Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (2001) Review

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Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is an open world plat-former, it was developed by Naughty Dog and was published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2.

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Jak an adventurous young boy and his best friend Daxter are spying on a private operation on the misty island, they discover that two dark figures are commanding lurkers to harvest Dark Eco and Precursor Artefacts, before the boys can leave the island to inform the sage Samos of their discovery they are both spotted by a lurker guard which Jak manages to kill with a bomb.

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Unfortunately the explosion caused Daxter to fall into a large body of Dark Eco which turned him into ottsel (half weasel and half otter) after returning to the sage the boys are told that only the dark sage Gol Acheron can turn Daxter back into a human leaving the boys no choice but to journey into the dangerous world to find him.

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The main game play is a collectathon so there is a lot of things to find, the main collectable are power cells there are 101 in game and you can get some by completing tasks and purchasing them with precursor orbs the most satisfying collectable in the game. Precursor Orbs are egg shaped and are spread throughout levels, each stage has between 50 and 200 of these and finding them all can be very challenging  and at times infuriating due to how spread out they can be, sometimes they are hidden in really unnecessary places.

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The final collectable in the game are scout flies, these are small flies that are trapped in red boxes hidden within levels, there are seven in each stage and collecting a stages flies will reward the player with another power cell.

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Throughout your adventure you will encounter many different enemies that you will have to defeat, luckily Jak has many moves that he can use in the game, this includes punching, spin kicking and a slam move.

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There are three types of energy you can collect in the game, the blue energy allows you to move very quickly and can also activate certain items, the yellow energy allows the player to shoot a projectile at enemies and the red energy gives the player higher strength all of these are only temporary so must be used quickly.

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There are some vehicle sections in the game which are all very fun but I would argue that when you are collecting things during these sections its not very well designed due to the vehicles being a little too fast and the way the items are spread out makes it hard to collect them with out dying due to some of these areas being timed such as the lava sections.

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There are some mini games hidden within the main game and these are all ok and have a fair and balanced difficulty but they are my least favourite part of the game as I do feel they don’t really fit here.

The soundtrack definitely has inspiration from Naughty Dog’s Crash Bandicoot games and is in a very similar style however its not as good here and while the music is a lot of fun to listen too none it is very memorable, I cant recall any of the music from the game but it is still quite good.

Jak and Daxter the Precursor Legacy was the beginning of Naughty Dogs new journey after the masterful Crash Bandicoot games on the PS1, this game is a fantastic start on what would become an extremely beloved franchise. I think this game is great and it has a lot of memorable characters with great personalities and while this game is a little flawed with the way items can be spread out and a fairly forgetful soundtrack it makes up for it with outstanding visuals, smooth game play and very few load screens, the game is very satisfying to play and never gets boring 8.9/10

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Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception (2011) Review

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Released in 2011 and Developed by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation 3, Drakes Deception is the third game in the Uncharted video game series.

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In a London bar Nathan Drake and his partner Victor Sullivan are meeting with a man named Talbot who wants to Purchase the ring that Nate carries around his neck due to it once belonging to Sir Francis Drake. After a quick fight we are introduced to the games man antagonist Katherine Marlowe, Marlowe wants Nate’s ring to help her discover the Atlantis of the Sands a long lost city filled with un-measurable wealth, after realising Marlowe’s plan, Nate, Sully, Chloe and their new friend Charlie try to find the city before Marlowe and her crooks.

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Very similar to its predecessor the best part of the game is exploring the various locations and the action based game-play, with a few tougher and more dangerous enemies thrown into the mix this time uncharted 3 is by far much more difficult but a lot more satisfying to finish.

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The puzzles are great here and are some of the best we have seen in the series so far, I really enjoyed the variety of puzzles available, all of them were very challenging and cleverly designed to have you scratching your head in frustration but still be fun. My favourite puzzle took place in a car garage and had players trying to discover a secret passageway.

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There was one chapter in this game that stood out compared to rest and that was because it was a flashback where we played as a much younger Nathan Drake, the chapter helped introduce us to the back story of the games plot and villain but also showed how Drake and Sully first met, it was really cool and I would love to see a game that covered more of Drakes past in a future release.

Greg Edmonson was brought back to compose the soundtrack of Uncharted 3 and this is definitely the best soundtrack out of the original PlayStation 3 trilogy. The first two games had outstanding music as well but something about the music here is really special it not only captured the atmosphere and story progression perfectly but it was genuinely more memorable and overall fantastic.

Even though this is an excellent game I would argue that it is the least interesting out of them all and while its graphics and visuals are stunning and its soundtrack phenomenal it lacks in a very compelling story and I feel it has far too many new characters who with the exception of Marlowe are not very interesting. Overall a very good game just not as great as its predecessors.

