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Published on November 9th, 2009 | by Brian Browne

Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier Review

Fans of the Jak and Daxter series might have been skeptical because of a new developer in place, but all that was for not, because the team at High Impact Games has delivered a high quality title that flows with the rest of the series.

The duo teams up with Jak’s main squeeze, Keira to search the world high, low, and to the brink (literally) for a new source of Eco. Eco is used for many things and possesses different abilities: Green (life) , Blue (motion), Red (strength), Yellow (power, used for more long range attacks), Light ( rarest kind, will dissolve enemies when used) , and Dark (the most dangerous because it transforms whoever touches it). The quest for Eco is made clear in the beginning of the title and makes for a very solid story.

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The gameplay of Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier is well done and refrains from becoming stale, as you find yourself switching between “modes” throughout the title. While there is traditional gameplay, done by moving through levels on foot and completing quests, you now how the ability to perform in air combat missions. The free roaming air levels are well done and provide much enjoyment as you shoot down enemies, perform barrel rolls, and execute sharp turns. This portion of the game was so much fun to me, that I would purchase it as its own separate air combat title. Yes, its that good.  The other mode featured, is Dark Daxter, which turns Daxter into a huge tornado of destruction. While this mode is appreciated, it isn’t always as fun as it sounds. Breaking down barriers and achieving the goals can get difficult, due to the actions not always corresponding with the buttons.

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The visuals in Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier have received an upgrade. Detail has been added to the environments and characters in the title, making it hard to believe you are playing it on a PSP. The cut-scenes bring a lot to the story and keep well in line with the sense of humor that the Jak and Daxter series is known for, which is key for keeping the original fan base pleased.

In this day of high customization and strategy in our games, it is rare you can just pick up a title, play, and enjoy it all at the same time. However, Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier offers an experience that gamers of all ages can enjoy.  High Impact Games has well proven that they can take over a series late in the game and keep its roots, but make it fun and fresh as well. While the title might say Lost Frontier, the Jak and Daxter series always seems to find its way.

Rating: 8.5

Plus/Minus

+Highly developed story

+Air combat gameplay could survive on its own

+Well done graphics make the PSP proud

-Difficulty battling enemies in wide open spaces

-“Dark Daxter” controls need improvement

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