibles to offer like CTR.
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  4. May 22, 2014
    7
    Jak X isn't a bad game by any means, it's just not as good as the previous three installments. It's actually often very clever and funny. IJak X isn't a bad game by any means, it's just not as good as the previous three installments. It's actually often very clever and funny. I just wish the game didn't involve racing or a plot involving poison. Expand
  5. Apr 29, 2011
    6
    Poorly mimmicks kart racing games before it, but adds a lot of maturity. Pros: Fantastic graphics; lengthy single-player mode; variety ofPoorly mimmicks kart racing games before it, but adds a lot of maturity. Pros: Fantastic graphics; lengthy single-player mode; variety of combat options; online mode. Cons: Awkward controls; lacks originality; was Jak X: Combat Racing really necessary? Expand
  6. Feb 9, 2011
    6
    well first of all this is not a jak game!!! it is ok but it just doesn't cut it as jak. after the great jak 3 i was disapointed with this one.well first of all this is not a jak game!!! it is ok but it just doesn't cut it as jak. after the great jak 3 i was disapointed with this one. it is a fun racer/action but if you like jak this isn't for you. it's for racing game fans. so a 6 is fitting because it was fun but it didn't cut it. Expand
  7. Dec 3, 2011
    0
    I have always told myself that no game deserves a 0. But this game....this game deserves a 0. How can you get to the good aspects of a gameI have always told myself that no game deserves a 0. But this game....this game deserves a 0. How can you get to the good aspects of a game when it constantly freezes and corrupts your saved data? Thus causing you to lose everything you have done in it and start anew. Sure the game may be worth a 6 or 7 if this bug never occurred but how can you get to that gameplay if you can't even load a **** race? You can't. And this game deserves to be down there with Duke Nukem Forever and the other pieces of trash developers have pushed out to us. Expand

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#48 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005