Video Games. Jak X deviates from the series' more traditional style of gameplay, adapting into the racing genre, and is based on the driving mechanics developed for Jak 3. In The Lost Frontier aerial combat is integrated into the series. Daxter stars in his own game, named after himself.. [4], Jak X: Combat Racing was first released in North America on October 18, 2005, for the PlayStation 2. [16] The engine for Jak and Daxter was created from the ground up specifically for the game. Samos took care of young Jak in his war against the city's new ruler, Baron Praxis, though he often left Kor to babysit him. Veger, the council leader of Haven City, was in a desperate search for the Precursor catacombs in hopes of turning the Planetary Defense grid on to defend the planet from the foreseeable future. Lifelong best friends with a knack for getting themselves into and out of trouble, Jak and Daxter may not always agree on which of them is the true hero and which is the sidekick, but they know how to work together to defeat all threats to their planet. Producer Sam Thompson helmed the production of the game, while Neil Druckmann was responsible for much of the design. Jak uses various equipment throughout the series. Upon meeting Torn, Jak was at first rejected. 1.2.1 Death Monologues; 1.3 Samos the Green Sage; 1.4 Yellow Sage; 1.5 Conversations; 2 Daxter (2006 game) 2.1 Daxter; 2.2 Conversations; 3 The Lost Frontier; The Precursor Legacy Jak (when attacks) Yah! Dark Eco powers also become available, which is countered by the introduction of Light Eco powers in Jak 3. The story begins with a narration by Samos the Sage, master of the Green Eco. Jak (right) and Daxter (left), the main characters of the series. The Precursors, revealed to be ottsels, asked him to come with them to protect the universe. His mother was never mentioned in any of the games, making him one of a few characters to have a father with no apparent mother. Jak and Daxter appeared as playable characters in the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita title PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Others included Brutter, Kor, Vin, and Sig. Upon reaching Aeropa, Jak explained to the city's leaders, Duke Skyheed and Chancellor Ruskin, that he is on a quest to find more eco. When their world begins to run low on Eco, Jak, Daxter, and Keira travel to the Brink, the edge of the world, in search of ancient Precursor machinery that can reverse this decline of Eco. was scrapped as it led to several unnecessary complications. All of these he appears to be reminded of by Daxter in the beginning of the game. The mock case uses the title Jak IV and features concept art from the scrapped reboot that was revealed in Naughty Dog's coffee table book, The Art of Naughty Dog. The Games were actually a malicious plot to steal chunks of the planets of the heroes in order to form a ring around a mysterious new planet in the universe, Lunk and Gleeber being an evil alien duo who enslaved an alien race known as Whibbles, forcing them to mine the heroes' planets hollow. Jak grew up in Sandover Village alongside fellow villager Daxter, who became a close acquaintance. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy was revealed at E3 in June 2001. Several features from the previous game are also expanded upon. Near the end of their battle, Jak discovered light eco, when four towers surrounding the silo opened up and the four colored ecos inside combined, which could change Daxter back (theoretically) or defeat Gol and Maia and save the world. Boomstick: Ratchet and Clank, the cosmic commandos. When Daxter came back out, he was in the form of an ottsel. Each one is a certain colour, either Red, Blue, Yellow, or Dark. He later travels to The Brink to investigate the Eco shortage that is ravaging his world in The Lost Frontier. Throughout the course of the game, Jak completes missions acquiring coordinate spheres which activate the seeker. Instead, older Jak forced his way through the door of the tomb in an attempt to retrieve the stone, which at the time was viewed as a desecration due to his impurity. Unusually for most games, Naughty Dog invented a new programming language, GOAL, which was only ever used for the Jak and Daxter series.