Throwback platformers are enjoying something of a renaissance in 2017, but outside of a certain plumber scheduled to arrive imminently on the Nintendo Switch, you may be hard pressed to find a better collectathon than Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy on any console this year. Sure, Yooka-Laylee was all new – but you’d be surprised how well Naughty Dog’s 2001 adventure holds up today.
We decided to play the first few minutes of the freshly emulated PS2 Classics version on the PlayStation 4 – and you can watch the gameplay footage embedded above. To our untrained eyes, it looks sharper than the remastered PlayStation 3 release, though the framerate isn’t silky smooth – even on a PS4 Pro.
The thing that made this game impressive in the day is that it takes place within a single, seamless open world. While we may be used to massive sandboxes like Horizon: Zero Dawn now, it was a newer concept over 15 years ago, and many of the best platformers at the time like Super Mario 64 loaded in and out of different levels. Here, the transitions between stages are seamless – magic!