Jak II

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

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 12 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byHaloFreak123 April 9, 2008
Fun, but COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This game is not violent at all for teens and is appropriate for ages 8 and up. I mean CSM rated it "pause for 13+"!...
Adult Written byZonoya February 1, 2012

For kids

I LOVE KOR AS A METALHEAD LEADER
Teen, 16 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

Fun

This game is very fun, but it is also hard. It is fun to steal cars and drive over the bad guys!
Teen, 16 years old Written bymikee990 April 9, 2008

10 or 11+

Very fun, VERY HARD. The girls in the games arent wearing the cleanest clothes, but nothing like Britney Spears. Jake does go to a bar to get an assignment but...

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.

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