Jak & Daxter Trilogy Collection

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See what Jak 2 would look like if remade again

Fan video recreates Pumping Station level.

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 Jak and Daxter Trilogy Review

The Jak and Daxter Trilogy Review

Jak-knifed juggernaut.

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

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Jak and Daxter Trilogy release date announced

Jak and Daxter Trilogy release date announced

Sony offers up partial Trophy list.

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:

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Microsoft: Xbox 360 exclusives need

Microsoft: Xbox 360 exclusives need "quality" not quantity

Bemoans Sony "selling old franchises with HD remakes".

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."

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