Naughty Dog is not just creating a sequel , it is marking an end to one of the greatest storylines found on the PlayStation 2, said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. True to the Jak and Daxter franchise, players will be immediately thrown into fast-paced action and seamless adventure that will drive the story along through twists and turns until the final climax where all is revealed.
One year has passed since Jak and Daxter saved Haven City from Kor and the attacking Metal Heads, yet Haven City is still immersed in deadly chaos as three groups fight for control of the streets. The people of Haven City have grown to distrust Jak's dark powers, and as rumors boil of Jak's ties with Krew and Kor, the city blames Jak for its current woeful circumstances. When the palace is destroyed by a surprise Metal Head attack, even Ashelin cannot protect Jak as the High Council's power broker , Count Veger , forces Jak into banishment to the desolate Wasteland. Jak is flown to the harsh island and dumped. With Daxter and Pecker bravely by his side, the three begin their next adventure where the battle for the city has just begun.
Five times the size of Haven City, the Wasteland is a desert environment with multiple areas including mines and a volcano. Given the enormity and variance in terrain, vehicles play a large role as off-road transportation is introduced, fueled by a true-to-life physics engine. With a rugged new look and suited with armor, Jak is also equipped with an arsenal of new weapons with upgradeable mods that enable players to increase their firepower and enjoy the freedom to strategize and activate their arsenal at any time.
As Jak has been exposed to Light Eco, players can now experience Jak's magnificent transformation to Light Jak. With a glowing electric blue aura and a massive wing span, Light Jak introduces new move sets, including the ability to glide great distances, emit an energy to block enemy attack, and power up at anytime, all of which provide the player with a sense of being invincible. Dark Jak also returns with more capabilities, forcing Jak to find a balance between light and dark.
Additionally, Naughty Dog continues to push the genre forward with the introduction of new technology. For the first time in the franchise , enemies feature realistic Ragdoll Physics, which will allow gamers to witness a unique death for each enemy that is killed. Naughty Dog has also implemented independent cloth movement technology and enhanced the enemy artificial intelligence (AI) with wall climbing and smart formation capabilities.
Naughty Dog's first smash hit on PlayStation, Crash Bandicoot, was introduced to the world in 1996. Since then, the series has sold more than 25 million units collectively, breaking many sales records worldwide. The team's first venture on PlayStation 2,
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, was released holiday of 2001, and was met with much praise from both industry onlookers and consumers. Nine months after its release, it became a bonafide hit and entered the PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits program. Jak II launched in October 2003 and has celebrated similar success with over 1.6 million units worldwide, and also won more Game of the Year awards than any previous Naughty Dog title.
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