|System: PS2, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: High Impact Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SONY||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 3, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The other disappointment in the game rears its head intermittently when Daxter gets separated from Jak and is bombarded with dark eco. When this happens, you're forced to trudge your way through tedious puzzle-like levels by hitting switches, pummeling baddies, and spinning around like the Tasmanian Devil to soak up dark eco and blast through walls. Clunky controls bog these sections down. Fortunately, other areas of gameplay are more prevalent throughout the adventure.
A little less than half the adventure actually takes place in the air. In contrast to the tacked-on feeling of the Dark Daxter moments, these new airborne elements are actually a great addition to the gameplay. You'll fly between islands to access new levels and missions, though there are many opportunities to engage in dogfights and other open-ended side missions in the skies. In some cases, you'll engage in massive skyward engagements against squadrons of enemy ships and larger flying targets. These air portions kick-in early on and frequently at different points in the game. There are four different ships you can access, and each can be decked out with various armaments and upgrades.
The Lost Frontier is a good looking game both on land and in the skies. It's simply too bad that the confining camera angles don't let you get a full view of the beautiful environments you'll be bounding through. This is less of an issue when you're in the air, but it does feel like a constraint at times when on foot. The game's excellent cutscenes do a fine job of setting up the story and helping move the plot along at key moments, and they're enjoyable to watch. However, we experienced a steady visual tic in the downloadable version that made it hard to fully focus on the great animations.
If you've been hankering for a full-scale Jak and Daxter game for some time, The Lost Frontier largely fulfills its duty as a continuation of the main series with flying colors. It's not a perfect sequel by any means, but it's strong enough to merit a purchase and some solid play time. Just be prepared to deal with some bumps along the way.
CCC Staff Contributor