7.5/10

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The Last of us (2013) Review

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The Last of us is a action-survival game that was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony for their Playstation 3 video game system, the game was also remastered for Playstation 4 however I am purely basing this review on the original version of the game.

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The last of us begins with a man and his daughter trying to survive in the United States after an outbreak of a dangerous mutant disease is infecting people, Joel (the main protagonist of the game ) grabs his daughter Sarah and attempts to flee along his brother Tommy, unfortunately they are spotted by military who end up shooting Sarah who passes away.

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20 years later and Joel is working as an illegal smuggler, him and his partner Tess take out a arms dealer to retrieve a stolen weapons cache, the dealer doesn’t have the cache anymore and explains that he traded it with the fireflies, this then leads to Joel and Tess meeting Marlene the fireflies leader who offers to give them double the weapons cache if they can transport a 14 year old girl named Ellie to other Fireflies, Ellie is immune to the disease and she may hold the cure. This is the main goal of the game and is where it really starts to get good.

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For best chance of survival you want to try and sneak past enemies if you can, this will save ammunition which is limited in the game and because Joel and Ellie take damage very easily you will want avoid as much confrontation as possible, the game uses a crafting system to make weapons such as shivs and Molotov’s out of materials you find, you can make health kits as well but the materials to make these things are also quite limited and you will want to craft wisely making sure not to only craft one item.

Discovering where enemies are is made easy using Joel’s listening ability, doing this allows the players to see where close enemies are at all time even if they are not in the same room or are hidden behind walls.

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Out of all of the weapons in the game, the most useful is by far the bow and arrow, its the only weapon that is silent, its really helpful to take out enemies silently without others hearing what happened, you can even get some of your arrows back providing they didn’t break on impact.

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The game looks beautiful and the environments while mostly quite depressing are full of details that you will want to take in. the forest is my favourite area in the game because of this.

The soundtrack of the game is nothing spectacular although it is very good, the music only appears in certain moments as the game wants to be as immersive of an experience as possible and it does do this extremely well, and sparing the music really helped to make the game as fantastic of an experience as it was.

The Last of Us is one if the best video games I have ever played, it is a really interesting game because it feels more like an interactive movie than a game, it does have game-play but its biggest focus is the cut-scenes which tell the story, these cut-scenes are really deep in character development and are truly amazing. Overall I really love this game it has a lot of collectables that are difficult to find and one day I will go back and collect them all but if you haven’t played this then you are missing out on one of the best PlayStation exclusives of all time 10/10.

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009) Review

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the second game in the Uncharted video game series. It was developed by Naughty Dog and was published by Sony for the Playstation 3.

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Set two years after the events of Drakes Fortune, Uncharted 2 begins with Nathan Drake brutally injured on a train carriage that is hanging over an icy cliff.

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After the beginning level of the game, a flash back explains the main plot and this is where things start to get really interesting.

In the flashback Drake is visited by an old friend and former treasure hunter Harry Flynn along with his Girlfriend Chloe Frazer.

Drake and Flynn break into a museum to steal a Mongolian oil lamp that once belonged to Marco Polo, they find a map inside of the lamp that illuminates a message explaining that a ship was shipwrecked in Borneo that was carrying a large sapphire called a Cintimani Stone. Unfortunately Flynn turns on drake and gets Drake arrested, three months later Drake is bailed out of prison by Sully and an adventure to find the Cintimani Stone begins.

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is an Action-Adventure game just like its predecessor however this one is a little more ambitious and in my opinion a lot better. You will still be climbing buildings and traversing your way through dangerous environments using clever thinking and stealth to survive and not fall to your death.

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What I really loved about the game-play here is how much the environment changed, it was a huge upgrade to the first game that stuck to the same setting. The exploration side of the game never got boring and it always kept me eager to explore, the gun play was all very similar to the last game, there were a few new weapon types available and a variety of new enemies to fight some were much tougher than others. The puzzles here were very challenging and really made me have to scratch my head at times and so they should in a game like this.

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The game looks absolutely gorgeous, it takes place in various locations and all of them are beautiful, I particularly love how the colours in the city really pop off the screen, the details that the designers put into the layout and design of the city gives it plenty of personality, I love the design of the entire game but the city is my favourite.

Another breathtaking soundtrack by Greg Edmonson accompanies the gameplay, every track fits the environment and atmosphere of the game perfectly.

Uncharted 2: Amongst Thieves is an outstanding game which is often called the best game in the Uncharted series by fans, so far this is best one I have played and I honestly could not find a single thing I did not like about the game, it kept me invested and had a great cast of characters. The story was fantastic and would make a great film one day if they ever made an adaptation. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a video game adventure of a lifetime that you will not want to miss 10/10

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