Video games usually pull in their audience by creating games full of action and a unique story line. Naughty Dog created a franchise that holds a large following to this day. The Jak and Datxer series focuses on a fallen hero and his quest to save his world from darkness and destruction.
Jak and Daxter Plot
Despite the racing game known as Jak X Combat Racing, most fans focus on the trilogy. The three games are Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II, and Jak III. The first game is light-hearted compared to its predecessors. The series was published by Andy Gavin and Jason Rudin,
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (2001) focuses on Jak, Samos, and Keira collecting power cells to travel the world in search of a cure for Daxter. Daxter becomes infected by dark eco. At the same time preventing the dark sages from filling the world with darkness.
Jak II (2003) takes place in the future five-hundred years after the first game. At the end of the first game, Jak and Keira repair the worth gate that was discovered. The pair along with Daxter and Samos jump through it arriving in the future. Jak is captured by the Baron of Haven City and upon escaping vows revenge on the baron and his minion Errol, who was the one tormenting Jak during his stay in the prison for two years.
Jak III (2004) shows our hero being cast out to the desert being called a monster by the council running Haven City. Instead of finding death in the desert, Jak is rescued by Wastlanders people that belong to the desert city of Spardus ruled by their king Damas. Jak is called upon to save the world from the day star which will bring darker makers to the world destroying all life on earth.
Jak and Daxter Characters
Jak is the hero of the series being raised by Samos. In the first game, Jak harnesses the ability to use all four colors of eco, which in the world is pure energy. When arriving in Haven City, Jak is forced to endure the Dark Warrior Program in prison, which were injections of dark eco creating a monster known as Dark Jak.
The form allows him to use dark eco. In the second game, Jak is dark and brooding focusing only on his goal to kill Baron Praxis and Errol. In the third game, Jak discovers light eco giving his soul balance. His overall behavior is cocky and self-confident, yet he will give his life to protect innocents even those who see him as a monster.
Keira is the love of Jak’s life and the daughter of Samos. She is a technician and inventor creating many objects for Jak throughout the series. She is intelligent creating the zoomer, the vehicle used for traveling, in the first game and working at the race tracks when landing in Haven City. She is a bit naïve at first seeing Jak as a monster only to slowly accept Jak for what he had become.
Daxter is Jak’s partner in crime and was a young elf boy until being turned into an ottsel after falling into a pool of dark eco. Its revealed in the third game that this is the form of the precursors or gods in their world. Daxter is a foul-mouthed chatterbox that enjoys inventing stories of their adventures. Usually his goal is to draw attention to himself and away from Jak who doesn’t enjoy the spotlight.
Samos holds the title of the green eco sage allowing him to harness green eco for healing. He is Keira’s father and raised Jak. although he prefers talking to nature instead of people. In Haven City, he was known as the Shadow being the leader of the Underground before using a time portal to take the young prince of Haven City known as Mar to the past to grow up.
Sig is a warrior Wastlander and is sent by Damas to search Haven City for his missing son. Sig is the typical tough guy, who is a softie underneath his armor, He completes missions with Jak and shows him the ropes both with using guns and surviving Spardus.
Torn is considered the commander of the Underground giving out orders while the Shadow is off doing errands. He was once a member of the Crimson Guard, the military used by the Baron, but left after witnessing the loss of innocent lives. He is cold and distant showing no emotion to his troops, yet underneath the surface he cares about those he sends out to the fields of battle.
Ashlein is the daughter of Baron Praxis and becomes the governess of Haven City at the beginning of the third game. She is Torn’s girlfriend and helps the Underground by feeding them intel. She tries to act like her boyfriend yet it ss clear she lacks the ability to show her emotions to others.
I enjoyed playing the series because I became lost in the story feeling sympathy for the hero. Jak was forced into a war he wasn’t prepared for mirroring the fears and thoughts of the young men who went to war during World War I. I would give the first game a five out the ten, the second game a seven out of ten and the third a six out of ten. The first game had an interesting storyline but lacked the realistic feeling.
The concept of the first game felt like a quest game where you had to complete tasks to advance in the story. The second game was my favorite in the series it was realistic and showed what occurs to those who are prisoners of war. The only part I was not a fan of was the gaming mechanics as some parts of the game were difficult for me to see. The third game tried to have a mixture of the first two games having realistic story arc while trying to stay light compared to the second game in the series.
Furthermore, its clear that this game focuses on the story of the hero before showing his fall from grace. To the older generations, the game hints at what soldiers of war go through during the mists of battle and how they need psychological assistance when returning home. Many relate to Jak’s story because many try to do what is right even when the world is against them. Jak sacrifices everything to ensure the world continues spinning even at the risk of losing his life and sanity. Hoping that by being granted a hero’s death it will quell the demons within.
Now, shush. I’m trying to read,