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Rubeus
02-24-2004, 03:56 PM
Does anyone think Jak and Ratchet have completed replaced Crash and Spyro in the days of PSone?
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Third Installments of Best-Selling Jak and Daxter and Ratchet & Clank Franchises Arriving Fall 2004 Exclusively on PlayStation(R)2
Tuesday February 24, 8:09 am ET
Jak II(TM) and Ratchet & Clank(TM): Going Commando Continue to Shine at Retail


FOSTER CITY, Calif., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that the popular and critically acclaimed Jak and Daxter and Ratchet & Clank series, created and developed by Naughty Dog, Inc., and Insomniac Games respectively, will return exclusively to the PlayStation? 2 computer entertainment system in Fall 2004.
(Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000510/SFW104-a )
"We are delighted to continue our relationship with two of the most talented and imaginative development teams in the industry," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Consumers want more from traditional platform games and Naughty Dog and Insomniac Games have made strides to implement technology innovation in order to raise the industry standard and invigorate the genre. The upcoming sequels will continue to push the boundaries as both teams incorporate revolutionary gameplay elements."

The announcement follows a successful retail season as Jak II(TM) and Ratchet & Clank(TM): Going Commando, last year's sequels to the "Greatest Hits" titles Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy? and Ratchet & Clank(TM), continue to flourish as top selling titles since their launch.

"Both Insomniac Games and Naughty Dog continue to push the envelope with each game that they bring to the market," said Andy Reiner, Executive Editor of Game Informer, the world's largest multi-platform gaming magazine on the market today. "The level of craftsmanship that goes into each project truly is remarkable. I can't wait to see what they have up their sleeves this time!"

As both franchises have sold through to consumers more than one million units internationally since their inception, Sony Computer Entertainment America has proven that the platform genre continues to prosper. Demonstrating this, Jak II was chosen by PlayStation Magazine (PSM) for Game of the Year, Best Character Design and Best Story, it was awarded Action Game of the Year as well as tied for Game of the Year by PSE2 and it received PLAY Magazine's Hybrid Game of the Year. Jak II also was honored with an IGN Editors Choice Award for 2003, as well as IGN's pick for Best Graphics.

Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, was honored by IGN, Cinescape and Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) as the Best PlayStation 2 Game of 2003. The game was included in PSM's Top 10 Games of 2003, was chosen by TechTV's "X-Play," GameSpot and the Dallas Morning News as Best Platformer of the Year, received an IGN Editors Choice Award for 2003 from IGN and was nominated by 1up.com for Game of the Year. PLAY Magazine labeled the title as both PlayStation 2 Game of the Year and Action-Shooting Game of the Year, and the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News included Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando among its Top 10 Best Games of 2003.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando and Jak II "T" for Teen. For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.

About Insomniac Games

Insomniac Games is an independent videogame developer creating cutting- edge technology, graphics and gameplay for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Since the release of its first game in 1996, Insomniac's titles have shipped more than 12 million units worldwide. Additional information can be found on the company's web site at http://www.insomniacgames.com .

About Naughty Dog Inc.

Naughty Dog Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., develops cutting-edge technology, graphics and gameplay for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Naughty Dog, the creator of the Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter series, has shipped more than 30 million games worldwide making it one of the most successful videogame developers. Additional information can be found on the company's web site at http://www.naughtydog.com .

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation? and PS one(TM) game console, and the PlayStation?2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Visit us on the Web at http://www.us.playstation.com .

Escaflowne2001
02-24-2004, 04:41 PM
Jak III excellent news indeed the second was a excellent game indeed.

Dead Account 01
02-24-2004, 04:48 PM
They've (along with Sly Cooper) definately replaced Spyro and Crash. But unlike Spyro and Crash, I actually like R&C1/2 and Jak II :)

That said I wish they'd take a bit more time with at least ONE of the sequels. They're coming too quick.

Escaflowne2001
02-24-2004, 04:51 PM
I guess they wanna get them out while people are still interested in them.

