Warning! The following will contain major spoilers for the original video game trilogy Jak and Daxter.
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Of all the games I played in my childhood, the Jak and Daxter trilogy has to be my favorite. Jak and Daxter are the most fun and bad-ass heroic duo I know, and I consider them to be one of the best. They complement each other perfectly. Jak is bold and serious, but is easily angered and a little rash. Still, he always does his best to help out his friends. Daxter isn’t as brave as Jak but I wouldn’t call him cowardly, he has his own brand of courage. He’s more lighthearted than Jak often making sarcastic remarks (though both can be sarcastic at times), telling tall tales, or hitting on women. He’s the perfect example of a good comic relief character.
It is implied that Jak and Daxter have been friends since childhood, but we never know how they meet or became friends. Still, they have a very strong bond and have more of a brotherly relationship (I like to think of them as brothers). Except in the spin-off game, Daxter, and when Jak was in prison, Jak and Daxter are always seen together.
Their adventure begins when Jak and Daxter go to Misty Island against Samos’s orders. There, Jak accidentally knocks Daxter into a pit of dark eco. Daxter comes out as a ferret/weasel thing called an ottsel. They travel around the world to find a way to change Daxter back to his original form, but they don’t. They do find something that may or may not change him back but Daxter reluctantly decides to use it against the main villains of the game, Gol and Mia. Even though Jak is the cause of Daxter’s transformation, he doesn’t blame him too much and eventually he learns to deal with it.
Now Jak in the first game was a completely different Jak than the Jak in the last two games. He was kinder and not as rash but he still brave and he loved adventure. But he had very little personality; he was mostly just an avatar the player controlled. Jak become his own character in the sequel, Jak 2. At the beginning of this game, Jak, Daxter, Keira, and Samos are sent to another world and get separated. Jak gets captured and is experimented on. Even though it takes two years, Daxter does manage to rescue him. Though when he does, he learns very quickly that Jak has changed. Through the dark eco experiments, Jak has gained the ability to transform into “dark Jak,” but it’s not under his full control. The rest of the game has our heroes trying to find their back home while also trying to get revenge on the Baron. Eventually, they find out that the world they were sent to is actually their world in the future. At the end, they find out that they can’t go back to the past because the boy they met at the beginning was actually young Jak, and he and young Samos are the ones who need to go back to the past. Don’t think about it too much, time travel is always confusing. But our heroes are more than happy to stay with all the new friends (and let’s not forget all the new toys they collected) over the course of the game.
In Jak 3, it seems that the people of Haven are not too happy about having a mutant rage monster in their city, so they throw Jak into the desert. Jak doesn’t want Daxter to be banished with him but Daxter tags along anyway, proving once again how inseparable these two are. Luckily, they are rescued by the Wastelanders of the desert city Spargus. The rest of the game has our heroes trying to clear their name by saving Haven, Spargus, and the world from rampaging robots, bloodthirsty Metal Heads, Dark Precursors, and a crazed cyborg. Jak also gains new dark eco powers as well as light eco powers over the course of the game, which is pretty cool because you get to stop time and fly! At the end of the game, Jak has the chance to explore the universe with the Precursors, but he decides to remain behind with Daxter, who stays because he now has two things he’s been wanting since game one: pants and a girlfriend. It is then suggested that they go on many new and exciting adventures together.
I had always hoped Naughty Dog would at least make one more Jak and Daxter game (I wasn’t impressed with High Impact’s Lost Frontier) that wasn’t a racing game but alas this never happened. Oh well, I guess it wasn’t meant to be. But I am pretty satisfied with Jak 3’s ending and at least there’s the remastered HD version. I love Jak and Daxter and I love their games. They are fun and simple, and these two characters add a certain charm to their games that I find it impossible not to love them. Even now I still enjoy playing this trilogy from time to time, even though I know where everything is, how to beat all the challenges, and how the stories and the characters progress. I just love them and I think they are worth playing over and over again.