[17]. Jak and Daxter on Wikipedia; Jak and Daxter on the Jak and Daxter Wiki Starting with The Precursor Legacy, Jak did not carry much notable equipment, using only his goggles to more precisely aim yellow eco projectiles. [3], Jak 3 was first released in North America on November 9, 2004, for the PlayStation 2. Towards the middle of Jak's development, Naughty Dog's Bob Rafei took over development for Jak and created a more human character with subtle yet clear athletic aesthetics. Keira then asked if she can take the seeker to study it, and find out if she can make it work. [note 1]Some time after his birth, Jak's father was betrayed by Baron Praxis and Veger. Jak, along with Daxter and Pecker, were taken into Damas' sanctum where they were bathed and Jak's clothing was reduced and his hair cut. The Jak and Daxter wiki is a community run wiki that anyone can contribute to. In Jak X, he accompanies Jak and his friends to Kras City, and assists them as they compete in the Kras City Grand Championship. Jak later discovered that the strange new world which they were making their way through was actually in the future, and that Haven City was built around Sandover Village, which was now known as Dead Town. Jak would be imprisoned for two years before being rescued by Daxter at the end of Daxter (game). In Jak X: Combat Racing he loses these for a justifiable reason, having no further use for them in combat racing. In PlayStation AllStars: Battle Royale, Jak expresses multiple times of how he misses her. Except for Jak X: Combat Racing, he has a steel ring in the center of his chest held up by three leather straps (except for The Lost Frontier which is held by just two). Jak only appears four times during Daxter, once at the intro scene where he is captured, once in the cage of a prison zoomer zoomer while being moved through the Industrial Section, once when Daxter was flipping through the channels in the Fortress, and once in the ending sequence when Daxter finished telling the story of how he saved Jak. Except for Jak X: Combat Racing, he has a steel ring in the center of his chest held up by three leather straps (except for The Lost Frontier which is held by just two). Eventually they managed to win and retrieve the "eco," which turns out to be "All-Star Power," an unrelated power source. The metal plate on his left shoulder remains intact for every game. In the ending scene, he has his Jak II appearance. Jak did not speak during The Precursor Legacy, though vocal sounds were provided by an uncredited Aaron Lohr. In exchange, Jak and Daxter must now prove their worth to Damas and the city or risk being banished and thrown back into the desert. Five Jak and Daxter soundtracks have been commercially released and have featured several composers, including Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins, Billy Howerdel, and James Dooley. Shortly after the events of Jak II, war broke out on the streets of Haven City, as new Krimzon Death Bots took over a vital section of the industrial area of Haven, and a large group of stronger Metal Heads that survived the death of their leader concentrated in the gardens sector of the city (at that point renamed Metal Head city). The case, in addition to a digital theme code, was given to consumers who purchased all four Jak and Daxter titles directly from the Limited Run Games website. After being rescued by Daxter and escaping from prison, Jak experienced the first display of his dark alter ego (evinced from past experiments) while defeating a squad of guards in the Slums. Arguably, it is Jak that is responsible for Daxter's transformation from human to ottsel, which set the stage even further for Daxter's role as a "sidekick." Welcome to the Jak and Daxter wiki, the most comprehensive source of information on Jak and Daxter. The first Metal Head War was eons from that time, the two leading factions being the Metal Heads and the Precursors. Daxter occasionally remarks that it was Jak's fault that he became an Ottsel, nevertheless he always remains a loyal friend to Jak, even during the time Jak had become more aggresive and prone to anger bursts. Jak battled him, forcing Skyheed to retreat to his shielded flagship, where he attempted to drain eco from the eco core. Jak made numerous remarks from that point on, and even in future games such as Jak X: Combat Racing, The Lost Frontier, and PlayStation AllStars: Battle Royale, about how his acts (often going into battle) were "for Damas.". [1] The original three Jak and Daxter games, along with Jak X: Combat Racing, were released for the PlayStation 4 as Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy in August 2017, alongside the release of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. The politics of the impeachment remain unknown, however it is known that it was amid the Metal Head Wars. For detailed information about this series, see: Jak and Daxter Wiki. Daxter is the second character to be voiced by Todd Haberkorn, after Tai, and with the next two being Spider-Man 2099 and Namor. [note 2]. An image of both characters is featured on a screen in Clank's apartment on planet Endako, and later on planet Damosel on an Allgon City billboard, with them retaining their appearance from Jak II. Jak also had many aerial combat pursuits during The Lost Frontier. The drinks with which they used to toast to his honor were poisoned. No series has been so willing to switch gameplay styles with such reckless