Jak II

Game review by
Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Beautiful but dark futuristic fantasy world.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Adolescent stuff, like name-calling and toilet humor sprinkled throughout.

Violence

No blood, but plenty of shooting (threats include impaling, electrocution and burning in lava). Dark atmosphere permeates the game.

Sex

Voluptuous vixens throughout, but nothing explicit.

Language

Nothing you wouldn't hear on prime time television.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Sassy sidekick Daxter does get drunk, but alcohol doesn't figure into game.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that though there is nothing explicit in this game (no blood and guts, etc.), the dark mood marks this for mature players. The music is somber, the hero is damaged, and he can draw darkness out of enemies to use as a weapon.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypankakemarine236 November 22, 2015

Fun, very fun

This game is extremely fun, but has some language and a dark story. The violence isn't bad at all.
Adult Written byChrisH. November 25, 2014
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 July 6, 2019

Sequel has much darker overtone

I love third person shooter platformers such as "Ratchet and Clank". Playing all three Jak games, Jak II is just amazing, and the open world is stunni... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old July 25, 2016

C"MON EVERYONE ITS LOADED WITH GUNS AND FIGHTING LADS YOU GOTTA TRY THIS

Well No Blood Very Hard And Pretty Much any Kid Can Play If He/She Understands What is the main story of the game :) (No Seriously This Game Is Intense Hard. O... Continue reading

What's it about?

In this sequel, players wander through a beautifully drawn -- but dark -- futuristic fortress city, including what's outside the walls and what's underground. Though your original motivations have more to do with revenge against the city's scheming dictator, eventually you get swept up with the resistance movement.

Your missions include restoring water to a neglected part of the city, or patrolling the forest for stubborn mutants in league with the dictator. JAK II incorporates a wide range of gameplay, borrowing from some of the most popular games in the market. Standard jumping- and shooting-based missions are interspersed with opportunities to race and even grind on a hoverboard, for example.

Is it any good?

The dark atmosphere is lightened by comical characters who appear during interludes, such as a parrot translator who takes humorous liberties with his interpretations, and Daxter is back and ever-present as your sassy sidekick.

The game is sprawling with 60-plus missions to complete, and completing them can be a time-consuming chore. Some missions must be executed with absolute perfection or repeated (with escalating frustration each time). All in all, this is a demanding game, but players will delight in exploring the massive fantasy world created here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Hak's ability to use enemies' darkness as a weapon: What happens when we are forced to combat a lot of negative forces? Is it logical that we would internalize some of this negativity? This may lead to a fruitful discussion about ways to deal with outside influences.

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 2
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Release date: November 5, 2003
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: T
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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