Four of Naughty Dog's Jak and Daxter games are coming to PS4 later this year as PS2 Classics.
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Nearly three years ago Sony released a touched up version of the Jak (& Daxter) trilogy, but now YouTuber Floordan has released a video showing what Naughty Dog's Jak 2: Renegade would look like if it were remade on modern hardware.
The rumoured deal between Sony and Gaikai will allow PS3 and maybe Vita to play old PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 1 games, GamesIndustry International reports.
PlayStation 1 Classics Resident Evil 2 and 3 will be available to download on the EU PlayStation Store from today.
In many ways, the Jak and Daxter series serves as a chronicle of the declining platformer. Naughty Dog's PlayStation 2 trilogy starts off with an innocent collect-a-thon about a boy and his furry friend saving the world, but quickly shifts to a darker tone with an industrial setting, plenty of gunplay and an over-world that shows a much stronger likeness to Grand Theft Auto than the Precursor Legacy. The grim, later Jak games relegated most of their platforming to isolated tombs, ruins and ancient temples, signifying the genre becoming something of a relic.
As far as this HD upgrade for PS3 goes, it's a solid conversion with virtually no new content aside from trophies and 3D support. For the most part, developer Mass Media Inc's reverence for Naughty Dog's originals works, but it would have been nice for them to add an option for subtitles in the first Jak and Daxter, or implement separate controls for first- and third-person aiming, as what's inverted in one perspective won't be in another. Regardless of the lack of bells and whistles, remastering these games in 720p is still a significant visual upgrade of three of the most interesting platformers of the 21st century.
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
The Naughty Dog team making The Last of Us very nearly made a new PS3 Jak & Daxter game, the developer has revealed.
Forthcoming PlayStation 3 HD revamp The Jak and Daxter Trilogy arrives in European stores on 22nd February - the same day as the Vita.
The pack includes touched-up versions of Naughty Dog's PS2 platformers Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak 2 and Jak 3.
You can expect 720p HD visuals, stereoscopic 3D support and over 100 Trophies to track down, some of which were unveiled on the PlayStation Blog earlier today:
Xbox 360-exclusive games need to have "quality and impact", Microsoft Studios exec Phil Spencer has insisted.
Creating Xbox 360-only games and IP is about more than the "number of releases in a year", Spencer continued, explaining Microsoft's strategy on securing exclusives for the platform.
"Creating core IP, as many first-and third-parties have seen over the years, isn't an easy thing," Spencer told GameInformer (via GamesIndustry.biz). "I went through the process of creating Gears with Epic and I know the sweat, time, and effort that went into it."
PS2 classics due for re-release in February.
Jak and Daxter Collection launches on PlayStation 3 in February 2012, original developer Naughty Dog has announced.