abandon, and The Jak and Daxter Trilogy represents a shining example of what happens when a capable developer takes a huge risk. Once the former heard this, he revealed to Jak and his companions the eco seeker, a Precursor device said to point to any major source of eco; although the seeker was broken. Jak was pronounced an orphan and left on the city streets, losing the birth name Mar (for an unknown reason) and given the pen name "the kid.". The Jak and Daxter series has been featured in a variety of other media. Differently-coloured Eco has different effects. During The Precursor Legacy, Jak was mute for an unknown reason. The series is set in a fictional universe that incorporates science fantasy, steampunk, cyberpunk, and mystical elements, while centering on the eponymous characters as they try to uncover the secrets of their world, and unravel the mysteries left behind by an ancient race of Precursors. First introduced in The Precursor Legacy, Daxter is Jak's best friend, and was accidentally transformed into an ottsel (half otter, half weasel).Daxter is voiced by Max Casella, Richard McGonagle, and Steve Blum (as Dark Daxter). Jak and Daxter is set in a fictional universe. Once Jak learned the truth about how Samos took his younger self to the past and raised him, the two became much closer and Samos would go on to be Jak's mentor throughout the series. 1 The Precursor Legacy. Jak then began basic combat and athletic training at Geyser Rock, where he got his heroic start collecting power cells and traveling north. From then on, Jak worked with a variety of new characters including Krew, a local smuggler and gang-lord, who had apparent connections with the Underground, as well as Onin, a blind soothsayer who knew of Jak's arrival from the past, and was also able to foresee his future. Although Veger stated that he lost young Jak to the Underground, the Shadow (the Underground leader) noted that he found him just "wandering the streets," suggesting young Jak may have escaped by his own power. Eventually Jak discovered that the Aeropans were conducting a Dark Warrior Program on their citizens, making him angry and vengeful, where he then joined the previously antagonistic Sky Pirates in an effort against the Aeropans. When Phoenix witnessed this he mistook him for one of his enemies, the Aeropans, and attempted to kill him, but Daxter scared him away with the gun turret placed on their aircraft, inadvertently forcing them to crash land on the Brink. Jak was very skilled in vehicular operation, using the A-Grav Zoomer in various missions during The Precursor Legacy, going on to similar but more advanced zoomers during Jak II, as well as entering the NYFE racing championships, and during Jak 3 was able to race with buggies in the desert. During the main series—from Jak II to Jak X: Combat Racing—Jak was voiced by Mike Erwin. Overall, there are many distinct and differing environments available to discover and explore. Precursor orbs can be collected in each game, except “Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy” to unlock cheats. Wiz: And it's our job to analyze their weapons, armor, and skills, to find out who would win... a Death Battle. This opened the Gate, which inadvertently released the metal heads from an unknown location and caused a swarm of metal heads to attack Sandover Village, starting the second of the two Metal Head Wars. In The Lost Frontier, their relationship is solidified, as they show numerous traits of being together, and share another kiss towards the end of the game. It was then revealed that two creatures named Lunk and Gleeber were responsible, who set up a competition for the three duos known as the "Inter-Universal Hero Games." Daxter is also a playable character and features in several Crash Bandicoot-esque missions. He eventually fainted in exhaustion, and having the beacon given to him by Ashelin just before their departure, was found by the king of Spargus, named Damas. The most notable feature of his personality in the beginning was his apparent mutism. Shooting elements are introduced in “Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy” but are fully implemented in Jak II, which features customisable weapons and other varied forms of combat. Jak and Daxter then continued searching the island, where they were confronted by a large bone armor lurker shortly after the secret observation. Red gun mods make the gun similar to a shotgun. [32] Jeffrey Matulef of Eurogamer stated that "the Jak and Daxter series may not be as solid a platformer as Sly Cooper and its gunplay isn't as refined as Ratchet & Clank's – but in terms of ambition, invention and grandiosity, it remains leagues above its last-gen platforming brethren". In The Lost Frontier, he seems to be more carefree and happy. Jinx is a character in Jak II and Jak 3. Returning to the