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Having played a few Jak and Daxter games and the first Jak game on various consoles I was interested what Jak II would be like when playing on the Playstation 2. I have to say it's changed a bit but fundamentaly and despite a few flaws, I wasn't too disappointed with this game and found it entertaining and fun.
In the story in Jak II it starts out two years in the future. We catch up with Jak as he has just escaped from the clutches of Baron Praxis who has been experimenting on him. He is hell bent on revenge too for what the Baron did to him. As platform games go it's pretty deep and meaningful with a good plot. I'm not sure if that's to everyone's tastes as some prefer platformers to be simple but I don't see anything wrong with it really.
In this latest game Jak is not a darker, more sinister character than before, probably due in some part to his ordeal. He is also much more intelligent and wiser than before, and comes equipped with new moves and abilities.
For almost all platform games such as this the way the gameplay works and the controls funtion is a key factor as the last thing you want is nice graphics and controls that are too hard to master. The controls in this game for me seemed a little shaky at first but once you get over the turning and timing pressing the button just right it's okay. You will find when playing this that the front buttons except the triangle get used alot for any movements.
Until the moment that you acquire your first weapon in your mission you will use alot of Jak's moves when you attack anyone. Once you to get the weapons they are very fun to use and you will want to as much as possible. There are four weapons you can get and that's more than enough when you consider the damage each one does when using them.
The game itself isn't that easy and can be a challenge at times but that's not a bad thing either to keep the interesting ticking along. The only problem is that in some parts you may get frustrated as it gets too hard at times.
The graphics are pretty decent as you'd expect on the playstation 2 and the environment of Haven City is vast and very realistic. It is just huge and you could end up exploring it for what seems like forever.
This is a pretty good addition to the Jak series and well worth getting if you have a Playstation 2.
Jak II is set in a darker, more advanced world and Jak is much wiser. With an exciting array of new moves and abilities, you can move through this futuristic world while gaining powerups and interacting with a variety of characters. Jump on a hover board and utilize an all-new arsenal of weapons, including a laser rifle to rid the world of the enemies. Inventive puzzles, shooting and great vehicle physics make Jak II a game reminiscent of the original, while offering exciting additions and more variety.