Jak 3 (Game) – Giant Bomb


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Overview

Good. Bad. Jak's the guy with the gun.
Good. Bad. Jak’s the guy with the gun.

Jak 3 is an action-adventure/platforming game and the third installment in the Jak and Daxter franchise, as well as the final chapter in the original trilogy. Taking place a short period after the events of Jak II, Jak and his smart-mouthed ottsel companion, Daxter, find themselves outcasted by Haven City, and its new leader, Count Veger, as the city continues to fight a seemingly endless, and increasingly hopeless, war against the Metal Heads and a new enemy called the Dethbots.

The game follows the duo’s fight for survival and acceptance out in the Wasteland, their fight back into the city, their revenge against Count Vegar, and the final battles against the Metal Heads and Deathbots.

Jak 3 was developed by Naughty Dog, Inc. and published by SCEA. The game was released on the PlayStation 2 on November 9, 2004 in North America and on November 26, 2004 in Europe.

Gameplay

Insert jokes regarding Chocobos here.
Insert jokes regarding Chocobos here.

The gameplay, which continues off of the combat-heavy, open world gameplay introduced in its predecessor, returns with new abilities and weapons while staying true to the platforming elements introduced in the The Precursor Legacy. While Jak’s Dark Eco form returns, which allows him to use stronger attacks for a short time, the game introduces a “Light Eco Form”, which gives him non-combative, but still useful, abilities. Additionally, Daxter is given more playable scenarios: including a Dodge ‘Em -style minigame and his own platforming levels in areas inaccessible by Jak.

The Morph Gun, which was introduced in the previous game, returns in this installment. This time, however, there are a total of 12 “weapon mods” that Jak may use on his enemies. There are four different color-coded mods (Red, Yellow, Blue, “Dark”) and each with 3 different variants. As in the last game, weapon mods are unlocked by playing through the game and appear in a linear order.

Vehicles also return in this installment, and have also been given more focus gameplay-wise. In most of the Wasteland chapters, Jak can drive unlockable cars and engage in open-world vehicular combat and treasure collecting, the latter being similar to the gameplay of the Smuggler’s Run franchise. Jak can still commandeer vehicles, ala’ Grand Theft Auto, which also controls the same way in Jak II, but with less traffic. In the Wasteland, Jak can ride on bird-like creatures, called Leapers, to traverse the desert and streets of Spargus City. Finally, the hoverboard also returns but since, in the story, the Arena district has been destroyed, players do not compete in the Tony Hawk-esque minigame from the predecessor.

Setting

Jak and Daxter gliding over the vast Wasteland.
Jak and Daxter gliding over the vast Wasteland.

Jak 3 takes place in a fictional universe set around 500 years after the events of the first game, and a couple of months after the second. Unlike Jak 2, the locations have been expanded to include Haven City, Spargus City, and the Wastelands.

Haven City has become a war-torn city due to the war between the Metalheads, the Deathbots, and the Crimson Guard. Unlike in Jak 2, there are very few safe locations in the city and Jak will need to fight either Metal Heads or Deathbots in order to survive and open once-accessible areas.

Spargus City was a city built by Damus in order to help protect those who were stranded in the desert. Even though Spargus is a city for refugees, citizens must earn their place by fighting in the city’s arena. That means that unlike the denizens of Haven, Spargus’ people are all heavily armed and happy to fire off a few shots if Jak bumps into them. Spargus City’s technology is far behind Haven City. Even though you can travel via hovercraft in Haven City, Jak can only travel by foot or by Leaper in Spargus.

The Wasteland is a dangerous location filled with giant Metal Heads and vicious Marauders. Both will force the player to defend themselves with their weapon-equipped buggies as they traverse the land. Some of the landmarks in the Wasteland include: a Metal Head nest, the Marauders’ camp, the monks’ tower, and the abandoned city.

Weapon Mods

Jak’s main weapon in the game is his Morph Gun, which he acquires early on in the game. This gun doesn’t function as a single-purpose firearm. Instead, it uses different weapon mods, collected throughout the game, to deal different amounts of damage for almost every combat situation. There are four different styles of mods, each having three different versions of their variant.