Wasteland, Jak defeated Errol and his terraformer. In Jak 3 his role is expanded, and he gets a pair of pants as a reward for his efforts as an ongoing gag in the game. The metal plate on his left shoulder remains in-tact for every game. Later, after reuniting with Torn, Cyber Errol was revealed to be the leader of the KG Death Bots as well as the surviving Metal Heads, however the greater threat was from the incoming Dark Maker ship, which Errol sought to control in order to destroy the planet. The series was developed by Naughty Dog with a number of installments being outsourced to Ready at Dawn and High Impact Games. Naughty Dog began work on a new game shortly after the release of the sixth generation of consoles. [35], Naughty Dog have released various forms of merchandise since the series' inception. Along with the rest of his friends and Rayn, Krew's daughter, Jak is forced to race in the Kras City Grand Championship in order to win the antidote. [30] Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy received critical acclaim from several reviewers as compiled by review aggregator Metacritic, with the game having the highest score in the franchise at 90/100. In Ratchet: Deadlocked, Jak appears as an alternate skin for Ratchet. "[33] GameSpot stated that the franchise's "tight execution and heavy action elements ensure that things never become dull," adding that the franchise "manages to provide a rewarding gameplay experience that shouldn't be missed". Daxter. Dark Jak didn't fully appear in Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier. By the events of Jak II, Jak broke away from his mutism. Eco comes in several forms, Red Eco, Blue Eco, Yellow Eco, Green Eco, Light Eco and Dark Eco, each with different prospective effects. Ultimately Rayn escaped but Jak, Daxter, Keira, Torn, and Ashelin were healed. Though he initially refused, he returned to fight in the War for Haven City. In Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Daxter appears wearing a leopard loincloth as a museum treasure. The series was developed by Naughty Dog with a number of installments being outsourced to Ready at Dawn and High Impact Games. Yellow mods are for long-range shooting, and Dark mods are for utmost power. In the prison zoomer, he is wearing his prison scrubs and his hair is shorter than it used to be. The first game, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, released on December 3, 2001, was one of the earliest titles for the PlayStation 2, and is regarded as a defining franchise for the console. Keira was able to repair their Hellcat airship, and they began to further their journey when they witnessed a large flagship known as the ACS Behemoth calling for help as they were being attacked by Sky Pirates. Right after Damas passed away due to a fatal accident in the Slam Dozer after battling a league of Dark Makers, Jak discovered that Damas was his real father when Damas said that his lost son would be wearing the amulet of the House of Mar, which Jak immediately recognized as the same amulet his younger self wore. Despite some scenes hinting his anger (for example, when he tries to turn to Dark Jak, seeing the Dark Warrior Program chair, among others), he appears to be more cheerful than the rest of the series. [11] Prior to the release of the bundle, The Precursor Legacy was released on the PlayStation 4 as a pre-order bonus for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Keira is a prominent supporting character in the Jak and Daxter series, the daughter of Samos Hagai, and Jak's primary love interest. [5], Daxter was first released in North America on March 14, 2006, for the PlayStation Portable. Daxter reemerged in the form of an Ottsel. Jak and Keira were raised in Sandover Village together, and only showed brief flirtation during The Precursor Legacy and Jak II (although it was clear to the spectator the two had a love interest). They then return home. Though Jak's appearances are brief, the plot leading up to Jak II concerning Jak's acquisition of dark powers is somewhat significant. In The Precursor Legacy, he accidentally turned Daxter from a human into an ottsel (a fictional hybrid of an otter and weasel) after accidentally bumping him into a reservoir of Dark Eco and sets out on a quest in attempts to undo the transformation. Jak and Daxter is a series of video games by Sony and Naughty Dog. In Jak II, he gained the ability to transform into Dark Jak due to the two years of dark eco experiments performed on him at the hands of Baron Praxis. Jak was born to the Grand House of Mar in Haven City as the son of King Damas. [14] The aim of their new title was to break away from the linear approach taken in the Crash Bandicoot series, with minimal story and character development, and individually loaded levels. Its narrative takes place directly after the events of The Precursor Legacy. 