Jak X: Combat Racing
Jak is back after Jak 3
and this time itís up to him (and you!) to save the world once again
through racing! Surprisingly a rather satisfying adventure in single
player mode with a bulky storyline, Jak X takes to the track in a groovy
style with really solid gameplay and a lovely racing engine.
My first thought as a fan of the series was
that I would not get into this as it leaves the world that you are used
to (being primarily on foot) and throws you in a vehicle. It is
different but at the same time the franchise continues on in a fashion
that is highly enjoyable and extremely competitive.
The idea is to win races (duh) and powerup
your vehicles and weapons along the way. Itís interesting in how the
games AI is very accurate in making sure you are shot out of first place
if you are thundering along, making sure that there is a real sense of
Mastering your own weapons in the game can
be critical at times if you are well ahead in a race. There are a number
of rear mounted weapons that can be used to make sure that you do not
get hit when you least expect it. Strategic defence is the name of the
game, and you need to make sure you maintain a solid amount of weapons
on you at all time.
There are powerups to pick up and kills in
game will allow you to build up Dark Eco that can be used to very good
effect like extra damage and weapons etc. Itís a case of grab as you
can, whilst rocketing around the track.
Graphically the game runs smoothly and is
nice to look at. Naughty Dog have brought their usual quirky sense of
humour to the game and the in game and cutscenes will have you giggling.
As you pick up speed you will get blur effects that enhance the whole
experience, sort of the way you got slight blurs in the Burnout series
The music score during the game is
appropriate and welcome to this game. The tunes add to the sense of
speed and make the entire experience just that much more fun.
I think this is a really cool game, whether
you are new to the Jak universe or an old hand. There is simply
something here for everyone and very little to fault.