Jak and Daxter: Precursor Legacy Game Review

Updated on April 30, 2018
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Marcus loves playing older PlayStation games and likes to review games he is currently playing.

Image of the game cover
Image of the game cover | Source

Introduction

In 2001, Sony Computer Entertainment published a game developed by Naughty Dog called “Jak and Daxter: Precursor Legacy.” This is the first game of the Jak trilogy and it is a challenging open-world platformer developed with the cartoon-like style of Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot. It is currently one of Play Station's greatest hits and has been remastered for PS3 and PS4.

Synopsis

Ignoring the advice of the sage, our heroes journey to Misty Island in search of adventure. While there, they stumble upon a pair of mysterious dark figures, telling the Lurkers to find as many precursor artifacts as possible.

They sneak away and discover a precursor artifact. Jak activates it, then suddenly a Lurker charges at them, from out of nowhere. Jak throws the artifact at the monster, which kills it and knocks Jak into Daxter. Daxter falls into a pool of dark Eco and he emerges as a furry orange rat.

Now Jak and Daxter are scouring the land for power cells, so they can power their A-Grav Zoomer. They will have to help a menagerie of people in exchange for power cells.

PS2 Game trailer

Eco

Eco is an energy source in this world. It is usually found as either orbs or crystals. It also flows out of vents throughout the world. Depending on the type of Eco, it can give Jak different abilities.

  • Blue Eco: It powers all precursor artifacts and it makes Jak move twice as fast. Green Eco and precursor orbs are drawn to him when he is powered by blue Eco.
  • Green Eco: It fills your health bar. Fifty small pieces or 1 full piece equals ¼ of Jak’s health. It is also used to destroy dark Eco plants.
  • Yellow Eco: Gives Jak and ability to shoot yellow fireballs at his enemies.
  • Red Eco: Makes Jak significantly stronger. He can defeat enemies with less effort when powered by Red Eco.
  • Dark Eco: It cannot be controlled. Dark Eco is usually found in yellowish containers throughout the world. Be careful, don’t want to end up like Daxter… or worse.
  • Light Eco: Not much is known about it, it is made from red, blue yellow, and green Eco. It is extremely rare.

Types of eco
Types of eco | Source

Collectibles

There are many collectibles to find throughout the game. Don’t worry, you do not need to collect all of them to beat the game. You can easily keep track of how many objects you found so far by looking at the menu when you pause the game.

  • Power Cells: You need these objects to power the heat shield for your A-Grav Zoomer. You can either earn power cells by either buying them from the locals or by completing the missions in each area.
  • Precursor Orbs: These orbs can be found anywhere, from citadels to secluded jungles. You need to collect as many as possible to buy power cells from the villagers (90 per power cell) and Precursor Statues (120 per power cell)
  • Scout Flies: Kiera sent these robots out to find power cells, but the Lurkers found them all and put them in red boxes. There are 7 scout flies in each area and when you find all seven of them, you receive a power cell.

Scout fly, Precursor Orb, and Power cell (From left to right)
Scout fly, Precursor Orb, and Power cell (From left to right) | Source

Pros

It is a challenging game that has aged extremely well since the heyday of the PlayStation 2. It is an open world platformer, so you can visit any area, whenever you want and there are NO LOADING SCREENS when you move across the world.

This game not only challenges your combat prowess, it also challenges your racing abilities and even your fishing skills. Jak and Daxter Precursor Legacy has high replay value; I have played the game several times and I still enjoy it.

I love this game because of the light story and the colorful universe the characters inhabit. The controls are easy to remember and all of the tasks vary, from gathering precursor orbs, to returning power to the village. There is plenty to do in this game!

Cons

The only thing I dislike about this game is the fact that you cannot revisit the minigames. In this game, once you beat a Minigame, you can never replay it again.

Final Remarks

All in all, Jak and Daxter Precursor Legacy is a timeless classic from a bygone era of gaming. It is both fun and challenging. The world is very colorful and the story is not complex. Gamers of all ages will be able to enjoy this game, regardless of the platform, it is played on.

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