1.1 Jak; 1.2 Daxter. The image is hidden on the third side of the triangular prisms used to switch between the Megacorp and Thugs-4-Les… In The Lost Frontier, Jak gained multiple eco powers from special Precursor idols and can also purchase powers from Keira using dark eco, though he was unable to use his previously seen light and dark powers due to the eco shortage. The Jak and Daxter universe is populated primarily by a humanoid elfish species. The duo, worried by what they are seeing, prepare to leave, but are atta… Jak is a fictional character and primary protagonist of the Jak and Daxter series, and the titular playable character in all games in the series except the spin-off game Daxter.He was created by Naughty Dog Inc, and made cross-over appearances in PlayStation Move Heroes and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, serving as one of three protagonists in the game former. When Jak first transformed into Dark Jak, Daxter was able to snap Jak out of it. As noted by one of Naughty Dog's developers, Daxter and Jak's relationship is inseparable, which was brought to further light in Jak 3, when Daxter stayed behind with Jak in the desert, and likewise, Jak stayed behind with Daxter towards the end of the game. [12] Between 2019 and 2020, Limited Run Games released a limited amount of physical copies of both standard and collector's editions of the games.[13]. [36] A limited edition Precursor orb was also released to celebrate the series' 10th anniversary.[37]. Jak's true father, Damas, had been dethroned and banished from the city, leaving Jak an orphan. However, the duo find Acheron corrupted by dark eco, choosing to use the elusive light eco to defeat him and save the world at the cost of Daxter remaining in his ottsel form. Following the release of the PlayStation Portable, Naughty Dog took interest in developing a new Jak and Daxter title for the system. Jak is one of the protagonists of the Jak & Daxter video game series developed exclusively for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. It is unknown where he originally came from, if he had any family, or how he met Jak and Samos, though it is known that Samos often employed Daxter to clean his hut, and Daxter grew up with Jak, though other than this, Daxter's story picks up in the beginning of The Precursor Legacy. This article may need to be rewritten to conform to a higher standard of, This article is undergoing a major rewrite. The politics of the impeachment remain unknown, however it is known that it was amid the Metal Head Wars. Summary. Jak then returned to Sandover Village to ask Samos for help. He speaks cryptically of the Precursors, the masters of the universe and creators of all life on the planet, and the powerful substance known as Eco. At some point during these events, an older version of Jak arrived from a different time zone. Nonetheless, Jak does retain some heroic personality traits. The two central characters also went through a rigid design process that took inspiration from both Manga and Disney animation. They run into Ratchet and Clank and proceed to fight after Daxter mistakes them for a two-headed creature, meanwhile Clank calls him a weasel creature where after it escalates quickly. Daxter is Jak's sidekick, and is often found getting into trouble. The first proposal for Jak, codenamed "the kid.". [43], In 2019, Limited Run Games announced a commemorative mock case for the unreleased Jak and Daxter reboot, which was released in June 2020. Boomstick: He's Wiz and I'm Boomstick. In the opening cutscene, Jak and Daxter were featured driving in a zoomer through what appeared to be the Industrial Sector of Haven City and further into the Slums, where an unnamed and unknown antagonist told them that he had taken control of their vehicle. The first three games in the series were re-released on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita as part of the remastered Jak and Daxter Collection that includes support for the PlayStation Network and the PlayStation Suite. In order to destroy the ship, Jak needed to activate the Planetary Defense System by accessing the catacombs near the ruins of the Mar Memorial Stadium. The game's soundtrack was recorded at Mutato Muzika Studios, and was produced by Mark Mothersbaugh with Josh Mancell composing the score. The player assumes the role of Jak, the angst-ridden hero enhanced by his exposure to Light and Dark Eco. Green Eco restores health, and Yellow Eco lets Jak shoot fire from his hands which can be done “from the hip,” or using a scope. He also takes some enjoyment in killing metal heads and a fondness for guns. I think we could have done a lot better".[19]. References. In a siege on Aeropa, Jak finally met up with Skyheed, who also turned into a massive Dark Warrior. 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