  • Red Mod: Shotgun variations for close-quarter combat.
  • Yellow Mod: Rifle variations for long-range.
  • Blue Mod: Machine Gun variations for taking out waves of enemies.
  • Dark Mod: Power weapons that have small amounts of ammo but deal devastating damage.

Red Mod

Picture Name Ammo Range Description
Scatter Gun 50 Short A basic shotgun that you acquire early in the game. While it packs a decent punch, the gun fires very slowly.
Wave Concussor 75 Medium A chargeable weapon that unleashes a powerful blast that is effective against surrounding enemies. Its ammo usage can range between 1-5 ammo depending on how long the blast is charged for.
Plasmite RPG 100 Medium Launches a powerful bomb that also has a very large blast radius. While it is powerful, one RPG uses 10 ammo.

Yellow Mod

Picture Name Ammo Range Description
Blaster 100 Long A rifle useful for its long range and decent damage. It has a good firing rate and is useful in almost every situation.

  • The Blaster is the first weapon you gain in Jak 3.
Beam Reflexor 150 Long Acts the same way as the Blaster but the bullets will reflect off of walls and enemies. The added bonus comes at the cost of one extra ammo.
Gyro Burster 200 Medium Shoots out a floating pod that rapidly fires at every enemy near it. It’s a great weapon for clearing out large groups on enemies. However, it will only use a maximum of 50 ammo.

Blue Mod

Picture Name Ammo Ammo Description
Vulcan Fury 100 Medium-Long The game’s heavy duty machine gun. The bullets are weak but it can fire so fast that the weakness won’t be a problem.
Arc Wielder 150 Medium Outputs a stream of electricity that you can use to badly damage any enemies near you. However, it uses ammo faster than the Vulcan Fury.
Needle Lazer 200 Long Rapidly shoots out small blue lasers that will track down any enemies. Uses more ammo than the Arc Wielder.

Dark Mod

Picture Name Ammo Range Description
Peacemaker 5 Long Shoots a single ball of lightning that will severely damage, if not instantly kill, any enemy hit by it. The blast will also arc to any nearby enemies and damage them as well.
Mass Inverter 10 Medium Doesn’t damage any enemies but it does give them anti-gravity properties that will make it vulnerable to an attack.
Supernova 10 Long Launches a small missile that depletes all of your Dark ammo, but will destroy every nearby enemy on and off screen.

Bosses

Dark Maker Satellite (Desert Oasis)

Precursor Robot
Precursor Robot

Precursor Robot (Eco Mines)

Cyber Errol (KG War Factory)

Dark Maker Terraformer (Wasteland)

Cyber Errol [Dark Maker Terraformer] (Wasteland, on Terraformer)

Soundtrack

# Song Title Time Artist
1 Spargus Arena 2:33 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
2 Spargus City 2:22 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
3 Calm Wasteland 3:24 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
4 Harsh Wasteland 4:48 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
5 Artifact Race 4:48 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
6 Leaper Race 4:56 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
7 Metalhead Hunt 5:20 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
8 Wasteland Run 2:50 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
9 Metalhead Nest 5:59 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
10 Monk Temple 2:58 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
11 Monk Glider 2:40 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
12 Volcano 5:22 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
13 Precursor Sub-rails 6:02 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
14 Eco Mine 3:00 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
15 Haven City 3:37 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
16 Sewers 5:14 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
17 Incoming Blast Bots 3:04 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
18 Gun Course 2:38 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
19 Metalhead City Area 6:01 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
20 Haven City Battle 4:42 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
21 Haven City Chase 4:46 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
22 Metal-peads 2:37 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
23 War Factory 3:58 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
24 Monk Temple Under Attack 3:58 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
25 Dark Maker Ship 6:00 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
26 Tower Bombs 5:03 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
27 Stadium Ruins 4:35 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
28 Palace Ruins 4:37 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins
29 Dark Maker Finale 6:30 Mark Mothersbaugh, Josh Mancell, Larry Hopkins



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