NEO-GEO
02-24-2004, 05:11 PM
Ratchet and Clank 2 was my favorite game of 2003. Let's hope for a good R&C3.

TheHardware
02-24-2004, 06:04 PM
first shots


http://www.computerandvideogames.com/screenshots_library/dir_238/vortal_pic_119047.jpg


http://www.computerandvideogames.com/screenshots_library/dir_238/vortal_pic_119048.jpg

NEO-GEO
02-24-2004, 07:27 PM
Originally posted by TheHardware
first shots

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/screenshots_library/dir_238/vortal_pic_119048.jpg

Wow, those graphics look sharp.

I am so excited for the R&C3.

Seska
02-25-2004, 04:28 AM
Nice. I do hope they skip on the GTA3 elements in Jak 2. While at the beginning the concept of it was interesting, those damn Race/bomb/kill 5 patrol ships kinda missions eventually got on my nerves.

Alucard
02-25-2004, 05:19 AM
Ah stop bitching. Swear all I heard from you the entire time you played it was OMG GTA ELEMENTS MAKE THIS GAME FAB!

IS it me or are they using the same engine as 2?

Seska
02-25-2004, 06:00 AM
I never said GTA elements mke the game fab, you huge bloodsucking dildo. :p I said it made for a nice change - until I played 30 hours of it and wished the GTA elements had been downplayed a little more. :p

As for the engine, its probably the same, The platform stages looked like they ran on the same engine in Jak2 as they did in Jak 1.

Alucard
02-25-2004, 06:30 AM
Jak 2 looked a little more redone then the first. This one looks like a straight rip.

Escaflowne2001
02-25-2004, 11:33 AM
doesn't matter that much, the engine was/is good enough, as for the GTA elements they were annoying and pretty damn hard towards the end hopefully this one will have less glitches (pal version anyhow).

Alucard
02-25-2004, 12:25 PM
Engine is good. But you dont think its lazy of them to just rehash it? I'd expect more effort from a game that sells very well.

Escaflowne2001
02-25-2004, 12:27 PM
Lazy yes, but far as I know it didn't that greatly here anyway don't know about the US.

DBJAY
02-25-2004, 02:09 PM
More importantly, is that Sony is assembling a great line-up for the fall season. Led by GTA4, Killzone, now joined by R&C 3, J&D3, Sly Cooper 2, and GT 4, it's rapidly becoming an powerful collection of software. Also, it worth noting that these exclusive games, except for Killzone, are where MS is weakest..specifically in the action platfomer category.

Alucard
02-25-2004, 03:12 PM
Wouldn't put too much hope on GTA4 or Killzone coming out. I see them getting delayed. GT4 has been delayed like half a year as it is.

Nindalf
02-25-2004, 03:22 PM
Originally posted by Seska
Nice. I do hope they skip on the GTA3 elements in Jak 2. While at the beginning the concept of it was interesting, those damn Race/bomb/kill 5 patrol ships kinda missions eventually got on my nerves.

What's that you Mario hating infidel? Didn't like it? As Alucard said, didn't hear your whining back then when you were too busy mocking Mario! HOPE YOU SUFFERED YOU FREAK!!

Dead Account 01
02-25-2004, 03:36 PM
Companies haven't even started ramping up for E3 and Q4 is looking over-crowded with blockbusters..

Seska
02-25-2004, 04:01 PM
Those are two unrelated issues. One does not affect the other. So, summing up, GTA3 elements in Jak3 or not, MArio still sucks. :haha:

Dubkiller
02-25-2004, 06:19 PM
Just goes to show that it's the talent behind the title that makes a big difference. Just look at how Crash and Spyro have destroyed the goodwill that they had during the PSOne days. Now it's R&C and J&D that have gotten good critical reviews and good sales to go with it.

thesoftware6180
02-26-2004, 12:23 AM
i think they are gonna run these games into the ground,the game dont look much different than the others,i like the series but make people wait and want it more instead of milking the **** out of it.tomb raider anyone.