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Oct. 17, 2005
Jak X - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
10/11/2005SonyNaughty Dog1-2, 6 $99.95

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Battle in the city.
As millions of Playstation gamers around the world know the Jak & Daxter series is one of the best on Playstation 2, and developers Naughty Dog have created their second smash hit series after Crash Bandicoot on PSOne. As with that series this series is taking a sidestep from platforming to combat racing. That's right Jak X isn't another platform title but rather an extremely impressive looking racing game starring characters from the series. I guess the memory and legacy of Mario Kart (that being turning a successful platform franchise into a racing offshoot) remains strong to this day.

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Battle in the city.
The single player game will include a full storyline with over 45 minutes of cut-scenes to keep you engrossed in the action. Sure, its still a racing game at heart, but this isn't just a case of entering the menus, and racing before going back to the menu again. The game includes 31 race locations, 24 of which are traditional tracks while 7 others are more arena styled areas, and 12 vehicles to select from. Each of these vehicles is fully customisable including new parts to be added, paint jobs, decals and unique accessories, all of which in turn affect the way the vehicle handles within a race.

In terms of multi-player this racing game includes support for two players via split screen, or more excitingly 6-players online. We're still somewhat unsure if Sony will be setting up their own servers but we suspect so.

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Battle in the city.
Graphically Jak X is looking very slick with Naughty Dog using their terrain engine in this game to create plenty more lush visuals in the same style of the platfrom games in the series. The game moves at a pretty quick rate of knots with gorgeous background visuals and plenty of action on the track.

This game will be interesting to see how well Naughty Dog can jump genres. It's been about 6 years since the company developed Crash Team Racing on PSOne and while their platform games are technically brilliant this will bring several new challenges to the developers. Expect a PAL release around mid-November.